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This week’s safe schools snippets

Video on preventing school bullying


Catherine Bradshaw talked about a New Jersey law that allows for students to give police anonymous tips about classmates who are bullying, and she responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. She also discussed implementation at schools of policies to help prevent bullying, and available resources to students who have been subjected to abuse by their peers. Watch the video interview on C-SPAN.

Making sure ‘back to school’ doesn’t mean ‘back to bullying’

For some children, the start of school means the beginning of bullying.

Despite widespread efforts to deal with the problem, bullying is a persistent issue in schools, says Donna Henderson, a professor of counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Read more in HealthDay News.

St. Vrain schools adopt school safety program

What’s the difference between a lockout and a lockdown?

Until this fall, the answer might have depended on what school you were in when you heard those words.

Now, however, the St. Vrain Valley School District has adopted the standard response protocol developed by the I Love U Guys Foundation. Read more in the Colorado Hometown Weekly.

Conference on school success to tackle bullying

The National Conference on School Success, sponsored by the National Center for School Engagement, will full of sessions related to bullying, dropout, school climate and elementary absence.  The conference is at the OMNI Interlocken in Broomfield Oct. 26-28 and the registration fee is $349 for the regular conference and either $99 or $149 for the pre-conference depending on whether a person is just doing the pre-conference day or doing both.

Everyone seems to know that many students “these days” are ditching school, are bullied at school, behaving poorly at school and dropping out. It’s not a big surprise that academic achievement is an increasing challenge. And lots of people offer solutions focused on a single area of concern-bullying, dropout, truancy, discipline. What is often overlooked, however, is the relationship between these concerns. Bullying is every bit as much an attendance and achievement issue as it is behavioral.

At the National Center for School Engagement, we believe that these issues can only be addressed by responses that are targeted, coordinated, across disciplines and involve  school, government and community actors working together.  That’s why we are offering a conference that cuts across silos and brings experts from many fields to a single place to discuss school success: the attendance, attachment and achievement of students. Learn more about the conference and register.


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