March 28, 2019 ALL

March 28, come to a workshop on developing an ‘Awareness Pedagogy’ for engaging youth with trauma

Participate in the workshop:

Engaging Youth with Trauma: Developing an ‘Awareness Pedagogy’ for a Trauma Informed Classroom
By Dr. Maria Martin, University of California, Merced

Drug culture, the opiod crisis, and violence are linked to poverty and are also a threat to underprivileged youths. When these youths enter classrooms, educators may experience a range of behaviors from them that include isolation or disruptive actions.  Using trauma informed approaches to classroom management and de-escalation techniques can reassure traumatized students and help cultivate a better learning environment.  This talk will help educators to gain an understanding of how trauma contributes to adverse classroom behaviors, some methods to employ to address these behaviors, and resources for further assistance in class.

When: Thursday, March 28th,4:30-6:30 pm
Where: Heights Library, Room A
2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.
Refreshments will be served and it will be possible to meet Dr. Martin after the seminar.

The workshop is part of Comprehensive Approach for Confronting Substance Abuse in Cleveland (CACSAC), a project funded through an Alumni TIES small grant from the U.S. Department of State and supported by East End Neighborhood House.

Please, RSVP to Carlo DeMarchi (

Dr. Maria Martin, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is currently an Assistant Professor of African History at the University of California. She holds a PhD in African American and African Studies with a concentration in history and women’s studies from Michigan State University where she is known for her hip hop teaching methods. Dr. Martin recently returned from Nigeria, teaching in gender studies, where she previously conducted research, using oral histories and archives, that centered building an intellectual history of Nigerian women’s activism in the nationalist movement.
She is a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship alumna and has won several Fulbright awards in addition to receiving an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation for her research. Dr. Martin has also been a volunteer grant writer, teacher trainer, and mentor for a non-profit organization serving young girls from the inner city of Detroit, Michigan for six years. This is where she learned methods of mentoring children who have faced trauma and have been affected by the culture of drug abuse.