Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Opportunity through MA DESE — August 16, 2018

MA DESE announces that the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612), is now accepting proposals for the 2018-19 school year.  For more information, please see the FY19 fund code 335 RFP Page http://www.doe.mass.edu/grants/2019/335/ LEARN MORE

Great News! Conference Committee increases funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item — July 19, 2018

Great news! The Conference Committee voted to increase the FY 19 Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) to $700,000, an increase of $200,000 over the FY18 budget. LEARN MORE

Budget amendment for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item adopted by the MA Senate — May 24, 2018

Senator Sal DiDomenico’s budget amendment (# 171) for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was adopted by the MA Senate. The amendment increased the amount of funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item to $600,000, the same amount included in the House budget this year.  This will allow more schools and districts to receive grants to create and implement Safe and Supportive Schools Action Plans. The amendment also incorporated important language changes that were included by the House and that would implement recommendations made by the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission, such as providing leadership summits to help support superintendents and principals to create safe and supportive schools. LEARN MORE

Act Now for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item! — May 15, 2018

The Senate Ways and Means budget was released this week and the line item for Safe and Supportive Schools includes $500,000.  Senator Sal DiDomenico has filed a  budget amendment (# 171) for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612). Senator DiDomenico’s amendment would increase the amount of funding for the line item to $600,000, the same amount included in the House budget this year.  This will allow more schools and districts to receive grants to create and implement Safe and Supportive Schools Action Plans. LEARN MORE

Video on the Impacts of Trauma on Learning Part 1: Academic Performance — August 17, 2018

The long days of summer are winding down and a new school year is quickly approaching or has already started for many of us. This presents an exciting opportunity to return to the work of creating trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments for all students. We are excited to share a series of short videos that can be used for the whole staff in the on-going work of deepening the understanding of the prevalence and impacts of trauma on learning, a critical step in creating a trauma-sensitive school. LEARN MORE

TLPI Video on Prevalence of Traumatic Experience — July 27, 2018

As many of us begin thinking about returning to school for a new school year and providing training opportunities for school staff, we are excited to share another resource in a series that we’ll be offering this summer, a video about the prevalence of traumatic experiences in childhood. LEARN MORE

End of School Year Reflection — June 22, 2018

For many of us, the end of the school year is near. This time of year offers an opportunity for reflection as well as celebrating successes, taking stock of accomplishments, and thinking ahead to what might need to be considered for next year.  Many schools have been guided by the use of the trauma-sensitive vision questions help make sure that the chosen actions move the school closer to becoming trauma-sensitive.  In this blog post we share a few ideas and questions to help  in reflecting on the year and preparing for continuing the work to become a trauma-sensitive/safe and supportive into next school year. LEARN MORE

New Webinar on Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Communities — May 31, 2018

In previous blog posts, we shared information, tools and resources for use in creating trauma-sensitive schools. This month, we are excited to share with you an additional tool for getting started on the journey to trauma-sensitivity in your school. TLPI Training Director, Joel Ristuccia, Ed.M., recently had the opportunity to present a webinar on creating safe and supportive learning environments for all students for the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools grantees.  LEARN MORE

Image of Massachusetts State House.The Conference Committee voted to increase the FY 19 Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) to $700,000, an increase of $200,000 over the FY18 budget.  Included in the line item funding are grants to schools and $200,000 to establish and infrastructure to facilitate the coordination of school and community- based resources. Importantly, funds will be expended for leadership summits to “assist superintendents and principals with developing safe and supportive school and district cultures.” DESE will continue to build the community of practice that will make help all schools become safe and supportive school environments by providing conferences, technical assistance, website upkeep and more.

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The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in collaboration with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Collaborative for Educational Services, and Massachusetts Advocates for Children’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (MAC/TLPI), hosted the second annual conference on Safe and Supportive Schools on March 23 in Worcester, MA. MAC/TLPI’s training director, Joe Ristuccia, provided the keynote, which include a plenary panel with five outstanding school leaders.

 

Pictured below from left are: Trina Camarao (Plymouth Public Schools) , Chyna Onembo, Stephanie Callahan (Salem Academy Charter School), Joanne Camillo and Natalie Pohl (Brockton Public Schools) and Joe Ristuccia (MAC/TLPI).

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WELCOME VIDEO

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

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