The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Clay Education Foundation, and INK - Investing in Kids recently brought together teachers of the year from Duval, Clay, and St. Johns counties for a day of partnership and development around the topic of trauma-informed classroom practices.
UNF's Department of Urban Education and Policy led the morning session, where teachers learned more about how to create a classroom environment that encouraged true, deep relationship building with their students. The afternoon's presenter, Hope Street, continued to fill teacher's toolkits with additional information and strategies that they could bring back to their classrooms and share with their colleagues. At the close, teachers received a call to action to go back to their schools and share what they had learned and broadening the impact of this first annual event.
Reflections from the day
“Sometimes safe spaces give us a pass. We need to create brave spaces where we can have courageous conversations that allow us to be vulnerable with each other. How can we create those spaces for the students we teach? The families we care about? The communities we are investing in?”
- UNF Center for Urban Education and Policy - CUEP
“The shift from behavior-informed to trauma-informed is making the shift from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you.”
- Hope Street