Empowering Educators Through Trauma-Informed Education

One tool she immediately found useful was Trauma-Informed Education, a framework and practice that specifically emphasizes supporting students who have experienced trauma while making the classroom environment caring and accepting for all. For Venet, this and other equity-based approaches became central to her work as an educator and, increasingly, a thought leader in education. These widening circles of interest led her to return to school—she graduated in 2014 from Antioch University’s MEd for Experience Educators.

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Big Idea: Redefining Literacy

We’re getting ready to launch Season Four of the Seed Field Podcast and we’re putting together two mini-episodes that revisit interviews from Season Three and pull out the themes that consistently run through them. If there’s hope in anything, there is hope in children as educators. As our school systems focus on producing certain test scores, checking boxes, and sometimes treating students as products rather than people, we have education experts like the three guests from this mini-series on “literacy” who challenge teachers to take an individualized approach, to meet students where they are, and encourage their curiosity.

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S3E9: To Grow Emotional Literacy, a Classroom Must Become a Community

Students learn more than reading, writing, and arithmetic in school, classrooms are also where students practice their social and emotional skills. But how can teachers support a sudent’s growth in these areas, and should this be treated as equally important as more test-able skills? To find out, we talked with Laura Thomas, an expert on collaborative learning communities who has served for 20 years in the education department at Antioch New England. In this conversation, Laura discusses how we should understand emotional intelligence, the importance of cultural respect, and current attacks on public education.

S2E1: To Reopen Schools, Teachers Took Their Students Outside. Should They Stay There?

With Season Two kicking off in just one week, the Seed Field Podcast team wanted to take a look back at some of the knowledge our guests shared in Season One. Over these Outdoor learning was an educational trend that took off when the pandemic made the indoors unsafe. Now, many students and teachers have experienced the benefits of this way of learning. Will students ever want to go back inside? And should they? To find out, we had a conversation with two Antioch faculty, Ellen Doris and Liza Lowe, who specialize in place-based and nature-based education. They talk about the many benefits of outdoor education and share some great tips for those interested in creating safe and fun outdoor experiences for their students.