Tacoma Whole Child transforms schools by creating safe, positive, engaging, and equitable learning environments through a mutually-beneficial partnership between UW Tacoma and Tacoma Public Schools. This engaged work with district leaders, school teams, and educators draws from research-based frameworks such as social emotional learning (SEL) and positive behavior supports (PBIS) to fit each school community’s unique cultural and contextual needs. This collaborative facilitates the uptake of cohesive SEL implementation and effective discipline practices that are culturally affirming, trauma-informed, and foster the skills necessary to thrive in today’s global society.
Laura L. Feuerborn, Ph.D., NCSP
Professor, School of Education
Dr. Laura Feuerborn is a Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), a Faculty Fellow in Social Emotional Learning, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Feuerborn is a co-author of several SEL-focused programs, research articles, and books, including the Strong Kids & Teens programs (Brookes Publishing) and the Second Edition of SEL in the Classroom (Guilford Publishing). Dr. Feuerborn is a co-developer of the Staff Perceptions of Behavior and Discipline (SPBD) and the Student Perceptions of Behavior and Discipline (StPBD), tools that help schools mobilize staff and student voice to implement and sustain positive practices in behavior supports and discipline. Feuerborn has been a faculty in the School of Education at UWT since 2006 and works with practicing educators, leaders, and other community agencies. Feuerborn teaches graduate-level courses including SEL, behavior supports, and systems change.