Trauma-Informed Certification for Teachers

Trauma Informed Teaching

Achieving a Starr certification endorses your fundamental understanding of trauma informed teaching and the impact on the social, emotional, and physical development of youth and the communities they call home, and the role resilience plays in creating positive, future health outcomes. Transform the lens through which you view and react to childhood behavior in your classroom. With over 3,000 schools and agencies across North America and thousands of professionals around the world implementing Starr Commonwealth's trauma informed teaching strategies, the impact each individual and organization is having is changing the trajectory of countless lives.

10 Steps to Begin Trauma Informed Teaching

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Starr Commonwealth Certified Trauma & Resilience Specialists (CTRS) have a fundamental understanding of the impact trauma and stress have on learning; the social, emotional, and physical development of students; and the role resilience plays in creating positive, future health outcomes. With a specialization in educational settings, each understands the importance their own curiosity of a child’s life experiences plays in diagnosing behavior, developing trusting relationships, and creating a strong learning environment for all children to thrive.

Here's what trauma-informed educators say about Starr


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Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week has completely transformed how I approach teaching coping skills, social skills, and basic life skills to my students. Every lesson is explicit, trauma-focused, and actionable for myself and the students. I have seen such a positive change in how my students talk about their feelings and approach challenging situations (playing games, resolving conflicts, etc.). My students identify throughout the day when they see me using Skill of the Week skills all the time! Parents have also expressed gratitude for how their kids have been able to express their feelings and identify specific ways to approach situations at home. I can’t say enough how incredibly helpful Skill of the Week has been and how grateful I am to have access to it. I also use Skill of the Week at home with my own children and myself constantly. It is truly applicable to all people and all families.

Teacher New York
The Courageous Classrooms: Skill of the Week program is amazingly effective for students. Each week, I receive information explaining the week’s skill and describing the lesson and language used, as well as easy to decipher visuals that could be used as reminders. Being aware of these things was extremely helpful when I work with students in the library. If a situation arose that warranted the use of one of the Skill of the Week skills, the student and/or I could refer back to the language or visuals that were taught. The student would know exactly how to react and act for each situation. This was very effective in the de-escalation process. When other students who have had not had the program would experience similar social situations, I noticed that their choices of solutions were very different and not effective in solving the problem or coping with the situation. In these cases, I would often refer to the Skill of the Week visuals to talk and walk through the process, usually one-on-one. With all of the academic rigor that is expected of students today, unfortunately, it seems that instruction pertaining to social skills gets left behind. The Courageous Classroom: Skill of the Week program is the perfect solution for this and works for all students.
School Librarian New York