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The Trauma of Poverty

DateMonday, July 10th, 2017 to Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Time 8:30am to 3:30pm
Course Number1079
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
Course Description

In this 36-hour course, participants will gain an understanding of poverty related stress and its impact on brain function.

Participants will establish a framework for developing social and emotional learning competencies in their students.

  • Define issues when stress overwhelms students and creates barriers to learning
  • Increase understanding of social class and poverty related trauma
  • Understand the implications of trauma informed practices within classrooms, schools, and communities
  • Learn de-escalation techniques and the importance of self-care
  • Learn practical strategies for teaching students to self regulate

This course will meet over six days:

Foundation Development:

  1. Monday, July 10, 2017
  2. Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  3. Wednesday, July 12, 2017
  4. Thursday, July 13, 2017

Action Research:

  1. Thursday, October 12, 2017
  2. Thursday, November 9, 2017

Julie Erdelyi, M.A., Autism Specialist

Program Manager for Communication Services

 Julie provides evaluations, consultation and instruction. She has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in special education – developmental disabilities from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She has extensive experience as a Special Educator and Autism Specialist designing and implementing academic instruction, proactive behavior intervention plans, and social thinking instruction for elementary school students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has presented at local and national conferences and was published in the Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine.

Ben Williams, Ed.D.

Professional Learning Provider

Ben was a Professor and Site Coordinator for Union Institute & University and former Director of Teacher Licensure at Goddard College. He has been an adjunct professor at Goddard, University of Vermont and at Union Institute and University. He graduated with a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Learning Environments from Harvard Graduate School of Education. His area of expertise in the area of trauma informed practices, from both an educational and public health perspective, informed his role as Program Developer for the Rural Turnaround for Children Project: Developing trauma-informed learning environments in Lubec, Maine. He has researched and published articles on poverty informed rural educational practices. 

Required MaterialsNone
AudienceTeachers, Special Educators, Service Providers, Administrators
Grade LevelK-12
Additional InformationThis 36-hour course will be delivered in six six-hour meetings over two semesters. The layout of this course provides participants with a full semester to gain foundational knowledge as they begin implementation with targeted activities. The second semester is oriented towards applied theory and action research. Participants will develop personal projects working with their own classroom and learning environment.

36 CEUs will be granted for full attendance of the course

Three graduate credits are optional through Castleton University
Price Qty
The Trauma of Povertyshow details + $850.00 (USD)  
Course and 3 Graduate Credits ($570 for 3 graduate creditsshow details + $1,420.00 (USD)  

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