Trauma informed practices benefit all students and can be a universal approach that's easier to implement than you think. Learn about the research behind trauma and toxic stress and how it affects the brain and learning/behaviors in order to recognize the signs and symptoms, so we can shift our mindset and how we're perceiving challenges.
Build your toolbox of practical classroom and schoolwide strategies to clearly identify and remove barriers to student success, teach and model coping skills, and build connections with even the most difficult students. Re-think traditional discipline procedures and move towards a focus on restorative practices and repairing relationships. You will walk away with evidence based practices that you can implement in your classroom the very next day.
Program Note: This workshop was formerly titled Trauma Informed Instruction.
Sarah Sherman has been teaching students with emotional and behavioral challenges for 19 years in school districts around the country from California to New Mexico to New Hampshire in grades K-8. She taught in inner city schools with many students affected by childhood trauma and their families including abuse, addiction, incarceration and gang activity. She has a Masters in Special Education, is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, and is currently enrolled in the Trauma Informed Practices and Policies graduate program. Sarah is also a certified Yoga Instructor who has been teaching a Trauma Sensitive Yoga class through Haven called Empower for 5 years and has led workshops for yoga teachers on the Seacoast on trauma sensitive practices.