Workshop 24
Abbot 1
Thur. 2:00-3:30 pm

Creating Trauma Informed Schools: Lessons from a three year pilot

The concept of a Trauma Informed School is now recognized as a model for building student resiliency, addressing education disparities, and improving graduation rates. But, what does it look like to create one? Presenters from Central and Tigard High Schools, the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance and Oregon’s Chief Education Office/Department of Education will describe the path and outcomes of two schools as they systematically worked to become trauma-informed over the course of three years.

Learning Objectives

    1. The participant will be able to discuss the implementation process and lessons learned from two pilot projects of trauma informed schools.
    2. The participant will be able to assess where their organization is on the continuum of trauma informed implementation using the Missouri Model.


Alfonso Ramirez
Trauma Informed Specialist, Coordinator, Tigard Tualatin School District

Alfonso holds a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Santa Monica and a Bachelors In Education from the University of Arizona. He has over 25 years experience working in child and family serving systems as a teacher, mental health clinician, shelter program director and recently as the Child Families Behavioral Health Director for the Oregon Health Authority. He was a trainer of the Sanctuary Model cofounded by Dr. Sandra Bloom and currently trains staff in the Nuerosequential Model of Education by Dr Bruce Perry. He is now working to develop trauma informed approaches in Oregon’s school settings.

Maureen Hinman
Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Trauma Informed Specialist, Technical Assistance Provider for the Trauma Informed Schools Pilot, Coordinator, Oregon School Based Health Alliance, Central School District

Maureen has been an advocate for school health services with OSBHA for the last eight years and has worked in public health for two decades. Prior to her work with OSBHA, Maureen worked in the Oregon Public Health Division doing program, policy, and operations work, provided health education internationally, and was the administrator of a youth-focused safety net clinic. In 2016 she led development of legislation for Oregon’s trauma informed schools pilot project and worked with the Chief Education Office and Department of Education to provide technical assistance to the pilot schools. Maureen has a Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance.

We are Here to Help: SROs as trauma informed responders

How HSD created their SROs as important partners in student success and resilience by educating them in ACEs and the impacts of trauma in/on students and their families lives. This has deepened the relationship between law enforcement and school district as partners for student safety and attendance.

Learning Objectives

    1. SROs as strong, positive partners in school safety.
    2. SROs as supportive partner in student attendance.
    3. How to create community partners through education of ACEs and trauma impact and resilience factors.


Jennifer Johnson
Climate & Culture TOSA, District Wellness & TIC Coordinator, Hillsboro School District

Oregonian through & through! Grew up & educated here. Love my home community of Hillsboro of 14 yrs. I have been a HSD teacher for 12 years. Last 3 years have led and guided ACEs education and trauma responsiveness for district staff and administrators as Climate & Culture Teacher on Special Assignment. Especially enjoyed teaching and coaching our Student Resource Officers in these subjects helping to make them and their role one of resilience support for better student success.

Building Resilient Communities in Grants Pass

We know that the success of each student is closely tied to the overall health and wellness of that student’s family. We also now have a wealth of understanding about adversity and how it shapes us as we develop. Utilizing key strategies around trauma-informed practices and care, the Grants Pass School District is engaged in building a resilient community. Broader than just focusing on the classroom, our focus is on overall healthier families that understand the importance of safety, predictability, self-regulation, positive relationships, and community involvement. Dr. Bloomquist will share some of the work going on in classrooms as well as the important partnerships and strategies with the community.


Dr. Todd Bloomquist
Director of School Improvement, Grants Pass School District #7

Dr. Todd Bloomquist has been serving in public education since 1991. He has worked in both elementary and secondary schools as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He is currently the Director of School Improvement for the Grants Pass School District, overseeing technology, homeless supports, mental health services, trauma-informed practices, and school improvement. Todd received his doctorate in education from George Fox University and enjoys teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University. He is a certified master Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) trainer and a certified Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) trainer.