That period of life when what was so relevant isn't as relevant. Lighten Up!
Trauma does not fit into the current legal category of either mental or physical disability. But to diagnose the student is to miss the point that their difficulties are a normal response to extreme stress, that this stress is part of their daily life, that the expectations of the district with regard to how children behave or can behave under those circumstances are erroneous, and that we are NOT doing enough to help.
You may have noticed the recent media attention being paid to the Compton Unified School District lawsuit (NPR and LA Times). The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of eight Compton students and alleges that the school system failed to properly educate students who suffered from repeated violence and other trauma.
Public Counsel, the pro bono law firm that filed the lawsuit (along with Irell & Manella LLP), is asking a Federal judge to grant an injunction that will require the school district to provide training to teachers, administrators and other staff. Echo Parenting & Education is currently in discussion with Public Counsel about what that training might look like, given our experience in conducting trauma-informed nonviolent training for the staff of Sally Ride Elementary, our pilot project for the Whole School Initiative.
Our goal in these trainings is not to tell teachers and others how to do…
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