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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Trauma of Poverty

DateTuesday, October 10th, 2017 to Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Time 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Course Number1095
LocationRichmond Elementary School
125 School Street
Course DescriptionIn this 45-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 cover the following: Foundation Development:
  • Module 1: The Impact of Poverty
  • Module 2: Trauma and Stress
  • Module 3: Creating a Trauma Informed Learning Environment
  • Module 4: Nurturing the Nurturer
Action Research:
  • Module 5: Action Research

Julie Erdelyi, M.A., Autism Specialist

Program Manager for Communication Services & Professional Learning

 Julie provides 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.

Required MaterialsNone
AudienceTeachers, Special Educators, Service Providers, Administrators
Grade LevelPreK - 12
Additional Information

This course will run over the course of 10 days from 3:15 PM – 6:15 PM. The dates are as follows:
– October 10, 2017
– October 24, 2017
– November 7, 2017
– November 14, 2017
– November 28, 2017
– December 5, 2017
– December 12, 2017
– January 9, 2018
– April 3, 2018
– April 10, 2018


Registrations for this course are closed, however we are offering this course again in July.

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