From Amy Yillik, EdD, Erin Taylor, NCSP, and Amber McGill, LCSW
Central Oregon school districts, in partnership with Better Together, received a $1.5 million grant from the Central Oregon Health Council to develop and strengthen trauma-informed cultures across education systems in Central Oregon.
During the three year grant cycle (July 2019 – June 2022), Central Oregon school districts aim to create a Culture of Care to recognize and respond to how childhood and historical trauma impact our students, classrooms, and schools. At the center of the Culture of Care Initiative is a commitment to supporting staff to recognize the symptoms of trauma and equip them with the knowledge and skills to respond with care through professional learning and coaching.
Culture of Care Coaches provide tiered-supports based upon implementation levels and results of a needs assessment within 4 identified school cultures: Leadership, Staff, Classroom and Prevention/Intervention. At the systems level, we are addressing educational philosophies and policies, as well as mental models about trauma, behavior, and mental health to create a trauma-informed education system.
A Culture of Care is Trauma-Sensitive, Relationship-Focused and Equitable
We are here to champion your school, focusing and expanding on the good work already taking place, in order to more intentionally create cultures of care for all students.
Through intentional modeling, training and collaboration, CARE Coaches seek to impact school culture and outcomes with trauma-sensitive, relationship-focused, and equitable practices that systematically promote resilience, wellness, safety & support for all.