There is no protocol for a global pandemic. No fire, earthquake, tornado, or active shooter drill prepared us for this. There is so much confusion. Teachers feel powerless and unprepared, parents are overwhelmed and nervous, and students, feeling disconnected and uncertain, are disengaging at alarming rates. All this while educational leaders scramble to figure out how to support all aspects of their students’ education… social, emotional, and academic.

The logistical solutions may be blurred but one thing is clear as we head into the new school year: Trusted and safe relationships make navigating the hurdles easier, for everyone.

You are not alone.




Understanding student trauma
in the wake of COVID-19 and a nation facing inequality uprising and social unrest.

Research and experts decry that the pandemic alone was enough to cause trauma for our children, add the close up lens on existing disparaging inequities that already affect our most vulnerable youth, and the result is a perfect storm. Educators need support, training, and resources, and students need a trusted space where they are safe, welcome and able to thrive; socially, emotionally, and academically.

Trauma training includes:
• prevalence, past and predicted
• how it develops
• who it affects
• how it presents in school
• how to support our youth



To support teachers with a scientific and empathetic understanding of grief and trauma and equip them with the tools needed to effectively process them, both personally and with their students.

Experts in the fields of education, childhood trauma, and mental health express urgent concerns for students as the 2020-2021 school year quickly approaches. Like never before, administrators must equally consider student education, and the physical and emotional well-being of their staff and students. Public safety and education have never weaved together like this before, no operational handbook exists for such a situation.

The UN, the CDC, the State of California, school districts, and experts across the world are calling for a strong mental health response for youth due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our call is for educators, parents, and other youth influencer to be supported also. When they are emotionally taken care of they can do a better job of supporting their students.


Meeting our primary funding goals,

the film and curriculum will be available for educators

free through the 2021-2022 school year.



Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond

President of the CA Dept. of Education

Linda is one of the most respected education leaders in the nation and works to ‘foster equitable and empowering education for all children.’ She is President of California’s State Board of Education, Professor of Education Emeritus at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and founding president of the Learning Policy Institute. She is author or editor of more than 25 books and more than 500 articles on education policy and practice. 

Alan Arkatov

USC's Rossier School of Education

Alan is the Founding Director of USC’s Center EDGE (Engagement Driven Global Education) and the Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation at USC’s Rossier School of Education. He previously was the President of, CEO of the Teaching Channel, part of the founding team and EVP for 2U, President of eEducation Group, and Founder and Chairman of

Bettie Spruill

Renowned Ontological Coach

Bettie brings 40 years of coaching to support youth in being in the world, that is, teaching practices and linguistic habits that shape the possibilities for their students’ lives in all circumstances, including moving through trauma.

Dr. Pedro A. Noguera

Dean of Education, USC

Pedro is a prominent sociologist and one of the nation’s top experts in education issues and social inequality, distinguished professor leading USC’s School of Education and formerly UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

Marcellina Melvin

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Marcy is the Director of Program Implementation for the Child and Family Policy team with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. Before joining the Institute, Ms. Melvin had over 18 years of experience in developing and implementing mental health programs, systems, and procedures in primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational settings. She is a child, adolescent, and family-trained Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dr. Pamela Cantor

Founder of Turnaround for Children

Pamela Cantor, M.D. practiced child and adolescent psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded Turnaround for Children in 2002 after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on NYC schoolchildren.




Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Karin Gornick


Karin Gornick

Lori Woodley

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