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Osceola, IA: In 10 yrs "schools...have seen a significant increase in the need for trauma training"

Jan 10, 2018, Osceola (IA) Sentinel—Tribune: Clarke Community School commits to trauma informed instruction http://www.osceolaiowa.com/2018/01/03/clarke-community-school-commits-to-trauma-informed-instruction/abf30bg/ Over the past decade, schools across the county have seen a significant increase in the need for trauma training in the classroom. And with the recent cuts in Medicaid and mental health programs, the trend for more mental health support within the schools continues to grow. Disruptions, whether small or large, have escalated to a point where schools are now required to adopt measures that address and mitigate the risks within the classroom that are rooted in the trauma students experience at home and away from school. Clarke Community Schools, while not isolated in this trend, recently took the initiative to participate in a program designed to help students and instructors called Trauma Informed Instruction. ... The program, intended as a prerequisite for the Trauma Informed Instruction curriculum, set the focus for further instruction the staff would continue upon returning to the classrooms in 2018. … “Educating students today is more that straight academics,” said Steve Seid, Clarke Superintendent of Schools. “It’s ensuring that each and every student has the tools to be productive adults.” While the program will dive deep into how trauma affects students and their ability to function the classroom, it also covers the trauma teachers and administrators within the school face on a daily basis. Trauma Informed Instruction not only guides instructors on how to help students manage a disruptive educational environment, but is ultimately intended to help create a functional, teachable environment. …