For this webinar series, participants will automatically be enrolled in all 5 sessions.



Allegra Taylor, M.Ed.


In this 5-part series, we will work together to understand how to create a trauma-sensitive environment in your classroom and, in a pinch, in the hallway. Using case studies, current research, and our experiences as educators, we will take a deep dive into understanding trauma and its impact on children. We will take an in-depth look at self-regulation and stress and how we can co-regulate with those when needed. We will go through a 5-step process of noticing and responding to challenging behaviors. At the end of the 5 sessions, you will have a sense of how to reduce stress for children and how to help children experience calm and cultivate a sense of safety.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a quiz following Session 5. Following the live webinar, registrants will be emailed a link to view the recorded webinar. The recording will be made available for 7 days after each session. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance.

What is trauma? How and why does it differ from one individual to another. This session will discuss some of the immediate and long-term effects of trauma on a child, their family, community, and us as educators.

How does stress affect the body and effect behaviors? In this session, we will investigate self-regulation – what does it mean to be self-regulated, and how trauma affect self-regulation. This session will also discuss what is co-regulation, and how we can we use it to support children.

When we support children who have experienced trauma, we are met with many challenging behaviors. This session will go through specific steps to help us understand and respond to behaviors.

What does safety feel like? How can we create it in our classroom environment and in the moment? This session will investigate strategies for building safety and supporting self-regulation. We will also discuss the importance of play and ensure that we offer it to children when needed.

For our last session, we will recap our work so far. We will take some time to focus on ourselves as educators and how we can help ourselves and our co-workers to feel calm and safe while we do this vital work. 

About the Speaker

Allegra Taylor, M.Ed., is the current Executive Director of the Children’s Center of Lexington. She has had a diverse career in early childhood education and child development, having taught in several states and in the United Kingdom. Allegra has been working in the field of early childhood for 20 years as a teacher, mentor, director, parent educator, and consultant. Allegra has worked in almost every type of environment which serves children and families, from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, to the UK, and even to the South Bay Women’s prison. Allegra strives to help children and their caregivers understand behavior through self-regulation. Allegra holds a Masters degree in Child Development from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Studies and Psychology from Bennington College. Allegra lives in Cambridge with her husband and her cat, Arthur. Allegra is also a board member of the Elizabeth Peabody House in Somerville.

Membership Information

Most MPY webinars are available ONLY to current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must pass the quiz following Session 5.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar you must cancel, through Bonnie Mullen at, one business day before the webinar.

For MPY hybrid conferences, the date in-person registration closes will be posted on MPY’s website. Virtual conference registration will close one business day before the hybrid conference. You cannot cancel or switch your registration from in-person to virtual after in-person registration closes. Please email Bonnie Mullen at with any questions regarding registration.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 01/24/2024.

If you are seeking to receive CEUs and/or PDPs, please click Register Now. Once you complete the webinar series, you will be able to take quizzes for CEUs and/or PDPs. Upon completion of each quiz, you will receive a certificate.

All sessions are 9:30 – 11:30 am

  • Session 1: January 24, 2024, Understanding Trauma
  • Session 2: February 28, 2024, Stress, Self-regulation, and Co-regulation
  • Session 3: April 24, 2024, With Trauma Often Comes Behavior
  • Session 4: May 22, 2024, Creating Safety
  • Session 5: TBD, 2024, Creating Safety for Yourself and Wrap Up