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:

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

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. REGISTRATION and WAITLIST ARE FULL.

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. REGISTRATION and WAITLIST ARE FULL.

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. REGISTRATION AND WAITLIST ARE FULL.

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 - REGISTRATION and WAITLIST ARE FULL.

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

  • June 25, July 23, August 6, & August 20 - REGISTRATION and WAITLIST ARE FULL.

Past Opportunities:

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Trauma Informed Schools Basics (Webinar): This session will cover the basics of trauma informed practices in schools. This is an introductory session into the importance of recognizing and changing current practices, especially around educators’ response to challenging behavior. The session will provide an overview of trauma prevalence, resilience, regulation and intervention.

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 4:00pm-5:00pm PST. Access the recording on the, "Grow OEA" group on NEA 360 EdCommunities. Requires creating an account if you've never logged in before.

Restraint and Seclusion Policy (Webinar): OEA members successfully helped to pass Senate Bill 963 this year, 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, published earlier this year. The new law is now in place! It 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, how to ensure student and staff safety, and hear answers to the most common questions about restraint and seclusion.

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 5:00pm-5:45 p.m. PST. Access the recording on the, "Grow OEA" group on NEA 360 EdCommunities. Requires creating an account if you've never logged in before.

Trauma Informed Schools: Behavior Interventions (Webinar): This session will cover behavior intervention strategies for educators and paraprofessionals. The session will cover root causes of disruptive behavior and a number of proactive and reactive strategies educators can begin using right away.

  • Monday, December 2, 2019 – 4:00pm-5:00pm PST. Access the recording on the, "Grow OEA" group on NEA 360 EdCommunities. Requires creating an account if you've never logged in before.

Trauma Informed Schools: Co-Regulation Skills (Webinar): This session will cover a critical skill for educators: Co-Regulation, which is the ability to help another person return to a regulated state. You will learn practical skills that you can immediately put into practice.

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 4:00pm-5:00pm PST. Access the recording on the, "Grow OEA" group on NEA 360 EdCommunities. Requires creating an account if you've never logged in before.

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. REGISTRATION AND WAIT LIST ARE FULL. This VLC will be offered again in the summer.

Trauma Informed Schools: Core Interventions for Trauma (Webinar): This session will cover important interventions for educators to help all students, but especially those whose behavior stems from significant childhood adversity. Topics will include designing a trauma-informed classroom setting, creating wellness rooms, trauma-informed discipline, and a host of other proactive and reactive strategies for working with students with trauma.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 4:00pm-5:00pm PST. Access the recording on the, "Grow OEA" group on NEA 360 EdCommunities. Requires creating an account if you've never logged in before.

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

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.

  • April 6 - May 22, 2020. POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020

Trauma Informed Schools: Self-Care (Webinar): This session will discuss the critical importance of self-care in education. 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.

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 4:00pm-5:00pm PST. Access the recording on the, "Grow OEA" group on NEA 360 EdCommunities. Requires creating an account if you've never logged in before.

Trauma Informed Practices and SEL (Webinar): This session will discuss 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.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 – 4:00pm-5:00pm PST. Access the recording on the, "Grow OEA" group on NEA 360 EdCommunities. Requires creating an account if you've never logged in before.

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. REGISTRATION IS FULL.