Director Susan Cole describes the work of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative and its vision for creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools.


CfJJ Report Highlights the Promise of the Safe and Supportive Schools Law for Multi-System Youth — November 9, 2015

Citizens for Juvenile Justice has released a policy report "Missed Opportunities: Preventing Youth in the Child Welfare System from Entering the Juvenile Justice System". The report describes the role that trauma from adverse experiences can play in the learning and behavior challenges that are associated with increased risk for juvenile delinquency among children in the child welfare system. The report also highlights Massachusetts’ Safe and Supportive Schools law as a policy that has potential for helping to prevent students in the child welfare system from entering the juvenile justice system by fostering the creation of stable and supportive school communities. LEARN MORE

Scholastic Administrator Focuses on Trauma-Sensitive Schools — October 29, 2015

"Turning Around Trauma" by Jonathan Sapers was published in the Fall 2015 edition of Scholastic Administrator. The article, which features TLPI Director Susan Cole, examines how some schools are working to support students impacted by the trauma response. LEARN MORE

“Books and Bullets” Looks at Neighborhood Violence and Learning — October 22, 2015

In the three part series Books and Bullets, KQED News examines how chronic violence in some neighborhoods impacts children and their learning and highlights TLPI as one organization "working to prevent violence and help children and youth exposed to chronic violence succeed in school". LEARN MORE

Legislators Honored for Commitment to Safe and Supportive Schools — October 19, 2015

Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Sal DiDomenico were honored with Legislative Champion awards at the Massachusetts Advocates for Children's "Celebrating Voices" event. Rep, Balser and Sen. DiDomenico were recognized for their leadership as a champions of Safe and Supportive Schools for all the children in Massachusetts. LEARN MORE


HTCL_book_cover Volume 1
A Report and Policy Agenda
TLPI’s groundbreaking publication describes the impact of trauma on learning and proposes a policy agenda.
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Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive SchoolsVolume 2
Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools
This book offers a guide to a process for creating trauma-sensitive schools and a policy agenda to provide the support schools need to achieve this goal
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Joel Ristuccia, Ed.M, of TLPI, in an audio interview with the Attachment & Trauma Network

Dr. Mary E. Curtis on Trauma-Sensitive professional development for educators

Principal Ryan Powers
on His Trauma-Sensitive School

More Information about Safe and Supportive Schools in Massachusetts

Safe and Supportive Schools Update

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released their application for the Safe and Supportive Schools grants. These grants were included in the Safe and Supportive Schools line item in this year’s budget. A total of $440,000 is being made available for schools. Applications are due November 30, 2015Learn more about the application and the grants here.

Click here to learn more about the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission and the work happening statewide.


To contact the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, click here.

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