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Introduction to Trauma, Brain and Education

Continuing Education Programs

Introduction to Trauma, Brain and Education, is a blended learning opportunity with participants accessing content and learning materials through a learning management system and live Zoom meetings with Dr. Julie Shaw.

The need to understand the impact of trauma and stress on students, teachers, administrators and educational systems is more important now than ever. The collective trauma experienced in 2020 through the COVID pandemic and national unrest will re-shape our educational systems and how we approach education as we move forward.

This course will familiarize participants with the following:

  • Understanding of trauma in its broadest definition and the prevalence of trauma across a school system
  • Understanding the effect of trauma on the brain: neuro-development, neuroplasticity and brain regulation
  • Apply your learning of trauma and the brain to all aspects of the school system (curriculum, support programs, discipline as well as other topics)

The intended outcomes of this program will be to familiarize K-12 educators and leaders on the broad impact of trauma within a school system and provide a new lens with which to view students, faculty, staff, learning, policy, and discipline procedures. The final week of this professional learning opportunity will lead to conversations and presentations of proposals on how to integrate trauma-responsive practices throughout a school system.

Each week's content will include:

  • Access to 30-60 minutes of pre-recorded instruction on weekly material by Dr. Shaw
  • Access to supplemental learning resources (articles, videos, web resources)
  • Opportunities to respond to and interact with other participants to discuss questions, share ideas and collaborate
  • Opportunities to meet live via ZOOM with instructor and fellow participants to review materials, field questions/comments, and in-depth coaching based on the material bi-weekly

Meet the Instructor

Julie Shaw, EdD Drexel University School of Education

Julie Shaw, Ed.D. is a forward minded systems thinker who combines a unique set of work experiences to offer a cultivated and effective set of leadership skills for a wide variety of settings.

Dr. Shaw is a strong advocate of K-12 public education with expertise in trauma informed practices and completed a dissertation on this topic through the Educational Leadership and Management program at Drexel University with focused study on U.S. Educational Policy.

Julie has over ten years of management experience in a corporate environment, ten years of classroom teaching, as well as, relevant experience in working with local teacher associations across Pennsylvania.

These experiences and related skills combined with a strong mission of service and grounded personal values will bring results to future employers.

Course Dates

This program is composed of six units of self-directed study with three live sessions offered as noted below: Session Start Date: January 11th, 2022

Live meeting dates:

  • January 18th 7pm EST
  • February 1st 7pm EST
  • February 15th 7pm EST