The History of Trauma Informed Education Coalition, LLC
Today, research in the fields of medicine, public health, and brain development and function supports the reality that the emotional and psychological trauma currently pervasive among our children is impeding their school performance both academically and socially. Happily, this same research informs us concerning the plasticity and recuperative powers of the brain given the right environment, relationships, and generative and supportive experiences. The place where this can be achieved most efficiently is the universal public school setting because that is where most of the children are gathered. Over the past seven years, the Trauma Informed Education Coalition (TIEC) and the Pennsylvania State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) have worked in concert, advocating for a Trauma Informed Education System in Pennsylvania.
We have made great progress toward achieving a “trauma informed education” system in Pennsylvania. Funds to support addressing the needs of traumatized children have been written into the Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC) proposal for equitable school funding. These have been included under the poverty factor. The BEFC further recommended that the Sec. of Education establish protocols for a “trauma informed” education system in Pennsylvania. These achievements are the direct work of TIEC in partnership with the NAACP on this effort. We have everything in place to move forward. Our work now is to envision and recommend protocols for this system.
Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan July 27, 2020
TRAUMA INFORMED EDUCATION BECOMES LAW ACT 18 - JUNE 28, 2019 SENATE BILL 144 - JUNE 26, 2019
”An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, further providing for definitions; in school directors, further providing for school director training programs; in intermediate units, providing for school safety and security enhancements; in certification of teachers, further providing for continuing professional development, providing for trauma-informed education and further providing for postbaccalaureate certification and for Pennsylvania school leadership standards; in safe schools, further providing for Office for Safe Schools; in school safety and security, further providing for definitions, for School Safety and Security Committee, for survey of school safety and security, for School Safety and Security Grant Program, for Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Teams, for school safety and security coordinator and for school safety and security training and providing for trauma-informed approach; in Safe2Say Program, further providing for judicial proceeding and for annual report; providing for threat assessment; in school health services, further providing for confidentiality, transference and removal of health records; in early learning programs, further providing for duties of department; providing for the Keystone Telepresence Education Grant Program; in the State Board of Education, further providing for powers and duties of the board and for powers and duties of Council of Basic Education and Council of Higher Education; and providing for references to area career and technical school in statute and regulation.”
"Legislation (H.B. 1415 and S.B. 200) that state Reps. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and prime co-sponsor Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh/Berks, introduced with state Sens. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery, and Patrick Browne, R-Lehigh, would implement trauma-informed approaches to education. These initiatives have received overwhelming support from both parties, as well as state and national organizations. Both bills would instill trauma-informed focused policies, procedures and practices inside the classroom, such as requiring teachers and staff in schools to receive training on recognizing the signs of childhood trauma and methods on helping these students overcome obstacles they face in school. S.B. 200 unanimously passed the Senate Education and Appropriations committees on June 12 and is positioned to move to the full Senate next week, followed by the House Education Committee before the legislature adjourns for the summer. “I’m glad to see there’s bipartisan support for this important legislation from both chambers. We have a real opportunity to change lives, and it’s entirely possible to begin immediately,” Sappey said. “We need empathetic, trauma-informed approaches in our schools to ensure every student has a chance to succeed, regardless of adverse childhood experiences.” Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, include all forms of abuse, neglect and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18. The more ACEs one child has, the greater the probability for high-risk health behaviors, chronic health conditions, emotional and behavioral dysfunction and early death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Grants for School Safety and Community Violence Prevention MAY 2, 2019
Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania Schools Receive $40 Million in Grants for School Safety and Community Violence Prevention Grants.
"The next most popular request was for trauma-informed approaches to education, the development and revision of school safety plans and all-hazards plans, staff training in the use of positive behavioral supports, counseling services for students, specialized staff and student training programs, and costs associated with the training an compensation of certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers and school psychologists."
Trauma as an Impediment to School Performance has been presented to: Phoenixville – Community Forum for Senator Andy Dinniman Chester County Intermediate Unit – Community Forum for Senator Andy Dinniman Lancaster – Community Forum for Representative Mike Sturla Greater Deliverance Church, Coatesville, PA PSEA Workshop: Nurses, School Counselors and Psychologists PA State School Nurses Association Workshop Counselors’ Workshop: University of Penn Achievement Gap Consortium – New Jersey B.O.Y.S. & G3, Inc. – Community Forum and Staff Training – Coatesville, PA Coatesville Area School District – Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators One Child, Many Hands – Presentation – University of Pennsylvania – The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research University of Penn – Rowan University, Technology Center Temple University Campus Chapter NAACP – Awareness Workshop Chester Upland School District – Trauma Training Merakey Innovative Care and Innovation Services Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Cheyney University of Pennsylvania