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
Bill would light way for safe, supportive schools — March 1, 2014
On March 1, 2004, the Boston Globe published a letter to the editor by TLPI on why An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools (H3528) should pass. This law would provide a statewide framework to help schools create the safe and supportive school-wide cultures that are the foundation for a trauma-sensitive school. LEARN MORE
VIDEO: Principal Ryan Powers Talks about His Trauma-Sensitive School — February 11, 2014
In this video, from the November release of Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volume 2, Ryan Powers, Principal of the Mary E. Baker Elementary School, in Brockton, MA, discusses the importance of trauma sensitivity for improving the social and emotional well-being of all students. LEARN MORE
VIDEO: Dr. Sal Terrasi on Brockton’s Commitment to Safe and Supportive Schools — February 10, 2014
In this video from the November 14 release of Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volume 2, Dr. Sal Terrasi speaks about Brockton Public Schools' work to create safe and supportive learning environments for all students. Drawing a parallel with the Civil Rights Movement, he views current efforts to make schools trauma sensitive as stemming from the same impetus that drove desegregation: a desire to create the best learning environments for children. LEARN MORE
HELPING TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN LEARN
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 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