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Making School a Safe Place
Volume 77, No. 2
It's hard for students to learn if they don't feel safe, known, and cared for within schools. The October 2019 issue of Educational Leadership explores how schools can cultivate a greater sense of overall safety, in both physical and emotional terms. Get ideas and strategies for ensuring that students and teachers feel protected, supported, and free to learn.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
14 Refining School Threat Assessments
Nancy Rappaport, Meredith Gansner, and Lois T. Flaherty
Schools can enhance threat-assessment processes without alienating students and families.
22 For School Leaders, a Time of Vigilance and Caring
School safety has become a top priority for principals. But are they taking the right steps?
30 Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies
Small changes in classroom interactions can make a big difference for traumatized students.
36 School Shootings: What We Know, What We Can Do
Timothy J. Landrum, Chris A. Sweigart, and Lauren W. Collins
School shootings are difficult to predict, but educators aren’t powerless to prevent them.
42 What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Faced with problematic student behaviors, a principal turned her staff’s attention to trauma and relationship building.
48 School Safety Starts from Within
Should mindfulness be a part of your school’s safety plan?
54 Looking at Bullying in Context
Educators need to know when and how to probe deeper into student conflicts—especially in the case of cyberbullying.
60 Don’t Forget About Me!
Roberto d’Erizans, Lee Ann Jung, and Tamatha Bibbo
Students with invisible disabilities often feel isolated in school. But they desperately want to belong.
66 Not Finding Their Voice
Russell Quaglia and Michelle Brait
Do students feel valued and able to express themselves in school? Not enough, recent surveys show.
70 Rethinking Conventions: Keeping Gender-Diverse Students Safe
With two gender-nonconforming kindergartners entering his school, a principal found he had to change his thinking.
77 The Elephant in the Classroom
Teacher mental health is vital to safe and healthy schools, but it often gets neglected.
9 Reader’s Guide/What Do We Mean by Safe Schools?
82 Research Matters/Beyond Locks and Drills
Bryan Goodwin and Lisa M. Jones
Helping students feel safe in school requires a soft touch.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Getting Started with Restorative Practices
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Let’s use practices that teach positive behaviors rather than punish.
86 Leading Together/Risky Business
Jill Harrison Berg
Creating a psychologically safe climate for adults requires vulnerability.
88 Confronting Inequity/Where Are All the Black Teachers?
Matthew R. Kay
To recruit more educators of color, improve students’ experiences.
90 ASCD Policy Priorities/Everybody’s Talking About the Whole Child
ASCD’s years of promoting a Whole Child approach are paying off—but there’s more to do.
6 Readers React
89 Index to Advertisers
92 Tell Us About/Readers reflect on ways they make their students feel safe.
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Keeping Students Safe
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
Why Social Bonding Is a School-Safety Priority
Christine Eith and Kenneth Trump
In boosting school security, school leaders shouldn’t overlook the importance of connectedness in students’ lives.