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Trauma-Informed Instruction (SABES)

  • 30 Nov 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Trauma-Informed Instruction

Many adult learners have had traumatic experiences that impact their ability to learn. Escaping a war-torn country, surviving abuse, living in poverty, dealing with the daily circumstances of systemic racism, and living through this COVID-19 pandemic are just some examples. This two-hour, online workshop, hosted by the ELA and ESOL C&I PD Centers, focuses on the effects of trauma on the brain, the impact of trauma on learning, and why an understanding of trauma matters to adult educators. We will also discuss how to notice when a student is experiencing any kind of trauma while teaching remotely, and ways to deal with this as a teacher during remote instruction. (Please note that this is a repeat of the highly successful PD of the same name from last spring.)

Audience: This professional development activity/course is designed for ABE and ESOL instructors who wish to create a more inclusive, accessible environment for their learners who have experienced trauma

Description: What makes a person available, or unavailable, to learn? As educators, we spend hours planning lessons, scouring resources, assessing learners, and staying abreast of developments in our fields, all with the intention of providing our students with the tools they need to be successful. But what happens when students face mental health barriers that make them unavailable to learn?

This online training will address the impact of traumatic stress on an individual's ability to learn. We will define and describe the different types of traumatic experiences, offer alternative explanations for some of the most typical "problem student" behaviors, and offer some practical suggestions to consider when developing a more trauma-informed classroom.

Please note: You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or send an email to nruskin@edc.org

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Define trauma and describe the typical symptoms that individuals experience
  • Explain how traumatic experiences influence and impact learning
  • Identify tools and instructional supports to utilize in creating a positive and safe learning environment for students

Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): Erin Connor


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