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Trauma-Informed Education in Rural Schools

A Free Virtual Series

Trauma impacts everyone in every community. However, the challenges vary by type of community and those faced by rural schools and communities are unique. Trauma-informed education research based on the book, "Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education," by Alex Shevrin Venet (2021), focuses on the systemic and structural changes schools can make to proactively address student and adult trauma. Research specific to rural schools like “food deserts,” inequitable housing, transportation barriers, lack of access to medical care and other trauma-related structural influences will be examined. Additionally, a review of community assets-based research will offer proactive steps the school system and educators can take.


Over the five sessions participants will explore the importance of 1) bringing equity to the center of trauma-informed practices, 2) viewing trauma as a lens, not a label, 3) cultivating unconditional positive regard for students, 4) taking a systems view of trauma for impactful and sustained change, 5) examining classroom practices and pedagogy to support healing practices in the context of rural school and community experiences.



November 9, 2021

January 11, 2022

February 8, 2022

March 8, 2022

May 10, 2022


4-5 p.m.


5 CTLE Hours





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