The first in a series of briefs on integrating social-emotional learning with academics through a racial equity lens, coauthored by TransformEd and Achievement Network.
The Trauma-informed Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom toolkit has been developed with a strengths-based approach, providing strategies to help educators capitalize on students' existing skills and mindsets and to ensure the climate of the classroom and school are conducive to students' development. The toolkit provides a brief overview of the types of adversities that research suggests can have a negative effect on children's lives and some strategies that educators can use in their classrooms and schools to support students experiencing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other types of trauma. The research-based toolkit is rich with resources to explore, strategies to implement, and prompts for reflections aimed at facilitating educator learning and engagement with the material. In recognizing the importance of educator well-being among those who support children who have experienced or are experiencing trauma, the toolkit also discusses symptoms of secondary traumatic stress and strategies for self-care.