Safe Classroom Cultures and Emotional Support for Children

13 modules


Course Length
8 hours

Maria Carvajal

21 Aug 2020



In these times of stress and uncertainty, children may be coming with emotional challenges. Educators need to be prepared.

Maria Carvajal worked at a public Montessori school which experienced a school-wide traumatic experience. The school partnered with a local university center for wellbeing in school environments to provide intensive support for children, families, and staff.

Over the course of two school years, Maria worked closely with mental health trauma specialists to learn techniques and adapt them to the Montessori environment. In this course, she shares the theory behind trauma-informed care as well as research-based interventions, tools, and strategies applicable to a Montessori environment and adaptable to face-to-face or distance education models.

Through readings, video, live presentations, and recorded sessions with mental health professionals, participants will learn about:

  • the theory and research underlying trauma-informed care and social-emotional support
  • children’s varying responses to trauma
  • the essential characteristics of sensitive and encouraging adults
  • how to help children cultivate an internal locus of control
  • research-based interventions for the classroom and the home, to help children self-regulate and ensure functional learning spaces
  • tools and supports for adult wellness, adaptable to teachers and families

The course includes readings, written assignments, and three live sessions:

  • September 17, 7:00–8:00pm ET
  • October 1, 7:00–8:00pm ET
  • October 15, 7:00–8:00pm ET

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About the instructor

María Carvajal has 20 years of experience in teaching, educational research, consulting, mentorship, and program management in El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S. She is an AMI elementary guide with primary teaching experience, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Humanities from the University of Navarra and a M.Ed. in Montessori Elementary Education from Loyola University Maryland. María’s professional interests include trauma-informed care, English learner education, and early intervention. For research, she is currently focused on targeted services for at-risk student populations, receptive and expressive language delays, and associations between social-emotional competence and literacy skills in children.


Participants will be able to:

  • adapt the prepared environment and lessons to support students’ developmental needs
  • support students’ well-being by grounding their interactions in social-emotional competencies and trauma-informed instruction
  • share with others in their buildings to foster a culture of well-being during hard times


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate 6 Hour Certificate

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Course Kick-Off

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Written Reflection
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Adult Support: Tools and Strategies
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Discussion Questions
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Live Discussion

Bridging Family and School-Centered Support
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Video Response Worksheet
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Child Support: School and Home
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Strategies and Interventions for a High-Priority Student
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Closing Discussion

Course Evaluation
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