TISE is designed to teach K–12 teachers about how trauma can affect students and how they can effectively support students after stressful and traumatic experiences. TISE uses a strength-based and relational lens that highlights students’ resilience and promotes school connectedness and belonging.
TISE is available both online and in person.
Developed through an academic-community partnership, TISE draws from existing evidence around trauma-informed, evidence-based approaches as well as the real-world realities of K–12 teachers. A preliminary evaluation of the in-person TISE training found that the curriculum improved educators’ knowledge about trauma and increased their confidence engaging with students affected by trauma. Among the trainees, 98% indicated that they would recommend the curriculum to a colleague. An evaluation of the online TISE training is currently underway.
The online TISE curriculum includes eight modules that provide concrete strategies that help educators support students in more trauma-responsive ways, such as by fostering a trauma-sensitive classroom climate, communicating with students about trauma, de-escalating disruptive incidents, and fostering trauma responsiveness throughout the school community. The curriculum takes approximately 2 hours to complete. The course can be taken at each user’s pace and picks up wherever a user left off.
No prior training is required to take the TISE course. The TISE curriculum is appropriate for any adult who interacts with students on a school campus.