A Public School That Not Only Keeps Children Safe, But Heals

While proposals to turn schools into fortresses in the name of safety are absurd, promoting true safety and a community of care is more challenging. A low-income neighborhood school in San Diego shows how it can be done. At Cherokee Point Elementary, teachers, administrators, and staff have embraced a “trauma-informed school” model—with dramatic results in terms of both disciplinary and academic achievement. It is a model gaining traction across the nation.