In the second episode of our trauma-informed practice series, Dr. Tiffany Prete discusses how trauma impacts the development of the brain, and the importance of using trauma-informed practice and strategies in our classrooms to benefit all students.
About Dr. Prete
Apooyak’ii/Dr. Tiffany Prete is a member of the Kainaiwa (Blood Tribe) of the Siksikasitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy), located in the Treaty 7 area. She is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow, in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her postdoctoral work is comprised of implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on the Blood Reserve. Dr. Prete earned her bachelors of elementary education specializing in math and science and completed her master of education and doctor of philosophy in education at the University of Alberta. Dr. Prete’s background is in educational policy studies, specializing in Indigenous Peoples education. Her area of expertise includes Indigenous secondary retention rates within the public school system; Alberta Education’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit Policy Framework; Blackfoot historical research; impacts of colonization; Indigenous Education, and; Indigenous research methodologies. As well, Dr. Prete is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, an assistant adjunct professor in the Leadership, Policy and Governance specialization at the University of Calgary, and is a sessional instructor for Red Crow Community College on her home reserve. In her spare time, she is a Native American beadwork enthusiast and published a research paradigm grounded in an Indigenous worldview that is guided by Native American beadwork.
Check out these videos from Dr. Prete to learn more about her work:
Wow, wide-ranging discussion! I was not aware of the work that has gone into establishing a physiological tracing of the impacts of intergenerational trauma, but find it a compelling path of enquiry. The discussion of brain function and its relation to instructional strategies was helpful to me. Thank-you Dr. Prete.