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
MA DESE announced grant awards for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY18) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612). Seventeen MA districts and their selected schools received FY18 Safe and Supportive Schools Grants. LEARN MORE
There is new information from MassHealth to share. In the aftermath of recent hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), some evacuees are seeking out family and friends in the Commonwealth and are now residing in Massachusetts. MassHealth has developed processes to streamline the application process for hurricane evacuees. For more information, please visit the MassHealth website at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/for-hurricane-evacuees-applying-for-masshealth LEARN MORE
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612), is now accepting proposals. 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
The process of creating a trauma-sensitive school begins when an individual’s or small group of staff have a sense of urgency about the need to address an important school priority. When a significant number of staff determine to address this urgent priority in a trauma-sensitive way the seed for making change can take hold. LEARN MORE
The first step for any school to create a trauma sensitive school community is careful and thoughtful consideration of the question how do we know we are ready? LEARN MORE
Since the release of the video last fall, we received a large number of requests to share the video. Many who contacted us let us know that there was a desire to start a trauma-sensitive schools discussion in their own communities. In response to these requests, we developed a discussion guide to go along with the video. LEARN MORE