Safe and Supportive Schools

On May 23, 2018 the Newark Trust for Education welcomed over 120 participants to its first annual Safe and Supportive Schools Citywide Summit. The summit provided an opportunity to engage with like minds around the impact that social-emotional competencies and trauma have on learning. Participants also heard about local and national best practices on whole school/district approaches to SEL and trauma-informed care, while learning about the positive work being done in Newark Public Schools. See below to access resources from the Safe and Supportive Schools Summit.


Safe and Supportive Schools Summit Plenary Session: Exploring Historical and Current Work in Newark in Order to Forge a Strategic Path Forward (Presented by Ronald Chaluisan-Newark Trust for Education)

Safe and Supportive Schools: How School Climate Supports the Conditions for Learning that Lead to Improved Academic Outcomes (Presented by Jonathan Cohen, PhD-Teachers College Columbia University)

Positive Action Program (Presented by Wendy Munoz, Anthony Nunez, and Darline Jamison-Spencer Miller Community School)

Implementation of the RULER Program at Luis Munoz Marin School for Social Justice (Presented by Ken Montalbano and Diana Gonzalez-Luis Munoz Marin School for Social Justice)

Building the Heart: Holistic Student Supports (Presented by Christopher Perpich, Chaleeta Hines, and Erin Bruno-BRICK Academy)


Safe and Supportive Education: Shaping School Climate Through Social Emotional Learning & Trauma-Informed Approaches in Newark Public Schools (by Veronics M. Kapnick, PhD, Stephanie Parry, and Ronald Chaluisan)


Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Here you will find detailed information about evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs and how to make SEL an integral part of education from preschool through high school.  This website also includes a sample whole-school framework for creating safe and supportive learning environments.

National School Climate Center

This website provides information and resources on how schools can create safe, supportive learning environments that nurture social and emotional, civic, and academic growth for all students.  It also includes research and policy data on school climate initiatives across the country.

Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI)

This website provides a sample whole-school framework for trauma-sensitive schools, helpful resources on trauma, and sample district and state policy initiatives focusing on Safe and Supportive Schools.




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