The Day Trauma Came to Class
IMAGINAL Education Group, ReThink Learning’s for-profit affiliate, announces their soon to be released flagship course. The Day Trauma Came to Class™ addresses the intersection of trauma, poverty, and learning in the classroom. When trauma occurs, brain development is interrupted resulting in maladaptive emotions and behaviors showing up in the classroom. As this happens, teachers often make referrals for special-needs testing, where a misdiagnosis of a learning disability can follow. Misdiagnoses serve to exacerbate trauma and can make a student vulnerable to mental health issues. Unfortunately, this trajectory critically disadvantages students who are simply unable to cope with the trauma and poverty they have experienced. We do not think teachers need to know everything about trauma, but they do need to know the part that impacts their classroom.