A compassionate school has leadership and staff who increase the school’s responsiveness to the social-emotional needs of students experiencing trauma. Schools begin the process with information about how trauma affects children’s learning and behavior. Children with many adverse childhood experiences can struggle with school, relationships and learning. Schools participate in training and planning based on OSPI’s guide “The Heart of Teaching and Learning: Compassion, Resiliency and Academic Success.” Plans include safety/connection, emotional/behavioral regulation, and social and academic skills. Response to Intervention, Safe and Civil Schools, Calming Ourselves in Stressful Moments and other promising and evidence-based practices can be part of the plan. Behavior, discipline, learning goals, family engagement, school climate, staff interaction and wellness are all part of the compassionate schools process.