Budget amendment for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item adopted by the MA Senate — May 24, 2018

Senator Sal DiDomenico’s budget amendment (# 171) for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was adopted by the MA Senate. The amendment increased the amount of funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item to $600,000, the same amount included in the House budget this year.  This will allow more schools and districts to receive grants to create and implement Safe and Supportive Schools Action Plans. The amendment also incorporated important language changes that were included by the House and that would implement recommendations made by the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission, such as providing leadership summits to help support superintendents and principals to create safe and supportive schools. LEARN MORE

Act Now for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item! — May 15, 2018

The Senate Ways and Means budget was released this week and the line item for Safe and Supportive Schools includes $500,000.  Senator Sal DiDomenico has filed a  budget amendment (# 171) for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612). Senator DiDomenico’s amendment would increase the amount of funding for the line item to $600,000, the same amount included in the House budget this year.  This will allow more schools and districts to receive grants to create and implement Safe and Supportive Schools Action Plans. LEARN MORE

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

New Webinar on Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Communities — May 31, 2018

In previous blog posts, we shared information, tools and resources for use in creating trauma-sensitive schools. This month, we are excited to share with you an additional tool for getting started on the journey to trauma-sensitivity in your school. TLPI Training Director, Joel Ristuccia, Ed.M., recently had the opportunity to present a webinar on creating safe and supportive learning environments for all students for the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools grantees.  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

Image of Massachusetts State House.Great news!   Senator Sal DiDomenico’s budget amendment (# 171) for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was adopted by the MA Senate. The amendment increased the amount of funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools  line item to $600,000, the same amount included in the House budget this year.  This will allow more schools and districts to receive grants to create and implement Safe and Supportive Schools Action Plans.

The amendment also incorporated important language changes that were included by the House and that would implement recommendations made by the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission, such as providing leadership summits to help support superintendents and principals. Please stay tuned as the budget process moves forward into the Conference Committee.

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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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