Podcast by Mathew Portell
Episode #48: Lachanda Garrison - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
achanda Garrison is a 2nd grade teacher leader at Bahrain Elementary School in Manama, Bahrain. Lachanda believes weaving her students’ stories and identities into lessons is the best instructional tool, ensuring all students receive an equitable education. She meets students’ needs by being trauma-informed, resilience-focused, and culturally responsive so students can learn and thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. Because of these beliefs, Lachanda’s students advocate for their learning, celebrate one another’s differences and cultures, and empathize for those around them.
Lachanda has an Associate of Arts in Computer Studies and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College, Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Troy University, and a Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching from Mount Holyoke College. She is also a Certified Trauma and Resilient Trainer from STARR Commonwealth.
Episode #47: Dr. Bruce Perry - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Dr. Bruce Perry, a child psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is the principal of the Neurosequential Network, senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the author, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born for Love, about the essential nature of Empathy. This episode will focus on his most recent New York Times Bestselling book that he co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, What Happened to You?
Episode #46: Dr. Melissa Sadin - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Dr. Sadin has served as a special education teacher, a gifted education teacher, and a building administrator. Most recently she served as a director of special education. Dr. Sadin has been vice-president of her local School Board and is recognized as a Master School Board Member. She has conducted research on the perceptions of teachers working to create trauma-informed classrooms. Dr. Sadin is a published author and has produced numerous webinars on children with attachment trauma in schools. Currently, Dr. Sadin works as an education consultant and developmental trauma expert providing professional development to school districts, municipal service providers and parents. Nationally, Dr. Sadin is a highly sought after keynote speaker and conference presenter. Her Trauma Guide Series of books are available on her website, www.traumasensitive.com.
Episode #45: Dr. Tracey Benson - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Dr. Tracey A. Benson, CEO of Tracey A. Benson Consulting and founder of the Anti-Racist Leadership Institute, received his doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has served as an assistant professor of educational leadership, principal coach, high school principal, middle school vice-principal, and elementary school teacher. His research explores the vestiges of structural racism in K-12 education that continue to impede the academic success of students of color. His book, Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism, was released with Harvard Education Press in August 2019.
Episode #44: Cissy White - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Cissy White works to support individuals and initiatives making trauma-informed change with survivors of trauma who are Parenting with ACEs. Cissy joined ACEs Connection first as a free-lance writer and has worked as a Community Facilitator for the Northeast Region and as the Parenting with ACEs Community Manager. In 2014, Cissy opened up about being a trauma survivor on her Heal Write Now blog, hoping to help create the survivor-led community she’d searched her whole life to find. Cissy’s essays, stories, and profiles have run in The Boston Globe, Spirituality and Health, Ms. Magazine, To Write Love on Her Arms, ACEs Too High, the Attachment Trauma Network, The Patient Advocacy Network, and Elephant Journal. Her survivor-led advocacy has been written about in the Atlantic Monthly and The Mighty. Cissy has led Parenting with PTSD and Healing from Trauma workshops for survivors and therapists. She recently appeared on a PBS NewsHour series on traumatic stress and healing and has appeared on several podcasts such as the Trauma Therapist Podcast, Healing Our Ghosts, and Law and Order. She speaks internationally about parenting with PTSD, ACEs, and community-level change. She believes all trauma-informed change must be informed by and led by survivors. She is also part of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance Survivors Teaching Students program. She speaks with lived expertise about the way developmental trauma can impact children and adults.
Episode #43: Dr. Kelley Munger and Megan Marcus - Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast
Dr. Kelley Munger and Megan Marcus
All learning happens through relationships, and our education system has the potential to grow whole children. But educators’ social-emotional development is a critical foundation to student social-emotional development.
Educators cannot possibly address the social-emotional needs of students or be truly “trauma-informed” if they have not processed and acknowledged their own trauma and social-emotional needs. We support educators as they do the “inner work” of exploring their triggers, attachment styles, and early childhood experiences.
Like student social-emotional learning, educator social emotional learning is not, and can’t be, a flash in the pan. Growing educators as whole people requires schools to become places where secure relationships and adult development happen every day in the regular course of work. In reality, many educators talk to us about the relational gaps they experience at school- the stress of loneliness, isolation, and toxic adult cultures, on top of sharing the burdens and trauma that students carry.