PL-CI-233 The Impact of Trauma on Learning: Classroom and Student Supports (PK-12)


PL-CI-233 The Impact of Trauma on Learning:  Classroom and Student Supports (PK-12)

A Hybrid (Face-to-Face & Online) Lesley University Course Being Hosted In-district by the Lexington Public Schools


Face-to-Face Meetings:

Thursday, February 2, 2017               3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, February 16, 2017             3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017                   3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 16, 2017                 3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 30, 2017                 3:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.


A growing body of research confirms what educators have long believed: for children to thrive and develop into whole persons, schools must first and foremost, be places of physical safety and emotional support.  Trauma affects self-regulation, social skills, and a child’s sense of health and well-being, along with interfering with more traditional academic skills that require language, memory, and executive function.  This course will address ways to promote these non-academic and academic competencies for students impacted by trauma, including which competencies can be incorporated into the learning flow of the classroom (as they benefit all children) and which are best taught with an individual support plan.


This course is the second in a series of four, offered by the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity in collaboration with Massachusetts Advocates for Children’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.  


Please note: participants must have completed Course 1 - The Impact of Trauma on Learning: An Overview, and participants MUST purchase three credits from Lesley University for $500.  This course is not offered for in-house credit, or to audit.  Once you register for the course online, you will be sent the Lesley University registration and payment information.  Participants may be eligible for tuition reimbursement through Lexington Public Schools.    


Facilitator:  Joel Ristuccia

Joel Ristuccia is a certified school psychologist with over 25 years experience working in public schools where he has developed and worked in programs for students at risk for failure due to social/emotional disabilities.  He has served as a consultant on the impact of trauma on student learning to the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative and is a co-author of Helping Traumatized Children Learn, volumes 1 and 2.  Additionally he has consulted with the Department of School Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, presented program model research findings at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, presented for the Departments of Education in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Washington as well as the University of Wisconsin on topics related to the impact of social/emotional issues on learning.  Mr. Ristuccia is an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University, teaching courses in developing school-wide, classroom, and individual interventions to address the needs of students with social/emotional disabilities.  He holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and B.A. from Yale University.

Who May Enroll:  PK-12 Educators, Special Educators, Counselors, Administrators

Location:  Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1

PDPs/Credits:  67.5 PDPs and 3 graduate credits ($500) purchased from Lesley University upon successful completion of course requirements

Class Size: 25



Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x68043


Seat Availability: 0 of 30 seats available. 0 users on waiting list.
Last day to register: 1/17/2017

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Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1
146 Maple Street
Lexington, MA 02420The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.