MA DESE announces that the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612), is now accepting proposals for the 2018-19 school year. For more information, please see the FY19 fund code 335 RFP Page http://www.doe.mass.edu/grants/2019/335/
Trauma Sensitive Schools
For many of us, the end of the school year is near. This time of year offers an opportunity for reflection as well as celebrating successes, taking stock of accomplishments, and thinking ahead to what might need to be considered for next year. Many schools have been guided by the use of the trauma-sensitive vision questions help make sure that the chosen actions move the school closer to becoming trauma-sensitive. In this blog post we share a few ideas and questions to help in reflecting on the year and preparing for continuing the work to become a trauma-sensitive/safe and supportive into next school year.
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.
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.
The process of creating a trauma-sensitive school begins when an individual’s or small group of staff have a sense of urgency about the need to address an important school priority. When a significant number of staff determine to address this urgent priority in a trauma-sensitive way the seed for making change can take hold.
Unfortunately, the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was significantly decreased in the FY17 House Ways and Means …
“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 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.
“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.