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


Harvard Law School Bulletin — December 2, 2014

TLPI was featured as the Cover Story in the Harvard Law Bulletin's Fall 2014 Issue. The article discusses TLPI's origins and work on Trauma-Sensitive Schools. LEARN MORE

ATN Interview — December 2, 2014

Attachment and Trauma Network Interview with Joe Ristuccia, Training Director for TLPI and Adjunct Professor at Lesley University. LEARN MORE

Post-Secondary Education, Trauma, and Ferguson — September 23, 2014

Professor Jeanie Tietjen, founder of the Center for Trauma & Learning in Post-Secondary Education (CTLPSE) at MassBay Community College, discusses … LEARN MORE

AcesTooHigh Covers Safe and Supportive Schools Bill — August 20, 2014

Elizabeth Prewitt, AcessTooHigh.com, covers Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s signing Safe and Supportive Schools legislation into law in her article 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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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

Gov. Deval Patrick


Governor Patrick Signs Safe and Supportive Schools into Law!

The provisions of An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools became law on August 13, 2014, when the governor signed the bill at the Massachusetts State House.  Safe and Supportive Schools provisions were included in the gun violence reduction bill.  However, they will be codified in the Massachusetts General Laws at Chapter 69, Section 1P, as part of the laws governing education in the Commonwealth. This law establishes the state-wide Safe and Supportive Schools Framework to serve as the infrastructure that will empower and support schools to create safe and supportive environments and cultures that are the foundation for successful learning. Our deepest thanks to all who have worked so hard to make this happen.



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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