Advocating for Trauma Sensitive Schools
Conference Committee Convenes – Act Now!
The Safe and Supportive Schools line item is now in the hands of the Conference Committee.
The Senate recommendation is for $500,000 and The House has recommended $400,000 for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item. This additional $100,000 in funding included in the Senate version will enable more a more robust implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools statute. We are now asking you to take action to help ensure the Conference Committee adopts the Senate’s higher recommendation and language.
Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Jason Lewis have jointly written a letter to the Conference Committee urging them to fund Safe and Supportive Schools at $500,000, and they are circulating this letter among all the members of the House and Senate asking them to co-sign.
Here’s what you can do: email both your Senator and your Representative and ask them to co-sign the joint letter. You can click here to send an email.
Creating trauma sensitive schools requires everyone’s voice—parents, students, educators, community members, policymakers.
TLPI’s long term public policy goal is to ensure that children traumatized by family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school. TLPI currently focuses on advocating in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to ensure that all our schools become trauma sensitive. We plan to use this web page to keep the community up to date on pending laws, regulations and policies that we think are important for achieving this long term goal.
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By clicking the button below, you can join our growing coalition and become an advocate for trauma sensitive schools. Providing us with your home address will help us connect you to your legislators so that you can make your voice heard. We will not share your contact information with third parties.
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We love to hear from parents, teachers, students—from anyone who has a story to share about why trauma sensitive schools are important. Click the button below and tell us why trauma sensitive schools are important to you. We will not share your story with anyone unless you give us permission. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer consultation and advice about individual children and cases through our website.
Safe and Supportive Schools legislation signed into law on August 13, 2014
This law will support all schools in Massachusetts to create the safe, supportive and welcoming environments that all children need in order to learn. Safe and supportive environments are the foundation that will help us close the achievement gap and get all students on a course to success. The legislation establishes in law a common framework based on the six elements in the Flexible Framework for organizing all of the initiatives that are involved in creating a safe and supportive environment—initiatives like bullying prevention, truancy reduction, dropout prevention, social emotional learning, and many others. There will be a statewide Safe and Supportive Schools commission to advise the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework and TLPI will continue to chair the Safe and Supportive Schools coalition. Everyone will be needed to ensure this law is implemented in a way that improves learning for all students. Please come together with others to advocate for safe supportive school-wide cultures by joining our coalition.
The Flexible Framework in Law and Policy
Since the release of Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volume I in 2005, TLPI has been working hard with our partners and collaborators to advocate for education laws and policies in Massachusetts to be organized according to the Flexible Framework, which is based on the core elements of school operations.
This common structure helps schools align the many initiatives they are asked to implement. In turn, this leads to better outcomes for all students—including those impacted by trauma. Click here to see all of the examples of state level laws and policies that incorporate the Flexible Framework.