Trauma Responsive School Leadership

(July 12 - 14 on Zoom; 9:00AM - 3:00PM CST)

Trauma responsive schooling requires a whole school coordinated effort. Learn effective strategies such as behavior and mental health teaming to make the work and student support sustainable; teacher support and coaching tools to advance practices, and schedules to organize interventions. Learn important skills to remain flexible and adaptable in supporting your staff through the process of increasing their utilization of trauma responsive educational practices. 

Becoming a trauma responsive school leader begins with recognizing how trauma shows up at school among students and educators, and then responding with whole-school strategies. During this course you will learn alongside other school leaders, and have planning assignments that you can complete individually or with other team members from your school/district office. These planning assignments will enable you to identify the ways that your district/school is already attending to the needs of students and staff affected by trauma, begin coordinating the programs already in existence and identify opportunities to strengthen trauma responsiveness. This applied course also emphasizes educator well-being enabling you to speak from experience as you lead your school community in developing practices of collective-care.


By the end of the course you will have developed a vision and a plan for how you can support your staff/colleagues to foster increased utilization of trauma responsive practices. 


This course is intended for K-12 school and district leaders, including deans and department chairs, and other teacher leaders that have planning and administrative responsibilities. 


Topics Covered:

  • Developing a School-Wide Plan for Supporting Students Coping with Trauma   

  • Assessment of School-Wide Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Needs and Interventions

  • Staff Management Components

    • Coaching Staff in Trauma Responsive Practices

    • Behavior and Mental Health Teaming to Provide Sustainable Supports

    • Recognizing Secondary Traumatic Stress in Staff and Developing a Collective Care Plan

  • Relationships and School Connectedness and Belonging

  • Targeted COVID-19 Components Components

    • Understanding Traumatic Loss and Traumatic Grief

    • Talking with Children and Youth about Trauma 

    • Helping Children Process Worry and Anxiety in the Classroom

    • Fostering Resilience and Bouncing Back After a Crisis 

  • Active Engagement with Educator Self-Care 



Course Cost: $200 per person


Certificates and Continuing Education Units: 

  • Upon completion you will receive a certificate indicating 16 course hours of professional development learning time.

  • Awarding of professional development and continuing education credit is determined by your institution. 


Questions: Please contact 

July 12 - 14, 2021