Tom Brunzell (MS, EdM, PhD candidate) has experience as a teacher, school leader, researcher and education advisor in New York City and Melbourne. Currently he is the Senior Advisor, Education and the Leader of the Berry Street Education Model at the Berry Street Childhood Institute, Victoria. Tom presents internationally on topics of transforming school cultures, high expectations for differentiated instruction, trauma-informed practice, wellbeing and the application of positive psychology, and effective school leadership. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education studying trauma-informed pedagogy, positive psychology, and their impacts on workplace meaning.
Everybody in! Embedding trauma-aware strategies in a consistent whole-school approach
New research on trauma’s effects on learning and school participation continues to inform the way we now must educate trauma-affected students. However, implementing evidence-based strategies in a consistent way is the important next step within our annual school improvement plans. Since students encounter a number of staff throughout their day, all staff benefit when trauma-aware strategies are seen as part of the continuous learning we strive for as educators. Learn strategies that have shifted whole-school cultures and how we can sustain the momentum from emerging trauma-aware school initiatives.