2017 Plymouth County Safe Schools Summit



  • Monday, May 1, 2017
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast
    9:00 AM  -  9:45 AM
    Welcome Remarks & Keynote
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Helping Traumatized Children Learn
    This presentation will share the work of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a collaboration of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School and the work of the Federal Furnace Elementary School in Plymouth, Ma.  Based on TLPI’s publications, Helping Traumatized Children Learn and Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools, the workshop will summarize trauma’s impact on learning, behavior and relationships at school, and briefly describe the Attributes and Framework that can guide schools in creating the school-wide infrastructure needed to provide a safe and supportive, trauma-sensitive learning environment for all students. The highlight of the presentation will be the opportunity to hear from a team of educators who are creating a trauma-sensitive school. The team will share their school’s journey toward trauma sensitivity.  
    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch (provided)
    1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Providing Restorative and Accountable Behavior Supports and Interventions in Middle and High Schools
    This highly interactive workshop will introduce middle and high school staff to a framework, protocols and practices for creating a safe and supportive school climate, promoting positive behaviors, preventing unnecessary problems and intervening when more serious behavior issues arise. Participants will explore initial moves to help students self-correct, and strategies and protocols for defusing and deescalating more highly charged situations. They will also explore protocols such as the use of conferencing for addressing more chronic, unwanted behavior. The session will help teachers, student support staff, administrators, school resource officers and others who work in secondary schools to examine how they can each use protocols and practices that contribute to a positive climate and more optimal conditions for learning.
    1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Understanding Students with Trauma (Elementary)
    The amount of students entering schools with trauma backgrounds is on the rise, often leaving educators unprepared to deal with its effects. This workshop will provide an introduction of the psychological, physical, and academic implications for students who have experienced trauma. Participants will be provided with case studies for discussion, and learn basic strategies to implement in their classrooms and schools. This workshop is open to educators of all levels.