TLPI Publications

Helping Traumatized Children Learn

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A Report and Policy Agenda

Published in 2005, TLPI’s landmark report summarizes the research from psychology and neurobiology that documents the impact trauma from exposure to violence can have on children’s learning, behavior and relationships in school. The report also introduces the Flexible Framework, a tool organized according to six core operational functions of schools that can help any school create a trauma sensitive learning environment for all children.

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Volume 2

Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Volume 2 of Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools, safe, supportive learning environments that benefit all children offers a Guide to a process for creating trauma-sensitive schools and a policy agenda to provide the support schools need to achieve this goal. Grounded in theory and practice in schools and with families, the Guide is intended to be a living document that will grow and change as more schools become trauma sensitive and add their ideas. The policy agenda calls for changes in laws, policies, and funding streams to support schools in this work. Together, the online learning community and the book are designed to complement each other, helping to build a growing and increasingly visible trauma-sensitive learning community.

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VIDEO: 5 Core Ideas of Helping Traumatized Children Learn

Michael Gregory, a Senior Attorney on the staff of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative and Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, shares the five core ideas of Helping Traumatized Children Learn Volumes One and Two.

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Educational Rights of Children Affected by Homelessness and/or Domestic Violence

Published in 2006, this manual for child advocates outlines educational rights that can be enforced to help keep children safe at school. Five legal areas covered in the manual are the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), state school records regulations, restraining orders, and laws and policies regarding shelter placements. While intended for a Massachusetts audience, advocates in other jurisdictions may also find the resources included in this manual helpful.

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