Graduation Date

Spring 2020

Document Type

Project

Program

Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

Committee Chair Name

Mary Dingle

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Kenny Richards

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL

Forrest Cord

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma have been found to affect almost two thirds of the American population, including students enrolled in our public schools. This project was designed to create and implement a professional development workshop that provided a clear and concise description of ACEs, how exposure to ACEs and trauma affects the development of the brain, and how this exposure can impact a student’s behavior in and outside the classroom. The second focus of the presentation discussed trauma-informed classroom strategies to mitigate these behaviors.

This project began by pre-surveying the staff to determine what they knew about ACEs and trauma-informed classroom practices. Using these data, a presentation was created and implemented at a staff development workshop. In order to determine the effectiveness of this training the participants were given a post-training ¨exit ticket¨ survey. The post-training survey found that the majority of participants found both sections of the training to be useful although learning about trauma-informed strategies were most appreciated. The conclusion drawn from this project is that educators want to learn more about ACEs, benefit from learning about how brain development is impacted by trauma exposure, and are very interested in strategies that will help them mitigate the behaviors of students who are exposed to trauma both in and outside of the classroom.

Citation Style

APA

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