CNED 5750-G (1 cr) SU20
Four Priorities of a Trauma-Informed Approach

Alex Shevrin Venet

Course Description:
How should we prepare for a fall in our schools when things are unpredictable? A trauma-informed approach can help to ground our teaching practice through a focus on relationships and equity. In this class, we'll focus on the fall in our exploration of four priorities of a trauma-informed approach: predictability, flexibility, connection, and empowerment. Through videos, readings, and weekly live online conversations, students will develop an understanding of trauma-informed practices and directly apply it to their planning for the new school year. There are no easy to answers to what lies ahead, so a key focus of this course will be the development of a community in our class as teacher-learners using inquiry and dialogue to navigate it together.

Course Preparation and Objectives:
This course is focused around building a foundational understanding of trauma-informed practices in schools with a focus on four proactive priorities of predictability, flexibility, connection and empowerment. Reflective practice is a core part of our awareness building, and students will also complete action plans for putting their understanding into practice.

Essential questions that frame this work and the course objectives will be:

  • What do I understand about trauma and how trauma impacts my students, myself, and my school?
  • What are the connections between individual trauma and structural inequities? How might schools cause trauma, disrupt it, or prevent it?
  • How do I foster predictability, flexibility, connection and empowerment as key practices in preventing and addressing trauma?

For more information, see the Course Syllabus.

Questions regarding course content may be directed to: Alex Shevrin Venet,

This course is being offered for 1 graduate level credit.

Cost: $450.00

Course Dates:

July 20 – August 14, 2020 --Asynchronous

Tuesday Evenings: Live Online sessions
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
July 21
July 28
August 4 and
August 11, 2020


Shelley Viles 
Antioch University New England 

Alex Shevrin Venet

What I believe

I believe that all students need a safe and caring school environment. We can create this environment through unconditional positive regard, recognizing the dynamic and complex lives of our students. Systems change is just as important as our individual actions, and only through systems change can we truly create equity for all.

My focus

  • Trauma-Informed teaching, learning and systems change
  • Social/emotional learning
  • Supporting (and rethinking) challenging students
  • Restorative practices
  • Educational equity.

What I do with my time

Facilitating session-building at Edcamp Vermont

My background

I’m a former school leader and teacher at a small alternative therapeutic high school near Burlington, Vermont.

I attended the University of Vermont for my degree in Secondary Education – English and Antioch University New England for my Master’s Degree in Education.

Assorted fun facts

  • My last name rhymes with gazette
  • I love cats, especially my tortie cat Charlie
  • I’m in the Vermont 251 club, where you attempt to visit all 251 towns & cities in the state! Next time you see me, ask what number I’m up to.


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Shelley Viles
Antioch University New England