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Prevent and address trauma while building resilience
in the K-12 education sector

Research has demonstrated a clear connection between trauma and student learning, behavior, and social outcomes. The culture of school systems and the communities within which they function serve as environments rich with the opportunity to build environments where all community members are more likely to thrive.


CTIPP supports whole-student, whole-school, and whole-community approaches to ensuring that schools are safe, welcoming, nurturing, and inclusive learning environments. Students should experience environments where they can thrive, and employees that interface with schools should have the support, resources, and tools needed to succeed.


  • Create and fund grants to connect schools and other community-based organizations, agencies, and entities to increase students’ access to trauma-informed, resilience-oriented services and supports

  • Establish grand funds to implement trauma-informed school de-escalation, trauma-informed behavioral interventions and supports, as well as restorative practices in schools, and prioritize grants in trauma-impacted communities

  • Require training for all staff and employees who interface with students in schools in trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive practices as well as related frameworks demonstrated to improve outcomes

  • Prioritize funding to facilitate schools promoting diversity, equity, justice, access, and inclusion in their learning environments

  • Engage the Interagency Task Force on Trauma-Informed Care to make recommendations in creating trauma-responsive school systems as well as to provide technical assistance to support, monitor, and evaluate fidelity and outcomes related to the implementation of its recommendations

  • Give the Department of Education the authority to award competitive grants to establish, expand, and support trauma-informed mentoring and peer support programs to assist trauma-impacted students

  • Include curriculum on NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience) science and social-emotional learning for all students

  • Facilitate teaching NEAR science and related concepts (e.g., co-regulation, trauma-informed replacements for punitive disciplinary practices, etc.)

  • Implement the Handle with Care law

  • Increase comprehensive sexual safety and healthy relationship education in schools

  • Increase the presence of mental and behavioral health support in schools

  • Enhance school-community partnerships to promote student, family, and staff referrals to appropriate, culturally-responsive, resilience-building, and trauma-informed services and supports

  • Create mandated reporter training, school staff must take into consideration a trauma-informed lens

  • Expand and enhance protocol to standardize taking family histories with staff trained in trauma-informed approaches to identify trauma-impacted students and families and provide an appropriate referral for support

  • Promote involvement in evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising practices that are demonstrated to improve trauma-related symptoms among students (e.g., mindfulness, creative arts, physical exercise, etc.)

  • Provide education and supports to proactively address compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and other such occupational hazards among teachers, school personnel, and administrators

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