Trauma Learning Modules

Welcome to our online trauma learning modules for Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports. We believe that becoming a Trauma-Sensitive School is a journey. Throughout this journey we will provide you tools to develop the systems to gain knowledge, to build practices, and to have the skills to support a Trauma-Sensitive School. Your professional journey includes engaging and practical learning modules. Within the learning modules, you will interact with content that is focused on developing a Trauma-Sensitive School. Supplemental activities, resources, and an action planner are included to help guide your implementation. Videos from experts and division staff implementers are also included with each module to enrich your experience.

Finally, our six modules are focused on the following topics:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Trauma and Becoming a Trauma-Sensitive School
  • Module 2: Families and Communities as Partners
  • Module 3: How Trauma Impacts Learning
  • Module 4: Strategies and Classroom Practices (academic, social-emotional learning, trauma-sensitive environments, regulation, cognitive problem solving, relationships, school-wide discipline, self-care)
  • Module 5: Implementation and Systems (division, staff, administrators)
  • Module 6: Resilience

Please select the appropriate module below to find the materials and information for each.

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Introduction to Trauma and Becoming a Trauma-Sensitive School

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the formal definition as well as the three categories of trauma
  • Determine who trauma affects
  • Understand the impact trauma has on a child’s educational experience
  • Use data to inform the importance of trauma-sensitive practices 
  • Align trauma-sensitive practices into a multi-tiered system of supports
  • Determine school readiness for implementation of trauma-sensitive practices