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Events Friday, Jun 26, 2020 - Sunday, Jun 28, 2020

POSTPONED to October 2020: The Impact of Trauma on Learning Institute

University Hall Amphitheater, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02140

Add to Calendar 2020-06-26T17:00:00 2020-06-28T16:00:00 America/New_York LIFTS June Institute Learn how trauma affects student learning and behavior and how your school can become trauma-sensitive. Postponed until October 9-11. 2020 University Hall Amphitheater, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140 Center for Inclusive and Special Education
teacher at a table with students

The health and well-being of our university community and members of our extended community are always first, so in keeping with federal and state health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, the Institute for Trauma Sensitivity has postponed this event until October 9-11, 2020.

Please see our October schedule and updated registration links.

During this three-day event, you'll get an understanding of the impact of trauma on student learning that will inform your decision-making in schools and classrooms. You'll begin to more fully understand how students learn and behave, and learn strategies that address the needs of the whole child.

Explore how to develop safe, supportive, and trauma-sensitive environments that make it possible for all students to learn. Learn the importance of connections — providing equitable opportunities for success requires not just individual supports but a community-wide understanding. Presented by the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIFTS) and the Center for Inclusive and Special Education.

Participants must take the Impact of Trauma on Learning courses in sequential order. You’ll take one of the four courses during the residency weekend, depending on which course(s) you’ve already taken. Register online using these links:
Course 1: Overview

Course 2: Classroom and Student Supports

Course 3: Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Course 4: Action Research and Seminar

See instructions for registering through our online system (PDF).

Cost to Participate

Friday night keynote: Free, open to the public.
Course: Due to generous funding from Lesley University and the Oak Foundation the cost of one three-credit graduate course is $500 (reduced from $1,950). You must be registered to attend the course sessions. Once registered, full weekend attendance and online follow-up work is required.

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4 p.m.: Check-in
5-6 p.m.: Keynote speaker Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, Well Minds Consulting
6-9 p.m.: Dinner for course attendees and course sessions 

8:30-9 a.m.: Coffee
9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Courses (lunch on your own from 12-1 p.m.)

8:30-9 a.m.: Coffee
9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Courses (lunch on your own from 12-1 p.m.)
2-4 p.m.: Keynote speaker Mr. Amarildo “Lilu” Barbosa, Chief Diversity Officer at Lesley University and closing ceremony

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I looked forward to coming back [to course sessions] on Saturday and Sunday, not just because of the content, but because of the energy and knowledge of the instructors.
Participant in January 2020 Institute
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