Course Description

This course will take you to the next level of trauma-invested practice. Educators need to build a "nest"—a positive learning environment shaped by three new Rs of education: Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation. What teachers say to students—when they praise or discipline, give directions or ask questions, and introduce concepts or share stories—affects student learning and behavior.  Intonation, nuances of language, can dramatically change student behavior.



Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain how to create a culture of safety in which everyone feels valued, important, and capable of learning.
  • Describe the four areas of need—emotional, relational, physical, and control—that drive student behaviors and show how to meet these needs with interventions framed around the new three Rs.
  • Illustrate trauma-invested practices in action through real scenarios that identify students' unmet needs, examine the situation from five stakeholder perspectives, and suggest interventions to support students and their families.
  • Offer opportunities to challenge your beliefs and develop deeper and different ways of thinking about your role in your students' lives.
  • Examine language habits and intentionally improve classroom practice so language matches and supports goals.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: What Matters in the Classroom: The 3 R’s and Words We Use
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Anderson, M. (2019). What we say and how we say it matter: Teacher talk that improves student learning and behavior. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Souers, K., & Hall, P. A. (2019). Relationship, responsibility, and regulation: Trauma-invested practices for fostering resilient learners. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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