Trauma-Informed Schools Professional Services

Action Planning for Becoming a Trauma-Informed School

Audience

Principal and Trauma-Informed Practices Team

Overview

Research over the past several years clearly shows how trauma and adverse events can have a profound impact on an individual’s development, affecting areas of the brain that regulate impulse control, executive and cognitive functioning, and emotional and fear responses. By integrating trauma-informed practices into the school and classroom environment, schools can be proactive in helping students recover and lessen the impact of trauma on school performance.

During this session, a Kickboard coach will guide the team to collaboratively create a vision for what it means to be a trauma-informed school. The team will then develop explicit goals and an aligned strategic action plan to guide their work within a multi-tiered system of support. This full day of planning considers where each school is on the journey and helps guide them forward.

Challenges Addressed

  • School leaders and staff know that many of their students have experienced trauma, but they don’t know what to do to help these students.
  • The approach to handling students with behavioral problems is more often punitive in nature.
  • Students who are experiencing school performance issues are not screened for trauma exposure.
  • Teachers are having difficulty building trusting relationships with students.
  • Students do not feel that school is a safe place for them.
  • Teachers and staff are not aware of how their biases are impacting their relationships with students.

Program Outcomes

  • Shared vision for becoming a trauma-informed school.
  • A strategic action plan which:
    • Serves as the school’s road map to becoming trauma informed
    • Has agreed upon SMART goals and outlines activities which will lead to achievement of these goals
    • Has a plan for monitoring progress towards goals
    • Provides clarity to school staff on what will be expected of them
    • Identifies existing and new resources needed to achieve goals

Format

Two 1-Hour Planning Meetings (Virtual) +
Full-Day (6 hrs) in-person collaborative session

Kickboard has made a huge difference. We reduced disciplines by 44% in just 18 weeks. If I go to another campus and come back to ours, I can see and hear the difference. It’s so positive here and that’s changing the culture of our school. This not only improves students’ behavior but it improves their academic performance as well.
— KASIE JACKSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - DALLAS ISD