School Mental Health Initiative
Schools in high-poverty communities are more likely to serve families that have experienced trauma. Whether families deal with homelessness, lack of access to such basic resources as food and health care, or unsafe neighborhoods with high crime rates, these adverse experiences trigger toxic stress - which has an impact on a child's developing brain. If children do not receive support to deal with this stress, they are more likely to experience long-term academic and social-development delays. As the first African-American female superintendent to serve the Topeka Public School District and a 23-year educator who has spent a majority of that time as a school leader, Dr. Anderson has learned that it's possible to replicate effective systems of trauma support from one school district to another. In this presentation Dr. Anderson will share the steps leaders should take to successfully build trauma-informed schools in their districts, including: Getting to know the community and schools you serve, building teacher and parent capacity for understanding the effects of trauma, using data to drive interventions, engaging community partnerships, and making space and time for well-being.
Anderson, T. (2016, Dec. 13). Five Steps for Trauma-Informed Ed. Leadership. Retrieved May 31, 2017, from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/12/14/five-steps-for-trauma-informed-ed-leadership.html