We established the Educational Access Group so that students could thrive in education not just survive the system.
The work of the Educational Access Group focuses on the sustainable implementation and impacts of trauma-informed approaches in traditional school settings using their four component, Sustainably Integrated Trauma-Informed Education Framework (S.I.T.E. Framework).
The four components provided and/or facilitated by the Educational Access Group, which are mutually informing include:
- Comprehensive evaluation
- On-site staff support and consultation by an experienced classroom teacher with training and expertise in brain development and trauma-informed approaches
- School-wide professional development trainings
- The establishment and facilitation of a select group of school staff known as the “Core Team”
The overarching objectives of the Educational Access Group in supporting/partnering with schools is to ultimately: help students remain productively in the classroom; make learning accessible to ALL students; support students and staff in a safe context; enable students to develop, practice and master skills in the settings and spaces where they are asked to demonstrate them; equip staff with the knowledge, skills and support needed to appropriately and positively teach, engage and form relationships with ALL students; and to decrease staff burnout and improve staff job satisfaction.When a school partners with the Educational Access Group they are making a commitment to the sustainable integration of trauma-informed approaches into their school culture, systems and academic practices.