The Trauma-informed Multi-tiered Systems of Support (T-MTSS) framework, partnered with a multi-disciplinary threat assessment process, is a model that can be adopted by schools to promote school safety and better outcomes for students. This graphic, developed by Continua Consulting, depicts the crucial elements of comprehensive Tier 1 supports for students. By incorporating universal screening for social-emotional concerns and using data to drive our practice in the area of behavior and social-emotional well-being, similar to best practice with academic instruction, we can better meet the needs of students. Using data allows us to efficiently identify and align resources for students that need higher levels of support and intervention.Read More
After hearing about the impact of trauma on students, many staff want to start the journey for their school to become trauma informed. This blog post outlines how to become trauma-informed. Read a book, host a movie screening, start with your classroom.
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Last week on the blog, we covered the Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed School. This week we are digging deeper into those seven elements to understand what are the key components of each element and how do we assess our current practices. For each element, I have outlined 4 questions about school practices in that area to guide reflection regarding current practices. It is imperative that we reflect and consider our current practices, beliefs and culture as we implement change. I have created a tool to assist you in this process along with a pdf fillable form that will help you capture your thoughts.Read More
A trauma-informed school realizes the prevalence and impact of trauma and responds by building resilience, relationships and safety for students, families and staff.
I want to dive in to 5 common myths about trauma-informed schools and explain why these ideas do not match with what trauma-informed schools are about.Read More