Trauma-informed Pedagogies

This week, many communities and institutions in the US are observing the one year anniversary of life upended by COVID-19. For teachers in higher education, this anniversary is yet another reminder that trauma-informed pedagogy is essential to healthy life and learning in the classroom.

How different our world and outlook compared to this depiction of “Bright Future” by Norman Rockwell circa 1955! Both of these images were published online, March 9, 2021.

Bright Future for Banking” by Norman Rockwell, circa 1955.
Detail of Untitled, 2021.

Special issue on Trauma-Informed Pedagogies in the Religious Studies Classroom, Spotlight on Teaching, Religious Studies News. March 9, 2021.


Editor’s Introduction
Jessica L. Tinklenberg

What is Trauma? What is a Trauma-Informed Approach?
Darryl W. Stephens

Gender-Based Violence and Muslim Communities: Trauma Processing through Art
Julianne Hammer

Addressing Race in the Classroom: A Trauma-Informed Communal Embodied Practice
Leah Thomas

We Have to Tell the Truth: A Liberative Approach to Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
Oluwatomisin Oredein

Passing by/through/in Written Word
Alexiana Fry

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: Reflections on Running and Teaching
Elizabeth Vasko

Trauma-informed Pedagogy of Courage, Connection, and Celebration: Using the Narrative Exercise of the “Tree of Life”
AHyun Lee

Fostering Collaboration and Agency in an Antiracist, Trauma-Informed Classroom: Creating Community Learning Agreements through Reflective Practice
Ryan Rideau

Breathing | Being | Praying Meditations: The Generative Possibilities of the Arts
Yohana Agra Junker

Critical Reflection Ensuing from Traumatic Events and Ideology Critique
Ella Johnson

In Defense of the Simple Writing Assignment
Liora Gubkin