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5.0 out of 5 starsIt will leave you with questions- in a wonderful way
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2021
This book is incredibly well crafted. The author lays a groundwork for important shifts, rethinking, and reprioritizing to occur in the classroom, the building, and within policy, but never oversimplified the work to “just follow these easy steps!” Thanks to reading this book, I’ve added 5 more suggested titles (she did a great job with citing many other works) to my to-read list and have some work to do in the meantime. This book was thought-provoking, affirming, and well-organized. It’s a must-read for every teacher and education leader.
Venet attempts to weave together two prominent threads in education today: equity work and trauma-informed practices. With a critical eye, the author does a wonderful job of blending the two and demonstrating how we need both in order to meet the needs of students. While there are practical strategies throughout the book, this isn't a checklist book. It's about foundations, philosophies, and theory. Doing equity and being trauma-informed can't be represented in something like "10 easy steps." It's tough work grounded in the inherent worth and humanity of our students.
It's a worthwhile read and can help guide future conversations.
5.0 out of 5 starsEssential for everyone who works with children
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
This book really lays out essential understandings and key priorities for ensuring our work with students is truly equity centered and trauma informed. The chapter that most sticks with me is the one on unconditional positive regard. So often we tell teachers to build relationships, but never define what that really means, especially through an ABAR lens. The whole book is written on a way that leads teachers and administrators in the thinking process necessary to transform schools into places of healing rather than trauma.
5.0 out of 5 starsA must-read for any classroom teacher or admin
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
This book is incredibly important and should be required reading. In a really accessible, down-to-earth style, Alex explains why it matters and what it could look like. This framework really brought together so many things I know about ABAR work in the classroom, and dispels the myth of “I can only influence my classroom,” pushing us to both transform ourselves and our classrooms AND work to disrupt bigger systems of oppression. Highly recommend.
This may be one of the most important books I've ever read as an educator. This text leads with scholarship and an abundance of real-world examples to help teachers, administrators, and school districts navigate the oft-misunderstood field of trauma and has us reflect on the ways schools can traumatize students. This book needs to be in the hands of any person who works in a school, from the secretaries to the custodians to the teachers to the superintendent and the school board.
This book was filled with great information and really challenged what I had learned about trauma informed practices. I marked up such so I can share with colleagues. This is a must read for all educators!