Events and Trainings

Trauma Sensitive Schools Professional Development

Overview

Trauma-sensitive schools recognize that trauma affects students, families, communities, and schools. Many children experience trauma amidst ongoing exposure throughout their early development, such as abuse, neglect, homelessness, or violence. Although not all exposure to trauma leads to difficulty in functioning, research tells us that exposure to trauma and toxic stress can lead to difficulties with learning and behavior. Schools are uniquely positioned to prevent and mitigate the impacts of traumatic exposure on students. Promoting trauma-informed school practices has the greatest potential to positively impact student outcomes, regardless of trauma history. By becoming a trauma-sensitive school, schools can become a protective factor for students’ and increase their social, emotional, and academic skills, while safeguarding the well-being of school personnel who strive to meet the unique needs of all learners.

Through online coursework via Canvas, the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Professional Development follows a Trauma-Skilled Schools Model (National Dropout Prevention Center, 2018) and is delivered in the following three phases:

  • Phase 1: Trauma-Informed Learning Modules
  • Phase 2: Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules
  • Phase 3: Trauma-Sensitive Schools Implementation and Maintenance Learning Modules

Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Professional Learning Credit

Participants have the option to earn 0.5 USBE Professional Learning Credit for each phase completed. In accordance with the Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-519-4: USBE Professional Learning Credit, attendees requesting professional learning credit will need to complete all coursework, including 2 hours of an independent learning assignment. If you choose not to complete all coursework, you will be ineligible to earn USBE Professional Learning Credit. Please also note that you cannot receive USBE credit if you do not have a Utah Educator Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) Identification number and Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) account.

Phase 1: Trauma-Informed Learning Modules

The Trauma-Informed Learning Modules are intended to:

  • inform all school personnel (certified and classified) about the prevalence and impact of trauma and toxic stress in the lives of Utah students; and
  • build capacity for individuals and schools who support students Pre-K through Grade 12.

At the completion of this training, participants will understand the impact of trauma and toxic stress as well as the short and long-term effects on student learning.

There will be three sections of the course offered throughout the year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Each semester is a repeat, so participants will only need to register for one of the three semesters offered.

  • Fall Semester: September - December 2021 (Coursework deadline is December 31, 2021)
  • Spring Semester: January - April 2022 (Coursework deadline is April 30, 2022)
  • Summer Semester: May - August 2022 (Coursework deadline is August 31, 2022)

This course is designed for you to work at your own pace. However, you must have everything submitted by the last day of the month for the section in which you are enrolled (December 31, 2021, April 30, 2022, or August 31, 2022). If this coursework is not completed by the deadline, you will be required to enroll in a later course. Course registration for each section will close 30 days prior to the deadline.

Instructions for Enrolling in Phase 1: Trauma-Informed Learning Modules

To begin the Trauma-Informed Learning Modules, you must self-enroll into the course by completing the following steps.

Fall: September - December 2021
  1. If you already have a USBE Canvas account, go to Enroll in Trauma-Informed Learning Modules Fall 2021
  2. If you do not have a USBE Canvas account, go to Create a Canvas Account to register.
    1. Click on I'm a Student.
    2. Enter the Join Code PXRHWT.
    3. Complete the Student Sign Up Form. Check that you agree to the terms, and then click on Start Learning.
Spring: January - April 2022

Information coming soon.

Summer: May - August 2022

Information coming soon.

Phase 2: Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules

The Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules are a continuation of the Trauma-Informed Learning Modules (Phase 1) and are designed to move participants from a trauma-informed to a trauma-responsive approach.

The Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules are intended to:

  • equip all school personnel (classified and certified) with trauma-responsive educational practices; and
  • build capacity for individuals and schools who support students Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

At the completion of this training, participants will recognize the importance of schools as a sanctuary space that is rooted in trusting relationships between students and educators, prioritize proactive behavioral supports over-reactive disciplinary consequences, anticipate and respond to challenging student behaviors with de-escalation techniques, and align trauma-informed practices with other schoolwide initiatives.

There will be three sections of the course offered throughout the year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Each semester is a repeat, so participants will only need to register for one of the three semesters offered.

  • Section 1: September - December 2021 (Coursework deadline is December 31, 2021)
  • Section 2: January - April 2022 (Coursework deadline is April 30, 2022)
  • Section 3: May - August 2022 (Coursework deadline is August 31, 2022)

This course is designed for you to work at your own pace. However, you must have everything submitted by the last day of the month for the section in which you are enrolled (December 31, 2021, April 30, 2022, or August 31, 2022). If this coursework is not completed by the deadline, you will be required to re-enroll in a later course. Course registration for each section will close 30 days prior to the deadline.

Instructions for Enrolling in Phase 2: Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules

To begin the Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules, you must self-enroll into the course by completing the following steps. Note, Phase 1: Trauma-Informed Learning Modules is the prerequisite to Phase 2: Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules. Successful completion of Phase 1 is required before enrolling in Phase 2.

Fall: September - December 2021
  1. If you already have a USBE Canvas account, go to Enroll in Trauma-Responsive Learning Modules Fall 2021
  2. If you do not have a USBE Canvas account, go to Create a Canvas Account to register.
    1. Click on I'm a Student.
    2. Enter the Join Code XBHTHH.
    3. Complete the Student Sign Up Form. Check that you agree to the terms, and then click on Start Learning.
Spring: January - April 2022

Information coming soon.

Summer: May - August 2022

Information coming soon.

Phase 3: Trauma-Sensitive Schools Implementation and Maintenance Learning Modules

Phase 3 is designed specifically for local education agency (LEA) leaders and building administrators. The purpose of this training is to assist administrators who want to move towards implementing practices that foster a trauma-sensitive school environment. This training is designed to give administrators the tools, knowledge, and framework necessary to move towards a sustainable, systemic approach for trauma-sensitive school practices.

Instructions for Enrolling in Phase 3: Trauma-Sensitive Schools Implementation and Maintenance

To begin the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Implementation and Maintenance Learning Modules, you must self-enroll into the course by completing the following steps. Note, this training is for local education agency (LEA) leaders and building administrators.

  1. If you already have a USBE Canvas account, go to Enroll in Phase 3: Trauma-Sensitive Schools Implementation and Maintenance.
  2. If you do not have a USBE Canvas account, go to Create a Canvas Account to register.
    1. Click on I'm a Student.
    2. Enter the Join Code 9Y4X84.
    3. Complete the Student Sign Up Form. Check that you agree to the terms, and then click on Start Learning.

For technical assistance, please contact Tina Morandy, Course Facilitator, at tina.morandy@schools.utah.gov.

2021-2022

Safe and Healthy Schools Conference

June 8-9, 2022

Details coming soon

2021 Utah Systems Conference (Virtual Meeting)

July 28-29, 2021

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (each day)

Virtual 2021 Utah System Conference Flyer

Meeting Registration
Cvent

Aligning Supports to Create a Culture of Wellness and Educational Equity for Each Student.

This two-day day conference, sponsored by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), will feature two national Keynote Speakers and provide participants with numerous session offerings daily.

Conference Strands: Educational Equity, Behavior, Mental Fitness, Effective Instruction, Family Engagement, and Funding

Sessions: Power of Leadership, Trauma-Informed Teaching, Behavior, Prevention, Cultural Awareness, High Quality Instruction, and Social Emotional Learning.

For questions, please contact Savannah Whitney at savannah.whitney@schools.utah.gov.

Contacts

Tina Morandy
Executive Secretary | tina.morandy@schools.utah.gov

Shaleece Oldroyd
Executive Secretary | shaleece.oldroyd@schools.utah.gov

2020-2021

Trainings

De-escalation Trainings

Training Registration
Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS)

March 17-18, 2021

Iron School District

March 23-24, 2021

Carbon School District

April 6-7, 2021

Sevier School District

April 14-15, 2021

Box Elder School District

April 28-29, 2021

Greenwood Charter School

May 13-14, 2021

Canyons School District

June 7-8, 2021

Moab Charter School

June 21-22, 2021

Dixie Montessori Academy

For questions, please contact Tina Morandy.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Behavior, and Equity: A Panel Discussion
April 30, 2021

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

PBIS, Behavior, and Equity: A Panel Discussion Flyer

Launch Zoom Meeting

For questions, please contact Shaleece Oldroyd.

Safe and Healthy Schools Webinar Series 

This webinar series runs from February to June, 2021 and is a collaboration between the Utah State Board of Education, Utah Department of Health, SafeUT at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, Utah Department of Public Safety, and the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (UDSAMH).

  • No registration necessary.
    • The webinar link will be open on the event date/time until attendance capacity is reached.
  • No cost to attend.
  • Who should attend? All interested professionals.
  • All webinars will be recorded and posted on this page.
  • 1 relicensure point/hour is available to participants who:
    • complete the required content questions and evaluation (listed for each webinar);
    • provide their Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) Identification Number;
    • Only available for one month after the live webinar date.
February 23, 2021

School Resource Officers (SROs) and Administrators
Presenter: Heidi Alder, Lear and Lear LLP
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Safe and Healthy Schools Webinar Series Flyer

School Resource Officers (SROs) and Administrators
YouTube

For questions, please contact Shaleece Oldroyd.

March 23, 2021

Mental Health, Trauma, COVID-19, and the Value of Schools
Presenter: Marci Hertz, Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC)
Time: 11 a.m. - noon

Safe and Healthy Schools Webinar Series Flyer

Mental Health, Trauma, COVID 19, and the Value of Schools
YouTube

For questions, please contact Shaleece Oldroyd.

April 20, 2021

Infusing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into School Climate
Presenter: Ruth Cross, Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Infusing Social and Emotional Learning SEL into School Climate
YouTube

For questions, please contact Tina Morandy.

May 13, 2021

Student Head Injury Response Throughout the School Day
Presenters: Alina K. Fong, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Intermountain Healthcare (IHC); BettySue Hinkson, Utah School Nurse Consultant, Utah Department of Health (UDOH); Kendra Muir, School Nursing/ Wellness Specialist (USBE)
Time: 11 a.m. - noon

Safe and Healthy Schools Webinar Series Flyer

Student Head Injury Response Throughout the School Day
YouTube

For questions, please contact Tina Morandy.

June 8, 2021 (Postponed)

Equitable and Culturally Responsive Schools
Presenters: Casey Dupart, Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (USBE); Holly Bell, Equity Specialist (USBE)
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For questions, please contact Shaleece Oldroyd.

June 22, 2021

Restorative Practices in Addressing and Responding to Utah School Behavior Issues
Presenters: Marty Liccardo, Men's Engagement Specialist (Utah Department of Health); Cuong Nguyen, Prevention Specialist (USBE)
Time: 11 a.m. - noon

Safe and Healthy Schools Webinar Series Flyer

Restorative Practices in Addressing and Responding to Utah School Behavior Issues
YouTube

For questions, please contact Tina Morandy.

School Nurse Summer Institute (SNSI)
June 10-11, 2021

Online Meeting Registration
Eventbrite

Current agenda includes presentations on diabetes, anaphylaxis, seizures, asthma, and telehealth, Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Training; and Stop the Bleed.

For questions, please contact Tina Morandy.

Standard Response Protocol / Standard Reunification Method

The Utah State Board of Education School Safety Center is excited to host the I Love U Guys Foundation for a half-day seminar on their Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method. The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is a proven enhancement to school safety planning. Thousands of schools in the United States and Canada have adopted the program. Introduced in 2012, the Standard Reunification Method fills a critical void in school safety planning: How to reunite students with their parents after an emergency or crisis.

June 7, 2021

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Summary: SRP/SRM Half Day Seminar introduces the concepts and history, and how to train the program.

Target Audience: Educators, Administrators, School and District Safety Teams, Campus Supervisors, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, Emergency Managers, Victim Advocates

Meeting Registration
Eventbrite

For questions, please contact Shaleece Oldroyd.

Contacts

Shaleece Oldroyd
Executive Secretary | shaleece.oldroyd@schools.utah.gov

Tina Morandy
Executive Secretary | tina.morandy@schools.utah.gov