5 Resources and Articles on Student Trauma for Your Teacher Toolbox

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Trauma exists in many forms, and many of our students live it daily. They are, in fact, experiencing a traumatic event right now, and they need our help to manage their response. By building your own knowledge base around trauma, you can better support your students—both virtually and in your classroom. These resources and articles on trauma from WE Teachers will help you develop a trauma-informed practice.

1. Expert Advice on Dealing with Trauma

In this first in a series of three articles, subject matter experts share the first steps all teachers can take to help students dealing with trauma.

2. Video: Anti-Racism and the Trauma-Informed Practice

In this WE Teachers Professional Learning Session, “Creating Diverse, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Classrooms,” Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond discusses trauma in the classroom and the importance of having conversations about race and raising awareness of racism in the classroom.

3. Introductory Module on Trauma-Informed Classrooms

On the WE Virtual Learning Center, you’ll want to download this module to learn the information, tools, and resources you need to create a trauma-informed classroom. For a deeper dive on trauma, you can access modules on:

  • Mental Well-being.
  • Anti-racism.
  • Bullying.
  • Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Pandemic Community.
  • Poverty.
  • Youth Violence.

4. How to Support Your Student Through Trauma

This article dives into the types of trauma students experience, the science behind how trauma affects a student’s brain, and warning signs to look for.

5. Five Things Every Teacher Needs to Know to Create a Trauma-Informed Classroom

When students have experienced trauma, learning can be a struggle. This article breaks down how teachers can help, starting with understanding where students are coming from.

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