Nearly two-thirds of Alaskan students have experienced traumatic events, leading to increased risk of poor educational, social, health and economic outcomes. Recognizing the essential role of schools in mitigating the negative effects of trauma, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) developed the evidence-based Transforming Schools: A Framework for Trauma-Engaged Practice in Alaska that serves as a strategic plan for implementing systems, supports, and processes to improve health, safety, and learning outcomes for students.
As schools and districts across the state implement recommendations from the Transforming Schools Framework and accompanying toolkit, REL Northwest will support Alaska partners by:
Partnership Organizations: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (lead partner), Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Mental Health Trust, Association of Alaska School Boards, University of Alaska Anchorage
REL Northwest is conducting a research study to provide vital information to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (AK DEED) and key partners about the implementation of trauma-engaged practices and policies by districts as well as the use of Alaska's suite of trauma-engaged resources. AK DEED, the Association of Alaska School Boards, and the Alaska Division of Public Health within the Department of Health and Social Services will use insights from the study to bolster the suite of trauma-engaged resources for districts.
How are districts implementing recommendations from the Transforming Schools: A Framework for Trauma-Engaged Practice in Alaska? REL Northwest assisted AK DEED in developing a statewide survey tool and administration plan to assess the implementation of the framework and the use of a suite of related resources. The technical support project bolstered AK DEED's capacity to carry out similar survey development and dissemination tasks in the future.