The following fictional stories are examples of what trauma-informed practice might look like in a school setting.
Staff at an elementary school are working to build predictable and supportive routines throughout the school day. With their school psychologist, the school offered a series of learning sessions to help staff understand brain development and how it impacts students’ learning and behaviour. Staff is beginning to use this information to teach students skills to help regulate their emotions, so they can pause and think about their actions. These skills also support students to be engaged and ready to learn.
At the beginning of the year, staff from a middle school explored how trauma impacts the lives of students. Using the lens of trauma, staff review school and classroom policies and procedures to ensure they are using the most supportive practices.
A high school is using a student advisory model to ensure every student has at least one supportive adult in the school. A group of teachers and leaders are also reviewing school practices to ensure they align with trauma-informed practice. Time at monthly staff meetings has been set aside to share and discuss strategies for creating a more supportive learning environment.