During the two asynchronous learning days on February 25-26, all K-12 staff -- both certified and classified -- that work in this district viewed four one-hour videos on Trauma Sensitive Schools, created by Crossroads Health. We have access to these videos through Madison’s year long Trauma Sensitive Schools grant.
This was a mandatory training, much like Public School Works. These videos are directly related to the Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) information presented in the Poverty Simulation a few years back. There is a Core Implementation Team (CIT) made up of PBIS coaches and others in the district who are working with Crossroads through a grant that includes many local school districts.
The videos will help build the base for Madison staff members to compassionately and confidently meet the needs of our students. March staff meetings in all buildings will include a Q&A session to reflect on the video content, with the goal being to integrate this learning into the PBIS framework as we continue to expand our emphasis on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). They directly relate to the growing need for more social-emotional-mental health resources in our district, and will enhance what is already being incorporated within the classroom while giving staff support for when all students return in the fall.
Due to the challenges of the pandemic and remote learning, the district has been anticipating an increased need for additional SEL. In addition to this initiative, the district is working with Crossroads and the Northwest Educational Service Center to provide increased services for mental health. This training is one piece to that plan as we move forward to bridge the gaps of not only instruction, but to increase the connection to students and strengthen their individual emotional needs.