Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools to Improve Learning: A Response to Intervention (RtI) Model
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has created a toolkit to help schools learn how to better meet the learning needs of students who have been affected by trauma ( The toolkit uses the same framework as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to organize evidence-based strategies into a three-tier model. To help educators become more familiar with the resources available in the toolkit and provide strategies to use these materials to prepare other educators to support the development of trauma-sensitive practices in schools, we are offering an one-day training presented by Sara Daniel.  Lunch will be provided.
Participants can expect to learn:
1. Information about the high prevalence of trauma in the lives of our students.
2. How traumatic events impact the development of the brain and influence our students in the areas of relationship, learning and behavior.
3. Steps to creating a trauma-sensitive school environment.
4. Classroom strategies to support students who have experienced trauma.
5. Tips on how to maintain self-care and avoid compassion fatigue and burnout when working with children exposed to trauma.
Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW, is the Director of Quality Improvement for St. Aemilian-Lakeside, Inc., an agency that is leading the way in providing trauma-informed care to children and families in Wisconsin. Since 1997, Sara has been collaborating with school districts to provide consultation and training in working with students affected by trauma, mental health issues or behavioral challenges. She oversees a continuum of services that provide direct care to students, families and schools to support student success. She is currently chair of the School-Based Mental Health Committee of Washington County and a member of the Trauma-Informed Care Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Sara is one of the co-authors of DPI’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools Toolkit.
Last Updated: 1/18/16