Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning
Dr. Mays Imad earned her doctoral degree in Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She then served as a faculty member in the Department of Life and Physical Sciences and founder of the Teaching and Learning Center at Pima Community College before joining the faculty of the Biology department at Connecticut College. Dr. Imad is a Fellow in the Gardner Institute and with AAC&U in Undergraduate STEM Education. Dr. Imad’s research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these impact student learning and succes
Dr. Imad works with faculty members across disciplines at her own institution and across the country to promote inclusive, equitable, and contextual education–all rooted in the latest research on the neurobiology of learning. A nationally-recognized expert on trauma-informed teaching and learning, she passionately advocates for institutions to make mental health a top priority and to systematically support the education of the whole student.
Her workshops centered on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy will be held on:
April 15th in KSC 306ABC.
12:00p - 1:00p - Bearing Witness as an Act of Love, Resistance, Hope and Healing.
In this session we will consider the power of knowledge; how understanding the neuroscience of toxic stress empowers us to self-regulate and help our students cope, engage, connect, and learn. We will examine the principles and practical examples of equity-centered trauma-informed approaches. Participants will walk away with concrete strategies they can use in their own courses and contexts to help their students’ learning and success.
1:00p - 2:00p - Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Discussion - Lunch Provided
2:00p - 4:00p - Beyond Theory: A practical Approach to Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning
In this interactive session, we will discuss how to move from theory to practice and look at every-day strategies we could use to enact a trauma-informed approach to teaching. You will work individually and with others to consider what it means to use a trauma-sensitive lens and how such an approach not only supports your students' student wellbeing, engagement, and learning, but also your own wellbeing.