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Safe & Supportive Schools

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Safe and Supportive Schools Grants

The Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335) is a state-funded program, 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 Behavioral Health in Public Schools (BHPS) 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 2017-2018 (FY18) Fund Code (FC) 335 Safe and Supportive Schools Competitive Grant

Grant Program Purpose: The primary goal of the grant is to support 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 informed by the district's use of the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool.

Applicants applied to use the funds for one of two categories: Category A: to convene school and district based teams to go through the BHPS Tool and create school and district action plans based on the results; or Category B: for former BHPS Tool users (that have created school and district action plans) to use funds to implement their action plans.

Eligible Applicants: Districts throughout the Commonwealth were eligible to apply for one of the categories. Applicants selected one or more of their schools for the focus of this work. Each district could apply for up to a maximum of $10,000 per participating school under Category A or Category B.

Request for Proposals (RFP) Application, Due Date, and Submission Information: Applications were due October 13, 2017. For more information, see the FY18 fund code 335 RFP.

Grant Recipients: A list of FY18 grant recipients is now available and can also be found on the Department's Grant Awards page.

Previous Grant Recipients

FY17 | FY16 | FY14 (available upon request)

Webinars for Grantees

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FC 335 FY18 Category A Kickoff Webinar - Jan. 29, 2018
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FC 335 FY18 Category B Kickoff Webinar - Feb. 8, 2018

Professional Development Opportunities - for Grantees and Others

Safe and Supportive Schools Grantees and others across the Commonwealth are invited to participate in a yearlong professional development series, focused on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: Bringing Together Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Trauma Sensitivity and Positive Behavioral Supports. The series is organized by the Department (ESE) in collaboration with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Collaborative for Educational Services, and Massachusetts Advocates for Children. The series includes webinars, regional networking events, and a statewide convening.

See the PD calendar Download Word Document for more details and registration links, and below for materials from the March 23, 2018 statewide convening.

Contact achievement@doe.mass.edu for information about available PDP points (please note Safe and Supportive PDP Points" in the subject line).

Safe and Supportive School Convening Statewide Convening Materials and Resources: The statewide convening took place in Worcester on March 23, 2018. 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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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: June 11, 2018
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