The Trauma Responsive Education Model

Course Price


Course length

12 Hours

About the course

You are a social justice and equity-minded school leader and this year has pushed you to the brink of breakdown. You have never experienced more overwhelm and exhaustion in a single school year. You want so much to return to what was normal but there’s a part of you that recognizes there’s no going back, nor should there be as we weren’t getting it right to begin with. 

In this three-day course, gain an understanding of individual and collective trauma through a Polyvagal lens, it’s impact on individual and collective functioning, and how we can deliberately and intentionally begin the process of centering healing and equity in our role as school leaders. 

The course is taught in two 2-hour sessions per day for the three days of July 21st, August 18th and September 1st ( a total of 12 hours).

Instructor Information:


Emily Daniels, Steve Porges

Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC is the founder of HERE this NOW, a company dedicated to educating school leaders and teachers in a trauma-informed model for education. Emily has a B.A. in Sociology and Women Studies and a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from the University of Delaware. She also holds a MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability from Antioch University New England. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors) and continually refines her understanding of the applied science of trauma. Her diverse training includes Somatic Experiencing, SMART (Sensory-Motor Arousal Therapy), Reiki practitioner training and the Penn Program for Mindfulness.

Lara Kain

Lara is an educator, consultant, and national speaker on implementing ACEs science and trauma-informed practices into schools and communities. Her experience ranges from supporting individual teachers in the classroom to designing a trauma-informed schools pilot currently being implemented in 20 schools across the country.


Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1500 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.