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Trauma-Informed Resources

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and why trauma-informed approaches could be an important solution to ACES: 

Trauma-informed approaches in schools: 

  • The Trauma Learning and Policy Initiative (TLPI) works to ensure that children exposed to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school. To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies including: 

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Checklist (Lesley University & Massachusetts Advocates for Children) 

Trauma Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment (NCTSN Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope, and Wellness in Schools and the Center for School Mental Health; Note: You must create an account first to access this resource)

Safe Schools NOLA Trauma-Informed Schools Walk-Through Observation Tool  

Walk-Through Observation Discussion Questions  

Safe Schools NOLA Policy, Procedure & Practice Review  

Parent Focus Group Guide  

Student Focus Group Guide 

Additional Resources

Well Being & Self-care

Safe Schools NOLA Self-Care Reflection – PDF 

Self-Care Assessment & Worksheet – PDF  

Trauma-Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others (Laura van Dernoot Lipsky) 


Onward: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in Educators Book (Elena Aguilar) 

Safe Schools NOLA Avoiding Escalation in the Classroom Reflection Tool – PDF 

Safe Schools NOLA Self-Compassion Introspection Tool – PDF 

Skill Building

Safe Schools NOLA Teacher Regulation Workshop Handouts – PDF 

Meditation Apps

Headspace, Calm, & Insight Timer 

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in Educators Workbook & Website (Elena Aguilar) 

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook (Kristin Neff) 


SEARCH Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework 

SEARCH Institute’s Relationships Check-up Tool 

Safe Schools NOLA Relationships Reflection Tool – PDF 

Brief Intervention to Encourage Emphatic Discipline (Oknonofua et al., 2016) – PDF 

Community Building Circles

Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting Overview 

Oakland Unified School District’s Restorative Justice Implementation Guide 

New Orleans Center for Restorative Approaches