Trauma informed Education

Trauma Informed Teaching

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

The Trauma in Educational Communities bridge is the only program of its kind in Oregon. It is open for enrollment in fall 2020. These courses offer ongoing education opportunities for working teachers and others working in complementary fields.

Complete any course individually for training purposes, or complete the entire 18 credit series to be awarded a certificate or license endorsement in Oregon.


Complete the following 18 credits required for the Trauma in Educational Communities Certificate

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsPrerequisites
ED 570Foundations of Trauma & Identity in Education3
ED 571Building a Trauma-Invested School Community3
ED 572Trauma-Invested Classroom Learning Environment3
ED 573Asset-Based Curriculum3
ED 574Technology in Trauma-Invested Communities3
ED 575Clinical Practices: Trauma in Educational Communities3ED 540-574

Our Faculty

Amanda Villagomez, Ed.D.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Doctor of Education (EdD): Boise State University
  • MAT in Education: Eastern Oregon University
  • HBA in English: Eastern Oregon University
  • HBA in Liberal Studies (Spanish and Bilingual Education): Eastern Oregon University

Amanda VillagĂłmez is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and coordinates the MS in Education program. She is passionate about literacy, equity, program and curriculum development, growth through reflective practice, and self-care. Prior to EOU, she taught for seven years in Oregon, including: high school ESL and Spanish; middle school reading, ESL, language arts, and social studies; 4th-8th grade Spanish and English language development; and a self-contained dual immersion 6th grade class. She also has experience teaching adult ESL courses and providing reading and writing workshop push-in support alongside K-5 colleagues. As a Union County native and EOU alumni, Amanda was happy to return to the Grande Ronde Valley and the Eastern community.

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.