The New York State Education Department
Safe and Supportive Schools
Technical Assistance Center
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.
Find out more about the variety of support we provide.
On-demand webinars are designed to provide an overview of concepts, challenges and barriers, recommendations for practice, tools and resources for further learning. They may be viewed independently or as a team for planning or internal professional development purposes.
Knowledge and strategies guide our work. Check out the collection of tools, articles, guides, and more with topics ranging from school climate frameworks to social-emotional learning, to implementation science and data-based decision making.
In this webinar, learn the immediate and lasting impacts that chronic traumatic stress can have on the brain, reflect on your own experience with chronic stress, and explore trauma-informed approaches.
In this webinar, we will share a potential process and "best practice" recommendations for implementing virtual restorative circles.