Susan F. Cole
Lecturer on Law
Director, Education Law Clinic
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.