Camela M. Steinke
Emerging research in neuroscience has led to an increased understanding of the effects of traumatic experiences on the development of the brain. This research indicates that children who have experienced trauma may display problematic behaviors in school settings, which has led to a call for schools to become more trauma informed to help ameliorate the impacts of trauma. This essay seeks to describe the characteristics of a trauma informed school and explore how these characteristics are very much in line with the teachings of the Founder. When examining the recommendations of research on trauma informed teaching and the writing of De La Salle, it is clear that they are derived from the same values.
Trauma informed schools; adverse childhood experiences; twelve virtues; school reform; classroom management
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About the Author
Camela M. Steinke, Ph.D.
Camela Steinke is the program assessment and effectiveness research specialist at LaSalle School in Albany, NY and an adjunct professor in the University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice, the College of Saint Rose in Albany, the SUNY Plattsburgh, and Excelsior College. She earned a PhD in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno.