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How to create a trauma-informed learning community

Release date: August 1, 2022

My guest this episode is Steve King. Steve is the Superintendent of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District in Arizona. For over 28 years, Steve has been experimenting, exploring new ideas, and reforming schools to support those students with the most significant needs, because he believes that supporting them affords the best opportunities for all students to succeed. I happen to think that Steve is an innovator. This interview was recorded on July 25, 2022, in front of live audience at the Our Future in Mind - Youth Mental Health Awareness Conference. More information about Steve and the about the conference can be found below.

Biography of Steve King

Superintendent Steve Kin, served for two years as the Assistant Superintendent of Cottonwood Oak Creek School District prior to becoming the Superintendent. This is Superintendent King’s 28th year in education as a homegrown Arizona educator. COCSD is a central Arizona, rural district that embodies the principles of Classroom Instruction That Works, Accelerated Learning for All, and Balanced Leadership. As a Breakthrough Coach trained Superintendent, he has been empowered to put the “focus on the focus” for ensuring that strong classroom instructional strategies are being implemented with fidelity by spending time in classrooms, coaching teachers and building positive relationships with students. Steve enjoys working collaboratively with his school teams to provide students with conditions for positive outcomes. He set a precedent in his district modeling mentoring of young people through Big Brothers & Big Sisters by becoming a big himself. Steve has a passion for creating educational environments that support the whole child with a strong focus on providing social-emotional supports for children with traumatic backgrounds and intrinsic special needs so that they too may find success in the educational environment. By providing supports for students with the most significant needs, it allows all students the ability to learn, grow and thrive in the classroom.


Steve King

Our Future in Mind - Youth Mental Health Awareness Conference




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