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"This is an invaluable resource for teachers and administrators who are serving students who experience chronic stress and trauma. Each chapter provides real-world examples, resources, and strategies that can be implemented immediately in order to mitigate the impact of chronic stress for both teachers and students."
"Emotional trauma can influence all parts of the school experience for both students and adults. This book is a great resource and a reminder of the importance of building relationships."
"Authors Brooke and Beth have a genuine warm approach to topics educators have wrestled with over the years. This book uses stories that one can relate to and that are relevant to all educators, especially at the secondary level where teens are experiencing trauma and schools are not equipped to handle it. "
"This book is highly relevant to the changing landscape of teaching and learning. Teaching with trauma-informed practices is extremely important and necessary for today’s learners. The authors offer practical strategies to assist the teacher to create a safe environment for all student...and themselves."
"Teaching, Learning, and Trauma offers a compelling message of hope for educators across all disciplines. It moves from an idea to implementation and is easy to read for busy educators. It offers practical solutions for facilitating the process of handling chronic stress in schools and is the one tool that will enhance the culture and performance of one’s school."
"Teaching, Learning, and Trauma is well-written, with strong examples and clear expertise of the subject matter from the authors. This book aims to sincerely help educators."
"Teaching, Learning, and Trauma is a book for educators who are in the trenches with students who have experienced chronic stress. While educators have always had to deal with a few students who have chronic stress, the number has risen dramatically. This book provides excellent guidance to educators around navigating trauma and stress in their classrooms."
"This book goes beyond giving tips on classroom management. The authors do a great job not just focusing on student stress, but also on teacher stress and how to mitigate it. They give the educator an opportunity to step into a student’s shoes while bringing in cultural awareness that extends across all races and social economic classes."
"Oh boy, do I need this book! If you work with teens, you know they can be quirky. Add chronic stress and trauma to the mix and one can feel at a loss on how to keep the teaching and learning going. If this is a trend you are noticing, this book will not only explain why teens act the way they do, but also provide instructional strategies that honor and harness their behaviors—and your own—to keep engagement high.
"After 30 years in education, I rarely come across books that provide NEW ideas and provoke strong debate among my colleagues. THIS is that book. It is filled with stories and linked knowledge—crucial information, really—that reflects the reality and truth of our relationships in schools. The stories are told with nuance and grace and demand attention, consideration, and conversation in order to increase the odds that schools can truly continue to develop better humans–students and their teachers alike–every day. The authors live this truth.
“Successful schools are not transactional. Rather, they operate as healthy communities where teachers and students understand one another as people, and from that foundation build meaningful working relationships. In their new book, Teaching, Learning, and Trauma, O’Drobinak and Kelley offer teachers and administrators the practical tools necessary to build these types of school communities.
I recommend Teaching, Learning, and Trauma for professional development for schools or systems that have not provided training on this topic or in the area of equity.