Click on this link for Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris's video on Childhood Trauma. Be sure to scroll down.
What is a Trauma Informed School?
A Trauma Informed School:
Realizes both the widespread impact of trauma and the role of schools in promoting resiliency
Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, family, and staff
Responds to fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
Resists re-traumatization of students and staff and fosters resiliency
Why Trauma Informed Practice?
Tigard High School applied for and received a grant awarded by the Chief Education Office which stemmed from a bill championed by Governor Kate Brown (HB-4002) to address "chronic absenteeism" through the implementation and study of trauma-informed practices. The grant is focused on High School students and was also awarded to Central High School in Independence Oregon.
Tigard High School hired Alfonso Ramirez as the grant coordinator in April of 2017. Alfonso came from the Oregon Health Authority where he managed the Children and Families Behavioral Health Unit. Prior to his arrival, all staff were trained in trauma-Informed concepts and principles, including the neuroscience of trauma, vicarious trauma, impacts of racism and educational disparities on students and resiliency building. School-wide training and other efforts are currently being planned for the upcoming school year. Oversight of this project comes from the Chief Education Office. Technical Assistance for this project comes from the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance.