Safe & Supportive Schools
Safe and Supportive Schools Commission
The Safe and Supportive Schools Commission (Commission) was created as part of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework Law (Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 69, section 1P), through An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014 was signed into law on August 13, 2014 (House Bill 4376).
Safe and Supportive Schools Commission - First Annual Report (December 2015)
(i) Make recommendations to the ESE board on updating, improving and refining the framework and the self-assessment tool;
(ii) Identify strategies for increasing schools' capacity to carry out the administrative functions identified by the behavioral health and public schools task force;
(iii) Propose steps for improving schools' access to clinically, culturally and linguistically appropriate services;
(iv) Identify and recommend evidenced-based training programs and professional development for school staff on addressing students' behavioral health and creating safe and supportive learning environments;
(v) Identify federal funding sources that can be leveraged to support statewide implementation of the framework;
(vi) Develop recommendations on best practices for collaboration with families, including families of children with behavioral health needs; and
(vii) Examine and recommend model approaches for integrating school action plans, required under subsection (e), with school improvement plans and for using the framework to organize other school and district improvement processes.
Consult with and solicit input from various persons and groups, including, but not limited to other state agencies and any other parties or entities the Commission deems appropriate; and
Prepare and submit Annual Reports to the legislature by the end of each December outlining Commission activities and appropriate recommendations, with related drafts of legislation necessary to carry out such recommendations, if any. The first three reports shall include recommendations regarding topics related to ii-v above.
Relationship to Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework
Safe and Supportive Schools Defined
(Section 1P) … Schools that foster a safe, positive, healthy & inclusive whole-school learning environment that:
enables students to develop positive relationships with adults and peers, regulate their emotions and behavior, achieve academic and non-academic success in school and maintain physical and psychological health and well-being; and
integrates services and aligns 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.
|Last Name ||First Name||District / Agency Represented||Title|
|Amador||Andria||MA School Psychologists Association (MSPA)||MSPA President; Boston Public Schools - Assistant Dir., Special Education & Related Services - Comprehensive Student Support Services|
|Bennett||Rachelle Engler ||MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)||Commission Co-Chair (ESE Designee); ESE Associate Commissioner, Student and Family Support|
|Brown||Donna M. ||MA School Counselors Association (MASCA)||MASCA Executive Secretary|
|Burd||Sara ||Reading Public Schools, Practitioner of the Framework||Reading Public Schools Director of Social Emotional Learning|
|Camacho||Kristine||MA School Psychologists Association (MSPA)||MSPA President Elect; Tantasqua Sr. High, Special Education Coordinator|
|Cole||Susan ||MA Advocates for Children (MAC)||Commission Co-Chair (Selected by Commission Members); MAC Senior Project Director, Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative|
|Cristiani||Angela||American Federation of Teacher- Massachusetts||AFT; Boston Teachers Union (BTU) Political Director|
|Diehl||William ||MA Organization of Education Collaboratives (MOEC)||MOEC Board of Directors Regional Representative; Collaborative for Educational Services Executive Director|
|Doherty||John||MA Association of School Superintendents (MASS)||Superintendent, Reading Public Schools|
|Holmes||Ellen||MA Association of School Committees (MASC)||MASC Regional School Committee Chair; Ashburnham-Westminster Reg. School Committee Member|
|Kelly||Amy||MA Elementary School Principals Association (MESPA)||Newton Public Schools District Leader of Social and Emotional Learning|
|Kohler||Tara||MA Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA)||Principal, Fairhaven HS|
|Lipinksi||Michelle||Representative of Mass. Recovery High Schools with expertise in adolescent substance use disorders||Principal, Northshore Recovery High School|
|Lipper||Katherine||Secretary of Education (EOE Designee)||General Counsel, MA Executive Office of Education|
|Pearrow||Melissa||University of MA - Boston, Former BHPS Taskforce Member and Tool Developer/Evaluator||Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education and Human Development|
|Perillo||Julie||MA Teachers Association (MTA)||Teacher, Grade 5, Louis F. Angelo School, Brockton PS|
|Silver||Anne||Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)||PPAL Director of Operations|
|Styer||Judith||MA School Nurse Organization (MSNO) ||MSNO President; Framingham Public Schools Director of Health and Wellness |
|Whitehead||Richard ||MA Administrators for Special Education (ASE)||Dracut Public Schools Director of Student Services|
2017 Commission Meetings:
- Volunteer subgroup planning meeting to inform a draft 2017 work plan proposal: Thursday, January 12, 2017 (ESE, 75 Pleasant St., Malden, 24pm) if planning to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, January 23, 2017 (Hilton Garden Inn, 59 Andrews Parkway, Devens10am–1pm). if planning to attend, please email email@example.com.
- Subsequent 2017 meeting dates and details will be posted here once confirmed.
2016 Commission Meetings:
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (Reading Public Schools, Arthur W. Coolidge Middle School, 89 Birch Meadow Drive please park across the street: 10am1pm)
- Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Banx Room: 10am1pm)
- Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (ESE 75 Pleasant St., Malden: 10am1pm)
- Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive: 10am1pm)
- Wednesday, August 10, 2016 summer retreat (Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, 3rd Flr. Rm. #3036: 10am3:30pm)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Banx Room: 10am1pm)
Monday, November 14, 2016 (Newton Public Schools, District Education Center, 100 Walnut St, Newtonville, Rm 304, please park in the Crafts Street lot behind the building: 10am1pm)
Rachelle Engler Bennett, Commission Co-Chair (ESE Designee); Associate Commissioner, Student and Family Support (SFS), firstname.lastname@example.org / 781-338-3205.
Susan Cole, Commission Co-Chair (Selected by Commission Members); MA Advocates for Children (MAC) Senior Project Director, Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, email@example.com / 617-998-0107.