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


ABA Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth — July 10, 2014

The American Bar Association (ABA) is calling for legal representation that recognizes the impact of trauma and “reflects an awareness of trauma’s adverse impacts on children and youth in contact with the legal system.” It calls for collaboration to facilitate and support recovery. TLPI’s Education law clinic approach was highlighted as part of the solution. LEARN MORE

NCAR Report on National Awareness of ACEs — July 3, 2014

Last December, TLPI joined leaders convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to discuss ways to expand national awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and methods to promote prevention and healing. Everyone is encouraged to read this important report from the Proceedings of the National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience (NCAR). LEARN MORE

The Consensus Report on School Discipline — July 3, 2014

The Council on State Governments recently issued its long-awaited report titled The Consensus Report on School Discipline, which was presented to the White House and the Department of Education. It calls for creating positive school climates with collaborative services to address the discipline crisis. It refers to volume 2 of Helping Traumatized Children Learn in recognizing the importance of trauma in creating a positive school climate and highlighted the Massachusetts Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework. LEARN MORE

Addressing Childhood Trauma in San Francisco’s El Dorado Elementary School — June 6, 2014

Jane Ellen Stevens, editor of ACEStooHigh, describes how trauma-informed practices in San Francisco's El Dorado Elementary School reduced suspensions by 89% and improved academic achievement. 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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Full of the wisdom of hard won experience and a flexible framework for change, this volume holds great promise for students, teachers, parents, and entire school systems to transform the historical effects of childhood adversity among students—truancy, expulsion, school failure, and rejection—into the promise of hope, healing, and academic success.

—Robert Anda, MD, MS, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Co-Founder and Principal Investigator, Co-Founder ACE Interface, Senior Science Consultant to the Centers for Disease Control

…a must-read for school leaders. Volume 1 created awareness of trauma’s impact and laid a foundation on which schools can build. Volume 2 is all about rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. It provides a clear path on how schools can become trauma-sensitive.

—Ryan T. Powers, Principal, Mary E. Baker Elementary School, Brockton, MA and Adjunct Professor, Lesley University



Safe and Supportive Schools Passes the House

The provisions of An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools were included in the gun violence reduction legislation that passed the Massachusetts House on July 9.  These provisions will help establish a statewide infrastructure that empowers schools to create safe and supportive environments so all children learn and succeed. Our deepest thanks to all who have made calls and worked to make this happen.   TLPI’s advocacy will now turn to the Senate.



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Principal Ryan Powers on His Trauma-Sensitive School