ATN’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools Initiative
ATN’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools Initiative is devoted to creating school-wide trauma-sensitive reform. Our experienced educators and those with expertise in early childhood trauma are working together to develop Professional Development Programs For Educators to help them:
- Understand the effects of early childhood trauma and/or separation on neurobiological development.
- Learn how early trauma impacts learning and behavior.
- Discover the motivation behind students’ behaviors by using Trauma-Informed Behavioral Assessments.
- Learn instructional strategies that help to heal the neurobiological impact of early childhood trauma.
- Explore classroom strategies that develop resiliency and improve learning outcomes for ALL children.
- Develop Trauma-Sensitive school-wide approaches to discipline.
ATN’s TSS Initiative is led by:
- Melissa Sadin, MAT, M.Ed., Co-Lead: Melissa is a life-long educator who has served as an administrator, special education teacher and professional developer. She is also the parent of a traumatized teen and working on her dissertation in trauma-sensitive schools.
- Jen Alexander, MA, SB-RPT, Co-Lead: Jen is a school counselor with a background in special education. She, too, is the parent of a traumatized child. Jen is writing a book on Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools and has worked tirelessly to create trauma-sensitive approaches and strategies for schools she’s served in Iowa.
This Professional Development Training can be done with any size group of:
- Social Workers
- Resource Officers
The TSS Task Force is also available for short and long-term consultation and strategic planning.
“Each year I have more children with less social/emotional development. Trauma-Informed classroom strategies have helped me improve both the academic and behavioral outcomes of my students.” — Ilene Pawlak, Kindergarten Teacher, NJ
“In the Somerville Public Schools, #allin4theVille isn’t just a phrase, but a representation of the district’s commitment to the success and individuality of each and every child. The district values and celebrates these unique differences and has placed a recent emphasis on ensuring that staff is trauma-sensitive and trauma-informed.” — Dr. Timothy Purnell, Superintendent, Somerville, NJ Public Schools
Want to join ATN’s Trauma Sensitive Schools Think Tank — a free Facebook-based group for educators, parents and professionals interested in promoting trauma-sensitive school practices?
Learn more about our Educating Traumatized Children Summit – 23 audio recordings from experts in the field of Trauma-Sensitive Schools.