New TLPI Video: A School’s Journey to Trauma Sensitivity — October 1, 2019

Please watch MAC TLPI's new video A School's Journey to Trauma Sensitivity. LEARN MORE

Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Opportunity through MA DESE — July 22, 2019

MA DESE announces that the 2019-2020 (FY20) Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant (FC335) is now posted. Please visit for more information. LEARN MORE

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Research Study Snapshot — May 6, 2019

We  are pleased to share with you a summary of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) Trauma-Sensitive Schools Descriptive Study. This two-year study by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides new evidence that an understanding of trauma sensitivity can lead to changes in practice and new ways of interacting with both students and with fellow staff members. In turn these new ways of thinking and changes in practice can serve as a foundation for school-wide culture change that enables students and their educators to feel safe and supported to learn and be successful.  LEARN MORE

Act Now! Safe and Supportive Schools — April 11, 2019

The House Ways and Means budget was released this week and the line item for Safe and Supportive Schools includes $400,000.  Representative Ruth Balser has filed a  budget amendment for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) to increase funding to $500,000. This will restore funding to last year's level. We are writing with an URGENT request to please email your MA Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor Representative Balser's amendment! LEARN MORE

A School’s Journey Toward Trauma Sensitivity – New Video — September 26, 2019

TLPI is pleased to share this 10 minute video highlighting one elementary school’s journey to create a trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school by using the process-based approach outlined in Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Vol. 2. LEARN MORE

Student Voices: Their Perspectives on How Schools Are and Should Be — August 29, 2019

We recently completed a focus group report that includes insights from secondary school students about how schools are and how they should be. LEARN MORE

MA Congresswoman Clark files Trauma-Informed Schools Act of 2019 to amend ESEA — August 20, 2019

Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark along with Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) recently introduced the Trauma-Informed Schools Act of 2019.  LEARN MORE

Are we ready to become a trauma-sensitive school? — July 24, 2019

This month’s blog post explores one of the key findings of the AIR research report related to readiness or the extent to which the school is both willing and able to undertake the process of becoming trauma sensitive, safe and supportive. We also share readiness questions that can help your school determine readiness to engage in the work of becoming trauma sensitive. LEARN MORE

Australia’s Trauma Aware Schools — June 27, 2019

TLPI Director, Susan Cole, shares news from the Trauma Aware Schools Conference In Australia. 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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TLPI Descriptive Study - American Institutes for ResearchTrauma-Sensitive Schools Descriptive Study Final Report
This study by the American Institute for Research describes how five demonstration schools created trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments.  Learn more…



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NEW VIDEO: A School’s Journey Toward Trauma Sensitivity

TTLPI is pleased to share this 10 minute video highlighting one elementary school’s journey to create a trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school.


Trauma-sensitive schools help ALL children to feel safe to learn. Watch the video to find out why.

The Impacts of Trauma on Learning, Part 1: Academic Performance

Traumatic experiences in childhood can impact learning. Watch Part 1: Academic Performance.

Great news! The Conference Committee report includes $508,128 in the FY 20 Safe and Supportive Schools budget line item (7061-9612). We are grateful to the Safe and Supportive Schools champions, Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Sal DiDomenico.

Included in the line item funding are grants to schools and 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 help all schools become safe and supportive school environments by providing conferences, technical assistance, website upkeep and more.



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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