Online Courses


Online courses for educators are coming soon!

Starting in Fall 2023, Backdrop to Success: The Three Pillars of Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom will be available as an on-demand, 15-hour professional development course. Educators, administrators, school counselors, social workers, and paraprofessionals are welcome to early-bird register.

Online Courses

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Learn at your own pace while gaining valuable knowledge and strategies to build a positive classroom or school community centered on safety, security, and support for all learners. Understand the impact trauma has on brain development, the importance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and dispel common misconceptions. Then, dive into academic instruction techniques and relationship-building strategies for working with students impacted by trauma. This version of the course will also explore an educator’s self-care practice and resilience skills and how both translate into student success.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define trauma and recognize its potential impact on students’ behavior, learning, and well-being.
  • Understand the basics of brain development and the neuroscience of trauma.
  • Create safe classroom environments that promote students’ sense of security and belonging.
  • Explain methods to cultivate resilience in both students and yourself, fostering a culture of emotional growth and self-care.

Massachusetts educators who complete
Backdrop to Success will be eligible to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs). Educators outside of Massachusetts may also be eligible to receive continuing education credit. Check with your given state or district and email for questions.

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