A trauma-informed teaching practice is an approach to learning with an understanding of the physiological, social, emotional, and academic impacts of trauma and adversity on students.
This focus area helps educators support all learners by focusing on community, resiliency, and wellbeing.
Using trauma-informed teaching practices isn’t just an academic imperative—it’s also essential for the growth and development of the whole student. We support skill development through personalized pathways built from BL Connect, Workshops, 1:1 Coaching, and Learning Walks to achieve clear outcomes.
Outcome: I cultivate emotional safety in my classroom.
Outcome: I create a classroom community that allows all students to experience success.
Outcome: I utilize de-escalation tactics and mindsets.
Outcome: I use resilience and wellbeing strategies to build and maintain my own wellness.
Outcome: I create systems that enable teachers to use trauma-informed practices to support student learning.
“This is my first year of teaching. My coach helped me establish clear goals for my planning and new strategies I can use for effective classroom management and student engagement. The evaluation helped me reflect on my teaching practices and identify new areas of growth.”
“BetterLesson acts as a thought partner and collaborator in meeting district goals. They have a knack for identifying best next steps for professional learning and coaching to meet staff where they are. BetterLesson uses data (both qualitative and quantitative) to be responsive and ensure the focus of the work remains tied to district goals.”
Watch a strategy to build relationships and provide consistency by greeting students at the beginning of class.
Embed mindfulness practices into the classroom to help students focus and relax.
Make space for students to pay attention to and publicly recognize what others are doing well with a Positive News Board.
We’ve identified four elements that are key for academic success and for building student-centered classrooms. BetterLesson guides teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders through focus areas within each element to lead their professional development journey.
Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.
Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.
Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.
Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.
Turn strategies into outcomes. Our team is here to help.
Learn who experiences trauma and why and how it impacts learning.Read More
Hear the principal of an internationally recognized trauma-informed school explain what this form of education is—and what it isn’t.Read Interview
Learn strategies for supporting students’ emotional well-being so teaching and learning can begin.Read Strategies
Accelerate growth in your schools and stay ahead of the curve.