At Durham’s Partnership for Children, we are committed to providing the best possible early childhood education for our young learners. This commitment extends beyond the classroom and into the community, as we recognize the vital role that resilient, self-healing communities play in fostering children’s growth and development. The Pre-K Summer Institute, held on August 17th and 18th, 2023, was a transformative event that equipped our dedicated teachers with invaluable tools to create such communities. We were honored to have Interface Family Services lead the training on “How We Can Create Resilient, Self-Healing Communities,” empowering our educators with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate trauma-informed teaching.
Understanding Resilient Communities
Resilient communities are those that thrive in the face of adversity, where individuals collectively support one another through challenges, ultimately creating an environment conducive to growth and healing. The Pre-K Summer Institute focused on translating this concept into practical strategies that can be employed within the classroom, school, and wider community.
Trauma-Informed Teaching: A Cornerstone of Resilient Communities
Interface Family Services, renowned for their expertise in trauma-informed care, guided our teachers through an exploration of trauma’s impact on young minds and offered effective methods for trauma-informed teaching. Trauma can hinder a child’s emotional, social, and academic development, but with the right approach, educators can provide a safe space for healing and growth.
Key Takeaways from the Training
Understanding Trauma: Teachers delved into the various forms of trauma that children may experience and how these experiences can manifest in their behavior. This knowledge is essential in recognizing when a child might be struggling and tailoring responses accordingly.
Creating Safe Environments: A crucial aspect of trauma-informed teaching is creating a safe and predictable environment. Simple routines and consistent expectations help children feel secure and develop a sense of control.
Emotional Regulation: Teachers learned how to teach emotional regulation skills, helping children express their feelings in healthy ways. By fostering emotional intelligence, educators empower children to manage their emotions and navigate challenges effectively.
Building Relationships: Strong relationships are the bedrock of resilient communities. Teachers explored techniques for building positive connections with students, creating a supportive network within the classroom.