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Doors of Trust Agenda

Doors of Trust
Doors of Trust

Opening the Doors of Trust with Vulnerable Learners

Lesson Agenda

Common Language

The common language topics help us understand the relationship between vulnerability and trust-building. The content provides a common language about the purpose and rationale for the strategies presented in the common practice section.

Let's create a definition that gives us common language.

Fear, Anxiety, Toxic Stress, and Trauma are 4 emotional elements that impact brain physiology and processing.  Understanding how these factors impact the brain and change the brain helps us understand vulnerability and how vulnerability impacts the trust-building process.  

The Reaction Model demonstrates how the brain perceives and processes trauma, toxic stress, fear, and anxiety.

The Power  and Perception Model provides an overview of how oppressed and traumatized individuals can perceive  and process authority and people in positions of power. 

Common Practice

The common practice topics explain the strategies and tools for trust-building.  These strategies are most effective when they are developed as instructional habits.

The Doors of Trust are a collection of trust-building strategies.  The strategies are primarily positive language framing strategies intended to positively influence learner perception.  The strategies  address the psychological discomfort that learners often experience meeting new teachers and help teachers overcome student reluctance and feelings of uncertainty so students feel secure and open to a building a relationship with the educator, class, and school or program.  

3 Lesson STEPS


Watch 45 Second Video for Instructions on How to Create a Participation Script

Although webinars are recorded, the webinars are interactive and require participation.  To participate, you will create a participation script that is uploaded as assignment. 

The instructions for participating in a webinar are provided in the webinar and in the directions below. 


Directions for Creating a Participation Script

  1. OPEN a word document to record your participation responses. 
  2. As you watch the video, FOLLOW the facilitator’s cues and directions. You will use the WORD document instead of the chatbox to type your responses.
  3. RECORD your responses in the Word document.
  4. SAVE the document. ~The document text will be submitted to indicate that you have participated in the webinar.

 The participation script verifies participation and is only necessary if you want a certificate of completion for finishing the course.


Participate in the Recorded Webinar

Directions for Participation:

  1. Download webinar handout in the course materials.
  2. Watch the webinar.
  3. Participate and record your interactions in the participation script document that you created in step one.