Social, emotional, and affective experiences are impossible to separate from thinking, doing, and being in the world. Increasingly, schools and community-based organizations are recognizing this truth through the adoption of programs that focus on the emotional lives of children and youth, especially when emotions are fraught, and lives have been difficult. Programs such as social emotional learning (SEL) frameworks and trauma-informed practices (TIP) are not only popular, they are deemed “essential” in almost every corner of the social services sector.

Author Biography

Tracey Pyscher

Tracey Pyscher, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at Western Washington University. Her research interests include understanding and naming the social and cultural experiences of children and youth with histories of domestic violence and their navigation of school experiences, critical literacy and learning, and what praxis means to/for teacher education. She is published in several books including: Gender Identities, Sexualities, and Literacies: Issues Across the Childhood & Adolescence (2019), Dismantling The Prison To School Pipeline (2016), Technology for transformation: Perspectives of Hope in the Digital Age (2016), Reclaiming English Language Arts Methods Courses: Critical Issues and Challenges for Teacher Educators in Top-Down Times (2014), as well as in several journals including the International Journal of Qualitative Studies (In Press), Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies (2017), Journal of Educational Controversy (2017 & 2015), and Equity & Excellence in Education (2014).

Anne Crampton

Anne Crampton, PhD, is the academic program director of Teacher Outreach Education for Inclusive Environments at the Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University. Her research interests include emotions and learning, trauma-informed practices, classroom interactions across social and cultural differences, critical literacy, digital and multimodal literacies, cosmopolitanism, and the role of love in addressing inequities in education.



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