The Trauma-sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching

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W.W. Norton, Nov 13, 2018 - Affective education - 200 pages
Selected as a "Favorite Book for Educators in 2018" by Greater Good.

From the author of Mindfulness for Teachers, a guide to supporting trauma-exposed students.


Fully half the students in U.S. schools have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. In the face of this epidemic, it falls increasingly to teachers to provide the adult support these students need to function in school. But most educators have received little training to prepare them for this role.

In her new book, Tish Jennings--an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning--shares research and experiential knowledge about the practices that support students' healing, build their resilience, and foster compassion in the classroom. In Part I, Jennings describes the effects of trauma on body and mind, and how to recognize them in students' behavior. In Part II, she introduces the trauma-sensitive practices she has implemented in her work with schools. And in Part III, she connects the dots between mindfulness, compassion, and resilience. Each chapter contains easy-to-use, practical activities to hone the skills needed to create a compassionate learning environment.

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About the author (2018)

Patricia A. (Tish) Jennings, a professor at the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia, lives in Charlottesville. Her first book, Mindfulness for Teachers, was featured on NPR's Morning Edition, and her second book, The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, was selected as a "Favorite Book for Educators in 2018" by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Editor of Norton's Social and Emotional Learning Solutions Series, she is one of the "Ten Mindfulness Researchers You Should Know," according to Mindful magazine, and was recently awarded the Cathy Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science by the Mind & Life Institute, started by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1987.

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