Teachers must have effective strategies to address complex behaviour before struggling students are ready-to-learn. For over a decade, the importance of trauma-informed and wellbeing-informed pedagogies has been well-established in education and social care. Sunspot teachers are early adopters and those who intuitively teach with the whole-child in mind. However, schools still face the challenge of creating consistency in their teachers’ practice across an entire campus; and this focus on consistency represents the next, ambitious challenge for our field.
In this presentation, Tom will share evidence based whole-school strategies to increase student readiness for learning. Whole-school strategies are paramount for creating the rhythmic predictability required to support resistant students—and all students.

About Tom
Tom Brunzell (MS, EdM, PhD candidate) has been a teacher, school leader, and education advisor in New York City and Melbourne.  Currently he is the Senior Advisor Education and the leader of the Berry Street Education Model at the Berry Street Childhood Institute, Victoria.   Tom presents internationally on topics of transforming school cultures, high expectations for differentiated instruction, trauma-informed practice, wellbeing and the application of positive psychology, and effective school leadership.  He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education studying trauma-informed pedagogy, positive psychology, and their impacts on workplace meaning.

About Berry Street
Berry Street believes all children should have a good childhood. The Berry Street Childhood Institute contributes to this vision by collaboratively building and sharing knowledge, encouraging public dialogue and mobilising leadership.
Berry Street has been supporting vulnerable children and young people since 1877. Over our long history we have grown to meet increasing demand and adapted to meet new challenges. As the Australian economy and society become increasingly complex, the conditions of childhood are changing: many children are flourishing in the 21st century but the wellbeing of increasing numbers of children appears to be declining. Berry Street continues to provide children with care, protection, education and support as our core business but we know we must do more to avert the growing crisis for children who are at risk. We are seeking to broaden our impact on the lives of Australian children through greater advocacy, service innovation and knowledge sharing. The establishment of the Berry Street Childhood Institute in July 2012 was a key part of our commitment to help more children have a good childhood in Australia.