TIP was created to give teachers, counselors, and administrators the physical tools and materials they can use to help all students – particularly students affected by traumatic stress.
TIP was founded by Dan Harnsberger, a teacher. Dan believes teachers can do more to improve the socio-emotional experience for students in classrooms so they can better engage in learning – particularly trauma-affected students.
Dan taught in classrooms where the majority of his students were experiencing trauma-related toxic stress which caused them to struggle to engage in their academics. Believing that teaching is an art form, he came up with strategies of his own to get students’ minds out of survival mode and into engaging in academics.
Wanting to do something more tangible, Dan started asking other teachers how they implemented trauma-informed practices. After hearing what other teachers were using in their classrooms, he was inspired to do more.
The products available at TIP are intended to be implemented by teachers artfully. The guides that come with the products help outline ideas for their use, but we know each teacher will find their own way to use them in a manner that makes a difference in students’ lives.