Pamela Black has over thirty years of experience in the Wisconsin public school system as a teacher, diagnostician, consultant and district level administrator. Her work has touched every area of education, including development of curriculum, professional learning for staff and programmatic processes and procedures. Ms. Black has taught as a general and special educator at all levels.
As an educational leader, Ms. Black has collaborated with teachers, student support staff, building and district administrators, families and students to develop and implement creative plans for students experiencing significant emotional and behavioral challenges. Her belief that all students can learn and make progress, along with her expertise in trauma and its impact on learning, is foundational to her involvement in a district initiative to train all staff in the principles of trauma-informed schools. Ms. Black is the co-developer of the Kenosha Unified School District’s trauma professional learning. Additionally, she has worked to build the capacity of school support staff to address the needs of individual students within those schools.
Ms. Black is a member of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools committee. In that capacity, she participated in the design of a tiered approach to integrating trauma-sensitive practices into the schools and a toolbox of resources to assist schools in implementation. One of her current projects is as co-developer of staff development on Trauma-Sensitive Schools for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In 2015, Ms. Black left her district administrator position to focus her full attention on the work of implementing trauma-informed principles and practices in Wisconsin and nationwide.