Trauma Informed Pedagogy

In this stack, you will learn:

  • How to create a healing-centered learning environment that supports all students 
  • How trauma can cause the brain to be rewired
  • The social emotional impacts of trauma
  • About various forms of trauma and how to support your students who may be exhibiting symptoms of trauma
  • How to protect yourself from secondary trauma 
  • How to seek help when you need it


Who Should Apply

  • All educators
Approximate hours each

The impact of traumatic experiences is so significant that it can hinder the brain’s normal development. This disruption causes behavioral, emotional, academic, and other developmental changes. Seemingly simple things like a facial expression, one’s proximity, or tone of voice, may trigger memories of a painful event. This can lead to aggression, isolation, perfectionism, and more. Evidence suggests that with supportive educators and a healing-centered school community, students can learn, achieve, and begin to heal.

 NEA acknowledges the National Center for Safe Supportive Schools (NCS3) for their review and endorsement of this micro-credential stack.

1. Creating a Healing Centered Learning Environment
Educators identifies key elements of trauma-informed pedagogy and design a healing-centered learning environment.
Types of Evidence Required: Vision statement, presentation, theory of action, and summary

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2. Trauma Informed Support for Students
Educators understand and apply the physiological, psychological, and behavioral impact of trauma on students.
Types of Evidence Required: Student observations, intervention list with results, student debrief

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3. Developing a Healing-Centered Self Care Practice
Educators will develop a healing-centered self-care practice as a preventative measure for compassion fatigue and or burn out.
Types of Evidence Required: Self assessment and analysis, find resources, list activities, and develop a self-care routine

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4. Race Based Trauma
Educators will use their knowledge of how individual and institutional racism, racial bias, discrimination, and microaggressions can cause traumatic reactions in students of color, to create a safe and brave environment that can help students cope with race-based trauma.
Types of Evidence Required: Research, plan and analysis

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5. Using a Healing-Centered Approach to Support Refugee Students
Educators identify the causes and implications of refugee trauma on students. They design a healing-centered learning environment to support students who have experienced refugee trauma.
Types of Evidence Required: List of services, referral process, and action plan

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6. Poverty Based Trauma
Educators identify the causes and implications of trauma that's linked to poverty and design a healing-centered learning environment to support affected students. Educators also promote empathy and the healthy development of social emotional skills among all students.
Types of Evidence Required: Infographic, and Listicle,classroom plan

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