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.
Trauma Sensitive Schools
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.
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.
Education Week describes why children of veterans can have difficulty in the classroom due to secondhand trauma and how a trauma-sensitive school can help.