Meeting Students Where They Are: Trauma Informed Approaches in Post Pandemic Schools

COVID-19 and the abrupt transition to emergency remote learning disrupted our classrooms in unprecedented ways. As we plan for the reopening of our schools, we must be mindful of the impact the recent shutdown caused - not only on academic learning but also on safety, security, and socio-emotional development.

In this webinar, we will begin with a review of the impact of childhood adversity – including the collective trauma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic – on learning and development. We will then consider potential manifestations of these challenges in the classroom for both regular and special education students. And, we will apply the Maslow before Bloom heuristic to strategize ways in which trauma-informed approaches may support students in their return to school this fall.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Maria Frankland holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine, where she is a Lecturer of Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development. A National Board Certified Counselor and Maine certified school counselor with over 20 years of experience in preK-20 education, she is passionate about helping students overcome the short- and long-term impact of childhood adversity. Her research interests center around social and emotional learning, community schools and comprehensive district wellness programs, the impact of trauma on students and teachers, and ways in which trauma-informed approaches may support student development, particularly in rural settings.