WSI @ Sally Ride Elementary
Whole School Initiative: Year One at Sally Ride Elementary
Echo Parenting & Education is pioneering a comprehensive new model for creating trauma-informed, nonviolent school communities: The pilot “Whole School” project kicked off on September 18, 2014 at Sally Ride Elementary School in South LA with an ice-cream social and will continue through to the end of the academic year, thanks in part to a grant from the California Endowment.
In this pilot project, the whole school staff – teachers, teachers’ aides, the school nurse, plant manager, yard and office staff – will receive training in nonviolent child-raising and trauma-informed care. In addition, we will be offering parent education in Spanish and English. Through our partnership with A Thousand Joys, we will also be teaching 3rd grade students regulation tools to manage the effects of high stress so that they are better able to learn.
If you are familiar with Echo, then you will know what we mean by nonviolence. But what do we mean by ‘trauma-informed’? The ACES Study revealed that many of our children are suffering from trauma or ‘toxic stress’. This occurs when a child feels physically or emotionally unsafe and is powerless to change the situation. Examples of long-term toxic stress can be witnessing domestic violence, losing a parent through death or divorce, or being routinely shamed or humiliated. Having this information and putting practices in place to reduce the chance of a child being (re)/traumatized is the work of becoming a trauma-informed community.
This is where Echo and the nonviolent child-raising approach can provide not only prevention but also intervention for children whose lives have been affected by trauma.
Visit this page for updates on our Sally Ride Whole School project or come to our special Sally Ride workshop at our Changing the Paradigm conference March 6, 2015.
Want to hear how things are going with the Sally Ride Whole School Project? Catherine Daley, principal at Sally Ride Elementary describes our work!