Governor’s Budget includes $400,000 for Safe and Supportive Schools — July 11, 2016

The budget signed by the Governor on July 8, 2016 includes funding for Safe and Supportive Schools at $400,000, which allots funding for DESE to hire a full time staff person devoted to carrying out the provisions set forth in the law. LEARN MORE

News and Update June 24, 2016 — June 24, 2016

Colleen Galvin Labbe, a Kindergarten (Inclusion) teacher at Boston Public School’s Lee Academy Pilot School in Dorchester, was a featured speaker at Boston EdTalks on May 5, 2016. Ms. Labbe shared innovative trauma-sensitive social emotional learning strategies that help her students feel safe and supported in the classroom. LEARN MORE

Action Alert: Conference Committee Convenes — June 7, 2016

Act now to ensure adequate funding for Safe and Supportive Schools! The Conference Committee has convened to finalize the state … LEARN MORE

News and Update May 19, 2016 — May 19, 2016

Great news! Newly released Senate Ways and Means Budget funds the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item at $500,000. The … LEARN MORE

Trauma Sensitive Schools — July 13, 2016

A trauma-sensitive school is one where all students feel safe, welcomed, and supported and where addressing trauma’s impact on learning on a school-wide basis is at the center of its educational mission. It is a place where an ongoing, inquiry-based process allows for teamwork, coordination, creativity, and sharing of responsibility for all students, and where continuous learning is for educators as well as students. LEARN MORE

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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Governor’s Budget includes $400,000 in funding for Safe and Supportive Schools

The budget signed by the Governor on July 8, 2016 includes funding for Safe and Supportive Schools at $400,000, which allots funding for DESE to hire a full time staff person devoted to carrying out the provisions set forth in the law. The language provides for continuation of the Safe and Supportive Schools grant program as well as statewide and regional conferences, expert technological assistance in upgrading the usability of the online self-assessment tool and an evaluation of the grant program.

This critical funding of the Safe and Supportive School line item is a remarkable accomplishment. The work of building safe and supportive school environments for all students in Massachusetts is moving forward!

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On August 13, 2014,  The Safe and Supportive Schools Framework (MGL Ch 69 Section 1P) was  enacted into law when the Governor  signed the legislature’s omnibus Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. These provisions establish a statewide “safe and supportive schools framework” to assist schools to create safe and supportive learning environments. The Safe and Supportive Schools Commission was established in this law to provide recommendations to the legislature and to the state on how best to ensure that all schools have the time and capacity create safe and supportive learning environments.

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