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.
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.
More Resources from Ms. Jen
More Resources from Ms. Jen
- Help for Stressed Educators During COVID-19: Noticing and Meeting Teacher Needs as Schools Reopen
- Supporting Stressed Students During COVID-19: Noticing and Meeting Children’s Needs As Schools Reopen
- Trauma-Sensitive Student Support During School Closures: Practical Strategies for Helping Caregivers Help Kids
- Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools by Helping Students Get Regulated
- 12 Things School Leaders Should Do to Support Their Staff This Year
- Notice the Need, Meet the Need: A Q&A with Jen Alexander on Trauma-Sensitive Back-to-School Plans
- 14 Strategies for Connecting with Families this Year
- Reassuring Connections: 4 Brookes Authors Share Tips for Supporting Stressed-Out Students
- 11 Things You Can Do Right Now to Build a More Trauma-Sensitive Classroom
- 10 Essentials for Promoting Young Children’s Social-Emotional Development