by Louise Godbold
Public Counsel, the pro bono law firm that filed the lawsuit (along with Irell & Manella LLP), is asking a Federal judge to grant an injunction that will require the school district to provide training to teachers, administrators and other staff. Echo Parenting & Education is currently in discussion with Public Counsel about what that training might look like, given our experience in conducting trauma-informed nonviolent training for the staff of Sally Ride Elementary and other schools in the Whole School Initiative.
“There is some reference to training already being done in certain school districts, but there is no discussion about how in some cases this is only a bandaid approach, nor about the complexity of this work, nor about the real needs that all students have (especially those dealing with trauma and toxic stress) with regard to support in order to be able to learn.”
Since Echo is gearing up to begin a two-year training of all 300 psychiatric social workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), we know full well how complex it is to create systemic change and that it goes beyond training the staff of individual schools.