Tennessee School Highlighted in National Webinar for Their Unique Approach to Working with Students Affected by Trauma

Posted August 6, 2018

Webinar Open to Media

(Winchester, VA) –  On Monday, August 6, from 2 – 3pm EDT, Nashville, TN school, Fall-Hamilton Elementary School will be highlighted in a national webinar hosted by Ukeru Systems for their proactive steps to making their classrooms trauma-informed.  In Nashville, 60% of children have had an adverse childhood experience. Principal Mathew Portell will explain how his team took proactive steps to ensure the needs of students and teachers were being met, even though they were at the center of a changing neighborhood in which many students are being displaced.

Moving towards a trauma-informed approach in the classroom is a growing movement nationwide. At its core, educators are trained to understand causes and symptoms of trauma, its effects on the brain, and methods of providing a more trauma-sensitive background to help students feel safe.

“It’s a shift from asking ‘What’s wrong with this child’ to asking ‘What has happened to this child,’” stated Kim Sanders, president of Ukeru Systems, the only crisis management program in the country to offer alternatives to trauma-causing behaviorial management techniques such as restraint or seclusion. “It is a complete mind-shift in how we treat children and how to maximize their potential despite their past experiences.”

Hear directly from Principal Portell as he outlines the foundation of this approach:

  • Understanding how the brain works
  • Understanding the impact of trauma
  • Utilizing trauma-informed approaches
  • De-escalating crisis situations

Click here to register.  There will be time allotted afterward for participants to ask questions of Principal Portell. If you are unable to join the webinar, but are interested in an interview with Kim Sanders, please contact Amber McCracken at 703-599-0134 or at amber@julietglassroth.com.