Being Trauma Informed at Palisades

Ahead of new leg­is­la­tion passed at the state lev­el requir­ing school dis­tricts in the Commonwealth of PA to be Trauma Informed, a team from Palisades School District, led by Ms. Janet Link, has been work­ing with Lakeside (a divi­sion of Lakeside Global Institute) to pro­vide “edu­ca­tors with the right knowl­edge and tools to sup­port their stu­dents in deal­ing with the chal­lenges they face.”  According to research, near­ly two-thirds of the pop­u­la­tion has been impact­ed by adverse child­hood expe­ri­ences (ACES). These expe­ri­ences direct­ly affect a child’s abil­i­ty to be focused and suc­cess­ful at school. The pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment that our teach­ers are receiv­ing helps them guide stu­dents to be more suc­cess­ful stu­dents.

What does it mean to be a “Trauma Informed” School?

A safe school (emo­tion­al­ly and phys­i­cal­ly)

A school based on estab­lish­ing strong rela­tion­ships with stu­dents

A school with a strong social-emotional cur­ricu­lum, incor­po­rat­ing self-regulation, that is taught to all stu­dents

A staff that is informed in child­hood trau­ma, and the effects of trau­ma on social devel­op­ment and learn­ing

The pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment that our teach­ers have par­tic­i­pat­ed in is fund­ed through a grant we were award­ed from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).  Providing teach­ers with the sup­port and tools they need to bet­ter edu­cate stu­dents who have expe­ri­enced trau­ma is a com­mit­ment by our school board and admin­is­tra­tors, and is now man­dat­ed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.