|Course Number:||EDU 5515 C50|
|Instructor:||Julia A. Erdelyi, M.A.|
|Location:||Stern Center for Language & Learning, Williston, VT|
|Dates and Times:||November 27 - May 21, 2019. In-person meetings on the following dates: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 2018, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21 2019.|
|Credits:||3 graduate credits|
Note: Please register directly with the Stern Center using the "Register now" link below. The Stern Center will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.
Childhood poverty rates soared to new heights after the 2008 recession. The current figures show more than 15.5 million U.S. children living at or below the poverty line. Vermont’s childhood poverty levels are no less alarming. The Trauma of Poverty course explores the impacts of high poverty on children focusing on their learning and social-emotional development. Studying the impacts of poverty and high stress provides us with a new and very different lens to view many problems and experiences in classrooms.
With an unprecedented rise of children in poverty, trauma and stress-related behaviors that create barriers to learning are predictable but have gone largely unrecognized in the daily life of many schools. For many children, symptoms related to trauma and toxic stress levels are routinely misdiagnosed as behavioral issues and /or learning disabilities. Teachers and staff are often unprepared and untrained for the challenges that toxic-stress creates for an increasing number of children.
The Trauma of Poverty course focuses on defining, identifying and understanding poverty-related stress in childhood development, behavior and learning. Our goal is to help teachers and programs protect vulnerable learners and provide the knowledge and support needed to work with related challenges. The course is arranged thematically:
Participants will develop working understandings of:
The primary objective is to help teachers and leaders to develop a trauma-informed lens and practice applying it to their experiences in classrooms. Participants will integrate emerging findings from psychology and brain research showing the impacts of poverty-related trauma on learning and behavior. Participants will apply their knowledge by developing and exploring what trauma-informed learning environments or practices apply to their schools. Participation is important as much of the applied section of our work will take place in discussions and/or case studies. Participants will develop self-care strategies and exercises that will provide grounding and support for teachers and others working in complex, sometimes stressful settings.
Action Research projects will be developed during the class and implemented in school and community environments. Students will present their projects to the class during the final class meetings.
Each assignment will be graded using a rubric.
Grades will be based on the following:
1/3 participation in class activities and discussions
1/3 in class assignments 1-9
1/3 project presentations
Julia A. Erdelyi