"The education omnibus trailer bill, AB 1808, calls for the program to be designed around the idea of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), an approach for handling learning and behavioral problems in which students progress through a range of interventions based on their need levels. Emphasized under that umbrella will be restorative justice, social emotional learning and other alternatives that focus on mediation and building healthy relationships over traditional punishments.
The pilot program will include regional workshops, train-the-trainer models and technical support for districts and schools, according to the bill language.
“The MTSS program is a major win for improving school climate, social emotional learning, trauma and culturally responsive practices,” said Brad Strong, senior director for education policy at Children Now, an Oakland-based youth advocacy organization. “We are grateful for the leadership of [Gov. Brown] and the Legislature in securing these funds.”
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