Implementing Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Practices to Improve School Culture

Webinar Overview

The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, continued racial injustice and violence, and uncertainty about the future linger in schools across the United States. Educators, staff, and school and district leaders continue to answer the call by making extraordinary commitments and dedicating their talents, energy, and resources to address the needs of students and families in their communities.
School leaders have a great deal to consider when managing and responding to the emotional toll being experienced by their teams, students, and even themselves.

During these prolonged uncertain times, adopting inclusive and trauma-informed practices can help school leaders become more self-aware and better able to connect to and support colleagues and students while also taking care of themselves. The current circumstances demand more from us, and from our organizations than ever before. This webinar invites participants to consider how implementing an inclusive trauma-informed approach can improve school culture and help them to better understand and build up resilience in support of students, colleagues and their own success.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand what trauma-informed leadership is and what it looks like.
2. Discuss the connection between inclusive and trauma-informed leadership and the improvement of school culture.
3. Reflect on the value and the implications of adopting a trauma-informed leadership approach.
4. Learn specific inclusion and belonging strategies to incorporate in leading self and others.
5. Explore how to build up and leverage resilience during challenging and uncertain times.



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Dr. Angela Batista

Dr. Angela E. Batista is a passionate educator and certified Coach, author, speaker, DEI strategist, facilitator and diversity, equity and inclusion consultant. She is the Founder and CEO of Batista Consulting Services, LLC and an experienced higher education leader and K-12 teacher, school counselor and administrator. She is also the lead editor of the 2018 publication, Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success.

With decades of leadership and professional experience, Angela is the former Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Champlain College. She has worked in K-12 and higher education institutions across the United States and also held senior-level positions at Oregon State University, the University of Southern Indiana and Mills College. She also worked at the University
of Vermont and Lynn University. In addition to being an award-winning teacher and higher education leader, Angela is recognized as an expert, both nationally and internationally, and has received multiple awards. In 2020, she was named as a NASPA Pillar of the Profession and has received several other honors and awards, including multiple service awards and being selected as Teacher and Administrator of the Year.

Angela earned her doctorate in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree from the University of Vermont. Her undergraduate work was completed at Brooklyn College in New York City. Additionally, Angela earned Coaching Certification from the Academy of Creative Coaching, an International Certificate in Gestalt Leadership and Organization Change, Appreciative Inquiry
Certification, from The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. More information about Angela and her work can be found at www.drangelabatista.com. Follow Angela on LinkedIn at or via Twitter @drangelabatista.

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