ERIC Number: ED440327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide. Implementing Early Warning, Timely Response.
Dwyer, Kevin; Osher, David
Although most schools are safe, they all can be safer. Improving school safety requires the strategic investment of time and dollars--scarce resources for which there are competing demands. Fortunately, schools that strategically coordinate schoolwide efforts are more likely to improve academic performance as well as reduce behavior problems. This action guide builds upon an earlier publication, "Early Warning Signs." It provides a comprehensive model that can lead to safer schools. The model incorporates prevention, early intervention, and intensive interventions in a manner that will help schools improve long-term academic, behavioral, social, and emotional outcomes for all students and their families. This guide identifies mechanisms for implementing the plan, the "Schoolwide Team and the Student Support Team," and also describes the processes that these teams can employ to improve school safety. Finally, the guide provides information about technical assistance centers and evidence-based resources that schools can draw upon to develop a comprehensive plan that addresses the particular needs and builds upon the strengths of their school and their community. A list of relevant Web sites and organizations, as well as an index, are provided. (Contains 63 resources.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Intervention, Models, Planning, Prevention, Problem Solving, Referral, Resources, School Safety, Services, Student Behavior, Violence
ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/Action Guide.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC. Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice.; National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, DC.
Note: For the previous guide, "Early Warning Signs,", see ED 418 372.