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Trauma Learning Modules

Welcome to our online trauma learning modules for Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports. We believe that becoming a Trauma-Sensitive School is a journey. Throughout this journey will provide you tools to develop the systems to gain knowledge, to build practices, and to have the skills to support a Trauma-Sensitive School. Your professional journey includes engaging and practical learning modules. Within the learning modules, you will interact with content that is focused on developing a Trauma-Sensitive School. Supplemental activities, resources, and an action planner are included to help guide your implementation. Videos from experts and division staff implementers are also included with each module to enrich your experience.

Finally, our six modules are focused on the following topics:

Please select the appropriate module below to find the materials and information for each.

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Introduction to Trauma and Becoming a Trauma-Sensitive School

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the formal definition as well as the three categories of trauma
  • Determine who trauma affects
  • Understand the impact trauma has on a child’s educational experience
  • Use data to inform the importance of trauma-sensitive practices 
  • Align trauma-sensitive practices into a multi-tiered system of supports
  • Determine school readiness for implementation of trauma-sensitive practices

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Families and Communities as Partners

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore current approaches to engaging families in schools, particularly those families impacted by trauma.
  • Understand why family and community engagement is key to developing and fostering trauma-sensitive schools within a multi-tiered system of supports.
  • Identify strategies for implementation of empowering, trauma-sensitive strategies to foster positive school – family – community partnerships.

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How Trauma Impacts Learning

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the impact of trauma in the classroom through how it affects learning, relationships, and behavior
  • Understand the impact trauma has on the brain

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Video(s)

Strategies and Classroom Practices

Coming soon!

Implementation and Systems

Coming soon!

Resilience

Coming soon!

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