Susan F. Cole

Lecturer on Law

Director, Education Law Clinic

2017-2018

Susan Cole, Anne Eisner, Michael Gregory & Joel Ristuccia, Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools (Mass. Advoc. for Child. vol. 2 ed. 2013).
Categories:
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Education Law
Type: Other
Abstract
Volume 2 of Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools, safe, supportive learning environments that benefit all children offers a Guide to a process for creating trauma-sensitive schools and a policy agenda to provide the support schools need to achieve this goal. Grounded in theory and practice in schools and with families, the Guide is intended to be a living document that will grow and change as more schools become trauma sensitive and add their ideas. The policy agenda calls for changes in laws, policies, and funding streams to support schools in this work. Together, the online learning community and the book are designed to complement each other, helping to build a growing and increasingly visible trauma-sensitive learning community.
Susan Cole, Implementing Legal Strategies for Creating Safe and Supportive School Environments, 5 J. Applied Res. on Child. art. 18 (2014).
Categories:
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Education Law
Type: Article
Abstract
As many as 50% of all children, according to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, come to school each day having experienced serious traumatic events, including abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, and various forms of household dysfunction. For many students, these experiences and others, such as homelessness and bullying, may cause a trauma reaction that can have significant effects on their ability to learn. Students need a safe and supportive school-wide environment to help them form positive relationships, calm their emotions and behaviors, and focus, so that they can learn and be successful at school. Current laws often put barriers in the way of creating this kind of positive school culture. Laws are often focused on addressing particular issues, such as bullying and truancy, without recognizing the need for whole-school environments that can support all of these initiatives. Nor do laws consider the time for collaboration and support that educators need to create this kind of learning environment. This article demonstrates how Massachusetts created an integrative framework organized by school operations to streamline how these issues are addressed and then integrated into law. It describes the tools that help schools implement a range of required initiatives while supporting educators in the process of creating and sustaining safe and supportive environments. The decade-long process demonstrates how educational practice and legal advocacy can work hand in hand to create better learning environments for all children.
Michelle Lerner, Colby Brunt, Susan Cole, Michael Gregory, Dana Kandel Sisitsky, Kathyrn Rucker & Jeffrey Wolf, Educational Rights of Children Affected by Homelessness and Domestic Violence (Mass. Advoc. for Child. 2006).
Categories:
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Education Law
Type: Other
Susan Cole, Special Education and Student Discipline, in Child Welfare Practice in Massachusetts ch. 24, part II (Amy M. Karp ed., Mass. Continuing Legal Educ. 2006).
Categories:
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Education Law
Type: Book
Susan Cole, Jessica Greenwald O'Brien, M. Geron Gadd, Joel M. Ristuccia, D. Luray Wallace & Michael Gregory, Helping Traumatized Children Learn (Mass. Advoc. for Child. vol. I ed. 2005).
Categories:
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Education Law
Type: Other
Abstract
Published in 2005, TLPI’s landmark report summarizes research from psychology and neurobiology that documents the impact trauma from exposure to violence can have on children’s learning, behavior and relationships in school. The report also introduces the Flexible Framework, a tool organized according to six core operational functions of schools that can help educators maintain a whole-school perspective as they create trauma-sensitive learning environments for all children.
Susan Cole, The Role of Schools in the Lives of Traumatized Children, in A State Call to Action: Working to End Child Abuse and Neglect in Massachusetts ch. 15 (Mass. Citizens for Child. 2001).
Categories:
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Education Law
Type: Book
Susan Cole & M. Geron Gadd, Uncovering the Roots of School Violence, 34 New Eng. L. Rev. 601 (2000).
Categories:
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Education Law
Type: Article

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