Rebuilding for a New Normal: A Study of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Trauma-Responsive Schools and Key Recommendations for Communities

Rebuilding for New NormalSeptember 2020

Published by EdRedesign's By All Means member, Partnership for Resilience, this report examines the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on students, families, teachers, and other school staff in partner districts in Illinois and offers key recommendations for moving forward. With support from the  Education Redesign Lab, the ​​Partnership for Resilience studied the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its trauma-responsive schools (i.e. schools that are grounded in an understanding of trauma and its impacts and are designed to promote resilience for all). The Partnership spoke with 87 administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and trauma responsive school experts and provided a set of recommendations for meeting the significant challenges posed by the pandemic. The report may be of particular interest to schools or districts contemplating the introduction of trauma-responsive or whole child practices during the pandemic. See also Rebuilding for a New Normal: Study Highlights.