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About the Project

What? Six New Orleans schools are participating in a study of the use of trauma-informed approaches in schools. The goal of the research study is to determine how school personnel and students respond to trauma-informed activities at their school, which include professional development training, coaching, and organizational support in trauma-informed approaches.  For more information on trauma-informed approaches in schools we’ve collected some resources from other experts across the nation.

Who? The teachers and other school staff, the students, and the parents of the students at each of our partner schools. School staff and parents can be involved if they are at least 18 years old. Students can be involved if they are in grades K-8 at one of our partner schools.

When? We started our work with trauma-informed approaches in schools in 2015. This research project will span 2016-2020.  For more information on our school partners from our 2015-2017 demonstration project of trauma-informed approaches click here.

Where? We have six partner schools here in New Orleans, and our study staff represent many of the people, agencies, and governmental departments working hard every day to help New Orleans children and youth reach their highest potentials.

Why? We have learned a lot about the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma on children’s development. If we can learn that trauma-informed approaches make our schools safer and our students healthier, we want to share this information with others, so that we can help students nationally and internationally get the most out of school.  For more information about ACES and why trauma-informed approaches could be an important solution to ACES, click here.

How? By conducting the first rigorous evaluation of a trend that is sweeping the nation — trauma-informed schools — right here in New Orleans.  For more information on the work we have been doing related to trauma-informed approaches in schools, click here.