The Trauma Informed Education Coalition (TIEC) was founded in 2014 to advocate for school age students who live in adversity and suffer the invisible wounds of psychological and emotional trauma. We recognize the national crisis of children who live in a multiplicity of conditions of hardship and who struggle daily to forge a future that will lift them out of destructive conditions.
The Trauma Informed Education Coalition advocates for policy and funding that ensures trauma identification and support for all students and eliminates the effects of trauma as a barrier to school performance.
Our goal is to raise awareness across education and community services; advocate for policy change across systems, instrument development and resources to provide direct training focused on practice and supports to help change the way we work with children.
Understanding Trauma and Its Impact
Understanding traumatic stress, its impact on the school community, and that many behaviors are adaptive responses to trauma.
Establishing a safe physical, psychological, and emotional environment where basic needs are met, safety measures are in place, and people's responses are consistent, predictable, and respectful.
Ensuring Cultural Competence
Understanding how cultural context influences perception of and response to traumatic events and the recovery process by respecting diversity, providing opportunities for cultural rituals, and respecting cultural backgrounds.
Helping people build confidence and competence that will strengthen their sense of autonomy by outlining clear expectations, providing opportunities to participate in the creation of personal goals, and maintaining awareness and respect for basic human rights and freedoms.
Promoting democracy by sharing power and decision-making.
Maintaining a holistic view of the individual and the healing process, and facilitating communication within and among systems.
Believing that establishing safe, authentic, and positive relationships can be corrective and restorative to survivors of trauma.
Instilling hope by providing opportunities for people to be involved at all levels of the system, facilitating peer support, by focusing on strength and resiliency, and establishing future-oriented goals.
JOIN OUR GROUP
Organizations and individuals are welcome to join the coalition provided you support the mission, believe in our principles, and be willing to actively advocate for policy around the issue of emotional and psychological trauma as an impediment to school performance.