Susan Cole’s op-ed on the HuffPost responds to the New York Times’ five-part series on childhood homelessness, and argues that trauma-sensitive schools are critical for addressing the learning needs of homeless children.
Trauma Sensitive Schools
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.)
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.