Paul Jablow is a freelance writer and former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who contributes regularly to the Notebook.
Universities and public officials join with schools to implement programs and conduct research.
Pottstown and the Mastery charter network have made it a priority. And several Philadelphia District schools have programs and partnerships.
“The world of thinking about trauma, the importance of school climate and social-emotional learning is 20, 30, 40 years behind the world of instruction.”
This year, some 8,000 students spent between 120 and 160 hours at one of about 1,000 work sites throughout the city.
“I definitely felt that what I was doing was valuable and important.”
“We learned to help each other.”
“You have to be there to experience how much beauty there is in medicine.”
Impressions and attitudes are developed very early, so it is important for parents and teachers to deal with the issue directly.
Recruitment, workshops, and “challenging” discussions about racism are all part of the effort.
Sixty students from 22 District schools throughout the city spent their senior year taking courses at CCP.
“There’s not enough money and not enough staff.”
“Transition planning is an excruciatingly difficult task.”
Next year, all court personnel will take a course on trauma and its effects.
Juvenile justice authorities estimate that more than 90 percent of youths in the system have experienced at least one traumatic incident in their lives.
After two students from one school were killed, the counselor wanted to act fast. She turned to the Uplift Center for Grieving Children for help.
“You can say what you want, and no one takes offense,” one participant says. “Everybody’s been through the same thing.”