Safe, Welcoming & Inclusive Schools

In response to educators’ concerns about safe, welcoming, and inclusive schools (summarized in the report, A Crisis of Disrupted Learning), OEA provides professional learning to support educators in creating school and classroom environments that are safe and successful for both students and educators. Disrupted learning can affect all classrooms and students across grade levels. Offerings include practices and strategies such as social and emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, anti-bullying, inclusivity, self-regulation, mindfulness, restorative justice, etc.

Current Opportunities:

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog Virtual Book Study: In community with other educators, discuss the book, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook -- What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz.

From the publisher's website: "What happens when a young brain is traumatized? How does terror, abuse, or disaster affect a child’s mind — and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry has helped children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, murder witnesses, kidnapped teenagers, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain’s astonishing capacity for healing."

This six-week virtual book study meets every Wednesday evening and there are other optional opportunities to engage deeper and earn additional PDUs.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate/Advanced

This book study is free as a benefit of your membership. Participants are responsible for borrowing the book from a library or purchasing the book.

Becoming a Trauma Aware Educator VLC:

This VLC will meet for 8 weeks. Learning objectives include defining trauma including historical and community trauma, identifying the impacts of trauma on students and staff, and understanding the prevalence of trauma. This is ideal for participants starting their trauma informed journey or who want to expand foundational knowledge gained through webinars, workshops or other one-time professional learning experience. Participants will also build a sense of community as educators.

This VLC is open to all members. Most participation is asynchronous and can be completed at your convenience over the 8 weeks. To be successful in this VLC, plan on participating at least two to three hours a week. There will be live sessions once a week for lecture and discussion. Live sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend. Participants can earn up to 20 PDUs or one graduate credit. Maximum capacity: 100 members.

Level: Foundational

Becoming a Trauma Sensitive Educator VLC:

This VLC will meet for 8 weeks. Learning objectives include the impact of stress and trauma on the brain, the foundations of trauma-informed behavior prevention and intervention, and addressing student stress. This is ideal for participants who have completed the Becoming a Trauma Aware Educator VLC, a classroom management or trauma informed micro-credential, or other foundational professional learning. Participants should be familiar with the principles of trauma and trauma informed education. Participants will also build a sense of community as educators.

This VLC is open to all members. Most participation is asynchronous and can be completed at your convenience over the 8 weeks. To be successful in this VLC, plan on participating at least two to three hours a week. There will be live sessions once a week for lecture and discussion. Live sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend. Participants can earn up to 20 PDUs or one graduate credit.

Level: Basic

Trauma Informed Remote Learning 101: This is a self-paced module created by NEA and hosted in OEA's learning management system, OEA Learn. The module is an introduction to trauma informed pedagogy with a special focus on remote/distance learning. Most people take between 30-120 minutes to complete the module depending on how much time is spent reviewing the supplemental resources included in the tutorial. It is entirely self-paced, does not include a facilitator, and does not involve interaction with other participants. In this opportunity you can earn 1 PDU.

Level: Foundational

Educator Empowerment Academies and Coaching for Educator Empowerment: See the Academies page for year-long cohort opportunities to build safe, welcoming, and inclusive schools.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate/Advanced

Recorded Opportunities:

To access webinar recordings and slides, visit https://tinyurl.com/OEArecordings

Trauma Informed Schools Basics (Webinar): The basics of trauma informed practices in schools are discussed, including trauma prevalence, resilience, regulation and intervention.. This is an introductory session into the importance of recognizing and changing current practices, especially around educators’ response to challenging behavior. Recorded October 22, 2019.

Restraint and Seclusion Policy (Webinar): OEA members successfully helped to pass Senate Bill 963 in 2019, updating the state’s restraint and seclusion law to ensure student and educator safety and dignity in schools. This law change was based on the OEA “Crisis of Disrupted Learning” report and clarifies when educators can appropriately use protective physical interventions and restraint when serious incidents occur. Hear from OEA General Counsel Adam Arms and OEA Consultant Erin Whitlock about the most significant changes in the law and how to ensure student and staff safety. Recorded November 20, 2019.

Trauma Informed Schools: Behavior Interventions (Webinar): This session discusses behavior intervention strategies for educators and paraprofessionals,root causes of disruptive behavior, and a number of proactive and reactive strategies educators can begin using right away. Recorded December 2, 2019.

Trauma Informed Schools: Co-Regulation Skills (Webinar): Co-Regulation is the ability to help another person return to a regulated state. You will learn practical skills that you can immediately put into practice. Recorded January 16, 2020.

Trauma Informed Schools: Core Interventions for Trauma (Webinar): This session discusses important interventions for educators to help all students, but especially those whose behavior stems from significant childhood adversity. Recorded February 26, 2020.

Trauma Informed Schools: Self-Care (Webinar): The session provides a practical discussion of the dimensions of regulation and how educators can help themselves by developing foundational skills in self-regulation as well as a number of other critical self-care topics. Recorded April 7, 2020.

Trauma Informed Practices and SEL (Webinar): This session discusses the ways in which trauma informed practices and social and emotional learning efforts can complement each other, areas in which they overlap, and important things to consider when trying to implement both efforts. Recorded May 14, 2020.

Past Opportunities:

Trauma Informed Pedagogy (Virtual Learning Community): Educator demonstrates an understanding of how trauma can affect student behaviors and responses within the school context and promotes students' abilities to self-monitor and maintain positive engagement in all aspects of learning and interactions. Opportunity to earn a micro-credential, up to 28 PDUs, and graduate credit.

  • January 6-February 21, 2020.

Classroom Expectations and Routines (Virtual Learning Community): Educator demonstrates an understanding of successful use of classroom expectations and routines to promote an environment that is conducive to learning. Opportunity to earn a micro-credential, up to 28 PDUs, and graduate credit. REGISTRATION AND WAIT LIST ARE FULL.

  • February 3 - March 20, 2020

Addressing Challenging Behaviors (Virtual Learning Community): Educator demonstrates an understanding and application of multiple strategies when addressing challenging classroom behaviors to meet the needs of all learners. Opportunity to earn a micro-credential, up to 28 PDUs, and graduate credit.

  • April 20 - June 5, 2020.

Trauma Informed Pedagogy (Virtual Learning Community): This VLC will meet for 7 weeks (it's okay to be on vacations and trips during the VLC). Educators will learn about trauma informed pedagogy and work towards completing the micro-credential, "Trauma Informed Pedagogy". Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how trauma can affect student behaviors and responses within the school context and promote students' abilities to self-monitor and maintain positive engagement in all aspects of learning. Participants will also build a sense of community as educators. In this opportunity, you can earn up to 29 PDUs, one micro-credential, and one graduate credit.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

  • Monday, June 29 - Friday, August 14, 2020.

ESPs: Trauma Informed Pedagogy (Virtual Learning Community): This VLC will meet for 7 weeks (it's okay to be on vacations and trips during the VLC). Educators will learn about trauma informed pedagogy and work towards completing the micro-credential, "Trauma Informed Pedagogy". Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how trauma can affect student behaviors and responses within the school context and promote students' abilities to self-monitor and maintain positive engagement in all aspects of learning. Participants will also build a sense of community as educators. In this opportunity, you can earn up to 29 PDUs and one micro-credential. This VLC is only open to ESPs.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

  • Monday, June 29 - Friday, August 14, 2020.

Exploring Restorative Practices (Virtual Learning Community): This VLC will meet for 6 weeks (it's okay to be on vacations and trips during the VLC). Educators will learn the foundations of Restorative Practices, analyze and reflect on their current classroom practices, and begin to think of ways to implement restorative practices. Participants will also build a sense of community as educators. This is a foundational level virtual learning community for those with little to no previous experience with restorative practices. Participants can earn up to 27 PDUs, one micro-credential, and one graduate credit.

Level: Foundational

  • Monday, July 6 - Friday, August 14, 2020.

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators Book Study (Virtual Learning Community)

In community with other educators, discuss the book, Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar. Onward tackles the problem of educator stress and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching. The book Onward is designed to be read one chapter each month for an entire year; this book study gets you started on this process.

Over a period of nine weeks from June 22 - August 21, there are four scheduled live book group discussions online plus other optional opportunities to engage deeper and earn PDUs.

Level: Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced

Choose one of the following sections to enroll in:

Mornings: Meets on the following Tuesdays at 8 a.m.

  • June 23, July 21, August 4, & August 18 -

Evenings: Meets on the following Thursdays at 7 p.m.

  • June 25, July 23, August 6, & August 20 -