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This presentation gives the foundation for understanding trauma as a medical condition and its impact on students, educators, other individuals, as well as society as a whole. It examines the ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) study and is designed for educators, and other professionals and organizations that service children and their families.
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Effects of Trauma & Stress on Learning
Educators in a trauma-informed setting must fully understand the impacts of trauma in a developing student brain, as it relates to the ability of a student to learn. This session will review the impacts of trauma on student growth and how complex trauma and PTS symptoms impede in a young person’s ability to function in the classroom. This session will discuss best practices for creating trauma-informed learning spaces and how a trauma-informed approach to teaching can have profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, despite their trauma.
Secondary Trauma, or Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), is the effect of indirect exposure to another’s trauma. Focusing on professional caregivers, this workshop will provide knowledge about workplace STS and its effects on those at increased risk, such as first responders, police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and child welfare, behavioral health, long term care, and emergency and critical care medical providers and the need to mitigate its effects through self-care and workplace resiliency programming.
Racial Trauma - Christopher A. Barnes, PhD.
Race-based stressors that are experienced by People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) individuals cannot be ignored. Attendees will receive an unbiased explanation of racial-trauma, explore how it exist in our schools, and learn what teachers can do to mitigate these stressors when witnessed – whether you are an ally, bystander, or an ethnic minority. This presentation also includes an activity that explains the complexity of race-based stress and another that promotes an understanding of privilege without promoting a sense of shame in non-minority members.
Implicit Bias - Cathy Taschner, Ed.D.
Implicit biases are pervasive. Everyone has them, even people with publicly admitted
commitments to impartiality such as judges. Left unchecked, our biases have the ability
to escalate into attitudes and behaviors that can cause intended or unintended harm to the
students and families we serve. The purpose of this presentation is to assist participants in developing the knowledge and skills we need as educators to be a threat to the existence
of bias and inequity in our schools.
Highlights include a discussion of universal design for learning, cultural competence, mitigating teacher trauma, and self-care. Participants will gain tools and strategies necessary to create a trauma-informed classroom, school, and/or district. Designed for teachers, administrators, and educational staff.
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