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Students of Trauma

A Handbook for Classroom Teaching in an Environment of Suffering

Dan Shepherd

Students of Trauma: A Handbook for Classroom Teaching in an Environment of Suffering provides educators with real world strategies for working with students who have experienced trauma and who express that trauma through depression, aggression, anxiety, hyperactivity, and suspicion. This handbook, based on current educational research and on the experiences of actual teachers, provides practical guidance to individuals working in schools with hurting young people. What sets this handbook apart from other trauma-informed education texts is its emphasis on specific and direct actions and attitudes that teachers can take today to make a powerful difference in the lives of their most troubled students. Students of Trauma will be a helpful addition to the libraries of classroom teachers, their administrators, and those who train them.

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About the Author


Dan Shepherd is a lifelong educator and perceives “teacher” to be his most valued professional title. After a successful ten years as a high school English teacher where he was consistently described as “the best in the building” by students, parents, administrators, and peers, he served with distinction as a school building principal – at both elementary and secondary levels, helping transition some challenging environments into places of significant student achievement. He concluded his public school career as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, first with a small rural school system and then with a large progressive suburban school system. For the past several years, he has worked as a university administrator and professor, helping hundreds of students become teachers and hundreds of teachers become better. His students routinely praise his courses, describing them as practical, powerful, and inspirational. His interesting experiences, proven insights, and dynamic presentation skills continue to make him a coveted keynote speaker at national and international teacher workshops and educational conferences. The father of seven children, Dr. Shepherd and his wife live near Kansas City, Missouri, but he’ll always call Indiana home.

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