Building Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Participants will gain an understanding of trauma, the impacts on the brain and learning, a sequence of engagement, and how to build a sustaining, safe and predictable learning environment. The focus is to understand the need of learners impacted by trauma and how to best respond to those needs.

Presenters: James Lucas has been with the Positive Education Program for 38 years. Thirty of those years he worked in the Day Treatment Centers as an intervention specialist; self-contained, multi-grade classroom for grades 2 -12. He stated the PEP Autism Program 32 years ago which is now located in Fairview Park and called Prentiss Center. His career in PEP Day Treatment allowed him to work as an administrator for 13 years, as both assistant principal and principal. His last 4 years in day treatment he worked as a district trainer and instructional coach. He feels very fortunate to have had a diversity of experiences within this agency. Additionally, he has taught over 16 years as an adjunct instructor for Kent State and CSU in the graduate education departments. I have also supervised student teachers for CSU.

Kyra Hall serves as a Consultant Specialist/Trainer with PEP Assist at the Positive Education Program. She is proud to be approaching my one-year PEPiversary. She holds a degree of Master of Education in Early Intervention, and has worked in the field for about 14 years in a variety of capacities, including preschool teaching, directing, licensing, consulting, and a few years of Step Up to Quality oversight. Her work experience also includes supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University, home visiting at Ohio Guidestone, and working with adults with intellectual disabilities at Rosemary Center and Jewish Family Services Association.

This is a FULL day, IN-PERSON training. Please pack a lunch or bring snacks to sustain you for the six hour session.


Friday September 16, 2022 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST


Christine Lee