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Many adult learners have had traumatic experiences that impact their ability to learn. Escaping a war-torn country, surviving abuse, living in poverty, and struggling through school are just some examples. This workshop focuses on the effects of trauma on the brain, the impact of trauma on learning, and why an understanding of trauma matters to adult educators. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA, ESOL, and Math instructors who wish to create a more inclusive, accessible environment for their learners who have experienced trauma

What makes a person available, or unavailable, to learn? As educators, we spend hours planning lessons, scouring resources, assessing learners, and staying abreast of developments in our fields, all with the intention of providing our students with the tools they need to be successful. But what happens when students face mental health barriers that make them unavailable to learn?

This interactive training will address the impact of traumatic stress on an individual's ability to learn. We will define and describe the different types of traumatic experiences, offer alternative explanations for some of the most typical "problem student" behaviors, and offer practical, hands-on solutions to create safe, productive, inclusive classrooms that are beneficial to both the students and the instructors.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Define trauma and describe the typical symptoms individuals experience
  • Explain how traumatic experiences influence and impact learning
  • Develop tools and instructional supports to create a positive and safe learning environment for students
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Quinsigamond Community College, The Harrington Learning Center, Room 109A
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
Cultural Competence
Educator Effectiveness
ESOL/English Language Learner
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
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