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Trauma Awareness

This curated collection was created in response to school and classroom needs; the guide has resources to help educators understand trauma and its effect on children.

Featured Books

Building Trauma-sensitive Schools

At least one in four youth experiences trauma severe enough to negatively affect their school success. Give hope and help to these students with this reader-friendly how-to guide, your springboard for building responsive, trauma-sensitive preK-12 schools.

Teaching, Learning, and Trauma, Grades 6-12

Transform challenging classroom experiences into opportunities for lasting student-teacher relationships, professional growth, and student engagement The authors guide you through the process of creating a learning environment that combats the negative effects of chronic stress and trauma. They show you how to establish rituals and routines, develop personalization, and implement effective student engagement practices that create a relationship-based culture and effectively improve student achievement.

The Simple Guide to Understanding Shame in Children

This guide provides straightforward answers and explanations to both common and complex questions about the psychological effects of shame. At a time when children are more likely than ever to experience shame, the accessible advice in this book helps adults to boost children's self-esteem.

Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door

Given the prevalence of traumatic events in our world, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Gross argues that it is time for educational institutions and those who work within them to change their approaches and responses to traumatic symptoms that manifest in students in schools and colleges. These changes can alter how and what we teach, how we train teachers, how we structure our calendars and create our schedules, how we address student behavior and disciplinary issues, and how we design our physical space.

Teaching Hope and Resilience for Students Experiencing Trauma

Huge numbers of our students are caught in storms of trauma--whether stemming from abuse, homelessness, poverty, discrimination, violent neighborhoods, or fears of school shootings or family deportations. This practical book focuses on actions that teachers can take to facilitate learning for these students. Identifying positive, connected teacher-student relationships as foundational, the authors offer direction for creating an emotionally safe classroom environment in which students find a refuge from trauma and a space in which to process events.

Childhood Disrupted

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level exactly how parents' chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical "fingerprints" on our brains. Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology.

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