The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced today 176 schools were selected for the second cohort of trauma-informed schools in the state. This new cohort more than doubles the original 73 schools from the first trauma-informed schools cohort which launched in 2018-19.
Selected in Cumberland County include The Phoenix School and Pleasant Hill Elementary. In Roane County, Oliver Springs Middle made the list and in Fentress County, York Elementary School was chosen.
Similar to other child and family-serving organizations, being trauma-informed in schools means being informed about and sensitive to trauma, and providing a safe, stable, and understanding environment for students and staff.
In Tennessee, the model trauma-informed school designation recognizes schools for their emphasis on implementing trauma-informed strategies to provide critical supports for students. Schools implementing trauma-informed approaches have seen improvements in school climate, attendance, and teacher satisfaction, while seeing a reduction in suspensions and expulsions, stress for staff and students, and more.
“Like each student, each school community is special and unique, and schools that implement trauma-informed strategies are helping to ensure students receive the academic and nonacademic supports they need,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “The department is thrilled to be able to more than double the number of trauma-informed schools in the state to help provide school officials, teachers and staff with training and resources to help all students reach their full potential.”
Through the application process, the schools were selected and committed to a two-year development cycle with the department, including high-quality training, resources, and ongoing support as they implement trauma-informed strategies.