Susan Cole, Director of MAC’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, was part of a distinguished panel of global leaders invited to speak at the Asia Summit on Flexible Learning Strategies (FLS) for Out-of-School Children (OOSC) held February 24-26 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Massachusetts’ Safe and Supportive Schools Commission releases its first annual report with recommendations to the Legislature and Governor.
Citizens for Juvenile Justice has released a policy report “Missed Opportunities: Preventing Youth in the Child Welfare System from Entering the Juvenile Justice System”. The report describes the role that trauma from adverse experiences can play in the learning and behavior challenges that are associated with increased risk for juvenile delinquency among children in the child welfare system. The report also highlights Massachusetts’ Safe and Supportive Schools law as a policy that has potential for helping to prevent students in the child welfare system from entering the juvenile justice system by fostering the creation of stable and supportive school communities.
“Turning Around Trauma” by Jonathan Sapers was published in the Fall 2015 edition of Scholastic Administrator. The article, which features TLPI Director Susan Cole, examines how some schools are working to support students impacted by the trauma response.
In the three part series Books and Bullets, KQED News examines how chronic violence in some neighborhoods impacts children and their learning and highlights TLPI as one organization “working to prevent violence and help children and youth exposed to chronic violence succeed in school”.
Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Sal DiDomenico were honored with Legislative Champion awards at the Massachusetts Advocates for Children’s “Celebrating Voices” event. Rep, Balser and Sen. DiDomenico were recognized for their leadership as a champions of Safe and Supportive Schools for all the children in Massachusetts.
In April, Johns Hopkins’ Urban Health Institute held their fourth annual symposium on the social determinants of health, “Healing Together: Community-Level Trauma– Its Causes, Consequences and Solutions,” with the goal of providing education and opportunities for partnerships to make Baltimore a more “trauma-informed” city.
In “When Home Is Tough, Making Students Feel Good At School”, NPR highlights Mott Haven Academy Charter School and the success they have experienced working with traumatized students.
On September 14, the Ferguson Commission released its final report highlighting the need for schools to understand the impact of trauma on students and cites TLPI’s work as a model.
In the wake of a lawsuit filed against the Compton Unified School District, both NPR and the Christian Science Monitor address the issues and concerns this lawsuit has raised.