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Safe & Supportive Schools


Safe and Supportive Schools Grants

The Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Programs (Fund Code 335 and 337) are state-funded programs, funded through state line item 7061-9612.

Most specifically, this work is intended to help districts ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy and inclusive whole-school learning environment and makes effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students' behavioral health, including social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, trauma sensitivity, dropout prevention, truancy reduction, children's mental health, foster care and homeless youth education, inclusion of students with disabilities, positive behavioral approaches that reduce suspensions and expulsions, and other similar initiatives. Schools that receive funding (through their district) under this grant program will either convene a school team, respond to the questions in the Safe and Supportive Schools Self-Assessment Tool, determine areas to prioritize for improvements, and finalize an action plan; or implement and assess progress on a previously created action plan.

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 (FY19) Safe and Support Schools Grants

Fund Code (FC) 335 Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant

Grant Program Purpose: The goal of this state funded competitive grant program is to provide funding to districts (and their selected schools) to organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and coordinate and align student support initiatives based on their findings from completing the Behavioral Health and Public School (BHPS) Framework and Self-Assessment Tool. (Note: It is anticipated that an updated version of the Tool will be available for grantees to pilot.) The main priorities for this grant are to ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy, culturally-competent, and inclusive whole-school learning environment; and makes effective use of a system for integrating services Download Word Document and aligning initiatives that promote students' behavioral health.

Eligible Applicants: Districts throughout the Commonwealth are eligible to apply for one of the options. Applicants may select one or more of their schools for the focus of this work. Each district can apply for up to a maximum of $10,000 per participating school under Option One or Option Two. Massachusetts school districts are eligible to apply for funding.

Each district may only apply for one of the two Options detailed above (Option one: Action Planning, OR Option two: School Based Implementation and Mentorship).

Note: Former FC 335 grantees are among the entities eligible to apply for either of the above Options, provided the specific requirements are met for the schools to be included in the application under that Option. For Option one: Action Planning, former FC 335 grantees may only apply for schools that have not yet utilized the BHPS Self-Assessment Tool and used it to inform action planning.

Request for Proposals (RFP) Application, Due Date, and Submission Information: Applications were due September 20, 2018. Please see the FC 335 RFP for more information.

FC 337 Safe and Supportive Schools Continuation Grant

Grant Program Purpose: The goal of this state funded continuation grant program is to help support implementation of school-wide action plans created the prior year through efforts associated with safe and supportive schools grants. These grantee districts (and their selected schools) have worked towards organizing, integrating, and sustaining school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments. As part of this work, they created action plans last year based on their findings from completing the Behavioral Health and Public School (BHPS) Framework and Self-Assessment Tool (Tool). [The BHPS Framework and Tool was created by the BHPS Taskforce and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department), pursuant to Section 19 of Chapter 321 of the Acts of 2008.] Schools supported through these continuation grants shall also incorporate these action plans into their school improvement plans developed under MGL, c. 69, s. 1I.

Eligible Applicants: Massachusetts school districts that received FY18 Fund Code (FC) 335 Safe and Supportive Schools grants (to use the BPHS Tool and create action plans during FY18), are eligible to apply for this continuation funding opportunity to support implementation of the action plans created by school and school district teams, based on all six elements of the Framework/Tool.

Applicants must propose to focus this work in one or more schools where the FY18 FC 335 grant supported a team of school and district stakeholders to create school and district action plans.

RFP Application, Due Date, and Submission Information: Applications were due October 4, 2018. Please see the FC 337 RFP for more information.

Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program Evaluation

During school year 2017-2018, the Department (DESE) contracted with the Research and Evaluation Department of the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) to evaluate the Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program, through a competitive Request for Response (RFR) statewide procurement process. The 2018 grant program evaluation report Download PDF Document outlines themes, positive findings, and common challenges for grantees. A 2019 part two report is expected to be available during the summer 2019.

Previous Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Recipients

FY18 | FY17 | FY16 | FY14 (available upon request)

Webinars

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FC 335 FY19 Grant Informational Webinar — September 4, 2018 and September 11, 2018

Professional Development Opportunities — for Grantees and Others

FY19 Professional Development Series: 2018-2019 Calendar Download Word Document

March 27, 2019 Statewide Convening:
Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: Using an Equity Lens to Support All Students Statewide Convening Materials and Resources:
The statewide convening took place in Leominster. Materials and resources from most of the workshops can be found below. Please note that "AM" indicates a morning session and "PM" an afternoon session.

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Keynote address, Dr. Darnisa Amante, CEO and Founder, DEEP
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AM1: Trauma Informed Practices Panel
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AM2: Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students
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AM3: New Beginnings: Strategies for At-Risk Youth
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AM4: Suffolk County Sheriff's Department-Collaborative Approaches to dismantling the School to prison pipeline.
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AM5: Infusing Equity throughout All Aspects of School Operations
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AM6: Social and Emotional Practices/ Open Circle Topics for Students of Color — Slides
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AM6: Social and Emotional Practices/ Open Circle Topics for Students of Color — Handout
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AM7: Developing a system wide approach to supporting students with social/emotional/behavioral/mental health challenges though action planning
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AM8: Family Engagement Practices to Foster Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
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PM2: Understanding MA School Discipline Law: Promising Practices to End Discipline Disparities
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PM3: Creating a supportive climate and ecology for high school success for Latino students
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PM4: Supporting Social Emotional Skill Building for Young Children through PBS the Pyramid Model
PM4: additional resources:
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View External Link   The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovation
View External Link   The Pyramid Model Consortium
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PM5: Putting Race at the Forefront
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PM6: Supporting Early Learners with Trauma-Informed Practice
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PM7: Psychosocial and Behavioral Data to Support Multi-tiered Systems of Support
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PM8: Best Practices for Educational Stability

March 23, 2018 Statewide Convening:
Safe and Supportive School Convening Statewide Convening Materials and Resources:
The statewide convening took place in Worcester. Materials and resources from most of the workshops can be found below. Please note that "AM" indicates a morning session and "PM" an afternoon session.

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AM1: Welcoming All Families Starting a Home Visit Program — Home Visiting Form
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AM1: Welcoming All Families Starting a Home Visit Program — Welcome Letter
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AM2: A Shared Vision Aligned SEL in School and Out of School Time — PPT
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AM4: Developing a System Wide Approach to Supporting Students Through Action Planning — Data Crosswalk
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AM4: Developing a System Wide Approach to Supporting Students Through Action Planning — PPT Slides
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AM5: Implementing A Universal Social-Emotional Screener in Grades K–8 — PPT
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AM7: Community Approach to Supporting Young Children, Their Families, and their Learning — PPT
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AM8: From fighting Fires to Sowing the Field Innovations in deploying student support staff — PPT
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PM2: Building our Trauma Informed Capacities — PPT
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PM3: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Across the Curriculum — PPT
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PM4: Trauma-Informed Practice Along a Continuum — PPT
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PM7: Integrating Daily Mindful Awareness Practices Into K–12 Classrooms — PPT
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PM7: Integrating Daily Mindful Awareness Practices Into K–12 Classrooms — Resources
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PM8: Best Practices in School Discipline-Chapter 222 — PPT

Additional Resources:

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Creating Schools that "Fit" Our Kids
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The Practice Base for How We Learn
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Trauma Sensitive Schools Books and Video


Last Updated: May 9, 2019
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