Trauma informed Education

Trauma Informed Teaching

As families around the world cope with isolation, illness and financial hardship, Eastern Oregon University faculty members shaped a new concentration to prepare teachers to respond to their students’ needs. This new concentration brings trauma informed education and trauma informed teaching best practices to La Grande, Oregon.

The Trauma in Educational Communities bridge is the only program of its kind in Oregon. It’s part of EOU’s Master of Science in Education program, available fully online. Courses can apply towards a concentration, which opens for enrollment in fall 2020. These courses offer ongoing education opportunities for working teachers.

Core Courses

ED 570 Foundations of Trauma & Identity in Education
ED 573 Asset-Based Curriculum
ED 574 Technology in Trauma-Invested Communities

Our Faculty

Naomi Tuinstra

  • M.Ed. in Urban Education-Language and Culture: Loyola Marymount University
  • HBA in International Studies: Oregon State University Honors College
  • HBS in Environmental Education: Oregon State University Honors College
  • Minor in Chemistry, Spanish, and Art: Oregon State University Honors College

Naomi Tuinstra is a Senior Instructor in the College of Education. She is passionate about educational equity and supporting the development of culturally responsive teachers. In addition to diversity and inclusion work, she specializes in working with students and communities of Truama.  Before starting with EOU, Naomi developed and taught a variety of high school science courses in underserved areas of Los Angeles, and had the privilege of experiencing a variety of educational models working towards serving all students equitably. She currently serves on the Leadership Team for the Union County Trauma-Informed Coalition, a group she co-founded to support implementation of Trauma-Informed Practices across sectors in the county.

Robin Maille, MA ED

  • Foundations of Trauma and Identity in Education
  • OSU Extension Family & Community Health (since 2009)
  • Wife to Peter, married 31 years
  • Mom of Simon and Nathan (age 20 and 25)
  • Former middle/HS science teacher
  • West Virginia Univ. MA Ed Secondary Ed and OSU Grad. Cert. in Public Health
  • Exploring trauma informed/engaged approaches for school and work since 2016