What if you’ve been addressing the WRONG problem?
Do you struggle with a school culture that isn’t what you’d like it to be? Where is the joy, motivation, and connectedness? Why don’t those test scores go up? The underlying problem isn’t what it seems. I can help you address the real problem, transforming your school into one that inspires and achieves. Have you been that person who has tried everything and you are not getting the results you need:
- Have you tried all the programs to bring your staff together….and they still are divisive?
- Have you bought the SEL curriculum that is supposed to turn your students into self-aware, empathetic change-makers…and you still have issues with bullying and other poor behaviors?
- Have you invested in content area curriculum that was supposed to be a one-and-done fix for test scores…and yet no significant gains have been made in the Opportunity Gap?
- Have you had one-on-ones with difficult staff members…only to have the same issues arise in their classes or in interpersonal interactions?
Are you tired yet?
Because you’ve been working hard. And only those rare, magical unicorn principals who have tried everything else will believe that the problem isn’t what it seems on the surface.
See, the real problem isn’t in front of you, it’s in the past. Did you know that 70% + of any population (children and adults) are wired by childhood trauma? It affects the way our brains work and the way we react to stimulus. It is affecting your staff meetings and your achievement scores. Childhood trauma is affecting your attendance rates and your suspension rates.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
What if you knew the way to relate to school staff that works with their trauma and doesn’t work against it (or trigger them)? Suddenly conversations that didn’t go anywhere include staff giving what you say their full attention and acting on good suggestions? You become partners in the struggle, not adversaries.
What if you knew how students’ brain functions are affected by trauma and that there are concrete ways to transform all curriculum to meet the needs of those brains? You don’t need to toss those curriculum programs, you just need to modify them. Phew! Doesn’t that feel better?
What if you knew how students’ bodies react to trauma and how to not only mitigate their triggers and reactions in the classroom but prevent those triggers altogether? Classroom referrals and suspensions become a slow drip instead of a steady stream.
What if you knew that everyone can be a trauma detective and respond to student (and adult) trauma in a compassionate (and time-sensitive) manner without feeling like a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist? But rather, you just feel like a good human being who took a few minutes to listen?
That feels better, right?
Let’s make it happen.