MA House Ways and Means Budget Includes $600,000 for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item — April 12, 2018

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

MA DESE releases 3rd Annual Report of the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission — March 29, 2018

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

Second Annual DESE Conference: Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: Bringing Together Social, Emotional Learning, Trauma Sensitivity, & Positive Behavioral Approaches, March 23. — March 5, 2018

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

TLPI responding to tragic event in Florida — February 20, 2018

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

How do we know whether we are becoming a trauma-sensitive school? — April 26, 2018

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

Effective practices for integrating student supports in a trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school — March 26, 2018

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

Creating a Successful Action Plan (Part 2) — February 27, 2018

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

Creating a Successful Action Plan (Part 1) — January 18, 2018

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

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The work of building Safe and Supportive School environments for all Massachusetts students continues to move forward.

TLPI is pleased to share the Commission’s  third annual report. The report outlines five recommendations the Commission has made to the Legislature and the Governor in order to make progress on achieving the vision contained in the statute.

In this upcoming year, the Commission will engage further with stakeholders to inform subsequent recommendations to the DESE Board, Governor, and Legislature. Additionally, the Commission aims to present recommendations to the DESE Board during 2018, with the goal of having the Department post a revised safe and supportive schools framework and self-assessment tool for schools to use during the 2018-19 school year.

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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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