Welcome to the home of the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center (SSS-TAC)! We provide technical assistance and/or web resources to districts, schools, parents and/or families on the topic of school climate as part of the New York State Education Department Supportive Schools Grant Program.


Our goal is to cultivate safe and supportive environments for all students. We know that readiness and excitement to learn is accompanied by a sense of belonging and safety, as well as strong relationships with adults and peers. Through collaboration with grantees, we support the implementation of research-based practices that promote a positive school climate and student engagement.

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In The News
Navigating Uncertain Times: How Schools Can Cope with Coronavirus

During the past week, the coronavirus has cast an uncertain future over U.S. education. Over 1,200 schools across the U.S. have already closed—impacting nearly a million students—and more may soon follow suit.

March 2020

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

Last week, as schools across the nation closed their doors to slow the spread of the coronavirus, TT reached out to our community to learn what support you needed at this time. Among the most common responses was a call for trauma-informed practices to support students over the coming weeks and months. 

March 23, 2020

Teaching through a Pandemic: A Mindset for this Moment

The thought ended almost before it started: “This is so overwhelming.” It was all one teacher managed to type before she stopped short, vexed into silence, perhaps, by the sheer size of the problem. In the pregnant pause that followed, undoubtedly, every teacher tracking the unspooling thread—about the dizzying, rapidly escalating viral crisis that was closing schools across the country—recognized the chasm they were all facing as well, and scrambled to fill in the blank.

Mar. 19, 2020

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