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Spotlight on Ms. Jen Alexander

In the United States, at least one in four youth experiences trauma severe enough to negatively affect their school success. Acclaimed trauma expert Ms. Jen Alexander is here to help, through her warm and wise guidebooks, her blog posts, and her webinars and training sessions.

Meet Ms. Jen

As a former special education teacher and school counselor in Iowa, Ms. Jen has more than 15 years of experience providing support to young people and the educators who serve them. As a popular teacher trainer, trauma expert, and author, Ms. Jen shows fellow educators what works and why when it comes to building trauma-sensitive schools. With a unique ability to connect with students, educators, other helpers, and parents, Ms. Jen is devoted to facilitating school-wide trauma-sensitive transformation through effective professional development paired with school consultation. Within minutes of working with her, educators know they are learning from someone who understands the real struggles of every day teaching and learning—and believe that change benefiting educators, students, and entire school communities is possible.

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Essential Resources from Ms. Jen

Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Your Guide to Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Environments for All Students

Discover a comprehensive framework for building a safe, supportive school environment that helps all students learn and thrive in Grades PreK–12. With this engaging, highly practical guide to what works and why, your school team will gain insights and develop trauma-sensitive action plans that make a real difference in the lives of all kids, including our most vulnerable youth.


Book a seminar!

Want more guidance on building trauma-sensitive learning environments? Get expert help directly from the author! In this engaging seminar, Jen Alexander will introduce you to the essentials of trauma-sensitive PreK–12 learning environments—and explicitly teach you how to use trauma-informed response to intervention to meet the needs of all students. Book a seminar for your team today!


Supporting Students and Staff after COVID-19
Your Trauma-Sensitive Back-to-School Transition Plan

COVID-19 school closures may be a thing of the past, but the compassionate, intentional, trauma-sensitive strategies in this book are evergreen. A valuable resource for every elementary school administrator and educator, this practical, reader-friendly ebook offers strategies for helping every student and staff member feel safe, be connected, get regulated, and get ready to learn.


Quick Guides for Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Practical, friendly, and immediately useful, this series of laminated quick guides addresses specific topics related to the essentials of building trauma-sensitive schools—safety, connection, regulation, and learning. Jen Alexander has collaborated with experts around the globe to bring educators timely information they can apply right away in their classroom and school.


Quick-Tip Videos

Watch Ms. Jen demonstrate this Mime Activity—a nonverbal, regulating way to get a group’s attention and focus.

How can teachers deal with work-related stress? Ms. Jen offers some helpful trauma-sensitive hints in this empathetic video.

Why should educators be careful with compliments, and what are some constructive approaches? Ms. Jen explains in this short video clip.

More Resources from Ms. Jen