Resilience Education to Advance Community Healing (REACH)

REACH supports school districts and schools throughout Illinois to better understand and address the needs of the whole child through the creation of healthy learning environments that protect, support and heal. These learning environments ensure optimal levels of academic success for students and staff.

As part of this initiative, participating school districts and schools form school level REACH teams, attend professional learning collaboratives, complete a Trauma-Responsive Schools needs assessment, and develop a trauma-responsive school action plan. Teams receive coaching support to implement their action plan.

Schools participating in REACH also have an opportunity for school staff to join a REACH Community of Practice (CoP). In these communities, participants share ideas, challenges and successes and engage in meaningful collaboration.

Through the REACH Learning and Resource Hub, provides free, virtual on-demand learning and education resources to help educators, clinicians, parents, and caregivers better support the mental health and resilience of the children and youth in their communities. 

If you are interested in becoming a REACH school, please visit and complete the participation form.

If you have any questions, please contact

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REACH Communities of Practice (CoP)

Partnership for Resilience leads the REACH Communities of Practice component. As part of REACH, schools and districts can dive deeper into trauma-responsive schooling policies and practices with groups of their peers. Learn more about our REACH Communities of Practice below.

A REACH Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of school community members from across the state who share a common interest in a topic related to trauma-responsive practices in schools and come together regularly to fulfill individual and group goals related to trauma-responsive practices. CoP facilitators support members in applying knowledge and insights gained through participation directly to their school community.

A CoP is not a class, training, series of trainings, professional learning community, nor an opportunity for a passive learning experience. Learning happens through shared exchanges of knowledge, information and activities. Learn-Share-Grow is the core of REACH CoPs, and facilitators encourage and make space for the shared learning process among members.

Members will learn from each other, have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally, hone their professional practice and intentionally develop knowledge and/or skills to apply to their schools’ development of trauma- responsive policies, practices and procedures. Members will gain new colleagues and a sense of belonging in a community that fosters trust, collaboration and connection. Collective learning and collective action leads to creating environments of collective care.

REACH CoPs actively engage through regular live, virtual gatherings and the use of the REACH Learning and Resource Hub. Sessions range from 90–120 minutes and, depending on the topic, meet four to six times per semester.

CoP topics align with one or more domains of the Trauma Responsive Schools Implementation Assessment (TRS-IA) and include topics, such as:

  • Whole school safety planning
  • Classroom-based strategies
  • Staff self-care

Communities of Practice are advanced learning opportunities for school communities participating in the REACH Statewide Initiative.