BRIDGE Trauma-Informed Culturally Responsive (TICR) Program is a multi-hour training for teachers in urban settings designed to support the development of trauma-informed and culturally responsive strategies that promote student’s social -emotional health and academic achievement. Academic success is substantially impacted by students’ emotional self-regulation and decision- making abilities. Development of these skills is influenced by the student-teacher relationship and an educator’s ability to create a classroom environment that promotes these skills. This may present a challenge when the teacher lacks the skills to connect with students in a meaningful manner and/or an understanding of cultural norms that best facilitate student academic achievement and emotional health. BRIDGE TICR provides a comprehensive 4 module training to help teachers working in urban communities connect with students by better understanding their academic and cultural identities and using this information as a foundation for classroom structure. The Bridge Program components include: Four Comprehensive Modules, A Participant Handbook, Journal/Action Plan, and a Coaching Framework (optional).
Bridge TICR Program Module Descriptions
Module 1: The Story Behind Our Kids
- Help educators genuinely connect with students and better incorporate the experiences of youth into lesson plans.
- Understand how trauma and daily stressors faced by youth in urban communities impact academic achievement and classroom behavior.
Module 2: Sharing Our Stories
- Help educators better understand their cultural backgrounds and how it can impact relationships with students.
Module 3: Putting a Plan Together
- Integrate culturally responsive practices into established school-wide positive support systems.
- Develop and practice trauma-informed strategies for addressing students’ social-emotional needs that impact academic achievement.
Module 4: Caring for Self
- Identify strategies for educators to improve self-care and enhance management of professional and personal stressors.
Best Practice Content
• Enhancing Knowledge and Instructional Delivery (literacy, mathematics,
science, social studies)
• Reaching and Motivating the Struggling Writer
• Reading and Writing Across Content Areas
Best Practice Strategies, Routines and Procedures
• Behavior, Discipline, and Classroom Management
• Understanding and Implementing Differentiated Instruction
• Integrating Technology into your Instruction
• Structured Teaching and Learning
• Advancing Coaching to the Next Level
• Developing a Peer Coaching Program
• Creating an Instructional Leadership Team
* Whole School Reform
• Implementing a Data-Centered Framework