TeacherGoals Podcast Episode 47

How to Build Trauma Sensitive Spaces in K-12 Schools & Districts with Matthew Bowerman

Every space needs something for students... to take a break from their day... to disengage and unplug them from that weight that they carry all the time in their lives.

Matthew Bowerman
Author, Heartleader

In this episode of the TeacherGoals Podcast, Matthew J Bowerman, a seasoned educator with over 26 years of experience, dives into the critical topic of creating trauma-sensitive spaces in K-12 schools and districts.

Drawing from his personal journey and professional expertise, Matthew emphasizes the significance of self-reflection, origin building, and embracing vulnerability as foundational steps for educators. He shares valuable insights on understanding trauma, engaging in trauma-responsive practices, and fostering social-emotional well-being.

With practical tips and strategies, Matthew guides listeners on designing safe and nurturing environments where students can thrive. Whether you're an educator, administrator, or passionate about supporting students, this episode offers invaluable wisdom and actionable steps towards building trauma-sensitive spaces in K-12 educational settings.

3 TeacherGoal Tips


Tip 1:

Engage in self-reflection and origin building to understand your own experiences and how they shape your approach to education.


Tip 2:
Create trauma-sensitive spaces in schools by incorporating elements like warm lighting, soft furnishings, and personalized items.


Tip 3:
Involve students in shaping the space and encourage self-advocacy so they can express their needs and preferences.

This Episode Features...

Matthew J Bowerman

Matthew J. Bowerman is a father of 6, author, speaker and trainer, as well as a trauma responsive educator with 26 years in schools. Matthew is also a professional actor, singer, dancer, and director, and an Emmy Award winner for his educational short film, "BusSTOP." He has performed nationally and internationally, and also worked as an EMT and in law enforcement. Believing love shapes all of our teaching and leading, Matthew's brand of Heartleading focuses on trauma responsive strategies for supporting students, staff, and families and leading schools...it's all about authentic relationships, all about authentic love.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Terryfic Learning Company, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.  

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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