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Reports: Stationing police in Philly schools costly, causes trauma for students of color [The Philadelphia Tribune]

The Advancement Project and the Alliance for Educational Justice want police out of schools, according to their new report . The advocacy groups believe school police officers create a hostile environment for Black and Brown students and contribute to the trauma many experience outside of school. Philadelphia was among the cities featured in the report, but the idea of removing school police for some city parents is just unthinkable. Terri Seward, whose daughter attends Bartram High School...

Turning chores into classrooms: New grocery store experiment hopes to inspire learning (whyy.org)

If you’re grocery shopping in Philadelphia over the next year you might run into a cherubic cartoon character named A.J. Though his wide smile and trendy haircut impart a sense of whimsy, A.J. has a serious task. He wants to transform your daily supermarket trip into a learning laboratory. A.J. is the face of “Talk It Up,” a pilot project aimed at inspiring interaction among parents and kids. At strategically placed sites across 10 grocery stores in Philadelphia, A.J. appears on small,...

Hughes leads meeting on trauma in schools [PhillyTrib.com]

By Stacy M. Brown | September 7, 2018 State Sen. Vincent Hughes issued a passionate plea to experts at Temple University to help serve and protect victims of trauma in grade schools in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. “Too many kids are walking into too many toxic schools, too many toxic situations — from domestic abuse to gun violence — to get an education in [an atmosphere] that’s toxic for educators to work in,” said Hughes (D-7) during a recent hearing at the university with...

With new proposal, trauma-informed care could become standard in Pa. schools [WHYY.org]

If a pair of powerful Pennsylvania state senators get their way, a burgeoning approach to managing student behavior could become a mandate. State Sens. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, and Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, announced a proposal last week to create a “trauma-informed system of education.” The central plank of their proposal is a requirement that all teachers, school board members, and school employees “with direct contact with students” receive trauma-informed training. The details don’t...

Discussion

At the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Community of Practice Meeting on October 18th, 2017, representatives from the School District of Philadelphia presented their plan for Trauma-Informed Schools. Please use this space to provide any feedback for the School District. Key questions include: What did you like? What would you change? What would be your recommendations for next steps? Their presentation and our full meeting minutes are attached for your reference.Read More...
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Request for Qualifications

Caitlin O'Brien
On behalf of NKCDC and Impact Services, Philadelphia LISC is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a single consultant or team to help design a trauma-informed community development training curriculum for resident leaders and community stakeholders. The deadline to receive proposals is February 28, 2017. Questions can be directed no later than February 24th by email at dhanchin@lisc.org.Read More...
A video of a Dad apparently abusing his daughter in a department store is bringing attention to the question of when it is appropriate for observers to intervene. I've been asked to write a post on this for the Healthy Kids blog at philly.com and think it would be most meaningful to include quotes from Philly area colleagues. Want to share a brief, quotable thought ? Please reply by Friday and include your name and title if the editors use your comment. Thank you! Reference links:...Read More...
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PCTC/PhilaSoup Collaboration Grants are designed to encourage teachers in Philadelphia public schools to look for innovative, fun and effective ways to increase teacher collaboration, improve teacher and school morale, and establish stronger cultures of cooperation, collaboration and support within their schools. Applications are due on March 14th. For more information, please click here .Read More...
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