Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

From Ed Dunkelblau:

“There is a lot of discussion in the field about educators getting solid and applicable training in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) so that we can enhance school safety from within. This site will take them to the Academy for SEL in Schools website, where there is information about educator training and certification in Social and Emotional Learning instruction and leadership. I would also suggest that an inexpensive resource about SEL and Character Development programming is the Social Emotional and Character Development Laminated Guide, published by National Professional Resources.”

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Coalition to Support Grieving Students

From David Schonfeld:

“The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (AFT, NEA); superintendents, principals and  other school leaders (AASA, AFSA, NAESP, NASSP); student support personnel including counselors (ASCA), nurses (NASN), psychologists (NASP) and social workers (SSWAA) – since its founding it has grown to over 85 organizations.  The Coalition created a free practitioner-oriented website with over 20 video training modules on topics ranging from how to talk with grieving students to responding to a school crisis event. Module summaries, handouts, reference materials, and guidance documents providing step-by-step practical advice are available for free download.  Schools are invited to pledge to become a ‘Grief-Sensitive School’”

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Listen, Protect, Connect: Psychological First Aid for Students and Teachers

From Andrea Donegan:

Teachers are in an excellent position to help students after a disaster or an emergency. Just as they connect students with appropriate academic and counseling services under normal circumstances, they can also help students return to school, stay in school, continue to learn, and return to their usual school-based activities after a traumatic event. This guide demonstrates how teachers can model psychological first aid to help students through a crisis event.

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National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

From David Schonfeld:

Through an interdisciplinary team of medical, mental health, and school professionals, the NCSCB provides:

  • Confidential on-site and remote technical assistance and consultation for K-12 school leadership and school professionals

  • Practical and timely advice via a 24/7 toll-free number and via email

  • Ongoing support in the immediate aftermath of a crisis and throughout the long-term recovery period

  • Educational resources and crisis management tools

  • School staff training and community presentations, as well as professional development for a range of professional audiences

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U.S. Secret Service - Enhancing School Safety PDF

Over the last 20 years, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has conducted research, training, and consultation on threat assessment and the prevention of various forms of targeted violence. This document serves as a model for schools looking to establish their own threat assessment programs.

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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is an online resource for communities to learn more about model or promising strategies that reduce youth violence or key risk factors for violence and promote healthy youth behavior and relationships.

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CDC’s National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention

The National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention [formerly called Academic Centers for Excellence (ACEs) on Youth Violence Prevention] use a unique multidisciplinary approach to violence prevention. The centers research youth violence prevention approaches, collect and analyze surveillance data, and foster relationships with local community partners to help develop, implement, and evaluate promising prevention efforts. This collaboration between research universities and local communities and community-based organizations results in empowered communities that are mobilized to address the problem of youth violence.

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Crimesolutions.gov

The U.S. Department of Justice developed this resource to provide practitioners and policy makers with information about effective strategies in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services. Some of the identified programs are prevention strategies that are consistent with the public health approach to youth violence prevention.

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Health Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

The HECAT contains guidance, appraisal tools, and resources to help schools conduct an analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum. The results can help schools select or develop curricula to address a number of topics, including violence prevention.

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NASP

School administrators and crisis team members can create safe, secure, and peaceful schools free from the destructive influence of violence in all of its forms. To do that, schools must implement purposeful, coordinated strategies to increase levels of safety and security and simultaneously promote student wellness and resilience.  The National Association of School Psychologists has compiled a list of strategies that, when used together, can prevent school violence and create a positive school culture.

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School Health Index (SHI)

SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that enables a school to identify the strengths and weaknesses of its health and safety policies and programs; develop an action plan for improving student health and safety; and involve teachers, parents, students, and the community in improving school services.

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Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) Strategy Selector Tool

STRYVE is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence.  The STRYVE Strategy Selector Tool pulls together information from multiple sources to help communities connect with evidence-based youth violence prevention approaches.  The strategies included have been rigorously evaluated and shown to impact factors for youth violence and/or lower the occurrence of youth violence.

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The Community Guide for Violence Prevention

Developed by the Task Force for Community Preventive Services, a nonfederal group of experts in public health and prevention, the Community Guide includes recommendations for preventing youth violence based on systematic reviews of evidence-based strategies.

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