Trauma-Informed Schools Professional Services

Trauma-Informed Practices Audit and Recommendations

Audience

Principal and Trauma Informed Practices (TIP) Team

Overview

Now that it is known that trauma-exposure is common among students and that this exposure can have a corrosive impact on academic performance, classroom behavior, and relationships, a national dialogue has emerged on the need to integrate trauma-informed approaches into the school and classroom environments, but little is being said on how school leaders can set out to accomplish this.

Kickboard Coaches can help school leaders tackle one of the essential steps to becoming a trauma-informed school by conducting a school-wide audit to assess the degree to which school policies and procedures, environment, classroom practices, engagement of students and families, and culture align with trauma-informed principles. Kickboard Coaches will then provide a report which highlights the findings of the audit and presents actionable recommendations for improvement.

Challenges Addressed

School leaders and teachers are aware of high rates of trauma exposure among students, but don’t know how to support students.

  • There is no framework in place for school leaders to examine school practices, policies, and procedures through a trauma-informed lens
  • School as limited resources and school leaders are not sure what to prioritize
  • School leaders and teachers want better engagement with students and parents
  • Teachers and staff are experiencing burnout and vicarious traumatization, leading to problems with staff retention
  • Students with trauma exposure remain unidentified and without services

Program Outcomes

A comprehensive report of how practices and policies align with principles of trauma-informed care and written, actionable recommendations which can be taken to create a more trauma-informed environment.

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