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Trauma Informed Teaching

Welcome to Trauma Informed Teaching Research Guide

Welcome to the Research Guide for Trauma-Informed Teaching! Here you will find resources, videos, and tips for beginning your research on the topic. Use the tabs at the top to navigate the guide. 

Understanding Trauma

What is Trauma Informed Teaching?

Trauma informed teaching, another component of social-emotional learning (SEL), encompasses how you as an educator can cultivate a safe environment where students can thrive. It requires the ability to create strong relationships while maintaining professional boundaries.

Trauma-informed pedagogy is a pedagogical practice that keeps trauma, its prevalence, and how it affects an individual. These practices are very similar to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and include practices such as:

  • Providing content information in advance
  • Using content descriptions, especially for potentially triggering media
  • Creating a safe and inclusive framework for discussions
  • Checking in on students
  • Encouraging community building and sense of belonging
  • Allowing for multiple ways to engage with course content
  • Building flexibility into assessment and absence policies
  • Valuing student input and feedback

What are ACEs?


Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Selected Books

ISBN: 9781416631279
Publication Date: 2022-08-30

A guide to the intersection of trauma and special needs, featuring strategies teachers can use to build resilience and counter the effects of trauma on learning and behavior. Childhood trauma is a national health crisis. As many as two out of every three children in any classroom across the country have experienced some form of trauma.

ISBN: 9781416621072
Publication Date: 2016-01-30

In this galvanizing book for all educators, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue-childhood trauma-and its profound effect on learning and teaching. Grounded in research and the authors' experience working with trauma-affected students and their teachers, Fostering Resilient Learners will help you cultivate a trauma-sensitive learning environment for students across all content areas, grade levels, and educational settings.

ISBN: 9781681252452
Publication Date: 2019-01-01

In the United States, at least one in four youth experiences trauma severe enough to negatively affect their school success.* Give hope and help to these students with this reader-friendly how-to guide, your springboard for building responsive, trauma-sensitive preK-12 schools. Drawing on her extensive experience as a school counselor, trainer, and mother, trauma expert Jen Alexander delivers a comprehensive framework for building a safe, supportive school environment that helps all students learn and thrive.

ISBN: 9781787752672
Publication Date: 2020-12-21

Covering both theory and practice, this book will teach educators everything they need to know about developing restorative practices in their education settings, in a way that is also trauma-informed. The first part of the book addresses the theory and philosophy of restorative approaches, and of trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive schools. The second part outlines the five restorative skills (mindfulness, honest expression, empathy, the art of asking questions and the art of requests), what they look like in practice (including using circles, respect agreements and restorative dialogue), and how to implement them.

Helpful Websites

Selected Articles | TITL

TedTalks and Lectures

Podcasts | TITL

CDC Resources

According to the CDC, Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization, perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.

“ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a study that discovered childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence, being a victim of violence, as well as financial and social problems. The ACE Study has published about 70 research papers since 1998. Hundreds of additional research papers based on the ACE Study have also been published.

In 2020, CDC announced funding for the Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Data to Action cooperative agreement to support adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) monitoring and prevention. The following videos were published by the CDC to help educators and community members better understand ACEs and prevention of ACEs. 

CDC Videos

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