Students and educators deserve to learn and work in safe, welcoming, and inclusive school environments. Several factors can get in the way of these positive school climates, though – trauma, poverty, lack of resources, and other community events like wildfires or violence. Educators alone can’t solve crises or conditions that impact schools. OEA members work to engage in professional learning, policy advocacy, and organizing that do have a positive impact on schools, themselves and their colleagues, and most importantly, students.
OEA is committed to helping create safe, welcoming and inclusive school environments. That can include implementing trauma-informed practices, learning more about restorative practices, using OEA grants for members to increase resources for students, or organizing at the local level.
Trauma Informed Professional Learning
OEA offers a wide range of professional learning aimed at helping educators become trauma informed in their practice. These offerings include webinars, book studies, self-paced modules, and a four-part trauma informed education course series.
OEA’s four-part Becoming a Trauma Informed Educator series –Trauma Aware, Trauma Sensitive, Trauma Responsive, and Trauma Informed – is a scaffolded journey to prepare educators for transforming their practice. We offer some parts in the series every semester. Both undergraduate and graduate credits are available for completing each course in the series.