Back to School Tools & Resources

In this edition:
As many of our educators head back to school, Starr Commonwealth is inspired to bring you the latest from our trauma-informed and resilience-focused trainers from across the nation. To ensure you and your classroom are ready to make an impact in the lives of each of your students, take our 10 Steps to a Trauma-Informed Classroom survey. It only takes 1 minute, and completing it will unlock access to a free sample of our 10 Steps to a Trauma-Informed School toolkit. 

It's an tragic reality, but recent events have reminded us that we all must keep school safety in the forefront of our minds at all times. After all, one of the most important prerequisites to learning is feeling safe. Read our dialogue with Starr Chief Operating Officer Derek Allen about violence in schools, and download our free whitepaper.

Have we linked closely enough the trauma that leads to and is caused by bullying? Read about Starr certified trainer Julie McDaniel-Muldoon's efforts to spread knowledge on this topic across the globe, and access her free webinar.

When discussing traumatic experience in their lives, do you often struggle to break through and find the source of a child's pain? Caroline "Lin" Sheppard authored a powerful solution to this over 20 years ago. Read about the roots of Brave Bart, and how it can be the catalyst you need to foster healing in your practice.

How Trauma-Informed Is Your Classroom?

Take this survey and receive a free sample of 10 Steps to a Trauma-Informed School, Starr’s guidebook for implementing resilience-focused practices into your school immediately.

Violence in Schools: A Dialogue with Derek Allen

Download the free resource, and learn from Derek Allen about what schools can do to proactively curb school violence.

Being Trauma-Informed is a Call to Action

Read how Julie McDaniel-Muldoon is using her platform as an advanced certified trauma practitioner to address the inherent link between bullying and trauma.

21 Years of Brave Bart

Through bibliotheraphy, Caroline "Lin" Sheppard has been helping children identify the sources of their pain. Learn how she used these experiences to author her groundbreaking book.
Many of our newsletter stories feature certified trauma practitioners. Are you certified through Starr, and use your trauma-informed lens in unique or groundbreaking ways? We want to hear from you! Email Matt Ray, Lead Marketing and Communications Strategist, at to tell your story.

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Brave Bart
This storybook helps to normalize trauma reactions, talk to children about trauma, and offers comfort while helping them move from victim to survivor-thinking. 
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Brave Bart and the Bully
Promote conversation and build skills necessary to prevent bullying and its negative effects, which very often includes trauma.
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10 Steps to Create a Trauma-Informed School
Learn the tools you need to put your classroom, school, or district on the path to becoming trauma-informed.
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