Category: School Safety

Understanding the Truth About Violence Against Teachers

violence against teachers

This blog originally ran last month on the American Psychological Association’s “Psych Learning Curve: Where Psychology and Education Connect.” APA invited NEA Healthy Futures to comment on the issue of violence against teachers and share their resources and commitment to preventing and addressing violence directed at teachers. We have all heard stories about teachers who… Read more »

Are You Prepared for a School Crisis?

Find out what educators and industry experts recommend to get your classroom emergency-ready. It was a Saturday afternoon in late September when torrential rain began pouring over Pelion Elementary School in South Carolina’s Lexington County School District. Flash flooding caused dams to break throughout the state, washing out roads and destroying homes.

Combatting Social Isolation: It Starts With Hello

Students and teacher walking in school hallway

Start With Hello Call-to-Action Week: February 8 – 12, 2016 At every school and in every community there are children who feel like they have no friends and quietly suffer through each day – especially at lunchtime, recess and other moments where friends gather together.

Education Support Professionals – The True MVPs in Bullying Prevention

Recently, I was honored to present to 350 Utah education support professionals (classified school staff) on bullying prevention. These workers truly are the eyes and ears of the school, but unfortunately are considered the “Rodney Dangerfields” of our schools because “They Don’t Get No Respect.” It is clear from a 2010 NEA nationwide survey of… Read more »

Save Lives: Prevent Suicide

Suicide is a leading cause of death for teenagers.

Anytime we lose a young person to suicide is one time too many. Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24? It’s worse than that, though. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also found in a nationwide survey of students… Read more »

5 Ways to Make this School Year a Safe One

You’re in the midst of returning to school, adjusting to new schedules, learning new names and faces, and gearing up to make an impact. You’re prepared…you’ve got this! But when it comes to school and student safety, you can never be too prepared.

A Comprehensive Approach to Safe Schools

School safety is important everywhere

The effort to make our schools and communities safer requires a comprehensive approach. Arming educators or even simply adding an armed school resource officer (SRO) is not an effective solution. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García recently reaffirmed that NEA leaders believe the nation needs real gun-safety legislation. Schools must also focus on better meeting the… Read more »