OEQA/OEA Trauma Informed Classrooms Conferences

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Trauma Informed Classrooms

The OEA and the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability are offering a pair of full-day workshops about trauma-informed classrooms.

Dr. Barbara Sorrels is the Exectutive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education and author of the award-winning book, Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma. She currently directs a therapeautic preschool program for children witha history of trauma. She travels nationally, training teachers, childcare providers, caseworkers, mental health professionals and foster parents on trauma informed practice. Dr. Sorrels is a certified expert witness in child development and trauma in the state of Oklahoma, advocating for the well-being of vulnerable children.

She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 40 years serving as a teacher, program director and university professor. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood from the University of Maryland; a master's in education from Southwestern Seminary and a doctorate in early childhood from Oklahoma State University.


  • June 11th - NSU Broken Arrow Campus, Banquet Room, 3100 New Orleans St., Broken Arrow, OK 74014

  • June 17th - Oklahoma City University, Sarkey's Science and Math Center, Rm. 100, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Registration - 8:00 a.m.

Session 9:00 to 4:15 ( Lunch on your own - Noon to 1:15 p.m.)

Free to OEA members and/or NBCTs; Non-OEA members and non-NBCTs = $120 each person.

Introduction to Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma

Participants will:

  • Identify the 6 developmental systems that are negatively impacted by tauma.

  • Understand how and why trauma in the first three years of life becomes wired into the central nervous system.

  • Identify at least three top down and three bottom up strategies to help children self regulate.

  • Understand the difference between a behavior management strategy and strategies that help children heal.

  • Identify at least three strategies for behavioral change.

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