NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Trauma Sensitive Classroom

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Ariel Dowling

Grading: Letter

Sunday, June 03, 2018 - Saturday, July 07, 2018

Course completion July 13, 2018

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $80

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide general and special education teachers with practical approaches to developing a trauma-sensitive classroom and practice. This course will help guide educators who are both new to trauma-sensitive approaches and those who have some experience with the subject.


Students enrolled in this class will:

  1. Reflect on his or her own teaching practices and determine their areas of strength and weakness in the field of trauma-focused work with students.
  2. Create short-range lesson plans or activities that are based on subject matter, needs of learners, and are trauma sensitive.
  3. Reflect on how their own trauma affects their teaching and identify their personal triggers.
  4. Develop strategies to build the academic and emotional-social resilience of their own students.

Required Student Resources:

  • Computer with high-speed Internet connection
  • Google Drive or Word access for assignment completion

Required Textbooks:

Steele, W., & Malchiodi, C. A. (2012). Trauma-informed practices with children and adolescents. London: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415890526  

Souers, K., & Hall, P. A. (2016). Fostering resilient learners: strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. ISBN-13: 978-1416621072

Books can be ordered from http://www.amazon.com. Further readings will be listed on the Blackboard course site.

About The Instructor

Ariel Dowling

Ms. Dowling received her Masters of Science in Special Education from University of North Dakota and her Bachelor of Science in Special Education with emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavior Disorders from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently she is a Special Services Strategist for the Fargo Public Schools.

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