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Trauma Sensitive Schools Awareness Training

DPI has collaborated with SaintA, Trauma Sensitive Education, LLC, the Wisconsin Safe and Health Schools Center, the 12 CESAs, and the Wisconsin Coalition of Religious and Independent Schools to develop a 3-hour Trauma Sensitive Schools Awareness Training.

This training will support schools in beginning the transformative journey towards becoming a Trauma Sensitive School. Covered topics include Adverse Childhood Experiences, the universal approach to Trauma Sensitive Schools, and the importance of staff wellness. Participants will end the training with ideas of how to further the journey. This training will satisfy the 3-hour ACE/TSS training requirement as outlined in the Department of Justice’s School Safety Grant.

Go to Trauma Sensitive Schools Awareness Training for a list of trainers.

School Safety Grant (Department of Justice)

The Office of School Safety through the Department of Justice has an open opportunity to support expenditures related to school safety. Required activity is a minimum of 3 hours combined training in Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Sensitive Schools. The Department of Public Instruction has several opportunities that meet this requirement, including access to our free online, on-demand Professional Development System.

Our Trauma Sensitive Schools (TSS) professional development can be utilized to satisfy the requirements for the DOJ School Safety Grants in several ways:

  • We have partnered with agencies across the state to develop a 3-hour TSS Awareness Training (see information above).
  • We also have an online professional development system for TSS:
    • The system consists of free online modules that have narrated PowerPoints, supplemental readings, and implementation tools
    • The first 5 modules are considered ‘introductory’ and would satisfy the minimum requirement for the DOJ grant, including information on ACEs and TSS/TIC
    • Find the modules here: https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/trauma/modules
    • Certificates of completion can be mailed to any party at the end of each module, making monitoring staff participation fairly straightforward
For questions about this information, contact Elizabeth Cook (608) 266-1999