Transforming Schools: Trauma-Engaged Toolkit
The vision of this toolkit is to help Alaska schools and communities integrate trauma-engaged practices and policies into their everyday activities in order to improve academic outcomes and well-being for all students. Improving student outcomes requires us to support the whole child, and to understand how trauma impacts a child’s ability to learn and thrive.
Trauma Engaged Schools Knowing to Doing Video Library
The Trauma Engaged Video Library offers over 50 peer-led and statewide experts short videos tied to the topics in the Framework. They are under 10 minutes and easily accessible for personal review or in a group setting to stimulate discussion.
1. Deconstructing Trauma
Provides tools for increasing school staff understating of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and their links to learning and child brain development.
2. Relationship Building
Includes strategies for building capacity in school districts to intentionally foster supportive relationships between all members of the school community.
3. Policy Considerations
Helps school leadership and staff to consider what district or school policies may be important to review and adapt when working towards a trauma engaged school.
4. Planning & Coordination of Schoolwide Efforts
Provides tools to reflect on each site’s current trauma engaged work and tools to identify key priorities and create a plan for your Trauma Engaged Schools work.
5. Professional Learning
Support the building of capacity within schools and school districts to provide and support intentional, effective, and cohesive professional development on Trauma-Engaged School Practices.
6. School-Wide Practices and Climate
Provides tools, strategies and resources for a positive school climate and for Trauma Engaged school wide practices.
7. Skill Instruction
Provides resources and strategies for Trauma Engaged skills instruction of Social and Emotional Learning skills.
8. Support Services
Provides tools and strategies for school support service providers to help shift practices to being Trauma Engaged.
9. Cultural Integration &
Provides strategies for partnering with the community and utilizing appropriate cultural adaptations in planning and implementing Trauma Engaged Schools work at your school.
10. Family Partnership
Provides tools and resources to partner with parents for social, emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes.
11. Self Care
Supports the Transforming Schools framework and includes how to build capacity within school districts to promote, provide and support self-care that is intentional, effective, and cohesive for staff.