This session, Early Matters Dallas is supporting HB 18 by Representative Four Price to require training on trauma-informed practices for teachers, and incorporate holistic trauma-informed practices into school district improvement plans.
Texas students are at great risk of experiencing trauma and toxic stressors. Whether from natural disasters, troubling events, or the everyday stress of poverty that 60% of Texas students endure, too many students experience trauma that, in large part, causes mental health and behavioral challenges that prevent them from excelling in school.
As trauma and toxic stress builds, young children act out, which can negatively impact academic outcomes. Unfortunately, traditional forms of discipline can often exacerbate a child’s misbehavior, and school personnel often lack the requisite training to recognize and mitigate behavioral problems resulting from trauma and toxic stress. Yet research indicates that a minimal amount of training in trauma-informed practices can prepare teachers to positively diffuse a student’s problematic behavior and enhance learning for all in the classroom.
Despite the critical importance of trauma-informed practices on student outcomes, Texas is one of just four states that does not require any pre-certification training on trauma-informed practices for teachers.
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