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Educational LeadershipOctober 2019Making School a Safe PlaceVolume 77, No. 2
DescriptionIt'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 AssessmentsNancy Rappaport, Meredith Gansner, and Lois T. FlahertySchools can enhance threat-assessment processes without alienating students and families.
22 For School Leaders, a Time of Vigilance and CaringJohn RogersSchool safety has become a top priority for principals. But are they taking the right steps?
30 Trauma-Informed Teaching StrategiesJessica MinahanSmall changes in classroom interactions can make a big difference for traumatized students.
36 School Shootings: What We Know, What We Can DoTimothy J. Landrum, Chris A. Sweigart, and Lauren W. CollinsSchool shootings are difficult to predict, but educators aren’t powerless to prevent them.
42 What’s Love Got to Do with It? Rita PlattFaced with problematic student behaviors, a principal turned her staff’s attention to trauma and relationship building.
48 School Safety Starts from WithinThomas ArmstrongShould mindfulness be a part of your school’s safety plan?
54 Looking at Bullying in ContextElizabeth EnglanderEducators 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 BibboStudents with invisible disabilities often feel isolated in school. But they desperately want to belong.
66 Not Finding Their VoiceRussell Quaglia and Michelle BraitDo students feel valued and able to express themselves in school? Not enough, recent surveys show.
70 Rethinking Conventions: Keeping Gender-Diverse Students SafeAnthony CiuffoWith two gender-nonconforming kindergartners entering his school, a principal found he had to change his thinking.
77 The Elephant in the Classroom Henry SetonTeacher 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?Anthony Rebora
82 Research Matters/Beyond Locks and DrillsBryan Goodwin and Lisa M. JonesHelping students feel safe in school requires a soft touch.
84 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Getting Started with Restorative PracticesDouglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Let’s use practices that teach positive behaviors rather than punish.
86 Leading Together/Risky BusinessJill Harrison BergCreating a psychologically safe climate for adults requires vulnerability.
88 Confronting Inequity/Where Are All the Black Teachers?Matthew R. KayTo recruit more educators of color, improve students’ experiences.
90 ASCD Policy Priorities/Everybody’s Talking About the Whole ChildDavid GriffithASCD’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 PriorityChristine Eith and Kenneth TrumpIn boosting school security, school leaders shouldn’t overlook the importance of connectedness in students’ lives.
Educational LeadershipSeptember 2019What New Teachers NeedVolume 77, No. 1
What do new teachers really need to know and do to survive and thrive? The September 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the craft and calling of teaching, providing strategic advice (and moral support) to new teachers and those who support them. Don't miss this essential back-to-school resource.
Educational LeadershipNovember 2019A Culture of CoachingVolume 77, No. 3
Instructional coaching and leadership coaching have become key forms of educator professional development and growth. The November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the dynamics of effective coaching and how schools can create the right conditions to support it.
Educational LeadershipDecember 2019/January 2020Building Bridges for ELLsVolume 77, Number 4
English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population group in the United States. Yet most teachers are not trained to work with these learners. The December 2019/January 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores strategies and school cultural shifts to improve instruction and opportunities for ELLs and make schools more intentionally supportive, enriching spaces for these students.
Educational LeadershipFebruary 2020Rooted in ReadingVolume 77, No. 5
DescriptionDeveloping strong, enthusiastic readers is one of the central objectives of schools, and yet reading instruction is often beset by complex structural challenges, shifting resources, and competing priorities. The February 2020 issue of Educational Leadership is "Rooted in Reading," as we dig deep into the nuances of effective reading instruction and uncover the best strategies to support student engagement in reading at all levels.
Educational LeadershipMarch 2020The Empowered StudentVolume 77, Number 6
How do educators create lessons and school environments that foster student agency and expression? The March 2020 issue of Educational Leadership on "The Empowered Student" will explore the strategies that best cultivate student innovation and creativity as opposed to passive learning.
April 2020Deeper DiscussionsVolume 77, No. 7
Get ready for some conversation! With oral communication skills increasingly seen as central to student growth and success, the April 2020 issue of Educational Leadership explores the critical topic of “Deeper Discussions”—looking at ways educators can break free of passive-learning conventions and use classroom conversations to promote higher-order thinking, effective communication, social-emotional skills, and equity.