The National Coalition for Safe Schools (NCSS) is hosting a Powered by Teach to Lead Summit to bring together ground-level K-12 educators to share their voices, needs and ideas in order to develop proactive solutions to prevent and address school shootings.
For all applicants invited to attend the Summit, registration, lodging and meals will be provided free of charge. Attendees must arrange and pay for their own travel to and from the event.
Funding and in-kind support for NCSS and the National Summit on School Safety is provided by National Life Group and LifeChanger of the Year, with additional support from Teach To Lead and the Varkey Foundation.
To complete a framework outlining needs and proposed solutions to the most specific level possible, towards the creation and dissemination of a database of best practice solutions districts can use to stop shootings from occurring at school.
The event is being held for two reasons:
1) To surface and begin to develop a framework of short-term actions that educators and schools can take to promote safety and student health. Participating educators will be asked to identify their immediate school safety and mental health concerns and goals. These may include:
-Deficiencies in curriculum, protocols and funding that provide schools with the ability to address social emotional learning and mental health issues.
-Safety protocols, procedures, personnel, facility improvements and training for staff members, and lack of a tool to measure success.
2) To begin development of long-term goals that inform a framework for educational policy at the state and national level in order to ensure schools are safe.
The national debate on school shootings is polarizing. The goal of the summit is to redirect the national dialogue and focus on addressing four fundamental questions:
1) Why are some students so angry?
2) Why do students resort to extreme acts of violence to solve their issues?
3) How do we go about re-imagining a safe school for all learners?
4) What policies and/or partnerships need to be made in order for this work to continue?
As teacher leaders, we believe the national debate should focus on the root of the problem. The Summit will empower teacher leaders with the ability to answer those basic questions as well as to clearly identify issues and solutions that have led to school shootings.
A team of 30 teacher leaders will be selected from a national pool of applicants to attend the summit. They will develop a framework that will guide future discussions around the country on an array of topics that range from the importance of social-emotional learning and mental health to ensuring schools are properly equipped and staffed.
The framework we develop will aim to address three topics:
1) Safety protocols, procedures, personnel, facility improvements and training for staff members, and lack of a tool to measure success.
2) Deficiencies in curriculum, protocols, and funding that provide schools with the ability to address social emotional learning and mental health issues.
3) Long term goals that support the creation of a framework for educational policy at the state and national level in order to ensure schools are safe.
The event is entirely teacher-led and the first of its kind in developing real-world solutions for both the short and long term that focus on the root of the problem. The summit provides teacher leaders with a platform to become a leading voice in the creation of a national movement that promotes safe and healthy schools.