Trauma Sensitive School
In Georgetown ISD, our goal is for all staff members to understand the diverse background of the students entering their classrooms. With this understanding, we will meet students where they are educationally, emotionally, and developmentally.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term used to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18. Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts: By strengthening student connectedness to others by enhancing healthy bonds with teachers, Capturing Kids’ Hearts is a researched-based process that improves the five key indicators of school performance: fewer discipline referrals, improved attendance, higher student achievement, lower dropout rates, and higher teacher satisfaction.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Systemic SEL is promoted across multiple contexts every day. SEL is more than just a program or lesson. It is about how teaching and learning happens, as well as what you teach and where you learn. CASEL’s widely used framework identifies five core competencies that when prioritized across settings – districts, schools, classrooms, families, and the wider community – can educate hearts, inspire minds, and help students navigate the world more effectively. The main competencies within the SEL framework are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Trauma: Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.
Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRi): Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. TBRI has been applied in orphanages, courts, residential treatment facilities, group homes, foster and adoptive homes, churches, and schools.
Trauma Informed Professional Development
All Faculty and Staff:
- All faculty and staff will receive information on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study at the start of each school year. Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to receive in-depth professional development during district growth days. GISD currently utilizes a locally developed presentation for the initial faculty presentation and the ACEs Interface Training for the in-depth opportunity. [under development]
- Starting in the Spring of 2020, GISD will begin training faculty and staff in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRi). This training will be available to groups of staff across all GISD campuses and records will be kept as we make progress in providing this training for all staff. [under development]
- As district goal is to have all faculty and staff trained in Capturing Kids’ Hearts - a system that supports teacher/student relationships and promotes an effective learning environment. [under development]
- School counselors will be provided with a community resource guide as well as tools in helping parents as they seek counseling resources for students with a trauma background. [current]
- Students with insurmountable obstacles can receive a referral to a school-based therapy opportunity based on availability. [current]
Trauma-Informed Student Programming
- Students in grades K-8 will receive social-emotional learning competencies within their school environment and through explicit instruction. The development and implementation practices associated with SEL are currently being designed in GISD. [under development]
- Campuses will participate in school-wide initiatives Starts with Hello Week (Sandy Hook Promise) [under development]
- Campuses will host clubs that support inclusion (Friends of Rachel and Hope Squad) [under development]