The American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts recently voiced its support for Safe and Supportive Schools.
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On July 22, 2015, TLPI hosted the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission for a summer retreat.
In a new report, the Children’s Law Center of Washington, D.C. calls for the implementation of trauma-sensitive schools to support students. “Education reforms in the District will not fully succeed if schools do not address the trauma that students bring with them to class,” said Judith Sandalow, Executive Director of Children’s Law Center.
Boston Neighborhood Network News interviews Andria Amador about Boston Public School’s use of Social Emotional Learning and creating safe environments for all students.
“Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn”, a new policy report from Futures Without Violence calls for sufficient funding to dramatically increase the creation and expansion of trauma-sensitive schools.
After finding success in implementing trauma-sensitive practices in five pilot schools, West Virginia announced that all schools in the state will become trauma-sensitive.
In a new report to the Washington State legislature, the Area Health Education Center at Washington State University looks at the effect of adverse experiences, economic well-being, safety and family challenges on academic success. The report does not find differences in the number of adverse experiences in poverty communities versus those that are more economically advantaged; instead it finds that poverty is an independent indicator of reduced academic success.
Cherokee Point Elementary School is featured in a new video from The California Endowment. This San Diego school has incorporated trauma-sensitive principles into their daily operations, with dramatic results. “Understanding the whole child, where they are coming from, how we treat students with respect, is a trauma-informed philosophy.
Meredith Kolodner writes about high schools which are successfully decreasing suspensions and expulsions through trauma sensitive practices that address the reasons for a student’s behavior in her article, “How Schools Can Lower Suspension Rates and Raise Graduation Rates”.
TLPI was featured as the Cover Story in the Harvard Law Bulletin’s Fall 2014 Issue. The article discusses TLPI’s origins and work on Trauma-Sensitive Schools.