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We explain a key concept of trauma informed practice in schools - the concept of adaptation. To learn more about the trauma informed positive behaviour support program, please visit


Structured Sensory Strategies with Kimberly Hodges

With the increasing awareness of the benefits of sensory strategies in the classroom, how can we use these strategies in a coherent and meaningful way to get the most impact? Today we speak with Kimberley Hodges.Kimberly has dedicated her career to working with students identified as having severe emotional behavior disorders. She has worked in the private residential and public-school settings as a behavior specialist, classroom teacher and instructional lead teacher. Kimberly received her...


Restoring Trust at School

Do your students trust you as their teacher? The impact of abuse and neglect in childhood is far reaching. Most devastatingly, these experiences disrupt a child’s capacity build attachments and relationships with those around them – including their teachers. While many think that simply talking to a student, or spending time with them, is enough to build trust - this is often insufficient. The restoration of epistemic trust requires several other educational strategies – strategies that...


Relational Pedagogy in Practice

Increasing awareness of trauma-informed practice reinforces the significance of the relational pedagogy. That is, developing authentic relationships with young people as a way of restoring their capacity for connection and learning. So what does this relational pedagogy look like in practice? The article we are reviewing today is titled ‘Relational ways of being an educator: trauma informed practice supporting disenfranchised young people’, written by Ann Morgan and colleagues. For the...


The Happy Teacher Revolution with Danna Thomas

In this episode, we interview Danna Thomas from The Happy Teacher Revolution. Danna is the founder of the Happy Teacher Revolution network - aimed at organizing support groups for teachers in the field of mental health and wellness to increase teacher happiness, retention, and professional sustainability. With teachers are asked to give so much in terms of time, money, and emotional capacity, the Happy Teacher Revolution network aims to support teachers to strike a balance between excellent...


Consult Before You Commit: Teaching Students with Complex Social & Academic Difficulties

Supporting students with complex and challenging difficulties can be a difficult task - one that requires educators to collaborate with other educators and professionals. So how can we help these students? Learn about the four step framework for practical strategies for delivering effective support with these students.


Inform Before You Instruct: Helping Students Who Have Difficulties with Instructions

Childhood trauma interferes with a students capacity to understand, accept and follow instructions. So how can we help these students?Learn about the four step framework for practical strategies for delivering effective instructions with these students.


Conscious Discipline with Becky Bailey

We live in the age of the brain. With so much written about the impact of childhood trauma on the brain, how do educators put this science to use in the classroom? Today we have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Becky Bailey about her ground-breaking Conscious Discipline program. Dr. Becky Bailey is an award-winning author, renowned educator and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. She is the creator of Conscious Discipline which has...


Regulate Before You Reason: Helping Students Who Have Difficulties Managing Their Emotions

Childhood trauma interferes with a students capacity to control their emotions. So how can we help these students?Learn about the four step framework for practical strategies for building the school readiness of these students.


Teaching Empathy with Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon is founder of the Roots of Empathy program in Toronto, Canada. In 2000, she established this international program Roots of Empathy, which now offers programs in elementary schools in around the world. Roots of Empathy is recognized as one of the top evidence-based social and emotional learning programs. To get access to the links and resources mentioned in the interview, please visit


Trauma Informed PBS in Practice

In this coaching call, we speak about 'Peter' - a case study about a 11 yr old boy with a prejudicial past, having difficulties at school. The call follows a structured process utilised in the Trauma Informed PBS program to work collaboratively with teachers to generate ideas for interventions and strategies. If you would like to book in for a coaching call for yourself, visit and register your details.


Maslow Before Bloom: Supporting Students Who Live in Poverty and Deprivation

The basic needs of children go unmet, they fuel challenging behaviours and hinder learning. These needs include being safe from abuse and neglect, having adequate and suitable accommodation, good and regular nutrition, hydration, sleep, hygiene, exercise and recreation. Learn about the four step framework for practical strategies for building the school readiness of these students. Video link:


75 | Teaching Students Who Hurt with Susan Craig

We speak with Dr. Susan Craig. Susan is a lifelong student of early trauma and its effects on children’s learning. Her teaching experience, as well as years of on- site training and technical assistance to school districts throughout the country, provides the context for her advocacy for trauma-sensitive educational reform. Her books Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: Strategies for Your Classroom (2008) and Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives...


74 | Spotlight: Turnaround for Children with Laura Sikes

We speak with Laura Sikes from the Turnaround for Children program. Set-up in New York in the wake of the events of September 11 in 2001, Turnaround for Children is a program that aims to support schools by providing tools and services to accelerate healthy student development and academic achievement in schools serving high concentrations of children impacted by adversity.Set up by Dr. Pamela Cantor, Turnaround for Children promote clear and actionable steps that can be used by school...


73 | Trust Building Strategies

For most students, trust in their teachers comes naturally. But for some, like children who have been abused and neglected, trusting teachers is harder. Negative experiences of failure and punishment make these student weary of teachers and their intentions.So how do you build trust with students? Learn the four step framework for practical strategies to connect with challenging students. Video link:


72 | Student Perspectives on Trauma

Despite the burgeoning knowledge about the impact of trauma on learning, the perceptions and lived educational experiences of youth with trauma living has remained unchartered territory in the research literature. Such understandings, can be useful in understanding how to address the challenges faced by traumatized students in the classroom. The article we are reviewing today is titled ‘Student Perspectives on how Trauma experiences manifest in the Classroom: Engaging Court-Involved Youth in...


71 | Spotlight: Derby Hills Elementary with James Moffett

As teachers, we are often at the mercy of the leadership we work under. We are often required to adopt practices and approaches that we may not fully trust or believe in. Despite the promises of every program or approach, the autonomy and judgement of the teachers - the people who know their students the best - is curtailed and distrusted. But what if there was an approach to leadership and practice that was both evidence based, while still allowing the teachers to act on their expertise and...


70 | Spotlight: Logan Avenue Elementary with Jessica Griffin

What is the real impact of a educational leader on a school? Trauma informed practices offer principals a framework to think about about both the needs of the student, as well as those of the teachers and broader community. When implemented with diligence, courage and collaboration, a trauma informed approach to leadership can transform schools to being inclusive and compassionate communities of practice. But is there evidence of such methods actually working? Today we speak with Jessica...


69 | Trauma Informed Leadership with Jim Sporleder

Being a principal can be a challenging and demanding role in schools. Balancing the needs of students, with those of the staff and the school community can be a difficult task. With so many competing needs, adopting a trauma informed approach can seem like a enormous task, particularly when teachers and the school community are tired and weary of new approaches. So why would educational leaders want to adopt trauma informed practice in their schools? We speak to Jim Sporleder, author of the...


68 | Teaching and Mental Health with Jessica Minahan

Although much has been written about the impact of such psychiatric difficulties on learning, teachers often have little guidance on effective strategies to support students with mood, anxiety and other mental health concerns. So what can be done to help these students? In this episode, we speak with Jessica Minahan, author of the book, The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students. Jessica is a licensed and board certified behavior analyst,...