Thea Lavin, a Wisconsin-born-and-raised Jewish woman, co-founded Supporting Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and sustaining the House of Hope Vision School -- a Waldorf school in the West Bank designed to help children overcome trauma-induced obstacles to learning.
Lavin says, “Sometimes people ask why both the House of Hope and reGeneration Education support Waldorf education. Waldorf meets the three major qualifications of trauma-informed education. 1) It repairs a child’s emotional regulatory abilities; 2) It repairs disrupted attachment, so a child can securely attach to a caregiver; and 3) It increases a child’s psychological resources, which help them hold on to positive emotions, develop strengths and identify tools of resilience.
Waldorf is also the type of trauma-informed pedagogy Palestinian parents are united around. It is very popular among both Jewish and Palestinian parents.”
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