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Trauma Responsive Reading Block

A workshop model is the best way to differentiate instruction for students. However, for many educators, it can be a struggle to implement effectively without trauma-responsive practices woven into the fabric of the reading block. A learning environment that creates a sense of safety and positive relationships in the classroom allows students to access higher-level thinking. Let IWRBR work with your school to empower teachers and students to feel confident during the reading block and create literacy success!


The Trauma Informed Literacy Block allows every child to benefit from grade-level Tier 1 instruction. This training addresses how to assess students’ individual strengths, plan for differentiated instruction, group students for instruction based on similar needs, and set up quality, independent work stations that children can actively engage in while the teacher provides Tier 2 instruction. In order to effectively intervene with students struggling with literacy acquisition and trauma exposure, the literacy block within the classroom must have clear expectations, routines, and structure implemented with fidelity, and literacy activities and resources within the student’s unique zone of independence. 


Trauma Informed Practices Topics

  • Literacy Instruction Topics

  • Explore the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study 

  • Learn how trauma impacts brain development

  • Identify and respond to traumatic stress responses

  • Investigate how trauma-informed and resilience-building practices help heal ACEs

  • Use concepts of Trauma Informed Care to plan literacy block centers & routines 

  • Design Tier 2 reading  groups based on literacy data with trauma informed practices at the forefront of instruction


Literacy Instruction Topics

  • Dive into the Big Five (comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, phonemic awareness, and phonics).

  • Learn how to administer research-based assessments that address each component of the Big Five.

  • Learn how to set up quality, independent work stations based on student assessment data.

  • Design Tier 2 reading groups based on literacy data with trauma informed practices at the forefront of instruction.


Coaching and Follow Up Support

Follow up support is available and highly recommended. Coaches will collect, analyze, and report student data, as well as observe lessons, review lesson plans, and problem-solve tricky student behaviors.  To get the best results these sessions should be intense immediately after the completion of training.


Schedule a training at your school with I Would Rather Be Reading to empower teachers and students to feel confident and create literacy success! To set up a virtual meeting, email Ashley Dearinger, CEO of I Would Rather Be Reading, at

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