Training Course: Justice in the Classroom

Educators are responsible for meeting the needs of diverse learners.

Adversity in childhood is common. Every child likely experiences family, societal, and community events that may have negative impact. This is especially true as we emerge from the pandemic. 

When individual differences combine with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the classroom can feel unsafe and confusing for students. Research shows that childhood adversity can inhibit social emotional functions and contributes to cascading educational difficulties. This can be compounded by the lingering effect of a sustained crisis like a pandemic which likely has a long- term impact.

Creating responsive environments provides a safe space where ALL students can achieve academic success. 

Responsive environments are essential for children who grow up in foster care with limited access to responsive services. For two decades, Peace4Kids has engaged in discovery with youth in foster care. Our anthropological approach revealed the common strengths and behaviors essential for successful academic and personal development of youth in foster care.

In partnership with Hope Education Research Solutions, we converted these findings into a training program. Our goal is to improve educational environments for all students impacted by childhood adversity and toxic stress. Write [email protected] to request a training or more information.


Course Objectives

This immersive training course is designed for classroom educators, administrators, staff and community members who support student outcomes. Our trainers are child welfare professionals, educators, and adults with lived foster care experience.


the unique cultural assets and strengths that youth in foster care possess.


curriculum, visual aids, and language to create inclusive learning environments that minimize unintended triggers for a diverse student body.


mind, body and emotional triggers to support the creation of safe spaces for children, colleagues and caregivers.



classroom management skills through self-care practices necessary to improve learner behavior and retention for those who have endured childhood adversity.

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Write [email protected] to request a training or more information.

Course Reviews

"I just learned SO much that I can apply to my own life and I am so grateful for that."

"There are no words, truly... so often we attend trainings that have the same information recycled over and over and not quite useful entirely. This is not true of this training, especially the HAVS."

"The HAVS training was very helpful in reinforcing and teaching best practices of interaction with children who need empathy and understanding to really feel heard."
"I really appreciated the emphasis on placing equal attention on empathy and self-care so that you can come into these spaces self-regulated and able to be fully present for the child... I also learned more about approaching these situations from a place of equity and justice and how justice is the primary goal of Peace4Kids. I really liked how we were encouraged to reflect on how our own lives and experiences can shape how we connect with each other."


Get "Justice In The Classroom"

Write [email protected] to request a training or more information.