Governor Patrick Signs Safe and Supportive Schools into Law

Gov. Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick made history today as he signed the Safe and Supportive Schools provisions into law. With the enactment of these provisions, Massachusetts becomes a national leader in supporting schools and districts to create the whole-school safe and supportive environments that can serve as the foundation for all students to learn and succeed.

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Remember, They’re Only 4 Years Old

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On March 31, 2014, the New York Times published the following Letter to the Editor by Susan Cole and Harrison Polans, responding to an editorial about students being suspended and expelled from schools and highlighting Massachusetts legislation that could serve as a model for the country.

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Bill would light way for safe, supportive schools

On March 1, 2004, the Boston Globe published a letter to the editor by TLPI on why An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools (H3528) should pass. This law would provide a statewide framework to help schools create the safe and supportive school-wide cultures that are the foundation for a trauma-sensitive school.

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Schools That Separate the Child from the Trauma

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Excerpt from article by David Bornstein

…Across the country, in Brockton, Mass., just south of Boston, the process and experience have been similar. Six years ago at the Angelo Elementary School, the principal Ryan Powers and the assistant principal Elizabeth Barry connected with the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (T.L.P.I.), a collaboration of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School, to learn how they could improve their interactions with students. They encouraged teachers to read T.L.P.I.’s book “Helping Traumatized Children Learn,” which has been downloaded 50,000 times. (The follow-up book, “Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools,” is being released this week.)

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Welcome to the Trauma Sensitive Schools Website

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Trauma Sensitive Schools Website! As founder and director of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative−I would like to tell you a bit about the project, our goals, and how we hope this website will support the growing trauma sensitive schools movement.

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