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Just School. Just Growth. The Nexus of Social-Emotional, Culturally Relevant and Trauma-Informed Education - Intersection of Trauma & Equity: Activism & Action is Empowering (Session 3 of 3)


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We are excited to partner with you, your school, and/or district to bring you this unique, comprehensive opportunity to create and sustain inclusive learning spaces where every student feels safe, connected, challenged, and has a genuine sense of agency.

As an educator, we understand that you carry the weight of fostering a positive and nurturing culture within your staff and ensuring their well-being in the face of increasing demands and responsibilities. We recognize the immense challenges you face every day, and we want to support you in navigating these complexities while nurturing your own professional growth.

Our warm and inviting professional development opportunity has been enthusiastically received by educators like you. Our expert facilitators are renowned in their fields and bring a wealth of experience in SEL, CRE, and Trauma-Informed practices. We will guide you through engaging workshops, interactive discussions, and practical activities, all aimed at equipping you with the knowledge and tools to transform your classrooms and schools.

This professional development opportunity goes beyond theory. These experiential sessions provide participants with tangible strategies and resources that can immediately be implemented in classrooms. We share and practice practical tools that have a profound impact on students' and educators’ well-being, thereby leading to greater academic achievement. 

Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL, CRE, and Healing Informed practices for Trauma that encourage us to reimagine and reinvent classrooms and schools around the principles of equity, authentic learning, and stronger relationships.  Choose one session or choose all three, depending on your needs.  In each session, participants will receive an electronic text set with resources to bring into the classroom.

Finally, we believe investing in educators’ professional growth and well-being is vital for cultivating a thriving school community. Therefore, we have also incorporated dedicated sessions to address staff overload and support their own self-care. We understand that you cannot pour from an empty cup, and it is crucial that one prioritizes their own well-being as they strive to create nurturing learning environments for students.

Session #3: Intersection of Trauma & Equity - Activism and Action is Empowering

Inequities in the school setting can cause or worsen trauma.  Additionally, many classroom/school practices cause inequities for students who struggle with the impact of trauma.  Scholars emphasize that structural inequality in schools seldom leads to contexts where students have agency (Donnor & Shockly, 2010).  Agency is not an isolated action where students exist in a vacuum, rather, agency is co-constructed in communities of practice (Lave & Wenger, 1991) as students adopt various identities in complex social situations and experiences.  Think of a typical learning space - what internalized identities are being adopted by marginalized populations?

Solution: Our focus here is to create spaces in which folks can adapt and heal, thereby strengthening resilience.  As Learning spaces adopt healing-informed practices and experiences that allow students to share their voice, histories, cultural identities, experiences, languages, and interests, learning and change accelerates rapidly.   Racism and inequity are integral aspects of historic trauma and have intergenerational consequences. Our classrooms need to change our response patterns personally and systemically - using practices for healing-informed care.  Trauma is a lens, not a label. Healing-informed practices should fix learning spaces, not kids! True trauma-informed education is anti-racist and against all forms of oppression.  Building true resilience requires equitable learning spaces - Teaching marginalized groups to be resilient in the face of discrimination isn’t equity - ending discrimination is.

Participants can expect to acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to:

  • Establish a common language of trauma-informed and equity
  • Leveraging AI to discover new ways to create a future that serves the needs of you, your learners, and the world.
  • Develop an understanding that we live in a racialized society that gives unearned privilege to some while others experience unearned disadvantages
  • Build critical consciousness in students - thereby partnering with our students as change makers for a more just society
  • Understand & practice restorative practices rather than punitive practices
  • Consider distinctions of Equity - CRE; Social Justice Standards; Multicultural Education
  • Normalize the practice of speaking about race and understanding events and experiences through the lens of race, culture, and power

Audience: All Grades PK-12 Educators
Presenter(s): Sharon McCarthy, TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President
Delivery Format: Virtual

Date/Times (attend any one or all):

  • Session 1 - Intersection of SEL & Trauma: Healing Relationships for Resilience; January 18, 2024, 9am-12pm 
  • Session 2 - Intersection of SEL & Equity: Closing Opportunity Gaps; February 27, 2024, 9am-12pm
  • Session 3 - Intersection of Trauma & Equity: Activism & Action is Empowering; March 13, 2024, 9am-12pm

Cost: $150 

The TMI-ENVISION Professional and Personal Learning Series

The 2023-2024 TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Development Series enhances your ability to turn your pedagogical desires into reality. We think of our Series as an integrated roadmap to create and maintain learning spaces where students feel - and - are safe, connected, supported, and challenged. Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL, Equity, and Healing Informed practices for Trauma. Take one, take two, or take them all. Think of them as the vessel to hasten your journey to become the educator you are in your heart of hearts.

All of our TMI-ENVISION Professional and Personal Development Series programs are led by Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President dynamic presenter, and author.

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to TMI Education, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the TMI PLC at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website event page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)

Video-Recorded Virtual (Zoom) Sessions and Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Recorded Session:  As an added value, all virtually-delivered programs are video recorded and accessible to our workshop registrants and Professional Learning Consortium Members subsequent to the session. Therefore, each virtually-delivered workshop and webinar will now have Zoom’s Recording Disclaimer enabled by default. With this feature, attendees will receive a notification when a recording starts or if they join a session that is already being recorded. The participant can then consent to stay in the session and be recorded or choose to leave the session altogether.

Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Virtually-Delivered Session: Actively engaging in Zoom sessions is important. Participants may have concerns, however, of a Zoom session recording capturing their participation. Meeting hosts or instructors are taking steps to minimize this concern. In addition to the consent, participants can also use the following steps and features to take control of what is shared when a session is being recorded.

  • Change your participant name displayed in Zoom (e.g. only use your first name, replace your name)
  • Disable your video
  • Mute your audio
  • Do not communicate via the chat feature
  • Do not upload an identifiable profile photo

Please refer to Zoom’s Attendee Controls for more information on how to use these features.



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