Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Educational Differentiation (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Petroelje Stolle

Academic Year



Teachers and other school personnel need to take time to meet the basic needs of students and build relationships with them. Schools need to teach, model, and allow students to practice social and emotional skills which will in turn, provide students with the ability to learn and increase academic performance (Brackett & Rivers, 2014). The purpose of this project is to create a teacher professional learning opportunity for all school staff that work directly with students to teach them about trauma, the prevalence, how it impacts students, and trauma-informed teaching practices such as the use of social and emotional learning to provide teachers with tools and resources to support all students. The objective of the project is to create a professional learning opportunity for educators that emphasizes the benefits of creating a trauma-informed classroom and the importance of incorporating trauma-informed teaching practices (such as social and emotional learning) to support all students. The needs of students continue to be more apparent in classrooms and the weight of needs can be heavy on school staff. This project is expected to present school staff with the knowledge and resources to implement trauma-informed teaching practices and social and emotional learning throughout daily lessons.