When we think about our schools, we think about buy-in and leadership which means a commitment to BUILDING A CULTURE OF RECIPROCITY. Through a culture of reciprocity, leaders create the continuity and consistency for those under their charge needed to provide the supports for the challenging, but rewarding work of trauma-informed (-sensitive, – responsive) education.
The same fragmentation that occurs at the time of the trauma represents a microcosm of what we are experiencing in education today. It is the absence of an integrated and cohesive approach in any system that allows the phenomenon of childhood trauma to erode every sector of society and creates the perpetuation of the fragmentation and resulting chaos. Leaders who can provide the environment conducive to this work will win.
Our behaviors have to support our beliefs. It requires a shift in school culture which requires relationship. Remember, it’s ALL about relationship, but not just relationship. We are not talking about relationship absent of structure.
How do we create an environment conducive to the hard work of trauma-informed education that is both relational, while still structurally sound?
It happens by BUILDING A CULTURE OF RECIPROCITY and by ADOPTING A MULTI-TIERED PARADIGM, AT EVERY LEVEL.
It is not just about the integration of trauma language on a MTSS framework, but a plan for true integration that permeates all levels of the organization – STATE, DISTRICT, SCHOOL, CLASSROOM, and we would add HOME or OTHER.