“Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event … Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.” (American Psychological Association) Complex trauma can result from events that are “severe and pervasive, such as abuse or profound neglect. They usually occur early in life and can disrupt many aspects of the child’s development and the formation of a sense of self.” (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network).

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Michigan’s Free Online SEL Training

The Michigan Department of Education in partnership with Michigan Virtual offers 5 self-paced courses (available to all but credit awarded only to MDE certificate holders) including an introduction to SEL, culturally responsive classrooms, embedding SEL schoolwide, creating professional culture based on SEL, and trauma-informed support.

SOURCE: Michigan DOE

TAGS Adult SEL trauma culturally responsive professional learning

Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

This issue brief describes 5 major barriers to equitable access to social emotional learning and positive life outcomes, and corresponding opportunities for districts to to dismantle those barriers by approaching SEL in ways that are grounded in equity and justice.

SOURCE: University/Nonprofit Research Institution

TAGS cultural competence anti-bias trauma board policies SEL competence research brief equity student discipline

How a District Integrates SEL With Academics (Nashville)

Edutopia's collection of articles and video featuring how SEL has taken root over time in Nashville, with a focus on integrating SEL into daily classroom practices and supporting implementation.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration trauma implementation support videos reading lists - staff CCSS model SEL schools instructional practices classroom level integrate with district priorities building buy-in for SEL

SELWell Menu of Supports

Boston's Office of Social Emotional Learning & Wellness (SELWell) is made up of a range of departments that work together to improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellness of all students. This menu includes a snapshot of each contributing team and their services organized by tier.

SOURCE: Boston Public Schools

TAGS trauma SEL partnerships MTSS professional learning

Restorative Re-entry Toolkit

Chicago Public Schools' Restorative Re-entry Toolkit outlines how schools can welcome and support students returning to school after a serious incident or extended absence. Includes conversation protocols, sample communications, and a template for an individualized re-entry plan.

SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools

TAGS trauma MTSS student discipline

Helping Children and Youth Cope with Stressful Events

New York City's 2 page flyer for parents and caregivers with tips for supporting children and teens who have directly or indirectly experienced a stressful event or trauma.

SOURCE: New York City

TAGS mental health trauma reading lists - parents PK-12 family and community engagement

SEL Professional Learning Conference – Nashville

Program packet from Nashville's annual SEL conference, including conference agenda, workshop descriptions, presenter bios, and sponsor information.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

TAGS trauma fundraising teacher training instructional practices professional learning district SEL expertise

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