Trauma Informed Teaching: Brain Science and the Trauma Informed Classroom with Louise Godbold
Tuesday, April 27, 20212:00 am – 10:00 am EDT/GMT-4
8 AM Vienna l 2 AM New York
The OSUN Hubs for Connected Learning Initiatives are pleased to invite OSUN members to the "Trauma Informed Educators Workshop and Lecture Series," developed by Ariane Simard from Bard College Berlin.
Trauma Informed Education is an approach that recognizes the influence and impact of trauma on students and educators in the classroom and takes into account how factors including racism, sexism, poverty, community violence, migrant and refugee status, mental health issues, addiction, abuse and neglect can hinder academic achievement as well as personal growth and functioning.
If we recognize education, as bell hooks does, as “part of our real world experience, our real life,” (Democratic Education) then can we understand that trauma, in all its forms, is in the classroom and in the corporate university? As we begin to expand our teaching to include admittedly traumatized populations–be it war veterans, refugees or people who are incarcerated–we need a set of skills that can both address their trauma as well as the trauma we ourselves carry into the classroom.
Drawing on studies on education, brain development and the lasting effects of trauma, as well as some nonviolent communication techniques, this workshop series aims to provide educators with a new understanding on how trauma can affect a student’s ability to function as well as offer up some tools for creating a more trauma informed classroom where educators can begin to model the kind of techniques that will help create new pathways of learning.
The third session will be led by Louise Godblod of Echo. Part of becoming trauma informed means understanding how biochemistry and the traumatized brain functions and how fight/flight/freeze response translates into less than ideal student behavior. We will discuss what can we do as educators to make our classrooms places where students not only learn the subjects we are teaching, but actually learn resilience.
As the executive director of the Los Angeles based nonprofit Echo Training, Louise Godbold has been working with community activists and educators for over 30 years on finding methods to educate about trauma and resilience in order to promote survivor empowerment. In this workshop we will learn how trauma affects the brain and develop some methods to provide support for traumatized students in blended learning classrooms. This workshop will be recorded.
Please register to receive the Zoom link to attend.