An Approach to Trauma-Informed Education
In her presentations for the Contemporary Teaching Series in January, Alex Shevrin Venet outlined four key priorities to trauma-informed educational practices—predictability, flexibility, empowerment, and connection.
She acknowledges that there is creative tension between these four proactive priorities, and she notes that there is no simple formula for turning them into practice. When she plans her class activities, she asks these questions to guide the many decisions all teachers must make every day: “Is this predictable? Is it flexible? Does it foster empowerment? Does it foster connection?”
Alex develops more fully how she incorporates these priorities into her teaching in her presentation for the CTLR and in her new book, Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education.
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