Last week I was putting the finishing touches on a conference presentation on trauma-sensitive schools when I decided I wanted a quote to drive the message home. What I was looking for was a call to action, something that these educators could see on the final slide and would run out of the room to spread the word to their colleagues. I decided on the following quote from Albert Einstein…
“Nothing happens until something moves.”
When I clicked over to that last slide I told the room of close to 100 educators of how a few years back I had left what had been a total of 10 hours over two days of an IEP meeting. The parents of the child were insisting on the Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan use language and interventions consistent with a trauma-sensitive approach. When we walked out of the room the mother said, “Thank heavens you are here.” My response was, “Thank heavens you are here. Change will not happen until people like you insist on it.”
As we wrapped up, it appeared that the message was well received. When reflecting on the presentation I got to thinking that I’m not “moving” the message quite as well as I could be. What more could I be doing to influence change and help those in pursuit of implementing a more trauma-sensitive approach in their schools? With that, a blog begins that will hopefully fill your toolbox with trauma-sensitive school climate and behavior strategies you can use or share with colleagues.
I have been telling myself for quite some time that I would start a blog to share resources with, and to be a resource to, educators looking to make change. But, nothing happens until something moves, right? So here we are…moving. Thank you for joining me, let’s do this!