Use of Staff, Budget, and Schedules to Create a Restorative, Trauma-Informed Environment
Tomorrow is today, the future is now. Traditional classroom structures are a thing of the past due to the many complexities associated with our current society and the needs of 21st-century learners. Restorative, trauma-informed environments are necessary for our students, especially those who have experienced a high number of ACEs. As leaders, it is essential that we have strategically used our staffing, budgets, and schedules in our new environment to ensure that we are providing necessary supports and a restorative, trauma-informed environment for our students and staff. During this session, we will collaborate and reflect on current practices with staffing, budget, and schedules using questions developed using the 5 Rs of Restorative Practices and SAMHSA’s six principles that guide trauma-informed environments. You will also hear ideas and reflections from interviews with experienced Title 1 school administrators.
Dr. DeVeda E. Coley received her Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership from Hood College in May 2020. Her dissertation focused on the importance of a restorative environment and job-embedded professional development in restorative practices for school administrators. She is an experienced principal who has had the pleasure of serving as a school administrator in Title One schools for 12 years. For the past two years, she has served as the principal of a specialized program that provides intensive special education and therapeutic services in a small, structured setting within a general education school.
Dr. Patty Hosfelt has served in Title I schools for 17 years, starting her career as an elementary teacher and has served as principal in three schools since 2008. Most recently, Patty was appointed planning principal before opening her current Title I school in 2018 in Frederick County, Maryland. Patty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood/elementary education from Frostburg State University, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Hood College, and an Ed. D. in educational leadership from Frostburg State University. Patty’s doctoral program was completed in 2017 with a thesis featuring a program evaluation focused on increasing student engagement and understanding of core content through arts integration. She has served for over a decade as an adjunct professor, advisor, and program coordinator in the graduate program for educational leaders at Hood College.