Trauma has become a cause of major health issues, as one in four students are exposed to some form of trauma by the time they enter kindergarten. Meeting the needs of individual students can be quite challenging especially when there are staff shortages, lack of resources, an increase in challenging behavior, and added pressure to keep up the pace with teaching curriculum content. As a result, elementary educators, special education teachers, support staff, school counselors and psychologists, and preservice and substitute teachers are seeking trauma-sensitive and responsive practices that best support and engage all learners in the classroom.
Written by an experienced urban educator of more than twenty years, "Reaching and Teaching Trauma-Impacted Students" provides all the essential tools to build a compassionate and engaging trauma-invested classroom, including:
• Practical strategies for building positive and trusting relationships with students
• Research-based, trauma-responsive practices
• Innovative techniques and activities for fostering social–emotional learning in students
• Classroom-tested ideas and activities for integrating brain-compatible instruction to improve student learning outcomes
• Techniques for classroom organization
• Ideas for implementing proactive classroom practices, which enhance student engagement
• Modifications, teacher tips, real-life examples, and much more!