New Book!

Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall — is now available!

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In this stirring follow-up to the award-winning Fostering Resilient Learners, Kristin Van Marter Souers and Pete Hall take you to the next level of trauma-invested practice. To get there, they explain, educators need to build a "nest"—a positive learning environment shaped by three new Rs of education: relationship, responsibility, and regulation.

Drawing from their extensive experience working with schools, students, and families throughout the country, the authors

  • Explain how to create a culture of safety in which everyone feels valued, important, and capable of learning.

  • Describe the four areas of need—emotional, relational, physical, and control—that drive student behaviors and show how to meet these needs with interventions framed around the new three Rs.

  • Illustrate trauma-invested practices in action through real scenarios that identify students' unmet needs, examine the situation from five stakeholder perspectives, and suggest interventions to support students and their families.

  • Offer opportunities to challenge your beliefs and develop deeper and different ways of thinking about your role in your students' lives.

Educators have a unique opportunity to influence students' learning, attitudes, and futures. This book will invigorate your practice and equip you to empower those you serve—whatever their personal histories.

 
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Trauma-Invested Practices to Meet Students' Needs - Quick Reference Guide:

From the best-selling authors of Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation this quick reference guide from Kristin Van Marter Souers and Pete Hall introduces the new three Rs of education: relationship, responsibility, and regulation. These three Rs will support teachers in designing interventions aimed at meeting four areas of student need: emotional, relational, physical, and control.

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An ASCD Study Guide for Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation

You can use the study guide before or after you have read the book or as you finish each chapter. The study questions provided are not meant to cover all aspects of the book, but, rather, to address specific ideas that might warrant further reflection.

This study guide can be used in a multitude of ways. You can use it for your own personal reflection, as a tool for working in your teams around building trauma-invested practices, or as a reference for a book study. The goal is that you take the opportunity to challenge your thinking and expand your learning.

View this guide on the ASCD website.


Fostering Resilient Learners

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In this galvanizing book for all educators, Kristin Souers and Pete Hall explore an urgent and growing issue—childhood trauma—and its profound effect on learning and teaching. Kristin Souers, a mental health counselor, and Pete Hall, a former principal, present case studies, research, stories, and practical, easy-to-implement strategies to help students living with trauma thrive in the classroom.

The book includes strategies to help education professionals:

  • Understand what trauma is and how it hinders the learning, motivation, and success of all students in the classroom.

  • Build strong relationships and create a safe space to enable students to learn at high levels.

  • Adopt a strengths-based approach that helps prefessionals recalibrate how destructive student behaviors are viewed and to perceive what students need to break negative cycles.

  • Head off frustration and burnout with essential self-care techniques that will help professionals and students flourish.

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Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom - Quick Reference Guide:

Based on the best-selling, award-winning book Fostering Resilient Learners, this laminated reference guide will give every educator the tools needed to ensure every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in school.

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An ASCD Study Guide for Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

You can use the study guide after you have read the book or as you finish each chapter. The study questions provided are not meant to cover all aspects of the book but to address specific ideas that might warrant further reflection and prompt you to make connections with your own classroom practice.

Although you can think about many of this guide's questions on your own, we recommend forming a study group with grade-level colleagues who have read (or are reading) Fostering Resilient Learners, or using this guide as you read and reflect on the book in a professional learning community (PLC).

View this guide on the ASCD website.


Becoming Trauma Invested” Video by the Delaware PTA

Our special thanks to Wendy Turner, M.Ed., for her continued support!

 
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aWARDS

This critically acclaimed book has earned two publication awards, including the REVERE Award from the Association of American Publishers in the category of School Climate, and has garnered significant attention in the field of education. 

ASCD Digital Product Team's Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom is a 2018 Telly Awards bronze winner in the General-Social Issues category.