SAM AI 2020 Instructional Leadership Summit Day 1 - Session 1


Session 1  9:30 -  10:30 AM 


Trauma Informed - Matthew Johnson  (click on link to access Zoom connection)

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Recording of Live Session:


SESSION OVERVIEW:  Using Restorative Justice, Trauma Informed practices and the Cultural strengths of you community to create a welcoming school environment. Implementing restorative practices is about supporting the hearts and minds of your students, teachers, staff, and parents so they are focused on strengthening and repairing relationships to establish and maintain healthy and productive learning communities. The focus isn’t just on discipline and responding to behavior concerns. The focus must also be on building connections as a way to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. This workshop will also explore the prevalence of trauma in schools and equip educators with strategies to create school-wide practices that meet the needs of students who have been exposed to trauma and the educators who serve them. 



“Not your typical Administrator” is a label that has been suggested for Matthew. A
Browning High School graduate and member of the Blackfeet Tribe Matthew is
the Director of Alternative Education for Browning Public Schools and the
Principal of the Buffalo Hide Academy which is an Alternative School on the
Blackfeet Reservation.

  • Certified School Counselor for 20 plus years
  • Certified Principal- Instructional Leadership and Director of Alternative Education
  • Worked with Montana Office of Public Instruction to rewrite School Counseling Standards
  • Developed Training models with OPI to implement Comprehensive School
  • Counseling training modules and work a text.
  • Adjunct instructor at Blackfeet Community College for 18 years.
  • Twenty years as a school counselor helps Matthew recognize the importance of balancing academic rigor with social and emotional learning.
  • Matthew also serves as an Associate Judge for the Blackfeet Tribal Court,
  • Chief Grievance officer and part time instructor at Blackfeet Community
  • College which helps him holistically promote Restorative Practices