Creating Safe Spaces: Developing a Trauma-Informed Classroom

Focus Area: Trauma-Informed Practices


Pathway: Understanding

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During this time of social distancing and hybrid learning, students are in need of educators that can provide them with social and emotional support while also developing their academic needs. This session highlights a need for the moment we’re currently experiencing in education by focusing on SEL and trauma-informed practices that aren’t new but are essential now more than ever.  In this session, we build our knowledge and skills regarding SEL and trauma-informed practices in order to provide students with a safe and responsive learning environment, avoid triggers, while tending to our own emotional wellbeing.


This session is ideal for teachers but appropriate for educators across the spectrum (para professionals, co-teachers, and administrators) that have diverse experiences with SEL and trauma-informed practices. This session takes a more introductory approach to understanding SEL and trauma-informed practices, educators with more experience are invited to share those experiences and are encouraged to think critically and more deeply about their current practices.


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with a camera and microphone


I cultivate emotional safety in my classroom.

Learning Experience


  • Participants define trauma and its implications on students’ wellbeing and learning. They take a look at an example and analyze it together before learning about the relationship between SEL and trauma-informed practices.


  • This section starts by recalling that developing trauma-informed solutions requires the collaboration of SEL and trauma-informed practices. Next, participants look at a classroom example together and evaluate what is seen. Then in groups participants get to dive deeply into one SEL competency and collaborate to solve a scenario and answer questions to develop solutions for it.


  • To close, participants are choosing an SEL competency to develop and beginning to plan for making it come to life in their reality.