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Children and Trauma

Critical Perspectives for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Educational Communities

April 2022
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    Myers Education Press
  • Published
    5th April 2022
  • ISBN 9781975503437
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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    20th April 2022
  • ISBN 9781975503444
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April 2022
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  • Publisher
    Myers Education Press
  • Published
    20th April 2022
  • ISBN 9781975503451
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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A 2023 SPE Outstanding Book Honorable Mention

According to the American Psychological Association (APA, 2015), trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event, which can lead to difficulties with emotional regulation, social relationships, and the development of physical symptoms. Traumatic experiences may include physical or sexual abuse, neglect, experiencing or witnessing violence, war, suicides, and disasters. Because of the prevalence of students with traumatic experiences in K-12 schools, development and use of trauma-informed practices (TIP) is currently increasing in educational spaces across the United States as educators and others who work with children become more aware of how socio-emotional development and exposure to trauma places children on a pathway through adulthood. Because of growth in these areas, it is important for educators and others who work with children to have a resource to consult. Children and Trauma: Critical Perspectives for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Educational Communities provides teachers, administrators, and others involved in education with an understanding of trauma-informed practices and explains how they can be used in the classroom. Additionally, school districts could utilize this text to implement professional development, particularly if they are considering creating a districtwide trauma-informed system.

Perfect for courses such as: Trauma-Informed Educational Practice | Psychology | Educational Psychology | Foundations of Education | Pedagogy | Methods of Emotional or Behavioral Disorders | Teaching Methods | Diversity in Education | Social Work | Human Development

"Children And Trauma performs a major public service. The work of Kramer and McKenzie will help administrators, educators and most importantly children. As a clinician and educator, the need for trauma informed practices in our school systems has never been greater. This book provides hope for schools to integrate and meet the mental health needs of children in schools."

Dr. Brad Simpson, Director of Research and Development, Sunrise Residential Treatment Center and owner of 3rd Wave Counseling and Consulting

"This timely and informative book is a must read for educators and beyond seeking to fully understand childhood trauma. With a unique social justice lens, readers are offered a theoretical framework of trauma, as well as practical and effective interventions. Chapters propose a range of actions to guide a path forward, from pre-service preparation to in-service practices, including applications across divergent settings. The book’s broad scope makes it especially appealing to a variety of educational and social service professionals, all of whom are certain to regularly encounter children who have experienced trauma."

Dr. Lee Kern, Professor and Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice, Lehigh University

"Brianne Kramer and Jennifer McKenzie provide a comprehensive look into trauma that can affect any student, at any time. As we start to look at how to move beyond the global traumatic event of the COVID-19 pandemic that was coupled with racial unrest, this is a must-read for educators in order to establish trauma-informed classrooms that center youth."

Melissa Tomlinson, Special Education Teacher, Executive Director of Badass Teachers’ Association

"As a teacher education professor seeking to introduce students to understanding the impact of trauma in all aspects of the child’s life and education, I am thrilled that this book exists! The research on trauma and adverse childhood experiences make it clear that protective factors mitigate the impact of trauma. Thus, educators must understand trauma, how it impacts learning, and how pedagogy, curriculum, and school policies can be those needed protective factors. Children And Trauma: Critical Perspectives for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Educational Communities will be required reading for my students as it fills a much-needed gap in addressing trauma in schools."

Denisha Jones, Ph.D., J.D., Director Art of Teaching, Sarah Lawrence College



Chapter 1
A Bioecological Model for School-Based Trauma Informed Practice
Theresa Kruczek

Chapter 2
Trauma, Adversity, and the Classroom Teacher: Systematically Planning for Safety and Resiliency
Doyle Pruitt and Peter Kozik

Chapter 3
Integrated Theories for Integrated Childhoods: How Bioecological Systems Theory and Relational Cultural Theory Shape Trauma-Informed Care in Schools
Joel Arvizo-Zavala, Yifat Levenstein, and Amira Trevino

Chapter 4
Ensuring the Success of Young Children: Trauma-Informed Practice in the Preschool Classroom
Marla J. Lohmann, Johanna P. Higgins, and Jennifer Rossman

Chapter 5
Understanding the Impact of Trauma on School-Age Children and Their Families
Jennifer Foster and Aneesh Kumar

Chapter 6
Helping the Helpers in Education
Jody A. Kunk-Czaplicki and R. Jason Lynch

Chapter 7
Research and Teaching Methods for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Meghan Kessler and Michele Miller

Chapter 8
Relationship Over Reproach: One School’s Efforts in Fostering Resilience Through Trauma-Informed Practices
Carrie Giboney Wall

Chapter 9
A Trauma-Informed School District Case Study: Iron County School District
Maren Hirschi and Shawn Christiansen

Chapter 10
Strategies to Meet the Needs of Students with Trauma
Natalia Assis, Mark Reid, Angela Proctor, and Thomas Brooks

Chapter 11
The Impact of Trauma on Rural Communities
Susanne James, Anni Reinking, and Jayme Swanke

Chapter 12
Trauma’s Impact on Urban School Districts: An Action Plan for Educators
Jennifer Hernandez

Chapter 13
The Need for a New Trauma-Informed Framework: Integrating Social Justice Education
Brianne Kramer

Chapter 14
rACEism: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) of African American Youth in K–12 Education and Beyond
Laura Danforth, John W. Miller, Jr., and Jaqueline Burse

Chapter 15
Indigenous Methodologies for Teaching in a Trauma-Informed Health Education Program
Sarah Allen, Rae Deernose, Alma Knows His Gun McCormick, Shannen Keene, Brianna Bull Shows,
John Hallett, Mark Schure, 
Suzanne Held, and Christiane Parrish

Chapter 16
Blurred Lines: Trauma and Educational Disability
Jennifer M. McKenzie

Chapter 17
Responding to Trauma: Considerations of Attachment of Youth in Foster Care
Amanda Hill

Chapter 18
A Call to Action: Recommendations for Teacher Advocacy in the Aftermath of 2020
Brianne Kramer, Jennifer M. McKenzie, and John Rodari Meisner


Editor and Author Biographies


Brianne Kramer

Brianne Kramer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University where she teaches Social Foundations of Education courses. Additionally, she coordinates the Educational Foundations and Policy major for the Master’s of Education and Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies programs. She earned a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Toledo, and her research focuses on teacher workforce issues, diversity, equity, and inclusion, educational policy, and teacher activism. She co-edited the 2022 book Children and Trauma: Critical Perspectives for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Educational Communities. She also currently serves on the ACLU Utah Board of Directors and is a Contributing Scholar for the Policy Research-to-Policy Collaboration housed at Pennsylvania State University.

Jennifer McKenzie

Jennifer M. McKenzie, (Ph.D. in Special Education - Behavioral Disorders from the University of Missouri) is an Assistant Professor of Special Education and the Special Education Program Director in the Department of Teacher Education within the College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University. She is currently engaged in research to create a coaching model in the use of evidence-based trauma-informed classroom management practices for classroom teachers.

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