Online Module

COLLAB 2020 Breakout Session:Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning

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Topic tags:
COLLAB 2020, trauma-sensitive practices, SEL
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Target Audience:
Novice, Intermediate

Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element B: Teachers demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity, while working toward common goals as a community of learners.
  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.

PD resource content

Resource material

This set of two resources provide straight-forward information on the effects of trauma on students, how the current global pandemic has compounded that trauma, and strategies to mitigate the challenges students in trauma face. 

Webinar Description (Please note: although recorded with the lens of younger children, ideas and strategies presented can be applied to students of all ages)

"Every classroom has students who have experienced trauma from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs can shake students’ sense of safety. The COVID-19 threat has the possibility of intensifying a sense of distress for all students, but may particularly impact students who have experienced trauma. During school closures, how can schools provide the safety and support that students need to learn and thrive? How can teachers, while distanced from their students, create positive childhood experiences to mitigate the impact of the pandemic? This webinar addresses how teachers and schools can integrate foundational trauma-sensitive practices into their online teaching plan and their interactions with students."

Learning Targets

  1. Educators will identify the increased risks that students who have previously experienced trauma are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  2. Educators will identify what these students and their families specifically need during the pandemic to feel safe and supported. 
  3. Educators will identify strategies and practices that teachers and schools can use to meet their needs.

Resource Links


Sanderlin, J. (2020, August 13). Trauma-sensitive practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Video file]. Retrieved from

Additional notes

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