Trauma-Invested Practices

Over the past several years, one truth has become abundantly clear: our students’ emotional and mental well-being is a powerful factor in their achievement, success, and happiness.

And it’s not just our students who need to tend to their social-emotional health! That goes for all of us, no matter what our role and position is in education. At EducationHall, we pledge to help you and your school, district, or organization put the Human Element back in to education. Remember: We’re all about teaching kids, not content; students, not curriculum; humans, not numbers. And when we discuss our human students’ needs, we must consider their emotional, relational, social, developmental, psychological, and physical needs, in addition to their academic needs! Because many of our young people have lagging skills and unmet needs in this arena, schools and classrooms are necessarily thrust into the position to teach those skills and meet those needs. That’s where we come in. From social groups to self-regulation strategies, addressing trauma and stress, and social-emotional learning and EQ, we cover all the bases to help you create environments where our students feel safe, loved, encouraged, protected, valued, welcomed, challenged, and connected. In short, no matter what our students face out in the “real world,” we’ll help you a Positive Learning Environment that’s based on curiosity, joy, connection, relationship, resilience, confidence, and a host of other characteristics that help students excel. Some of the many topics within this realm include:

Some of the many topics within this realm include

Fostering a Positive Learning Environment

How do we build and curate a safe, loving, productive setting in which our students can learn?

The neurobiology of trauma and stress

Trauma and stress impact our brains and our ability to learn; we can use that information to help our students thrive

Resilience and Self-regulation in the classroom

Teaching our students how to regulate their own emotions is a key step in fostering resilience

Meeting students’ needs proactively

The best defense is a good offense, right? So let’s build structures and systems that ensure our students are successful from the get-go

So when do we discipline ‘em? An emphasis on relationship and connection can sometimes be misconstrued as “letting kids off the hook,” so let’s look at a productive solution

Embedding trauma-invested practice in every nook and cranny

Trauma-invested practice isn’t something we add to the plate; it is the plate, it’s how we do what we do!

Relationships, Equity, Partnering with Families, Homework, Grading, Attendance, Awards…the list of ways we can embed trauma-invested practices could go on and on. Not sure where to start? Not to worry, we’ve got your back. Simply Contact Us and set up a time for a strategic call. We’ll help you hone your focus and design a professional learning plan that ushers you along the path toward success, however you define it.

Resources related to Trauma-Invested Practice

Interested in learning more? Maybe you’d like to start a book study or access a resource to supplement your learning. Here are a couple options, and you can learn more on our Resources page.

What do you need?​

Professional Learning Facilitators

You know of Pete Hall’s skills and reputation as an instructional leader. He leads the stable of experienced leadership experts who are available to provide high-quality, highly-engaging, and highly-impactful professional development experiences for you and your team. To learn more about our collection of professional learning facilitators, visit the EducationHall Speakers Bureau

Keynote address

Small- or large-group sessions, highly informative, less interactive, highly motivational messages – especially useful for kicking-off initiatives, launching the school year, or generating commitment and momentum toward a shift in practice

Workshop or Series of workshops

From 60-minute sessions to a series of 6-hour workshops, we can go as in-depth as you need, offering interactive, collaborative opportunities for learning the skills and strategies to assist you in support your students

In-Person PD

We know the value of face-to-face, human-to-human, eye-to-eye connections during professional learning experiences, don’t we? We missed that so much during the pandemic! We prioritize face-to-face whenever possible, understanding its place at the top of adult-learning theory. Here are some options you might want to consider when putting together your professional learning plans.

Site visits and walkthroughs

From strategic planning sessions to campus walks, classroom visits, facilitated team meetings, we can help you make the most of in-school time with collaborative, in-the-moment sessions that address current challenges and needs

Conferences or Retreats

When you want to build teamwork, separate from the grind, get on the same page, and enhance your teaching acumen together, we can plan, build, and deliver a top-shelf, one-day or multi-day experience to meet your needs

Virtual Professional Development

If we gained something from the pandemic, it was our willingness to embrace virtual learning options as viable (and cost-effective) ways to continue to “sharpen our saw” and build our skills. Virtual learning offers flexibility and choice in ways that in-person PD doesn’t always accommodate, so we have asynchronous and synchronous options for all of these options:


All the opportunities for small- or large-group PD that we can do in-person can also be provided virtually, using as many interactive tools as possible

Online courses

We are continuously working to update our library of on-demand online courses, and many of these are built to highlight topics and themes as you request them


These static, informative sessions provide key information that you can refer back to often, and use as you wish

What can you expect from EducationHall’s Professional Learning support?

With the team at EducationHall, you’ve truly got a partner. We pride ourselves on offering top-notch support through tailored professional learning experiences (you won’t get a canned presentation) designed to help you meet your goals. Whether it’s Pete or any member of our stable of incredible facilitators, we aim to deliver engaging, relevant, applicable services from authentic, driven, versatile human beings, well-versed in current educational trends, recent research, and the practices of andragogy.

In addition, we always provide up-front pricing with no surprises, making the paperwork easy for you so you can focus on what’s important: your vision, your goals, and your needs. To that end, we offer a guarantee and a promise that we’ll do everything we can to support you in achieving incredible levels of success. Want to know what some of our hundreds of past client-partners have said? Read the endorsements below:

Words of praise for EducationHall​

“We are working in a more thoughtful way to build relationships with students and getting creative in how to help them build stronger support systems and find more success at school. This work makes a difference.”

Darla S.

Teacher (OR)

“​This was awesome and so informative. I have tons of notes to reflect on and share with others.”

Sherry H.

Teacher (CAN)

“This content is so important. The ideas and examples remind us of the human nature of our work – the importance of creating safe environments for our students.”

Jo C.

Counselor (VA)