About The Course Team

The Trauma-Informed Toolkit for Educators is designed to provide educators with a deeper understanding of trauma and its effects on childhood development, while offering a set of tools to help create supportive, healing centered, trauma-informed environments within a wide range of academic and recreational settings where students can grow.

Created by educators for educators

A holistic approach to trauma-informed education

Based on the expertise of child psychologists, social workers, creative arts therapists and trauma specialists

New York City Children’s Theater Education Department has a long history of working and training through a trauma-informed lens. Our experience in trauma-informed education began in 2016, when New York City Children’s Theater was hired as the sole theater arts partner in a partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education.

For the past 4 years, we have provided an annual 28-week residency program for the Afterschool Reading Club (ARC) program in 36 Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelters and DOE schools citywide. Our staff members have become leaders in the field of trauma-informed practice. Director of Education Sara Morgulis moderated the keynote panel at the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Face to Face Conference in April 2020 named “Arts and Healing: Trauma-Informed Arts in Education.”

In Summer of 2019, the NYCCT Education team presented a workshop named “Managing Education Programs through a Trauma-Informed Lens: How to Support Teaching Artists Working with Students Experiencing Trauma” at the American Association for Theatre and Education (AATE) conference.

All of this experience led us to create The Trauma-Informed Toolkit for Educators as a way to share our trauma-informed practices with you and your community.

Meet the Team

This program was made possible through the generous support of Christina and Martha Goode.

Created by

New York City Children’s Theater Education Department

 

Co-Hosted By

Sara Morgulis

Caitlyn McCain

 

Senior Advisor

Christopher Causey

 

Advisory Team

Christopher Causey

Allison Finder

Kendra Pollidore-Mulzac

Dr. Jessica Pesantez

 

Teaching Artists

Sindy Castro

Bekah Elles

Laura Galindo

Psacoya Guinn

Sam Leichter

Yvonne Roen

Michael Schott

Nicole Serra

Sara Morgulis

Sara Morgulis

Team role - Co-Creator & Co-Host

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Caitlyn McCain

Caitlyn McCain

Team role - Co-Creator & Co-Host

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Christopher Causey

Christopher Causey

Other role - Senior Expert Advisor

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Allison Finder

Allison Finder

Team role - Expert Advisor

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Dr. Jessica Pesantez

Dr. Jessica Pesantez

Team role - Expert Advisor

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Kendra Pollidore-Mulzac

Kendra Pollidore-Mulzac

Team role - Expert Advisor

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Bekah Elles

Bekah Elles

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Laura Galindo

Laura Galindo

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Michael Schott

Michael Schott

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Nicole Serra

Nicole Serra

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Psacoya Guinn

Psacoya Guinn

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Sam Leichter

Sam Leichter

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Sindy Isabel Castro

Sindy Isabel Castro

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Yvonne Roen

Yvonne Roen

Team role - Teaching Artist

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Madeline Calandrillo

Madeline Calandrillo

Other role - Post-Production Project Manager

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Alex Delare

Alex Delare

Other role - Content Creation Assistant

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Andrea Palma

Andrea Palma

Other role - Post-Production Project Manager

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Technical and Production Team

Allie Marotta

Other role - Stage Manager

Barry Hamilton

Other role - NYCCT Production Team

Boris Kievsky

Other role - Website Designer

Brian Murphy

Other role - Gaffer

Dominic Zappalla

Other role - Sound

Glenn Potter-Takata

Other role - NYCCT Production Team

Jeremy Teran

Other role - Cinematographer

Harrison Stagner

Other role - Camera Operator

Maddie Bishop

Other role - Key Grip

Nick Morgulis

Other role - Director

Lily Lipman

Other role - Video Captioner

New York City Children's Theater

New York City Children's Theater

The mission of New York City Children’s Theater is to promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs. We reach children and their communities with a wide range of programming, including full-scale productions, small touring shows, interactive workshops and in-school residencies, and engage with them in traditional theater spaces, school auditoriums, classrooms and cultural venues in their neighborhoods.

We demonstrate that engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development, and furthers a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

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