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


American Federation of Teachers-MA Says Safe and Supportive Schools Help All Students — August 18, 2015

The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts recently voiced its support for Safe and Supportive Schools. LEARN MORE

Safe and Supportive Schools Commission Holds Summer Retreat — August 11, 2015

On July 22, 2015, TLPI hosted the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission for a summer retreat. LEARN MORE

Children’s Law Center Calls for Trauma-Sensitive Schools in D.C. — June 24, 2015

In a new report, the Children's Law Center of Washington, D.C. calls for the implementation of trauma-sensitive schools to support students. “Education reforms in the District will not fully succeed if schools do not address the trauma that students bring with them to class,” said Judith Sandalow, Executive Director of Children’s Law Center. LEARN MORE

Boston Public Schools say Safe and Supportive Schools are “an issue of equity” — May 22, 2015

Boston Neighborhood Network News interviews Andria Amador about Boston Public School's use of Social Emotional Learning and creating safe environments for all students. 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

Safe and Supportive Schools Update

With the FY16 budget signed by Governor Baker and Safe and Supportive Schools funded at $500,000, the work of creating safe and supportive schools across Massachusetts continues.

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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