A Podcast By The Fort Zumwalt School District

creating safe building cultures

Season 2, Episode 9

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Fort Zumwalt School District is a trauma-informed school district. In this episode of FORTiTUDE, Dr. Jerry Cox, a consulting psychologist with FZSD for 27 years, and Dr. Dede McCullough, Executive Director for Behavioral Support Services, explain how this initiative came to be and how the district meets the needs of students and staff through this process.

Creating trauma-informed schools helps our staff and our community understand the prevalence of trauma in our children, the impact that it has on the development of the brain and on a child’s availability to learn.

“It’s best practices,” Dr. Cox says. “It’s what we do to help all kids learn better, and all teachers teach better and all parents to feel more connected to the school community.”


See the FZSD website for information on the handbook written by our staff

Beyond Consequences 

The Ferguson Commission

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

Dr. Ross W. Greene 

Books by Dr. Dan Siegel

The Whole Brain Child

No Drama Discipline

Brain Storm

The Yes Brain

Books by other authors

The Explosive Child by Dr. Ross Greene

Beyond Consequences Logic, and Control by Heather Forbes

The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges by Mona Delahooke


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