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Trauma Informed Classrooms and Social Emotional Learning: Respect for Persons in our Current Climate 

A new online class through Earlham College

Earlham College’s Graduate Programs in Education will offer a new online class that provides new resources and strategies for K-12 teachers working with students who have experienced traumatic events in their life. The deadline to register is January 21, 2020.

“Trauma Informed Classrooms and Social Emotional Learning: Respect for Persons in our Current Climate” will be offered during spring semester 2020. It is designed for educators familiar with Quaker values and approaches to learning, or who have a desire to implement more equity-based strategies in their classrooms. Enrollment is open to any practicing teacher in the United States.

“The definition of trauma is changing in classrooms across the nation,” says Becky Dimick Eastman, director of Earlham’s Graduate Programs in Education. “Educators who participate in this new coursework will develop strategies based on Quaker principles for working with students reeling from violence, challenges at home, discrimination, and other impediments to learning.”

A recent study by the National Survey on Children’s Health underscores the need for such a course. The study found that nearly 47 percent of all children in the United States have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, such as abuse or neglect, the death of a parent, or witnessing community violence in school or in the neighborhood. Nearly 22 percent of all children have experienced two adverse childhood experiences, the study says.

“We want to meet the needs of current teachers in a supportive way, where they live, and at the right time, as trauma-informed care has become a national conversation,” Dimick Eastman says. “This program has the potential to connect educators interested in Sustaining the Teacher Within to engage in discussions on cutting-edge topics that can make a difference in the lives of students.”

Earlham is the only institution of higher education offering such a course that is based on Quaker principles and practices related to respect for persons, community, peace and justice, integrity, and simplicity. Earlham has a legacy of preparing teachers to meet their students where they are—in this case, in terms of classroom climate—while still having high expectations.

This three credit graduate course is being offered at a special one-time reduced rate of $200 per credit hour, with no extra fees, for the spring semester of 2020. That’s a total of $600, whereas the normal cost of this class would be $750.


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