This post contains important information about an RFP that may be of interest to readers. I”ll be posting some of my own thoughts within a few days.

children gazing at globe Credit: PBIS.org

by Dr. Lynda Frost

This past month the Hogg Foundation launched an RFP for a new grant program, “Trauma-Informed Approaches to Behavior in Schools.”

You can read the details of the program in the RFP but, for me, the easiest way to think about it is to consider one of the basic cycles that perpetuates the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

Students who have experienced trauma at home are more likely to get in trouble at school. When schools respond to behavior problems with exclusionary and punitive discipline, it can exacerbate the feelings of anxiety, alienation, and disregulation that were often behind the problems in the first place, which can then lead to more behavior problems and more discipline. Students who are suspended or expelled from school, in turn, are more likely to end up in the juvenile justice system.

This cycle looks even more tragic when we consider a few…

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