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Compassionate Schools Workshop Resources

Worksheet 1 of 3: The Puzzle Graphic


Shawna consolidated the information contained in the Massachuesetts document to create the puzzle graphic above.  The graphic summaries the qualities of trauma-informed schools (also known as compassionate schools).

Worksheet 2 of 3: Puzzle Graphic Planner


In our workshop, you and your team will use the puzzle graphic planner to consider the elements of trauma-informed schools that you currently have in place at your school.  In addition, you will consider the barriers that exist at your school that inhibit the school from being a trauma-informed system (compassionate school).

Worksheet 3 of 3: Qualities of Compassionate Schools

This assessment rubric was created by Dr. Linda O'Neill.  Think of the rubric as your step by step guide to creating a compassionate school.  After this conference, share your learning with your staff.  Then, together, decide on one component on which you would like to focus.  Remember that systemic change takes time. It may take months to put even one component fully in place.  Creating a compassionate school is a marathon - not a sprint.  Focus on the fact that every change that you put in place will improve the learning environment in your school so that it better serves all students.  

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