Anti-Racist Trauma-Informed Practice in Pre K-12 Education

Over half of all U.S. children have experienced trauma in their lives. Educators are often affected by this trauma as well as they help students meet the challenges they face. This course will inform you about anti-racist, trauma-informed education while helping you become more aware of the presence of oppressive practices within our school systems. Materials are provided that guide you in reflecting on current policies and practices that may perpetuate harm to students and educators and how to take action toward creating more humane systems that support healing and facilitate learning.

In this course, you will:

  • Identify how personal definitions of trauma and beliefs held about trauma impact young people in school,
  • Examine the concepts of healing justice and thriving.
  • Recognize how the culture of policing, prisons, and punishment show up in the everyday life of classrooms and consider ways to reject the propensity for punishment,
  • Articulate how approaches to restorative and transformative justice support educators’ ability to model responses to harm that center justice, community wellbeing, and individual and collective thriving, and
  • Explore how you might manage and prioritize your own wellness and how school leaders could work to promote community care within schools.

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood
High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary

Course Partner

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.