VIDEO & DISCUSSION GUIDE

VIDEO: WHY WE NEED
TRAUMA-SENSITIVE SCHOOLS


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

There are a growing number of schools throughout Massachusetts and the United States engaged in the work of creating trauma-sensitive schools. Learn more . . . 

Conference Committee Maintains Funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item — December 9, 2020

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The Conference Committee maintained critical funding for Safe and Supportive Schools in their FY 21 budget,  allocating $510,684.00 to the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612).   We are grateful to the lead sponsors Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Sal DiDomenico.  LEARN MORE

Trauma Sensitive Middle/High School – Video — September 8, 2020

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We are thrilled to share with you this short video highlighting one middle/high school’s journey to create a trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school. Highlighted in the video are the ways in which this school embraces parent engagement and student voice to help guide their efforts to create a vibrant learning community where all staff work together to create a school that embodies the values of safety, trusting relationships, connection, equity,  belonging, and adaptability. LEARN MORE

Trauma Sensitivity in Early Learning — January 18, 2021

The January, 2021 edition of School Administrator, the American Association of School Administrators’ award-winning monthly magazine, features an article titled , Trauma Sensitivity in Early Learning, which describes the importance of safety, connection and the application of the trauma lens in early learning including the critical role of family engagement. LEARN MORE

Welcoming Learning Environments Benefit Students, in School and at Home — December 15, 2020

A welcoming environment benefits student learning in school and at home

In the excerpt video, “A Welcoming Learning Environment Benefits Students, in School and at Home,” students at the Salem Academy Charter School, a trauma-sensitive demonstration school, share their positive experiences feeling welcomed by their school community. LEARN MORE

 VIDEO & DISCUSSION GUIDE

VIDEO: WHY WE NEED
TRAUMA-SENSITIVE SCHOOLS


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

There are a growing number of schools throughout Massachusetts and the United States engaged in the work of creating trauma-sensitive schools. Learn more . . . 

All of us at the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) are stunned and devastated by the unexpected and sudden loss of Jinny Chalmers.  She was an integral and important member of our team and a valued and cherished friend. We will miss her leadership, energy, and spirit.  And most of all, her presence and smile.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to Jinny’s family, and to her many colleagues and friends.

FEATURED VIDEO

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FEATURED VIDEO: What Does a Trauma-Sensitive Middle/High School Look Like?


We are thrilled to share with you this short video highlighting one middle/high school’s journey to create a trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school.

Education in Times of Crises

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Research on Trauma-Sensitive Schools Offers Timely Insights for Educating Students During Times of Unprecedented Crises

Study shows transformational benefits of a trauma-sensitive school culture

As the world confronts the collective and unprecedented trauma of a public health and economic crisis – exacerbated by systemic racial inequities – understanding the impact trauma has on the ability of children to learn is more important than ever. Read More…

 IMPACTS OF TRAUMA

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


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

PUBLICATIONS

Helping Traumatized Children Learn

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A Report and Policy Agenda

TLPI’s groundbreaking publication describes the impact of trauma on learning and proposes a policy agenda.
Purchase or download

Volume 2
Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools
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
Purchase or download

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AT THE STATE HOUSE

Great news! In this unprecedented year, the Governor’s budget includes continued critical funding for Safe and Supportive Schools in the FY 21 budget,  allocating $510,684.00 to the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612).   We are grateful to the lead sponsors Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Sal DiDomenico. Included in the line item funding are grants to schools, regional convenings, updating the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework and Self-Reflection tool, DESE staffing for the commission and evaluation. This funding will allow DESE to continue to build the community of practice that will help all schools become safe and supportive learning environments.

CONTACT US

To contact the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, click here.

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