The Head Start Trauma Smart framework is based on the ARC approach created by the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston Massachusetts. It is specifically for youth from early childhood to adolescence who have experienced trauma and address these three areas to promote resiliency. This video from PBS Newshour explores the program.
The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (TLPI) mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school. To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies including: providing support to schools to become trauma sensitive environments; research and report writing; legislative and administrative advocacy for laws, regulations and policies that support schools to develop trauma-sensitive environments; coalition building; outreach and education; and limited individual case representation in special education where a child’s traumatic experiences are interfacing with his or her disabilities.
Peace First teaches children how to act peacefully, inspires and enables teachers to teach peacemaking skills, and encourages all of us to see and celebrate the role that young peacemakers can have in changing their own lives, their schools, communities, and the world at large. The Peace First Digital Activity Center offers curriculum, activities, games and how-tos to teach peacemaking, and a network of people committed to teaching Peace First.
Rethinking Schools, a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization, is dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. It’s resources include magazines, books, and other tools that teachers can use to promote equity and racial justice in the classroom.