September 8, 2021
To address the pervasive impact of trauma in our schools we have created a Trauma Informed Design (TID) checklist as a tool to assist designers, educators, and administrators gain knowledge and actionable ideas. Strategies for dealing with trauma continue to be emergent. Our TID Checklist outlines best practices to help shape learning environments that support students and teachers who have experienced trauma. An open-source compilation of ideas, patterns, and provocations, it is meant to be shared, modified, and revised for specific learning communities. Hopefully it will promote creative thinking and dialogue to embed trauma-informed concepts into new and existing buildings and classrooms. Now more than ever, trauma-informed design (TID) can help heal and empower our students and our schools.