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TIS – Principle of the Month Video

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Trauma is overwhelming and can leave us feeling isolated or betrayed, which may make it difficult to trust others and receive support. Learn More

Compassion and Dependability

Trauma is overwhelming and can leave us feeling isolated or betrayed, which may make it difficult to trust others and receive support. However, when we experience compassionate and dependable relationships, we reestablish trusting connections with others that foster mutual wellness.

  1. Compassion– We strive to act compassionately across our interactions with others through the genuine expression of concern and support.
  2. Relationships– We value and seek to develop secure and dependable relationships characterized by mutual respect and attunement.
  3. Communication– We promote dependability and create trust by communicating in ways that are clear, inclusive, and useful to others.

We’re trying to change the school culture by teaching educators about the underlying neurobiology of trauma. When we see aggravating behavior in a kid and ask the question, “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”, that’s the fundamental reframe.

–Silvia Cordero, Principal of El Dorado Elementary School, San Francisco County