School Safety resources from Maryland Dept. of Education.
Improving School Violence Prevention Programs through Meaningful Evaluation
Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2000 (http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2001017) This report, from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, presents the latest available data on school crime and student safety. This year's report includes data for crime away from school to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society.
Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools, US Department of Education and the Department of Justice on-line publication.
Children's Safety Network (http://www.edc.org/HHD/csn) and the related site of National Network of Violence Prevention Practitioners (www2.edc.org/nvpp/) are possible starting points for information. The latter site contains on-line violence prevention pamphlets, and links to many other violence prevention sites on the web, such as the Children's Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org).
The ERIC clearinghouses also contain some relevant information, especially at the School Violence Virtual Library (http://ericcass.uncg.edu/virtuallib/violence/violencebook.html), a report on Girls and Violence (http://eric-web.tc.columbia.edu/digests/dig143.html).
The nonprofit bipartisan organization Fight Crime: Invest in Youth has developed a School and Youth Violence Prevention Plan(www.fightcrime.org/reports/schoolviol.htm).
In the wake of the Littleton, Colorado high school violence, the American Psychological Association (APA) and MTV Networks launched a joint youth anti-violence campaign designed to prevent future tragedies: helping.apa.org/warningsigns (see also www.mtv.com/nav/intro_antiviolence.html. The site focuses on helping youth to identify warning signs of violent behavior and how to get help if they recognize these signs in themselves or their peers.
Further information on early warning signs of troubling and potentially dangerous student behavior can be found at the US Dept of Education's www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/earlywrn.html
The National PTA has developed a violence prevention kit that is available on-line: www.pta.org/events/violprev. It includes an interactive question and answer section for parents and kids to explore together.
(from the Scout Report) The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a report based on a survey conducted in the summer of 1997 on violence in US public elementary and secondary schools. The Principal/School Disciplinarian Survey on School Violence questioned 1,234 principals or school disciplinarians about the actual number of specific crimes in their school, their perceptions about discipline issues at their school, the types of disciplinary actions pursued, and the security prevention measures undertaken. The report includes tables and figures that allow for a comparison of crime in schools by size, socio-economic status, region, and grade level, among other characteristics. An Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) version of the entire report is available to download at the site: Violence and Discipline Problems in U.S. Public Schools: 1996-97--NCES
Project Appleseed is asking parents to take the Parental Involvement Pledge. The Pledge asks parents to volunteer 10 hours each year in their public schools and to spend 15 minutes each night reading to a child. Schools can obtain master copies of the Pledge by visiting "Project Appleseed" on the World Wide Web. (www.projectappleseed.org)
While the site Taking the Bully by the Horns does promote a book, it also offers online information for parents and kids on dealing with bullies. (hometown.aol.com/kthynoll/links.html)
Join Together Online is a national resource center working to reduce substance abuse and gun violence.
Tips on further sites of interest on this topic are welcome!
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