Episode 027: Trauma-Informed Teaching

Education, Education Podcast, Relationships

Trauma-Informed Teaching has become more and more of an important topic in our professional development in recent years. In this episode, I visit with Kristin Atchley about how trauma is impacting our students and ways teachers and schools can support families.

Kristin Atchley is the Executive Director of Counseling for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She has been a school counselor and a student advocate for Moore and Norman Public Schools. Kristin has brought in a wave of trauma-informed practices throughout our state. She trains school personnel at all levels and planned/organized the first Trauma Summit in 2018. If you don’t already follow her on Twitter, I would strongly recommend it – @KristinAtchley.

Below are resources mentioned in the episode:

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Kristin:

  1. Tell us who you are and what you do.
  2. How do you describe Trauma Informed Practice to the novice?
  3. Why is it important for schools to be Trauma Informed?
  4. What do teachers need to know about trauma?
  5. What are ACEs?
  6. What behaviors are prevalent in children who have a high ACE score?
  7. How does trauma impact brain development?
  8. What strategies/classroom practices need to be in place to help students develop their prefrontal cortex and lower students’ stress levels in the classroom?
  9. What is the importance of relationships in Trauma Informed Classrooms? How do teachers develop connections with their students?
  10. What makes a student or family resilient? How can schools help to develop resiliency in students and families?
  11. What are wrap around services? How can they benefit families with high-trauma?
  12. What professional development opportunities do teachers need surrounding trauma?
  13. What is fight, flight, and freeze? What does each look like?
  14. What would happen to the overall mission of our work if ACEs were radically reduced in the population as a whole? What does a low-ACEs culture look like?
  15. What are your go-to resources to share with teachers/principals?

This episode was recorded at and mastered by Design Tunnel in downtown OKC.

Episode 006: OklaSaid Collaboration

Education Podcast, Relationships

This week’s episode has a bit of a different format. OklaSaid is a weekly podcast that reviews and discusses the #oklaed twitter chat. Each week the hosts, Erin Barnes @ebarnes73 and Scott Haselwood @TeachFromHere, interview the moderators of the #oklaed chat and then break down the conversation surrounding each question. You can find out more information about OklaSaid at their website or on Twitter @OklaSaid.

April 15, Kristin Atchley and I moderated the #oklaed chat and so today we are combining our podcasts which will include an interview with me and Kristin about our topic for the #oklaed chat.

Kristin is the executive director of counseling at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. I have followed her on twitter for some time now and we recently met when we figured out we were at the same conference. The Raising Resilient Oklahomans conference was put on by Ok 25 by 25 and discussed the capacity of building resilience to counteract the impact childhood trauma.

Below are the questions Kristin and I prepared for the #oklaed chat on April 15, 2018:

  1. What is your professional experience with ACEs?
  2. What behaviors do you see from children who have high ACE scores? How can you tell a students is in “fight, flight, or freeze” and is unable to process new concepts/learn?
  3. What classroom/school practices do you have in place to develop your students’ prefrontal cortex?
  4. What classroom school practices do you have in place to build connection with and between your students?
  5. What strategies are you using that involve the whole family? Does your school provide any wrap-around services to families?
  6. What would happen to the overall mission of your work if ACEs were radically reduced in the population as a whole? What does a low-ACEs culture look like?
  7. What makes you a resilient person? How can that help your students?
  8. What classroom/school practices are you using or would like to use to build student resilience?
  9. What training/PD do you need in your teaching practice to effectively respond to students in a trauma sensitive manner?
  10. Retweet a post from this chat to share a trauma-informed practice you would like to implement in your classroom/school?