We know the impacts of trauma. Now what can schools and communities do about it?

Over the past two decades, a growing body of epidemiological research has shown us just how common experiences of trauma and adversity in childhood are, as well as the staggering impact they can have on lifelong health and well-being. With evidence of these impacts now well-established, we often ask, “But what can we do about it?” Best Starts for Kids hopes to be part of the answer to that question.

Now accepting applications for Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices – Due April 9

Updated March 23: Please note that the addendum providing written answers to questions posed in the webinar, information session, and/or via email is available here. The request for proposals to fund trauma-informed and restorative practices (TIRP) in the school environment is now available here. Best Starts for Kids’ trauma-informed and restorative practices work is grounded in … Continued

Re-blog: If you could re-invent school, what would you do?

Save the date for the second Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices funding opportunity, scheduled to release on February 9. In the mean-time read (or re-read!) this post featuring two local educators doing great work to transform school culture and climate.

If you could re-invent school, what would you do?

“If you could re-invent school, what would you do?” That’s the question staff ask students at Seattle Public Schools’ Interagency Academy. The answer is surprising in its simplicity. “Almost to a person,” says Marcus Harden, a Student Family Advocate at Interagency, “students say they would make school a place where everybody knows you and everybody … Continued