"The best way the predict your future is to create it."
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States and Change Agent
WHAT IS TRAUMA INFORMED EDUCATION?
Cultivating a culture of Empathy
Approximately 2 of every 3 children will experience a significant traumatic even by the time they turn 18. Trauma can affect almost every aspect of child development by actually altering the wiring of a child's brain.
The affects of trauma can manifest themselves in many ways, such as irritability, impulsivity, lack of focus, anxiety, defiance, or just "shutting down" academically.
It is a teacher's job to help students develop in body and mind, but many lack the training of what to look for and how to respond. Many educators are also dealing with their own personal traumas, and bringing them into their classrooms.
Trauma-informed education has two main parts: understanding trauma and its effects AND knowing what to do about them. It’s one thing to recognize the defiance in your second grade student as an effect of trauma, but it’s another thing to know how to handle it in a classroom. And, what about our teachers? Teachers who, due to a pandemic, have been asked to do the impossible for their students, while trying to keep their families safe and provided for at home? Are we as a community doing enough for them?
We have built the Change Agents Initiative to help address this mental health crisis. When teachers and administrators learn what trauma is, how it affects their students, and then how to implement trauma-informed practices, it completely changes the lives of children.
We will see fewer behavior problems, higher student engagement, and more academic achievement.
Full Spectrum will work tirelessly to get these educational practices into school districts throughout Ohio.