Department of Education, Trauma Assistance Centers

  • The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning features a section of their website devoted to providing school administrators, teachers, school support staff, communities, and families with information on how to create a safe learning environment for their students. These resources include training webinars focused on helping districts and schools implement evidenced-based programming designed to improve school environment as well as contact information for the Center if stakeholders want assistance in assessing their school environment or help addressing disruptive behaviors.
  • https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/training-and-technical-assistance-services
    • The Center also hosts webinars focused on trauma-based education and helping schools support their students that have experienced trauma.
  • https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/responding-trauma-k-12-schools
    • They also provide “Prevention resources,” “Recovery resources,” and “Resiliency resources” for schools that have experienced a crisis.
  • https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/hot-topics/response-and-resiliency
    • The Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance page has many resources to help schools and other stakeholders create a safe environment for students at school. These include descriptions of what positive school environments look like on the ground including descriptions of how Prevention, Response, and Recovery look like.
  • http://rems.ed.gov/K12SchoolClimateAndEmerg.aspx
    • REMS provides a toolkit of sorts for schools to help them respond to or prepare for a crisis that could occur in their town. The guide provides concrete steps that schools can take to make sure that students stay safe during a crisis in the school or in the surrounding town.
    https://rems.ed.gov/docs/ERCMX_Vol3Issue6.pdf
    • REMS published a “Lessons Learned” issue about how Virginia Tech responded to the April 2007 shooting that provides advice and information for other schools in case they have to respond to a similar tragedy in the future.
  • http://rems.ed.gov/docs/LL_Vol5Issue3.pdf
    • REMS also provides Resilience Strategies for Educators: Techniques for Self-Care and Peer Support (RSE) Training By Request, which is designed to provide educators and master trainers with a better understanding of resilience strategies that can be used to increase their ability to work more effectively with students impacted by stress, loss, and trauma brought on by community or family violence, natural and man-made disasters, and economic hardship.
    https://rems.ed.gov/TA_TrainingsByRequest.aspx
    • REMS hosts an Implementing Psychological First Aid Webinar which provides participants with a description of PFA, its role following an emergency, and its use in both the K-12 and higher education settings.
    http://rems.ed.gov/ImplementingPsychologicalFirstAid.aspx
    • REMS also publishes a Helpful Hints publication on Psychological First Aid for Students and Teachers
  • http://rems.ed.gov/docs/HH_Vol3Issue3.pdf
    • REMS has also published Lessons Learned on Responding to Student Walkout Demonstrations which can help schools and districts prepare for student demonstrations based on lessons learned from the Los Angeles Unified School District.
    http://rems.ed.gov/docs/LL_Vol3Issue1.pdf
    • Department of Education grant announcement that is geared toward helping schools build and increase their capacity to address the comprehensive behavioral and mental health needs of students in communities that have experienced Significant civil unrest in the past 24 months.
     http://www2.ed.gov/programs/student-resilience/index.html