Personal Accounts: Trauma and SEL

Social Emotional Learning and Trauma

Today our specialist, Monica Kurtz gives us her thoughts on trauma and the importance of teaching Social Emotional Learning in our schools.

School shootings.  Outrage. Fear. Helplessness.  My newsfeed is filled with almost daily reports of another shooting, more victims.  More death. Working in a school, particularly in behavior, I have worked with students that scare me.  I can envision a dark future that involves them, weapons and widespread destruction. How do we combat that darkness?  I’m not the only person asking that question.

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