Trauma-Informed Schools Professional Services

Kickboard offers solutions to schools wanting to help students build resilience and recover from the impact of trauma exposure and toxic stress.

Trauma-Informed Schools Get Positive Results

Kickboard’s Trauma-Informed Schools Professional Services provide leaders with systems and practices needed to effectively respond to the impact of trauma and toxic stress on students, staff, and parents. This leads to positive outcomes such as lower suspension rates, fewer reports of student aggression and improved student engagement and attendance.


5 Essential Steps for Building a Trauma-Informed SEL School

5 Essential Steps for Building a Trauma-Informed School

Build a Common Understanding

Assemble a Team

Plan Strategically

Launch with Intentionality

Implement, Monitor, and Evaluate

Successful Trauma-Informed Schools…

  • Establish safety for all school community members.
  • Understand the impact of trauma and toxic stress.
  • Align culture, practices, and policies with knowledge of trauma and principles of trauma-informed care.
  • Foster the development of dependable and supportive relationships within the school and with the community.
  • Use a multi-tiered system of supports model to promote resilience and respond to trauma exposed students and school community members.
  • Practice cultural humility and responsiveness.
  • Provide ongoing training and support to teachers and staff on trauma-informed practices and self-care.
  • Sustain trauma-informed efforts through ongoing critical self-reflection and evaluation, action-planning, and data-driven monitoring.

Why is it Important to Become a Trauma-Informed School?

Trauma exposure is surprisingly common

Research shows that as many as two out of every three students have been exposed to at least one traumatic or adverse event. One out of two students has experienced two or more traumatic events.

Trauma exposure changes brain development and how a body responds to stress

Traumatic and adverse events such as physical and sexual abuse, growing up with a parent with substance dependence, having a loved one incarcerated, or living in an unsafe neighborhood can impact development, affecting areas of the brain that regulate impulse control, executive and cognitive functioning, and emotional and fear responses. Exposure can also lead to a significantly higher risk for many of the leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases, diabetes, and suicide and can reduce life expectancy by 20 years (CDC, 2019).

Students’ exposure to trauma and toxic stress can negatively impact their functioning at school.

Impact on Cognitive Functioning

  • Decreased verbal ability
  • Attention difficulties
  • Disrupted neurodevelopment

Impact on Academic Performance

  • Lower reading and math scores;
  • Increased discipline referrals and suspensions and expulsions
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Increased retention & SPED referrals

Social and Emotional Functioning

  • Increased aggression, hyperactivity, impulsivity
  • Higher levels of sadness, aggression, anxious feelings

Schools and teachers play an integral role in helping students build resilience and recover from the impact of trauma exposure and toxic stress.

Kickboard’s Professional Services provides the guidance and training necessary to move forward on the road to trauma-informed practice, thereby mitigating the negative impact of trauma exposure and helping all students and school community members to thrive.