Susan E. Craig, Ph.D. is a lifelong student of early trauma and its effects on children’s learning. Her teaching experience, as well as years of on- site training and technical assistance to school districts throughout the country, provides the context for her advocacy for trauma-sensitive educational reform.
Dr. Craig began her writing career in 1992 with an article in Phi Delta Kappan describing the educational needs of children living with violence. This work received special notice in the now famous “purple book” Helping Traumatized Children Learn published by Massachusetts Advocates for Children: Trauma and Policy Initiative, 2005. Her texts Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: Strategies for Your Classroom (2008) and Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives (2015) are best sellers among teachers and administrators who use them to guide their efforts to make schools more accessible to children with challenging behaviors. Her latest book, Trauma-sensitive Schools in the Adolescent Years: Promoting Resiliency and Healing Grades 6-12 was published in August, 2017.
In 2013, Dr. Craig was among those interviewed in the Safe Start National Resource Center series profiling women who have made an impact on the issue of children’s exposure to violence.
Dr. Craig is an avid blogger and sought after public speaker. In 2014 and 2017 she participated in the Attachment and Trauma Network’s Educating Traumatized Children Summits. Her blog www.meltdownstomastery.wordpress.com is read by educators from around the world.