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Exploring the Impact of Trauma Through Communities of Practice

As previewed earlier this year, the Fordham CSTAC covering the New York City region has created Communities of Practice through a series of capacity building webinars, interactive virtual sessions, and in-person professional development. The facilitators assembled by Fordham University for this initiative are known for their theoretical and practical applications in urban school settings.

As of January 2020, two Communities of Practice have been launched in the NYC Region, both of which explore the impact of trauma on students and families.  Each Community of Practice has begun with a webinar that is now available for viewing by following the links provided below. In the coming months, both facilitators will host an in-person professional development, as well as three interactive virtual sessions, to further expand the capacity of participants. 

Trauma and the Immigrant Experience – Impact on Students and Families

This webinar (free registration required to view) provides an in-depth look at how trauma surfaces in children, with an emphasis on the unique forms of trauma facing first and second generation immigrant children today. Facilitated by psychologist and professor Dr. Amelio D’Onofrio, this presentation includes foundational information about trauma, including causes, symptoms, and the unique ways that immigrant students and families are experiencing trauma in the current climate.

The Impact of Trauma in the Classroom

This webinar (free registration required to view) provides a detailed exploration of the many ways that trauma impacts student learning in the classroom. Facilitated by clinical psychologist Dr. Alberto Moran, this presentation explores the various ways that teachers and school staff can identify trauma and provide assistance to students in need. 

These Communities of Practice are open to all school personnel actively involved in the community school strategy, as well as all schools in the New York City region and throughout the State considering the community school model. This includes principals, assistant principals, community school directors/coordinators, social workers, parent coordinators, related student service providers, and district and community-based organization leaders.

Registration for the in-person professional development sessions will begin in January 2020. Please monitor for more information, or reach out to us directly by phone (212-636-6100) or email ( to learn more about these Communities of Practice. 

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