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Tackling Unhealed Trauma in Communities and Schools

The latest Education Now features experts discussing how healing-centered engagement can help process unhealed trauma

Kids growing up in neighborhoods affected by violence often experience persistent traumatic stress which, through no fault of their own, can impact their learning, development, and mental health. In this episode, we explore a social-emotional learning approach that promotes self-esteem and offers a holistic view of recovery for young people of color managing that kind of trauma while also creating positive conditions for academic achievement. 


  • Jayme Banks, deputy chief, Office of Prevention and Intervention, The School District of Philadelphia, PA
  • Shawn Ginwright, professor of practice, HGSE and co-founder and CEO of Flourish Agenda
  • Kalilah Moon, executive director and CEO, Drive Change


Josephine Kim, senior lecturer on education, HGSE

Key Takeaways:

  1. Focus on students' assets. Caring and loving relationships are crucial.
  2. Students and communities need to be engaged to draw both adults and youths into the collective healing process. Faith leaders can help, too.
  3. Make time for the care and emotional well-being of educators as well as students.

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