Preparing instructors and support staff to address trauma in the classroom.
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on October 23, 2018 - 9:13pm
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As we are watching the global refugee crisis, some individuals leaving war torn areas, others seeking safety from the impact of climate change, it is important to note that adult education programs are often on the front lines in working with individuals entering the United States. How do we prepare our instructors and support staff to address the impact of historical trauma?
I'd like to draw your attention to three resources. First, there is a brief powerpoint on African Immigrants and Culturally Relevant Trauma-Informed Practice presented by Dr.Brenda Ingman. After reviewing this information, the LINCS Resource: Mental Health and the ESL Classroom: A Guide for Teachers Working With Refugees.
According to the article, the ESL classroom is examined through (1) The ESL Classroom as A Safe Environment (2) The Structure and Schedule of the ESL Classroom (3) Recreating Identity in the ESL Classroom (4) Building Community in the ESL Classroom.
After reviewing these resources, please consider sharing your experiences in preparing staff members to address trauma using culturally sensitive and appropriate methods. What are the PD needs?
I'm looking forward to your thoughts and input.