Welcome to Culture of Care Oregon!

Impacting educational culture and outcomes with Trauma-Sensitive (neurobiological lens), Restorative (relational/heal the harm), and Equitable Practices (everyone gets what they need) that systematically promote wellness, safety & community support for all. 

We are here to champion your school, focusing and expanding on the good work already taking place, in order to more intentionally create cultures of care for all students. 

-Culture And Resilience Educators, High Desert Education Service District

Dear Colleagues,

Your Culture of Care Team is heavy hearted as we reach out to share these resources in response to the tragic event at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. While we can feel helpless in the wake of such loss and trauma, we are reminded that we have each other. We need each other. This week we are offering a few drop-in opportunities for educators, leaders and partners to connect and process together:

Drop-In Community Circles hosted by Care Coaches (Join with associated links below):

  • 5/25/22 at 4pm-5pm on Zoom
  • 5/26/22 at 2:30pm-3:30pm on Zoom
  • 5/27/22 at 12:30pm-1:30pm on Zoom
Resources from The National Center for School Mental Health:


Circle prompt ideas:

  • What has this been like for you?
  • What’s been the hardest part?
  • How have you been taking care of yourself?
  • How have you been taking care of others?
  • Where have you seen helpers?
  • How can we support each other?
  • What do you need?
  • What has this experience made you grateful for?


Lots of love and care,

Amber, Amy & Erin

We are here to champion your school!

Our Origin

Through regional, cross-sector alignment between the health and education sectors, Central Oregon school districts, in partnership with Better Together, received a 3 year grant from the Central Oregon Health Council to develop and strengthen trauma-informed cultures across education systems in Central Oregon, starting July 1, 2019 with the High Desert Education Service District.

Our Mission

Through intentional modeling, training and collaboration, CARE Coaches seek to impact educational culture and outcomes with trauma-sensitive, relationship-focused and equitable practices that systematically promote resilience, relationships, wellness, safety & community support for all.

Our Goals

  • Educators and partners will strengthen knowledge, confidence, and strategies for workplace wellness and its impact on the learning culture in schools.
  • Educators and partners will feel they have the knowledge, skills, and behaviors about childhood and historical trauma to respond to students with trauma-informed approaches and practices.
  • Educators and partners will recognize and address the root causes of classroom behavior issues and outbursts, when appropriate, as symptoms of childhood and historical trauma.
  • Central Oregon Educators will use strategies consistent with a Culture of Care that contribute to students feeling welcome, safe, and supported in schools, impacting attendance and academic achievement.
  • As a result of working with the Culture of Care team, Central Oregon educational systems and community partners will shift toward more trauma responsive, restorative and equitable cultures.