Trauma and SEL opportunities Summer 2021

Missouri NEA and NEA team up to offer several summer learning opportunities for new and experienced educators. All are also open to aspiring educators enrolled in education preparation programs.  Choose from one-hour sessions or programs that run 4 to 6 weeks.  Presented by experienced educators, these sessions are all free for Missouri NEA members. Not a member? Join now at .

Intro to Micro-Credentials for Educators

Tues., June 8, 7-8 p.m.

Micro-credentials empower educators to take charge of their own professional development. Choose a skill developed over the course of your career or a new skill you want to learn. The work is personalized to you and your students. Some micro-credentials can be completed over the summer without student contact. Optional graduate credit available for achieving any of 175 micro-credentials. Experienced MC facilitators lead this discussion and answer your questions.

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Professional Learning Community to earn Micro-Credential

Choose Trauma-informed Pedagogy OR Cultivating Socially Just Environments

Six weeks, Tuesday evenings, beginning June 22

Get one hour of graduate credit for $80 after achieving a micro-credential.

Read complete details  HERE 


Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for Learning

Monday, June 21, 4-5 p.m.

Students faced a perfect storm of traumatic events including a nationwide pandemic, economic instability, racial unrest over police killings, months of anxiety and isolation caused by school and community shutdowns, family illness, bullying, anxiety, and more. Educators will engage in conversation about the social and emotional impacts of trauma on our students and their learning, identify the signs of trauma, and how to address the underlying needs of our students. 

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Understanding Students and Trauma

Monday, June 28, 4-5 p.m.

This session investigates the impact that trauma has on students in our classrooms. The presenter will analyze different forms of trauma and interventions to help mitigate the impacts of this trauma on learning. The session will also prepare educators on how to develop and sustain a trauma-sensitive classroom that is compassionate and nurturing for all students.

Register at  Understanding Students and Trauma


NEA Social-Emotional Learning Blended Courses

June 28-Aug. 9     

Choose from five, 15 clock-hour facilitated blended courses.  Must be a MNEA member.

Choose from: Self-Awareness; Relationship Skills; Social-Awareness; Self-Management; and Responsible Decision-Making

Click here for complete details and to register by June 25.


Teaching for Black Lives Matter

Tuesdays in July, 7 p.m.

Read, discuss and apply information in four articles from Rethinking Schools. Like a mini-book study, but no book to buy and much less reading. Register by July 4 to get emailed the first article to read before July 6. The other articles will be emailed to you each week. The four articles are:

• Black Students’ Lives Matter: Building the school-to-justice pipeline - Please read this article before the first session on July 6
• Black is Beautiful - July 13
• How One Elementary School Sparked a Citywide Movement to Make Black Students’ Lives Matter - July 20
• Black Like Me - July 27

Register one time for this recurring meeting at Teaching for Black Lives Matter

Connection Before Curriculum: Teaching in a Post Pandemic World

Mon., Aug. 2, 2-3 p.m.

Explore research-based programs that teachers can use themselves or with their students to set the tone of the classroom. The idea will roughly follow Maslow's idea that we need to all feel safe to be in the proper mindset to teach and learn.

Register at Connection Before Curriculum


Compassion Fatigue

Tues., Aug. 3, 2-3:30 p.m.

Compassion fatigue is real among educators, but it can be prevented. Learn the differences between burnout, vicarious trauma, caregiver stress and compassion fatigue. This seminar views wellness as an ethical mandate for those in the helping professions and provides techniques for maintaining one's mental health. Presented by Lara Pennington, a community mental health educator for Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. Pennington is an adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University.

  1. Participants will be able to identify signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue
  2. Participants will be able to identify the different stages of compassion fatigue
  3. Participants will learn compassion fatigue management and prevention strategies


Register at Compassion Fatigue Aug. 3, 2 p.m.



Understanding Students and Anger

Thurs., Aug. 5, 2-3 p.m.

Discover how to better serve students in a more positive way, to de-escalate anger, and foster a more constructive relationship the student.

Register at Understanding Students and Anger 

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