Director Susan Cole describes the work of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative and its vision for creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools.
NEWS AND UPDATES
News and Update June 30, 2016 — June 30, 2016
The Conference Committee’s final budget recommendation for Safe and Supportive Schools includes $400,000 in critical funding and specifies funding for DESE to hire a full time staff person devoted to carrying out the provisions set forth in the law. LEARN MORE
News and Update June 24, 2016 — June 24, 2016
Colleen Galvin Labbe, a Kindergarten (Inclusion) teacher at Boston Public School’s Lee Academy Pilot School in Dorchester, was a featured speaker at Boston EdTalks on May 5, 2016. Ms. Labbe shared innovative trauma-sensitive social emotional learning strategies that help her students feel safe and supported in the classroom. LEARN MORE
Action Alert: Conference Committee Convenes — June 7, 2016
Act now to ensure adequate funding for Safe and Supportive Schools! The Conference Committee has convened to finalize the state … LEARN MORE
News and Update May 19, 2016 — May 19, 2016
Great news! Newly released Senate Ways and Means Budget funds the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item at $500,000. The … LEARN MORE
Conference Committee Update
The Conference Committee’s final budget recommendation for Safe and Supportive Schools includes $400,000 in critical funding. Importantly it specifies funding for DESE to hire a full time staff person devoted to carrying out the provisions set forth in the law. The language provides for continuation of the Safe and Supportive Schools grant program as well as statewide and regional conferences, expert technological assistance in upgrading the usability of the online self-assessment tool and an evaluation of the grant program. This recommendation awaits the final approval of the governor.
This crucial funding of the Safe and Supportive School line item is a remarkable accomplishment. The work of building safe and supportive school environments for all students in Massachusetts continues moving forward!
On August 13, 2014, The Safe and Supportive Schools Framework (MGL Ch 69 Section 1P) was enacted into law when the Governor signed the legislature’s omnibus Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. These provisions establish a statewide “safe and supportive schools framework” to assist schools to create safe and supportive learning environments. The Safe and Supportive Schools Commission was established in this law to provide recommendations to the legislature and to the state on how best to ensure that all schools have the time and capacity create safe and supportive learning environments.
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