November 14, 2019

Do you have a passion for education reform? TLPI is seeking to hire a Communications Specialist with energy, experience, passion, intelligence, and an eye to detail to join our team. LEARN MORE

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

Trauma-Sensitive Remote Learning: Supporting Educators to Maintain a Sense of Cohesion — June 1, 2020

In our recent interviews, trauma-sensitive school leaders pointed to the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and staff cohesion for mitigating stress and helping educators feel effective and empowered. LEARN MORE

Trauma-Sensitive Remote Learning: Maintaining Predictability, Consistency and Belonging — May 27, 2020

Given the stress and the potentially traumatic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, predictable and consistent routines are critically important in helping students feel calm and comfort in the face of stress. LEARN MORE

Supporting Families With Remote Learning — May 18, 2020

Trauma-sensitive school leaders spoke to the critical role that parents and care givers are playing in this time of remote learning. Educators are now working closely with parents and caregivers in new ways, often supporting them as collaborating co-teachers.  They shared the wonderful examples of how elementary school educators are inviting families to join the learning. LEARN MORE

Trauma-Sensitive Remote Learning: Connecting with Families — May 14, 2020

Educators share the questions that they use to guide their COVID-19 response and how they are addressing their most urgent priorities in trauma-sensitive and culturally responsive ways. LEARN MORE

Trauma-Sensitive Remote Learning: Keeping Connections Strong — April 20, 2020

Recently TLPI convened a group of trauma-sensitive school leaders to listen to the many ways in which they are using the trauma lens to buffer the traumatic effects of these challenges and guide their work in these difficult times. LEARN MORE

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. Trauma-sensitive schools are uniquely positioned to understand and respond to the impact these crises, and the resulting trauma, are having on students, families, and educators. Developing a deep understanding of trauma’s impact on student success helps educators recognize that learning requires safety, trusting relationships, connection, equity and belonging, adaptability, and working together as a school community. This understanding can guide changes in practice and decision-making processes, which lead to inclusive and equitable school cultures that help strengthen student learning and foster a sense of belonging. During these crises, trauma-sensitivity is critical to keeping students engaged in learning while connecting them to a supportive school and caring teachers. Educators have been guided by the trauma-sensitive lens as they responded to the COVID crisis. Read More…


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NEW VIDEO: A School’s Journey Toward Trauma Sensitivity

TLPI 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.


Helping Traumatized Children Learn

Cover of the Purple Book: Helping Traumatized Children Learn Volume 1Volume 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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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
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Students Speak:Why We Need Safe and Supportive Schools

Recently a legislative briefing co-sponsored by longtime lead sponsors of the Safe and Supportive Schools Law and line item, Sen. Sal DiDomenico and Rep. Ruth Balser, was held at the State House. High school students from several cities shared with legislators what they need from their schools in order to learn and do well.  As part of TLPI’s ongoing work on the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission, we conducted listening and learning sessions last spring with 73 urban middle and high school students across Massachusetts, which resulted in a report documenting what those students shared with us, entitled “Students’ Voices: Their Perspectives on How Schools Are and Should Be.”  This legislative briefing grows out of of this work, as the high school students with whom we are currently collaborating volunteered to come to the State House to share their perspectives on why we need Safe and Supportive Schools. Please click here to read more.


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