After learning about PACEs Science, most people ask, “What can I do?” The good news is that there are so many steps that we can take to become healing-centered! Action may involve engaging at individual, organizational, community, or policy levels.
Creating a Healing-Centered School District
In Fall 2019, Chicago Public Schools, led by the Office of Social Emotional Learning, embarked on a long-term effort to transform CPS into a healing-centered district, recognizing that to achieve our five-year vision, we need to ensure collective wellness for all CPS students, staff, families, caregivers, and communities. To transform CPS into a more trauma-engaged, culturally-responsive school district means being trauma engaged and culturally responsive. The full Healing-Centered Framework (in English and Spanish) has more information, including examples of what these components might look like for each stakeholder group.
Healing-Centered Community School Strategies: A Key Investment for COVID-19 Recovery, 2021
A healing-centered community school implements a whole child approach to teaching and learning to address the fundamental physiological and safety needs of students as central to their cognitive development and growth. Strengthening and sustaining such strategies require intentional, complementary investments in policy, funding, and resources across general education, early learning, special education, health, and community development. This publication set provides guidance for educators, policymakers, and advocates who wish to deploy state and federal recovery resources to address immediate student needs and build sustainable systems and practices that serve all students and advance equity.
Missouri Model for Trauma-Informed Schools, 2020
The Missouri Model provides guidance at the highest level for organizations within every sector on how to become trauma informed. This document is meant to translate the Missouri Model guidance into language and processes to support schools interested in beginning the journey to become trauma informed.
Reimagine and Rebuild California Schools: Restarting School with Equity at the Center, 2021
COVID-19 and our nation’s reckoning on racial justice is calling on all of us—from state to local leaders, teachers, parents, students and advocates—to transform schools and districts as we know them. Our education system cannot “go back to normal” because the prepandemic normal was not working for all students. We can instead reimagine and rebuild an education system where equity is at the center of every single decision.
Resources for Educators from Iowa ACES 360
Educators and staff in the education field have a unique opportunity to create trauma-informed environments that support children and families. This site has guides, trainings, and resources for educators.
A Roadmap for Trauma-Informed Organizations by Resilient Georgia
The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational paradigm shift. Trainings on this website are divided into Trauma Aware, Trauma, Sensitive, Trauma Responsive, and Trauma Informed for the following sectors: first responders, healthcare providers, faith-based, juvenile justice, community, early childhood & education, youth-serving organizations, public health/social services, youth, school, parents & caregivers, and business.
Unconditional Learning for Educators
Alex Shevrin Venet helps teachers connect theory to practice to create equity-centered trauma-informed schools. Among the many resources on the site are these two resource lists: