Fostering Resilient Learners

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. Nearly 50 percent of students in the United States alone are known to have been exposed to some form of trauma. 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.

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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. 

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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    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.

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    "Feeling fear is a natural response when life becomes unpredictable and scary things happen. It’s human to want to shut down, protect and bubble wrap against the fear of the possibility of something else horrible happening.  And … we must remember to not let fear be the thing that drives our bus."

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    Responding with Care to Students Facing Trauma

    Many K–12 students are experiencing ongoing life stresses. Recognizing this can help educators respond effectively to their needs. Published in Educational Leadership.


    Address Trauma with Calm, Consistent Care

    Strategies to help educators avoid burnout while keeping students learning-ready.



    Fostering Emotional Literacy

    "What we know about children and their capacity to learn centers around their ability to feel safe in their environment and their ability to regulate their bodies so they can access those learning capacities." Understanding and teaching emotional literacy is critical to lifelong success.

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    Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms: Building a Safe, Welcoming Nest for All Students

    This post is a part of the conversation for the ASCD Forum “Learning for All = Teaching for All.”

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    Crisis Intervention for Children and Caregivers Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence.

    Published in Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal.