Daniels Represents Massachusetts Social Workers on State Commission

Thursday March 29, 2018

MPY Executive Director Margie Daniels represents the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers on the Massachusetts Safe and Supportive Schools Commission. The Safe and Supportive Schools Commission was created by the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework Law, through An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. Recommendations from this commission are made to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Students and staff need supportive school environments to learn at their highest levels. School cultures that promote a sense of safety and belonging and that nourish relationships, foster the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors are a necessary foundation for school success. 

The Safe and Supportive Schools Commission makes recommendations which enable students to develop positive relationships with adults and peers, regulate their emotions and behavior, achieve academic and non-academic stress in schools and maintain physical and psychological health and well-being. In addition, the Commission makes recommendations to integrate services and align initiatives that promote students’ behavioral health, including social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, trauma sensitivity, dropout prevention, truancy reduction, children’s mental health, foster care and homeless youth education, inclusion of students with disabilities, positive behavioral approaches that reduce suspensions and expulsions and other similar initiatives.