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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
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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.
How does a school become a leader in innovation—one that takes advantage of advancements in digital technology in meaningful and fully integrated ways? February 2019 Educational Leadership explores how school leaders can go beyond surface-level, patchwork upgrades and implement new technology in ways that deepen learning and better support students.
School leaders set the tone and direction for what happens in the classroom. The March 2019 Educational Leadership explores strategies and processes school leaders can use to better understand students' and teachers' needs and guide teaching and learning more effectively.
Marking the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling, Educational Leadership examines pressing issues and opportunities surrounding race in America’s schools today. The April 2019 issue offers ideas on how today’s educators can understand and address racial issues and help fulfill Brown’s promise to dismantle segregation and inequity in education.
The teenage years are unique, and today’s teens face new challenges as well as opportunities. The May 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at what teens need most in terms of both academic and social supports, highlighting how schools can work smarter to keep middle and high school students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
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.