Trauma-Informed Practices

  • As a district, DPS is committed to supporting the whole child, incorporating a student’s social-emotional skills in addition to their academic success. We are also deeply aware that trauma can contribute to systemic and individualized educational barriers that interfere with emotional and physical health and impede access to education.

    Adopting trauma-informed practices helps us to recognize the impact of trauma, implement changes and bring our entire school community together to help students build healthy relationships and feel safe to learn and grow.

    When students feel safe and ready to learn, they are able to pursue their academic goals more easily. We want to ensure all of our educators understand how to use trauma-informed practices and strategies to help students be in a safe space to support positive behavior and learning.

    This work is supported by the DPS Board of Education, who catalyzed this work through a resolution.