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Promising Practices for Safe and Effective Schools Videoconference

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Date Published
September 1999
Publication Series
This packet of information discusses promising practices for safe and effective schools.
A videotape presents a panel discussion, including telephone calls from viewers, of measures to ensure a safe, orderly environment in America’s schools. A small percentage of students will experience serious, ongoing problems that place them at risk for disruptive, destructive, or violent behaviors. Panelists discuss characteristics of safe schools and school-based programs to achieve lasting results. Examples of successful school prevention programs are: (1) Project ACHIEVE, Tampa, FL; (2) Westerly Integrated Social Services Program, Westerly Public Schools, Westerly, RI; and (3) East Baltimore Mental Health Partnership, Baltimore, MD. Panelists and an accompanying Participant Packet emphasize that there is no single strategy that ensures school safety. Schools need to examine a variety of models, implement them in their own environmental contexts, and remain committed to a comprehensive program of student support. Strategies that incorporate prevention, early intervention, and intensive support have a proven record of success. Resources

Date Published: September 1, 1999