UW-River Falls workshop for educators to address teaching children who experienced trauma

November 3, 2016 -- Children who have experienced early childhood trauma often display poor behavior in the classroom and are often misdiagnosed with a myriad of other disorders. These children can learn if they have supportive relationships, caring adults, and educators knowledgeable about trauma-sensitive learning practices.

Teaching trauma-sensitive children and appropriate learning strategies will be the topic of "Bridging the Relationship Gap: Becoming an Ally for Children Facing Adversity," a workshop offered by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Friday, Nov. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library.

"Dr. Sara Langworthy, a dynamic speaker, researcher, author and self-proclaimed nerd will tackle this difficult subject with creativity and practicality," said Linda Jacobson, program manager in UWRF Outreach and Continuing Education. Langworthy will address approaches for working one-on-one with children to build self-regulation skills and resilience, and share promising organizational practices that shape school environments to promote student learning and success. 

Educators in public or private Montessori schools can gain professional knowledge and skills through a series of one-day workshops offered by UWRF. The courses are approved by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and taught by nationally recognized Montessori and other educators. Each workshop covers a separate topic of interest to Montessori and other teachers and parents. Additional workshops will be held in February and April.

Advance registration is required and is available online at The registration fee includes instruction, lunch, parking, and materials and five or six continuing education credits from AMS. Participants who are interested in earning graduate credits with additional tuition and coursework outside of the workshop should contact Jacobson at 715-425-3190 or email 

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