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Technical Assistance

Developing and Strengthening Partnerships

As a technical assistance partner, our role is to cultivate a strong relationship with grantee districts that will enable effective collaboration. The SSS-TAC team apply a deep understanding of the practices our schools seek to install or scale up, in addition to our knowledge of systems change, implementation science, and creating communities of professional learning.

Many levels of differentiated support are available through on-site and virtual methods. To learn more about our services and supports, we invite you to read the sections below.

If you have questions or would like to request technical assistance, view our “Contact Us” page or reach out to us via email at

Defining Our Purpose

The Safe & Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center support the implementation of school climate initiatives in districts participating in the Safe Supportive Grant Program.


The primary aim of our Center is to provide resources and technical assistance on topics related to school climate, including: Restorative Practices, trauma-informed education, mentoring, absenteeism, school climate data, and more. We collaborate with a variety of dedicated school professionals who continually strive to improve the climate and culture of their buildings. Leveraging the use of research-based practices, we engage grantees in selecting, implementing, and sustaining programs best suited to their unique context.


At the center of our work are the following core beliefs:

  • All students deserve to learn in a safe and supportive environment where they feel like they belong.

  • Relationships lay the groundwork for a positive school experience and have a long-lasting impact on youth and families.

  • A positive school climate facilitates academic, social-emotional, civic and moral development.

  • An equitable school climate is rooted in principles of culturally responsive-sustaining education.

Our Services
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Planning and Implementation

  • Co-develop plans for rollout of new practices and/or processes

  • Facilitate team discussion(s) using Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle

  • Supply resources on school climate best practices for administration, staff, and students

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Data Collection and Analysis

  • Conduct ongoing needs assessment for grantee sites

  • Provide support for goal setting to individuals or teams

  • Monitor progress on performance indicators and/or intermediate outcomes

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Grant Management

  • Answer site-specific questions regarding grant requirements

  • Review submission requirements including narrative, work plan, and FS-10 documents

Request Support

Need resources or support from the Safe & Supportive Schools TAC? Schedule a time to meet with one of our staff.

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