Although we all share a global experience with COVID-19, we all have different beginnings in that chapter, and we will all have different endings. Mine began as my colleagues, scholars, and I entered Spring Break. As I mentioned in my previous post, From Trauma-Impacted to Trauma-Responsive, my school is one of the lowest performing schools in the state; last year, it was the lowest. A tremendous amount of work has been done by staff and scholars to turn around the school, improve its reputation, and to meet the unique needs of our scholars. Our outlook was promising as we were projected to make a significant improvement in our overall school grade. Our school became a place where scholars and staff wanted to be; it became a safe haven, a loving “family.” On most days, the work was exhausting yet rewarding. Spring Break was Continue reading
Last school year, I embarked on an unexpected journey. I accepted an assignment at the lowest performing school in our district and in the state. It had a poor reputation. I knew it would be challenging. What I didn’t know was the volume of students who had been impacted by trauma I would encounter and come to love. It wasn’t long before my colleagues (social worker and counselor) — who were also new to the school– and I became overwhelmed by our work. We felt an urgency to do something to address our students’ needs. And so we did…..
We learned about the Attachment and Trauma Network’s (ATN) 2019 National Conference for Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools and gained approval and support from our administration to attend. We absorbed every bit of information we could and came back with a zeal to make a difference in our school. Since then, we have networked, trained, collaborated, and planned. The result: our school began a voyage this school year to become a fully Trauma-Responsive School. Our goal is to develop a model that can be emulated in similar schools in our district and, hopefully, in every school in our district. We are only in our infancy of this initiative but we have seen encouraging results. Also, we have the honor of sharing our voyage so far at the same conference where this all began! We will be presenting at the ATN’s 2020 Conference in Atlanta, GA (check out the link here: https://creatingtraumasensitiveschools.org/conference/
This post will be the first of many to educate others on the topic of trauma and what can be done to address it. My next post will be to introduce what trauma is and how it impacts development and learning. Stay tuned!
Thank you for reading! ~Rebecca