Yesterday, we released our 2022 Condition of Education Action Guide, shining a light on the critical need to better support educators during this challenging time and in the years to come. If you're looking for ways to support educators in your school or district, we've compiled a selection of research-based resources and tools to help.


Trauma-Sensitive Teaching

Driven by a need to support all students, many educators have adopted a trauma-sensitive lens. This includes learning about the impact and signs of trauma, working to develop trusting relationships with students, and creating safe classroom environments to support students exposed to trauma. These practices produce positive results, improving the emotional wellbeing of children. A trauma-sensitive approach does not mean teachers are expected to take on the role of therapists, but instead recognizes that students who are traumatized learn best in a safe and supportive environment. 
Back-to-School Blueprint
This interactive guide provides strategies for schools and educators to support students suffering from the individual and collective trauma caused by COVID-19. It's part of a series of research-based, online action guides featuring practices that not only address the pressing issues facing our students right now, but also can become building blocks for a more supportive, equitable, and high-performing system.
  • The Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma offers a toolkit for early childhood educators to use for their own professional development on trauma and racial trauma, as well as other general resources for understanding and responding to trauma.
  • The School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation System provides access to a range of self-assessments on building school mental health systems and supporting trauma-responsive schools. By creating a free account, users can access a library of screening and assessment tools and many other resources.
  • The five modules available as part of Support for Teachers Affected by Trauma can help educators recognize and address the effects of secondary trauma–that is, trauma triggered by working with others (such as students) who have experienced traumatic events.


Culturally Responsive Practices

Culturally responsive teaching consists of meaningful instructional strategies and curricula that make significant connections between students’ home and school lives. Overall, culturally responsive teaching brings students’ lived experiences into the classroom through an asset-based lens in order to create rigorous, student-centered instruction.
Back-to-School Blueprint
This interactive, online tool offers strategies for teachers and school leaders to work together to create a positive, welcoming environment for every member of the school community amid the challenges of COVID-19.



Innovation in Education

In our Action Guide, we think of innovation as the ways in which we work to fundamentally rethink students’ learning experience and break out of generational habits on how to deliver content. Innovation encompasses individualization, deeper learning, and the use of technology and online tools not to replace, but to strengthen, instructional practices.
A Guide to Getting Started with Early College in MA
This hands-on guide is meant to help high school and college partners design and implement effective Early College programs. It explores research-based best practices and lessons learned from Early College programs across the state and nation. 
  • Dr. Torrey Trust’s graduate students at UMass Amherst compiled a website on Online Tools for Teaching and Learning that educators can access to understand specific digital learning tools.
  • Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress that works to spur innovation in education and provide more accessible learning experiences to all children. To achieve their vision, they run networks, including the League of Innovative Schools and the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, to provide connectivity and access to students across the country. As a result of these engagements, Digital Promise has published a suite of learning tools that guide educators to design innovative learning experiences.
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