Schools and school districts continually seek ways to make every student feel valued, respected, safe, and connected. Using a trauma-informed lens with best practice from the fields of Violence Prevention and Intervention, this training provides participants with a deeper understanding of how to create, measure, and evaluate school connectedness. The positive development of school climate and culture ensures school communities where students feel safe, accepted, and respected regardless of their gender, race, culture,
religion, or sexual orientation.

Training will include:
• The relationship between school culture/climate and school safety
• The importance of the physical environment in schools
• Knowledge of the difference between peer conflict, mean behavior, and bullying behavior
• Successful intervention strategies and tools to address different types of bullying
• Effects of bullying behavior on children and youth
• Managing social media and the evolution of sexting behavior and sextortion
• Trauma-informed practice – what is trauma and how does it impact youth?
• The importance of staying connected with high-risk and vulnerable youth and monitoring changes in
behavioral baseline
• Criteria for program selection and implementation (e.g. social emotional learning)
• Designing and strengthening of School Codes of Conduct
• Diversity – design for difference to address homophobia, racism, and systemic racism