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First Innovation Grant Awarded: Trauma Informed School Pilot Project Underway in Juneau

ACTAlaska Children’s Trust is proud to announce the first grant under our Tier 2, Innovation grants program. Juneau Community Foundation was awarded $20,000/year for the next two years to support the Trauma Informed School Pilot Project.

The project is a collaboration between Juneau School District, State of Alaska, Juneau Community Foundation, local funders and many service providers to pilot a trauma-informed school project. The project will utilize the CLEAR (Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience) program that partners with education systems to create and sustain trauma-informed models of practice through staff development, consultation and support. It is steeped in the ARC Framework developed at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute with assistance from the Alaska Child Trauma Center. The CLEAR model uses existing community resources to build a solution for each school, an important component for Alaska’s unique communities.

The pilot project started in three Juneau schools in the fall of 2017. The pilot will inform a statewide trauma informed school framework development effort being led by the Department of Education and Early Development and the Association of Alaska School Boards and including other key partners. The broader outcome of this project is to inform the development of a framework for Alaska schools and school districts, rather than each school inventing it themselves, and allow schools to become trauma informed, resulting in more resilient children, families and communities.

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