CSUWP Trauma-Informed Teaching Institute
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This hands-on institute will be facilitated by classroom teachers and other experts with teaching expertise who share a commitment to equity-based teaching and advocacy. You will collaborate in community with other institute participants to achieve the following outcomes:
Q: Is this institute right for me?
A: If you need research-based knowledge about trauma, practical strategies for addressing it in the classroom, and the simple realization that you are not alone as an educator, you will benefit from this institute. It’s important to know, however, that the institute facilitators are not therapists. Their expertise lies in the areas of teaching, professional development, and/or educational research. If you are seeking professional support that is primarily focused on recovery from your own personal trauma, this institute may not be right for you.
Q: Since the worst of the pandemic appears to be over, the world seems to be moving on. Shouldn’t schools and educators be moving on, too, myself included?
A: Scientists, researchers, and therapists agree that the post-pandemic impulse to “return to business as usual” is an unhealthy response to the personal and collective trauma that students, teachers, and the world overall have experienced since 2020. If you feel like you and your students are still experiencing emotional, social, and intellectual difficulties, you’re not just imagining things. The reality is that it will take years for all of us to heal.
Q: This program is offered by the CSU Writing Project, but I don't teach English. Will I feel out of place?
A: Absolutely not. Writing is only one tool we'll be using to explore the institute content and process our thinking, but the focus of the institute is not on improving writing instruction. You will definitely be encouraged to share your ideas, but you'll never be forced to share your writing.
Q: What's the instructional format of the institute?
A: This is not "sit-and-get" professional development. Rather, you will learn in a variety of formats, including discussion, learning circles, hands-on implementation of strategies, interactive lectures, and embodiment practices like breathwork and gentle movement (NOTE: Modifications will be available for individuals with physical disabilities).
Q: How can I convince my administrator or district that they will get their “money’s worth” if they pay for me to attend this institute?
A: Including the books, materials, and professional facilitation that you receive over an entire school year, the entire institute costs less than $4/hr.! Furthermore, the coaching you receive during institute meetings should equip you to share your knowledge effectively with other educators in your school and/or district.
Q: Why does the institute last so long? Can I attend the summer portion of the institute without attending the portion that occurs during the academic year or vice versa?
A: We will use a community of practice model, so we ask that you register only if you are able to attend the institute in its entirety. The yearlong design is necessary in order to meet the learning outcomes described above and to explore the wealth of research on trauma and trauma-based teaching in an interactive fashion. Finally, we know that your learning is more likely to "stick" if you have the chance to actually implement the institute strategies and tools with your learners during the actual academic year and then reflect on your experiences.
IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT CSUWP DIRECTOR, CINDY O'DONNELL-ALLEN.