Trauma Informed Educational Reform: The TIER Project

submission by DrIngram
Trauma Informed Educational Reform: The TIER Project

About Your Application

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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public-funded educational institution

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


UCLA Social Welfare Department educates future leaders in social justice, policy and equity through models of empowerment, scholarship, research, and practice to ensure the well-being of all on the local, state-wide, national and global levels.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


The TIER Project is designed to transform public school districts in Los Angeles County into trauma informed educational systems. Eighty school districts will participate in the TIER Project’s 2-day training which includes curriculum on trauma, trauma informed evidence based practices, and developing action plans to implement these practices for K-12 classes. After the training school districts will receive technical assistance to help implement their action plans.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


Los Angeles, like other large metropolitan areas, has multiple challenges when it comes to educating all of our children and adolescents in the most equitable manner. There has been more and more research over the last 20 years that documents how children who have been exposed to trauma are at high risk for not achieving educational attainment. Providing these students with equal access to a quality education is the new educational reform imperative for the 21st Century. States, such as Connecticut, Washington, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, to name a few, are addressing these educational challenges faced by traumatized students by having their public school systems become trauma informed. School districts in California are catching on as well. For example, Richmond, Santa Cruz, Humboldt, San Francisco, and San Diego are training their public school teachers about trauma and its impact on learning. There needs to be a system-wide movement in Los Angeles as well.
The Trauma Informed Educational Reform (TIER) Project will bring together school districts in Los Angeles County to start the process of becoming trauma informed. This process will start with an in-depth training by school district teams on trauma and trauma informed educational practices. These teams will develop action plans on how to implement trauma informed practices and policies across the district. The TIER Project will provide technical assistance to districts as they become trauma informed. By having Los Angeles schools become trauma informed, the goal of high educational attainment will be accessible for all students; thereby making Los Angeles the “best place to learn.”

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We propose a mixed methods approach for this study in order to capture the full range of important effects, including knowledge gains, changes in attitudes and beliefs and ultimately whether the participants were able to bring trauma informed practice back to their individual school districts. Examining the impact of the TIER project through these multiple techniques, using qualitative and quantitative methods, will improve the accuracy of results through the collection and analysis of different types of data. For example, we will collect data on the rates of suspensions and expulsions, absenteeism and truancy and drop-out rates. Also, we will collect data that documents the experiences of the participants of the training and implementing of their action plans.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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As an Educator in Special Education and Mental Health Professional, this initiative will be the difference our children need to thrive!

by LorenaBeu
6 months ago

This project is revolutionary in Los Angeles!

by DrIngram
6 months ago

Oh yes yes yes. I will be contacting you. I want to be part of this project!
Maria Elena Gil, LCSW
UCLA MSW class of 1999

by Maria E
6 months ago

UCLA is a great facility for developing this project. I have just shared with Peace Over Violence some resources that could contribute to it.

by porter.sharon4
6 months ago

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