What is Trauma Informed?
A trauma-informed school is one in which all school administrators, teachers, staff, students, families, and community members recognize and respond to the behavioral, emotional, relational, and academic impact of traumatic stress on those within the school.
–Adapted from National Child Traumatic Stress Network
At Richard Yoakley School, in collaboration with the TN Department of Education, we implement trauma-informed practices following the Six Pillars of a Trauma-Informed School. You can see evidence of these Six Pillars throughout our school building. For example, every classroom has a calming, zen space where students can choose to go to if they are feeling anxious or upset. We have our positively-worded expectations and schedules posted throughout the school to promote predictable structures and supports. We have a daily social skills lessons where students learn important life skills like conflict resolution and goal-setting. Our staff also receives frequent training on deescalation and relationship-building techniques, and they utilize these skills regularly with students. Through these and other trauma-informed techniques and strategies, Richard Yoakley School promotes student academic and behavioral success.