The MA House Ways and Means Budget was released yesterday and it funded the Safe and Supportive Schools line item at $600,000 - an increase of $100,000! This critical funding, if included in the final budget, will support implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute. LEARN MORE
TLPI is pleased to share the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission's third annual report, which summarizes the Commission's charge and duties and articulates a vision of ensuring that every school in the Commonwealth has the support it needs to cultivate a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. LEARN MORE
The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), 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), is hosting the second annual conference on Safe and Supportive Schools. The conference will be held on March 23 in Worcester, MA. LEARN MORE
In the wake of the school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida we have been humbled by the outpouring of care and concern expressed by so many. As we all grapple with the magnitude of this tragedy, we wanted to share a few pieces that relate to the importance of creating safe and supportive schools for all students. LEARN MORE
The inquiry-based process encourages schools to identify their own measures of success in order to assess the effectiveness of their school’s action plan. Key to assessing effectiveness is making sure that tracking progress is an on-going process and that the steering committee think creatively about the kinds of data that they might look at to chart their progress toward trauma-sensitivity. We encourage steering committees to pay attention to two types of data. The first of these is the qualitative changes in the practices and behaviors of faculty, staff and students. A second type of measure involves outcome measures and measures of individual student success. LEARN MORE
A critical component of creating a safe and supportive school is giving thoughtful consideration to making sure that when needed, students and families have access to culturally, linguistically, clinically, age and developmentally appropriate services that are integrated into a welcoming school culture. LEARN MORE
Here we share another set of questions as a useful tool for creating a successful Action Plan: the Flexible Framework Questions. Once the school’s steering committee has identified its major actions, answering the Flexible Framework Questions will ensure that trauma-sensitivity weaves throughout all of the school’s core operations. LEARN MORE
As the steering committee moves toward action planning, it is important to determine which of the priorities the school should address first. Though there may be several pressing concerns, key to success is choosing one or two priorities that are achievable to start addressing first.
It may be helpful to consider:
Which of the priorities is most pressing?
Which seem achievable in the short-term?
Which of the priorities will lead us closer to our goal of becoming more trauma-sensitive? LEARN MORE