Trauma-Informed

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06 Apr: The Structure of Being at Home

by Dr. Will Henson Educators across the country remain home at this time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being at home brings up its own set of challenges in terms of how we structure our time, how we structure our kids’ time, and how we get things accomplished. In a typical week, structure is imposed from outside: we have a specific time to be at work, for the kids to be at school, for appointments, and so on. We can effectively run on autopilot, and get lost and distracted in the busyness of everyday life. Being home with no appointments, little structure, and few distractions brings up its own set of challenges.  In this post I want to talk a little bit…

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03 Mar: For Challenging Behaviors – Relationships are the Solution

by Dr. Will Henson I was recently consulting with educators about a student who had a lot of trauma. The student was having a lot of behavioral challenges commonly associated with students with adverse childhoods. After a while the teacher expressed frustration.  “I adore this kid. I’ve had him for two years. We have a great relationship. But I’m worried I’m not helping him. He still has challenging behaviors. He’s behind academically, maybe he would be better in a behavior program.”   This frustration is understandable. We pour so much time and effort into these students, and we want to know that we are making a difference. What I pointed out to this teacher is that the effort is the solution….

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18 Feb: More Effective Professional Development

by Dr. Will Henson This is Professional Development month here at 321insight, and our focus is on helping people get better at delivering professional development to their staff. When Dr. Skip Greenwood and I started 321insight, we had a specific vision in mind when it comes to professional development. First, we wanted to give people tools that made them more effective, right now.   To that end, we felt that the two+ hour-long trainings were a problem. That kind of time commitment is something few educators can do more than a couple times a year. This was especially important as we worked to develop material for paraeducators, who often had no extra contract time for professional development.  We settled on 5-10…

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04 Feb: Professional Development -Translating New Ideas to New Practices

by Dr. Rick Robinson Professional development is the practice of reflecting on our skills, and getting better at what we do. It is a common focus for educators who wish to continue to grow and progress in their expertise. Often, however, the process of reflection and change can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. It is extremely common to come away from a workshop or training with exciting ideas and goals, but then struggle to implement them effectively. Has this ever happened to you? Professor of Psychology and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, George Loewenstein, Ph.D., coined the term “hot-cold empathy gap” that seems to offer a path forward for us in making professional development more effective. Dr….

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20 Jan: Introducing our new ‘Concepts in Action’ videos, and a Q&A with Mr. Gillespie, the educator featured in them

We would like to introduce the experienced educator, Lawrence Gillespie, who is featured in the 5 new videos in our Trauma Informed series. These videos, which we call ‘Concepts in Action’, show Lawrence using best practices and sharing insight on helping students become regulated, and building student resilience. We developed these videos because so many educators told us that they understood the concepts, but didn’t know what it actually looked like when an educator used the strategies. We think these new videos are a great way to help move further towards being trauma-responsive.  Lawrence was an easy choice to deliver the messages in these videos because he has spent many years in education, and has held several different positions –…

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13 Jan: Self-Care & Wellness for Educators — On-Demand Webinar

January is ‘Educator Self-Care Month’ at 321insight! Join Dr. Will Henson to explore the importance of self-care for educators, and learn practical strategies to lead you to wellness. In this concise 20 minute on-demannd webinar, Dr. Henson stresses how educators must prioritize their own well-being to be the most effective they can be for students. In this presentation Dr. Henson points out “Self-care leads to wellness, and wellness leads you in the direction of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual fulfillment.” Follow along as he describes six important factors for self-care, and offers practical advice about how to implement self-care in your own life. Access the webinar here.

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08 Jan: Happy New Year From 321insight!

Happy New Year from 321insight! 2020 brings a fresh look and new content to our Trauma Informed series, and we are excited to share it with you! We have added 5 new videos called ‘Concepts in Action’, which build on the ideas and content from our foundational videos, and model best practices for helping students regulate, and building student resilience. These videos feature Lawrence, an experienced educator, demonstrating strategies with students, and analyzing what works, and what doesn’t work. Our new Concepts in Action videos include discussion guides, and are an excellent next step in PD. We have also added a facilitator guide to accompany each of our foundational videos to offer more opportunities to dive deeper into each topic….

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17 Dec: Holiday Break Wellness

Holiday Break Wellness  by Dr. Will Henson Since I started working in the world of education, and especially since diving deep into trauma-informed practices, I have realized the importance of educator wellness.   Education is a relational business, one in which we don’t just bring our skills, but ourselves. We can’t fill the needs of students if our own cup is empty. Our ability to be whole and healthy is at the heart of how successfully we educate.   Despite what the holiday season is supposed to represent, it can often be synonymous with stress. You’ve got two weeks off! Let’s talk about how to use it.   Here are three tips for being well this season: If you can follow these…

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25 Nov: Cell Phones in Schools: Yay or Nay?

By Dr. Will Henson Many schools today are debating whether or not to allow the use of cell phones.  Some schools enforce an “Off and Away” policy for the building, while others leave it up to the individual teacher & classroom. Some schools even allow students to have full access to their phone at any time.  In my experience as a special education consultant, cell phone use at the secondary level is a major problem.  It is especially a problem for our most impacted students who have academic and emotional struggles.  Having the phone makes it too easy for them to check out and regulate themselves through distraction, instead of focusing on their education.  Getting kids off their phones, let…

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12 Nov: 60% of Educators Have NO Training in Trauma-Informed Practices

60% of Educators have NO training in Trauma-Informed Practices. By Dr. Will Henson I’ve been working with kids with challenging behavior for 28 years. I use trauma-informed practices because they are the most effective intervention I’ve found.  As a consultant, I’ve gone to this almost exclusively and moved my client districts toward this. I often wonder: why isn’t everyone using this approach? A recent study showed that while 63% of educators had been trained to use PBIS, and 52% had training in de-escalation strategies only 27% of educators had training in Trauma-Informed practices (another 13% were unsure if they had). Meanwhile, data shows that up to 45% of students in school today are reporting the critical level of 3 or…