Even as school districts across the country become more aware of how these traumas can affect learning, there’s been little concrete policy on the state or federal level for how schools should prepare.
A new study from the nonprofit Research for Action highlights “promising models” nationwide and calls on state lawmakers to implement a comprehensive approach in Pennsylvania.
The study recommends that schools provide professional development that reflects the complexity and sensitivity of trauma.
“While a one-hour foundational professional development session is a necessary starting point, it is not sufficient,” said the report.
The report also calls on lawmakers to mandate a statewide plan for creating trauma-informed schools and encourages the creation of a state grant program.
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