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    Using Trauma-Informed Understandings to Create Supportive and Healing-Centered Environments for All

    On Online Workshop Series for Educators

“Trauma is a lens, not a label.”

– Alex Shevrin Venet

You’ve taken a trauma-informed training. What now? What next?

Join us for this four-session workshop series where you will have the chance to dig deeper with your colleagues. Explore how a trauma-informed lens can transform our practice, pedagogy, and policy.

Workshop Schedule

Four 2-hour sessions, on the following Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm (Eastern Time)

October 13, October 27, November 17, December 4

Plus access to our 2021-2022 Speaker Series of one-hour webinars with special guest presenters – including

Dr. David Walsh (October 7, 5 pm ET), Alex Shevrin Venet (November 3, 4:30 pm ET) and Dr. Shawn Ginwright (December 1, 4:30 pm ET)

Individual Registration is $399 and Group Registration (3 or more) is $379

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What’s different about this workshop series?

It is clear that trauma-informed practices are no longer optional in education. We know that we cannot fulfill our core mission as educators without creating supportive and healing-centered learning environments for all students. Yet too often, educators receive narrow or didactic trauma training without opportunities to engage in ongoing collective inquiry about the profound implications of the research on practice, pedagogy, and policy. A peripheral commitment to trauma-informed practice is not only inadequate to address the needs of our students, it can actually cause further harm. Educators deserve opportunities to bring a trauma-informed lens to every aspect of our work and get support for systems change.

This four session interactive workshop series will position ACEs research and the neurobiology of stress as a starting point for our inquiry, not the finish line. Inquiry-based exploration, coupled with two live streamed sessions with the nation’s leading thought leaders and practitioners in the field, will help us explore the questions “What now?” and “What next?” We will identify specific ways to move our practice forward as we work to center the humanity of all and create systems that support everyone.

Workshop series forecast:

Trauma is a Lens: Key Shifts in Trauma-Informed Education

Session 1. October 13th, 4:30-6:30 pm Eastern Time.

In this session, we will explore the question “Where do we go from ACEs?” We will consider key shifts in trauma-informed education that will bring our engagement and work to the next level.   We will explore questions like, why is equity work central to trauma-informed education? Why is it important to avoid labels and a deficit mindset? What does it mean to shift from just an informed mindset to actual system change?

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Centering Students’ Histories, Identities, and Strengths

Session 2. October 27th, 4:30-6:30 pm Eastern Time.

In this session, we will explore the ways that the inclusion (and/or exclusion) of curriculum topics can help and/or hinder our ability to create supporting learning environments for all. We will consider ways that our grading and assessment practices support or undermine our efforts.

Classroom Management and School Policies: Interrupting Cycles of Stress and Trauma

Session 3. November 17th, 4:30-6:30 pm Eastern Time.

In this session, we will grapple with the questions, why is it so important to communicate “unconditional positive regard” to all students? How does this translate into concrete and actionable strategies that might transform the way we do school “discipline”?

Transforming Systems For Healing and Learning

Session 4. December 8th, 4:30-6:30 pm Eastern Time.

In this session, we commit to creating supportive, healing-centered spaces for all students and staff. As we move forward in our own community and school contexts, how do we begin to make systems changes?

Lead Facilitators

Craig Martin, Pegasus Springs Education Collective

Photo of Pegasus Springs Education Collective Craig MartinCraig is co-founder of the Pegasus Springs organizations and Executive Director of the Pegasus Springs Education Collective. During his education career, he has served as a teacher, mentor, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. He has presented at regional and national conferences, and he is a recipient of the Association for Middle Level Education’s national Distinguished Educator Award.

Anastacia M.G. Reed, U-Bridge Project

Head shot of Anastacia Galloway ReedAnastacia Reed is an embodied leadership coach, aspiring anti-racist educator, entrepreneur, & mom. Over the past ten years Anastacia’s  supported schools, districts, & non-profits in implementing equitable transformational change.   Fiercely committed to creating equitable outcomes for all students while supporting organizations in reaching these outcomes by building on their current strengths and successes, Anastacia coached districts around leading for equity, trauma-informed pedagogy,  project-based learning, literacy across the curriculum, cultivating a trusting & collaborative culture, dismantling white supremacy, creating statewide metrics for evaluation, and starting charter schools.  Strengths-based leadership, asset-based facilitation, principles of Critical Friendship, and embodied leadership are some of the many tools Anastacia has honed throughout the years.

Erin Walsh, Spark & Stitch Institute

Head shot of Erin Walsh of Spark & Stitch InstituteErin is a parent, speaker, educator, and writer. She has worked with schools, school districts, and communities across the country who want to better understand child and adolescent development and the systems and practices that help children learn and grow. She is committed to bringing an equity lens and asset-based approach to our understanding of, and response to, child and adolescent development. Her experience and expertise in translating neurobiology into easy-to-understand language helps parents and educators alike engage in complicated topics and leave feeling capable and motivated.

Plus access to the Pegasus Springs 2021-2022 Speaker Series including live webinars with:

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Dr. Shawn Ginwright

Shawn Ginwright, PhD is one of the nation’s leading innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and a Senior Research Associate at San Francisco State University. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities. Dr. Ginwright is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda, Inc., a national nonprofit consulting firm, whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adult allies in transforming their schools and communities. You can learn more about Dr. Ginwright and his work at http://www.shawnginwright.com/.


Alex Shevrin Venet

Alex Shevrin Venet is an educator, author, and professional development facilitator based in Vermont. She began her career teaching English at an alternative therapeutic school where she later served as a school leader. Currently, Alex teaches courses in the humanities and education at the Community College of Vermont, Antioch University New England, and Castleton University. She facilitates equity-centered trauma-informed workshops for educators at all levels, including presenting nationally at conferences and as an independent consultant for schools and districts. Alex co-organizes Edcamp Vermont and the Trauma Informed Educators Network Conference. Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education is her first book, available now from W.W. Norton. You can learn more about Alex and follow her work at: https://unconditionallearning.org.