This month’s blog post explores one of the key findings of the AIR research report related to readiness or the extent to which the school is both willing and able to undertake the process of becoming trauma sensitive, safe and supportive. We also share readiness questions that can help your school determine readiness to engage in the work of becoming trauma sensitive.
We are pleased to share with you a summary of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) Trauma-Sensitive Schools Descriptive Study. This two-year study by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides new evidence that an understanding of trauma sensitivity can lead to changes in practice and new ways of interacting with both students and with fellow staff members. In turn these new ways of thinking and changes in practice can serve as a foundation for school-wide culture change that enables students and their educators to feel safe and supported to learn and be successful.
“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.
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.