Trauma Responsive Educational Practices Project
Because traumatized children often exhibit challenging classroom behaviors, their school experiences can become focused on discipline, behavior control, and exclusion from instruction. To prevent this, children and youth coping with trauma need:
  • Educators who have been trained to identify how trauma shows up in behaviors at school

  • Educators who use evidence-based practices to support the healthy development of children coping with trauma

  • Educational contexts that prioritize keeping children in the classroom and engaged in learning

Join educators who are utilizing trauma responsive educational practices to ensure that schools can meet the psychological, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students coping with trauma and toxic levels of stress.


Focusing on the Here and Now

We’re paying attention to the needs of vulnerable students whose parents and caregivers are unable to replicate a school-like learning environment at home. ... We’re also paying attention to students who are in unsafe contexts and are dependent on you to recognize and respond to signs of distress in the remote learning environment.   Read more>>>

Bringing Evidence-Based Decision-Making to School Safety

Although there is substantial evidence that police officers in schools, also known as school resource officers (SROs), do not advance safety in schools, their presence in schools has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. ... Research consistently places practices to improve mental health as well as social and emotional skills at the center of evidence-based school safety interventions. Read more>>>

Building Trust Between Students and Teachers Helps Kids Overcome Trauma — and Makes Schools Safer

While a growing body of research can make the subject of helping students overcome trauma complex, the core of it all is intuitive: When students trust that the adults in the room will keep them physically, psychologically, and emotionally safe, they do better.  Read more>>>

Building Racial Equity Through Trauma Responsive Discipline

This current moment of civil unrest in the fight against systemic racism and police brutality underscores the need for schools to be responsive to students coping with trauma.   Read more>>>

Preparing Educators for the Challenge Ahead

Educators made it through one tumultuous academic year, but the educational challenge is just beginning. Research from previous disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, indicates that we should be hopeful that most children will exhibit resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more>>>


Ongoing Police Violence is Devastating to the Mental Health of Black Children and Youth: Here's How You Can Support Them in Your Professional Role as an Educator


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Supporting Students Coping with Chronic Trauma

De-escalation strategies can help prevent students’ emotional outbursts, and aid them and their peers in finding calm after one. ... Students often display several signs of agitation in the early stages of the Acting Out Cycle before a major emotional outburst occurs,   Read more>>>

Visualizing Inequality

The TREP Project began in response to the needs of schools serving students living in neighborhoods with higher levels of violent crime. 

Violent crime—particularly violence that occurs in public spaces—is largely contained within the neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of poor families. And because of America’s history of racial redlining, the most disadvantaged neighborhoods are often also the ones with the highest concentrations of Black families. Read more>>>


Key lever in disrupting the association between growing up in high crime neighborhoods and negative outcomes.


A key risk factor that puts

students on the path to

juvenile justice system involvement.



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