In early June 2020, the Trauma Responsive Educational Practices (TREP) Project, led by University of Chicago Associate Professor Micere Keels, put on a conference to address the impact of national crises on the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth, and the role of schools in addressing it. The conference brought together educators, researchers, and policymakers to discuss evidence-based strategies and provide guidance for decision makers as they reevaluate the roles and capabilities of schools.
The conference involved several members of SSN who were able to offer their research-based recommendations during panel discussions. Each of the panelists also contributed a policy brief meant to capture and share their contributions. This collection serves as a resource for educators and policymakers, spanning various topics including recognizing trauma in students, policies around standardized testing, and how to expand capacity for mental health treatment in schools.
Recordings were made of each panel, which are available on the conference website, along with the compilation of policy briefs by each of the panelists.