Partnering with CESA to Train Educators

Trauma Free World Creates Custom Podcast Series to Train Faculty and Staff at The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) Schools

The four-part podcast series was created specifically to enable CESA’s 72-member Christian schools to provide better support to their students during the unprecedented trauma of the 2020 school year. The partnership aims to equip school leaders so they can better address the trauma of systemic racism and COVID-19 and positively impact over 60,000 students.

Cincinnati, OH – August 7, 2020 –

The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), a consortium of 72 member Christian schools responsible for educating more than 60,000 students, selected Trauma Free World (TFW) to develop custom childhood trauma education content delivered to faculty and staff in a four-part podcast series. Trauma Free World, a 501 (c) (3) organization, provides world-class trauma training enabled CESA members to better support students during the pandemic and racial unrest. 

“In my own family and community, I saw firsthand that the kids were hurting from the pandemic and racial unrest in the summer,” said Katie Wiens, executive director of CESA. “As school leaders, very few of us are trained to understand how events like this have a real impact on our kids. I wanted our member schools to recognize the urgency to meet the new needs of our students. TFW’s podcast series gave us the context we needed and the tools required to help us better serve our students. This podcast series has made me realize that I need to start at a different place this year and with a different mindset,” concluded Wiens.


“This partnership was an amazing opportunity for us to create a four-part podcast series with custom childhood trauma content that met CESA’s needs surrounding COVID-19 and racial issues,” said Rob Hall, President of Trauma Free World. “What’s also really exciting to us in partnering with CESA is that if all 70+ member schools became trauma-informed, that would mean more than 60,000 students would benefit from being around safe adults who understand how to help them heal and cope during the traumatic events of this year. This gives these students a path forward with more hope and possibility to live up to their potential. We begin to see healing , growth, and resiliency when we work together to build trauma free schools and trauma free communities.”

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About the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA)

Founded in 2010 and based in Kennesaw, Georgia, The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability is a consortium of 72 member and candidate Christian schools responsible for educating more than 60,000 students. Their priorities are institutional excellence and institutional integrity. The CESA leadership team serves Christian schools through leadership services, academic enrichment, programmatic development, professional development, and by providing fellowship and fraternity to those who serve within Christian institutions. Visit to learn more.

About Trauma Free World

Founded in 2020, Cincinnati, Ohio-based Trauma Free World (TFW) is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to break the cycle of childhood trauma by providing world-class resources through on-demand, live-stream and in-person trauma training that is accessible to anyone – regardless of their literacy level, culture or location. To date, TFW has trained more than 3,500 people from 72 countries, representing over 1,000 organizations to engage with children in supportive, transformative ways which promote healing. More than 250,000 children have benefited so far and the organization plans on exponentially increasing its healing reach in 2021.

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