Trauma Sensitive School Checklist

June 2012 | Lesley University and Massachusetts Advocates for Children

This resource from the Lesley University Center for Inclusive and Special Education and the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative is a checklist for schools and teachers to help them create trauma-sensitive learning environments for students. This checklist offers a way for school faculty and staff to measure the degree to which the learning environment of the school is prepared and organized for trauma awareness. The checklist is organized around five components: (1) schoolwide policies and practices, (2) classroom strategies and techniques, (3) collaborations and linkages with mental health, (4) family partnerships, and (5) community linkages. It highlights ways that practices might be not at all in place, partially in place, mostly in place or fully in place, allowing educators a way to understand their developmental needs.

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