Title

Compassionate Schools: Creating a Systemic Approach

First Presenter's Institution

Office of the Child Advocate

Second Presenter's Institution

Delaware Department of Education

Third Presenter's Institution

Office of the Child Advocate

Fourth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fifth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Location

Pre-Conference Workshops (Scarbrough 2)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

Presenter will provide.

Brief Program Description

This workshop is designed to help attendees understand how to build a sustainable Trauma Informed School Community. We will address strategies, challenges, and ways to create buy-in to help improve student outcomes based on a model in Delaware that started with one school and now has helped launch trauma-informed school communities throughout the state. We will present on professional development that was created to scale up trauma-informed practices in our schools to reduce barriers to learning. More specifically, we will share highlights of our teacher professional development protocol that includes The Brain Architecture Game, a tabletop simulation that builds an understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.

Summary

This workshop is designed to help attendees understand how to build a sustainable Trauma Informed School Community. We will address strategies, challenges, and ways to create buy-in to help improve student outcomes based on a model in Delaware that started with one school and now has helped launch trauma-informed school communities throughout the state. We will present on professional development that was created to scale up trauma-informed practices in our schools to reduce barriers to learning. More specifically, we will share highlights of our teacher professional development protocol that includes The Brain Architecture Game, a tabletop simulation that builds an understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.

Evidence

Presenter will provide.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Eliza Hirst

JD, CWLS, Deputy Child Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate, Wilmington, DE

Eliza Hirst is a Deputy Child Advocate with Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate. In that position, she has represented children in dependency/neglect proceedings since 2010. In addition to direct representation, Eliza is currently partnering with Casey Family Programs and local school districts to increase education supports and opportunities for youth in foster care. She also provides systemic advocacy, training, and advice on child welfare matters, education, and disability issues at the local and national level. Eliza has published articles in many journals including articles in the American Bar Association Child Law Practice, and the Juvenile and Family Court Journal.

Teri Lawler

MA, Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education, Wilmington, DE

Teri Lawler is a results-driven educator, passionate about making equity of opportunity available to all students regardless of zip code. Current projects include socioemotional competence, universal behavior screening, strengthening multi-tiered systems of support, and the creation of trauma-informed systems of care for schools, out-of-school providers, and youth-serving organizations. Teri is a founding member of Delaware’s Compassionate Schools Learning Collaborative and the City of Wilmington’s Advisory Council for Youth Gun Violence Prevention. Current passions include expanding awareness of the impact of developmental trauma and toxic stress on learning and the implementation of neurosequential intervention strategies for healing the brain and body.

Jessica Begley

M.S.Ed., Training Consultant, Office of the Child Advocate, Wilmington, DE

Jessica Begley is a dynamic educator and training specialist. She began her career in education as a teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After leaving the classroom, she transitioned into the field of training and performance improvement where she provided consultation on bullying and violence prevention to schools and youth-serving organizations. In her current role, Jessica serves as an educational consultant for the Delaware Compassionate Schools Initiative, training professionals regionally and nationally on trauma, resilience, and self-care.

Presentation Year

2019

Start Date

3-3-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

3-3-2019 5:30 PM

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Mar 3rd, 2:30 PM Mar 3rd, 5:30 PM

Compassionate Schools: Creating a Systemic Approach

Pre-Conference Workshops (Scarbrough 2)

This workshop is designed to help attendees understand how to build a sustainable Trauma Informed School Community. We will address strategies, challenges, and ways to create buy-in to help improve student outcomes based on a model in Delaware that started with one school and now has helped launch trauma-informed school communities throughout the state. We will present on professional development that was created to scale up trauma-informed practices in our schools to reduce barriers to learning. More specifically, we will share highlights of our teacher professional development protocol that includes The Brain Architecture Game, a tabletop simulation that builds an understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.