Trauma-Aware Teaching Series

About the Series

Interest in trauma-aware teaching has grown as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, but we have long known that stress and trauma impact how we teach and learn. In order to meet the growing demand for this work, Karen Costa, in partnership with OLT, is pleased to announce the Trauma-Aware Teaching Series.

 

These courses will offer learners the opportunity to further explore what it means to become a trauma-aware educator. Expect to be both inspired and informed as you work to imagine and create learning environments that are humane, effective, and inclusive for both faculty and students.

Fundamentals of Trauma-Aware Teaching (Level 1)

Are you a trauma-aware educator? While trauma isn't new, the events of the past several months have moved many higher educators to learn more about trauma's impacts. Learners who complete this fully asynchronous workshop will be able to define trauma and identify its impacts on both teaching and learning. Karen will introduce you to her trauma-aware teaching framework and share a scope of practice model for college faculty to help you set healthy boundaries as you begin to more deeply explore trauma's impacts. You'll also receive a list of recommended reading for further trauma study and a printable trauma-aware teaching checklist. 

 

This is a fully asynchronous course that learners can complete at their own pace. Learning activities include videos, written content, knowledge checks, and access to carefully curated trauma resources.

 

Registration Information

Approximate hours to complete*: 1-2 hours

Investment: $29/individual

10% discount for groups of 50+ and 20% discount for groups of 100+ (email info@onlinelearningtoolkit.com to take advantage of group registration and invoicing)

Course opens March 15, 2021

Applying Key Principles of Trauma-Aware Teaching (Level 2)

Building upon topics introduced in the fundamentals workshop, this course will move you further along in your journey to become a trauma-aware educator. Karen's trauma-aware teaching framework will be more deeply explored with opportunities for learners to "fill their frames" with reflection, action, and creativity. You'll use your trauma-aware teaching skills to analyze typical scenarios that you might encounter in the college classroom across various modalities (e.g., face-to-face, online). The intersections between trauma and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) will be presented with additional resources for further study. Finally, you'll embark upon an in-depth exploration of how you can use the six principles of trauma-informed care to create more positive learning environments for you and your students. Learners will leave this course having prepared a trauma-aware teaching statement of purpose. 

 

This is a fully asynchronous course that learners can complete at their own pace. Learning activities include videos, written content, knowledge checks, and access to carefully curated trauma resources.

 

Registration Information

Approximate hours to complete*: 6-8 hours

Encouraged Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Trauma-Aware Teaching (through OLT or another of Karen's Trauma-Aware Teaching workshops)

Investment: $99/individual

10% discount for groups of 50+ and 20% discount for groups of 100+ (email info@onlinelearningtoolkit.com to take advantage of group registration and invoicing)

Course opens May 15, 2021

*Learners who complete each of these courses may request a certificate of completion from OLT. A certificate denotes completion of the course requirements (e.g., videos, readings, knowledge checks) and should not be considered a formal certification. 

About the Facilitator

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Karen Costa is a faculty development facilitator specializing in online pedagogy and trauma-aware higher education. Karen loves leading faculty learners through fun, interactive, and supportive professional development experiences. 
 
Karen’s first book, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos (Stylus, April 2020), focuses on helping faculty and teachers to make creative use of videos in their classrooms.
 
Karen is involved in various faculty development initiatives including as a facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium, Online Learning Toolkit, and Lumen Learning. She spent four years as a regular writer for Women in Higher Education. Her writing has also appeared in Inside Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, On Being, and Faculty Focus. 
 
Karen graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in sociology. She holds an M.Ed. in higher education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a CAGS in educational leadership from Northeastern University. Karen has a Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience (Levels 1 and 2) from Florida State University, a Trauma-Informed Organizations Certificate from the University of Buffalo's School of Social Work, and a Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning, and Online Instruction from Drexel University.
 

Karen is a certified yoga teacher and Level 1 Yoga for Arthritis teacher. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.  

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