"Overcoming the School Trauma Cycle is extremely relevant to practitioners. Trynia Kaufman provides an easy readability and made me feel I was having a conversation with her. The book provided a solid overview of the most readily available techniques to use in the classroom right now. The background information was written with clarity for anyone to read, although parents without background knowledge would also be able to read and understand this book."
"In a world where education is meant to be a beacon of enlightenment and personal growth, When School is the Trauma courageously confronts a deeply concerning reality: the potential for academic environments to inadvertently perpetuate trauma. This book is not merely a publication; it's a revolutionary wake up call to action, urging readers to reevaluate and reshape educational practice for the well-being of every child. We have an urgent need for this change in our educational systems."
"Taking into account the emotional and behavioral barriers to student learning is an essential part of teaching to the whole student. There is a dearth of resources for mid-career educators, and Overcoming the School Trauma Cycle serves to meet that need. It builds upon current knowledge, giving educators helpful reminders and new ideas for accommodations and supporting the education of students with high-incidence learning challenges.
"In Overcoming the School Trauma Cycle, Kaufman has blended two important contemporary topics—learning challenges and mental health. Educators, administrators, and systems will benefit from having shared knowledge and guided conversations on how best to support students experiencing either or both challenges. This book can be used to guide these conversations and provides practical, realistic, and useful guidance for educators. "
"All teachers, not just early career, will benefit from this book. It is foundational to any other SEL and mental health work."
"As a school counselor and former SPED teacher I often see the negative impact school has on students. This book is important because it helps general education teachers see their role in the student’s life and how they can prevent school trauma from happening. I love that it gives teachers an understanding of why the brain acts the way it does and how we can help train both educator brains and student brains to respond differently.
"Educators know that trauma impacts students’ well-being and academic performance, but they may not be sure what they can do to support students who have experienced trauma. This book provides answers: answers that are actionable, evidence-based, and practical. It takes us on a journey through the brain and into the classrooms, with clear recommendations for practice that can be implemented immediately."
"This book offers something for every reader, explaining the importance of connecting the dots between the science of teaching and learning, educational neuroscience, and critical contexts that enhance or create barriers to learning."
“This book is equally informative as it is entertaining. Much like my students, who always want to know why, the first part gave me much-needed context on the interconnectedness between learning, emotions, and mental health. Part Two provided actual solutions to navigating the modern classroom. There is no doubt in my mind that this book will make teaching easier for the educators who check it out!”
"This book should be required reading for every education major prior to student teaching as well as those already in the classroom and looking to expand their knowledge."
"One of the most significant realizations for me as an educator has been the importance of bringing together both the foundation for effective instructional practices (the why) and the means by which to build on that foundation (the how). It is not effective to attend to one while leaving the other unexplored. There is an art and skill to this work.
"Trynia Kaufman eloquently shares critical information about mental health issues from a brain science perspective that every educator should know. She offers practical strategies that can be implemented right away to create inclusive learning environments for all students, with a sensitive and informed perspective on how to support the emotional well-being of each individual."