Severance, C. (2019, June 11). Classrooms in Crisis: Hillsboro’s new approach to classroom disruptions. Retrieved July 1, 2019.

An Oregon school district has seen a reduction in student disruptions or outbursts among 15 schools in the three years since implementing a trauma informed approach that includes a wellness center with a choice of 14 calming stations. Karen Murphy, principal of an elementary school using the approach, says students are learning to recognize when they are dysregulated and need to use a calming strategy.

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