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ED594S Creating a Trauma Sensitive Environment in the K-12 Classroom 


De Angela Cooper ( 216 970-7580) & Sonequa Reeves(216-469-5581), Instructors


( students will need a gmail account to participate online through Google Classroom) 

Course Description:  A course for K-12 educators interested in learning strategies for working with students who have experienced trauma.  Primary emphasis on this course will be understanding the effect of trauma on school age children developing and using strategies to reach children in trauma and developing lesson plans on trauma to use in the classroom.

List of References Consulted:

Souers, Kristin, Hall, Peter, (2016) Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom 

Iberline, Jeanie M,  Ruyle, Mike (2017) Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom 


Ted Talks: 

Linda Cliatt-Wayman May 2015. How to Fix a Broken school? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard

Olympia Della Flora January 2019 Creative Ways to Get Kids to Thrive in School

Rita F. Pierson May 2013 Every Kid needs a Champion

Instructional Objectives:

The Student Will:

  1. Become familiar with current statistics on trauma.

  2. Understand how trauma affects behavior and academic performance.

  3. Create a journal of proven academic and social strategies as observed in a documentary.

  4. Learn and implement the factors that correlate with student engagement and are strongly tied to trauma as well as socioeconomic status.

  5. Design age appropriate lesson plans dealing with the issues of trauma.

  6. Compare and contrast actual teaching situations to their own environments.

  7. Develop a plan of action for his/her own teaching environment based on strategies and knowledge that they learned. 

Instructional Procedures:  

This course will include cooperative learning, oral presentations, group discussions, journaling, videos, web searches and summary writing. 


Course Outline:

Session One:  

  1.  Basic statistics on trauma-direct teaching with discussion and quiz to follow.

  2. TED Talk - Discussion and journal writing

  3. Fostering Resilient Learners-Understanding Trauma and the Prevalence - Cooperative learning

  4. Individual and Group Activities

  5. Independent Reading


Session Two: 

  1.  TED Talk- Discussion and journal writing

  2. Fostering Resilient Learners- Self-Awareness- Start a list of strategies to use in his/her classroom.

  3. Individual and Group Activities

  4. Independent Reading


Session Three: 

  1. TED Talk- Discussion and journal writing

  2. Cultivation Mindfulness in the Classroom- Discussion and journal writing

  3. Individual Group Activities

  4. Independent Reading


Session Four: 

  1. Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom- discussion

  2. Individual and Group Presentations

  3. Independent presentations

Assessment and Evaluation:

The following is a break down of how student’s grades will be assessed:

  • 10% Participation and attendance

  • 15% Trauma Quiz

  • 15% Article Summary

  • 30% Group Presentation 

  • 30% List of strategies from Fostering Resilient Learners & Cultivation Mindfulness in the Classroom 

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