Helping Pre-School & Elementary Students Thrive!


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Today, something is going to happen to an innocent child. Tomorrow, that child will walk into their school. What happens next will impact the rest of their life.​​​​​​​

What is this powerful event? Childhood trauma. Most students will experience some form of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, racism, homelessness, or poverty by their eighteenth birthday. If left untreated, their traumatic experience may have lasting implications on their physical and mental health and their success in school. Our growing knowledge of trauma is a call to action for every person that works in education and cares about the wellbeing of children in their community.

Trauma-Sensitive Early Education: Helping Pre-School & Elementary Students Thrive! explores the devastating effects that trauma inflicts on students, and how the resulting anguish manifests in the classroom as academic and behavioral struggles. Understanding the problem is just the first part of the journey taken in the book. This in-depth exploration guides educators in the process of creating trauma-sensitive classrooms and research-based instructional strategies that help students with trauma experience social and academic success.

Publication date: October 6th, 2019
Formats: Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook
ISBN: 9781537871745

Meet the authors

Matthew S. Bennett

Matthew S. Bennett, MBA, MA, has a master’s degree in community psychology and executive development (nonprofit management), as well as a master’s in business administration in health care. Mr. Bennett specializes in helping schools and organization implement trauma-sensitive strategies and treatment, self-care, trauma-informed leadership, and Motivational Interviewing. Mr. Bennett has successfully combined his academic pursuits as a researcher, blogger, podcaster on the Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast, and published author of articles and the books Connecting Paradigms: A Trauma-Informed and Neurobiological Framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation and Talking about Trauma & Change with his practical experience in leading nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to develop research-based solutions to improve the health of individuals, organizations, and systems.

Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett is a veteran elementary school teacher who began her career as a health educator in the Peace Corps in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (2000-2001). This experience led Sarah to her passion for education and helping students overcome barriers to their learning. She received a fellowship to attend Teacher’s College at Columbia University, where she earned an MA in Arts and Humanities with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (2004). Sarah has worked in a variety of school settings, including underprivileged classrooms in New York City as an English Language Acquisition teacher and suburban schools as a generalist in first, second, and fourth grades. Sarah was honored to be a recipient of the 2014 Impact on Education Awards from the Impact on Education Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools. She is currently a first-grade teacher at Douglass Elementary School in Boulder, Colorado.

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