NEA will promote safe, trauma-free working and learning environments by sharing with state affiliates effective implementation supports and trainings for school systems that adopt restorative practice and asset-based discipline approaches and by advocating that all states reach and maintain the national standards for school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

NEA will raise student trauma awareness among  members by supporting state affiliate efforts to offer trauma-sensitive professional learning opportunities that address:

1. The impact of toxic stress on brain development and student behavior and learning;

2. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research, screening, and awareness resources;

3. Trauma-sensitive teaching practices; and

4. The linkage of trauma to poverty, substance abuse, institutional racism and discrimination.

5. Effective implementation supports and trainings for school systems that adopt restorative practice and asset-based discipline approaches and by advocating that all states reach and maintain the national standards for school counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

Rationale/Background

Traditional and zero-tolerance discipline policies don't work and disproportionately hurt disenfranchised students. NEA's policy promotes a restorative practice approach to discipline. However, support is needed to implement such an approach. Advocacy shall include staffing ratios and aligning responsibilities to national standards.

Contact

Noel Candelaria - TX

Cost Implications

This item cannot be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed Modified 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget. It would cost an additional $5,000.