Trauma-Responsive Schooling

Trauma-Responsive Schooling Centering Student Voice and Healing

Lyn Mikel Brown, Catharine Biddle, and Mark Tappan
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-731-2
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Pub. Date: May 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-732-9

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Trauma-Responsive Schooling outlines a novel approach to transforming American schools through student-centered, trauma-informed practices.


No young person can learn and thrive, much less heal, if they don’t feel safe, seen, heard, and loved. Trauma-Responsive Schooling offers teachers and administrators vivid, real-world examples of how to build learning environments where the whole child—their experiences, needs, passions, and capabilities—is revealed. The result is a recipe for student thriving and success. — Pamela Cantor, founder and senior science advisor of Turnaround for Children and author of Whole-Child Development, Learning, and Thriving: A Dynamic Systems Approach

This book is a gift to educators, recounting a remarkable project in rural Maine that serves as a model for all who are invested in children's resilience and creativity. At the core of Trauma-Responsive Schooling is a simple lesson: children are humans. They have a voice, and not only do they deserve to be listened to, their thoughts and perceptions are crucial to designing effective educational interventions. — Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice and co-author of Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

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About the Authors

Lyn Mikel Brown is a professor of Education at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She uses qualitative, voice-centered methods to explore the intersections of culture, context, and development, with a particular focus on youth voice and engagement in schools and communities. She is a founder of three youth-driven organizations and the author of six books, including her first, Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development (with Carol Gilligan), and her latest, Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists. Past research projects include a five-year longitudinal study of girls’ psychological and social development, an analysis of social class differences in girls’ experiences of schooling, and an exploration of the ways adults can effectively scaffold youth-driven social change work.

Catharine Biddle is an associate professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Maine. Her research focuses on ways in which rural schools and communities respond to social and economic change in the twenty-first century. She’s particularly interested in how schools can partner with community organizations or groups to address issues of social inequality and how nontraditional leaders—such as youth, parents, and other community members—may lead or serve as partners in these efforts. Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, she spent five years as a research affiliate with the Center on Rural Education and Communities at Pennsylvania State University. Catharine also served as the executive director of the Nanubhai Education Foundation, an international education nonprofit working in rural India, and as an out-of-school-time educator for the national nonprofit organization Citizen Schools.

Mark Tappan is a professor of Education at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He is a developmental and educational psychologist whose early work focused on narrative and sociocultural approaches to identity development, moral development, and moral education. Currently, his research interests include equity and social justice in elementary, secondary, and higher education; the development of healthy forms of masculinity among children, adolescents, and young adults; and trauma-responsive education in rural schools and communities.

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Chapter One

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