Safe & Secure Schools: 27 Strategies for Prevention and Intervention / Edition 1

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Make a difference in school safety and security with these practical, realistic strategies!

This timely resource for new, veteran, and aspiring school administrators offers cost-effective techniques for creating a safe environment for students, staff, and the community. The authors use their experience in education and law enforcement to show how administrators can combine the need for a secure campus with the desire to maintain an open and welcoming school. Educators will find recommendations that can:

  • Help prevent or minimize a potential crisis
  • Facilitate a stronger, more informed response when needed
  • Allow a school to recover and return to normalcy

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Editorial Reviews

Darlene R. Jones
"An indispensable resource for practicing administrators and central office personnel. When it comes to student and staff safety, there are no excuses. The authors have created a handbook that is comprehensive, explicit, and relevant to educational environments."
Ronald Stephens
"Brunner and Lewis have done an outstanding job creating a series of commonsense reminders that will guide school leaders in creating and enhancing safety in their school and community."
Roberto Gonzalez
"A pioneering leap for school safety. It should be in the hands of every school leader."
Roddie S. Miller
"A definite asset to all administrators involved with safety and crisis response planning and protocols in their districts. The succinct information can be used to effectively train staff, students, and the community to help ensure a safe and secure school."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412962995
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/20/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 929,351
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy M. Brunner has been in the education profession for 24 years as a kindergarten and special education teacher, as well as an elementary, middle, and high school principal. She is currently a high school principal in Springfield, Missouri. Brunner and Dennis Lewis are current practitioners in the field of school safety, and they have worked with school districts across the United States on topics related to creating and maintaining safe schools, crisis planning and management, managing aggressive and violent students, and bullying prevention. Additionally, they have authored seven books on the topic of school safety, written numerous articles for national school safety magazines and periodicals, and have served as guest lecturers for several universities. They are the cofounders of Edu-Safe LLC, a school safety and advisory service.

Dennis K. Lewis has over 27 years of experience in working to provide safe schools and communities. He is currently the director of school public safety for an urban/suburban school district with 25,000 students and 3,000 employees. He has held various offices for the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO) and is the past president of that organization. In addition, he is a member in good standing with the American Society for Industrial Security, a certified peace officer, and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Judy M. Brunnerand Lewis currently author a monthly column in Principal Leadership entitled “Safety Tips for Principals.” Additionally, their method of training school staff and crisis management teams for responding to classroom and school emergencies by problem solving events through the use of tabletop exercises has been featured in a variety of national publications.Both Brunner and Lewisare widely respected in the field of school safety.

Speaking Schedule

January 28th - Rancho Cucamonga Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center 11481 Mission Vista Drive

January 29th - Bakersfield Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center 3625 Marriott Drive

January 30th - Clovis Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center 520 W. Shaw

January 31st - Stockton Hilton Hotel and Conference Center 2323 Grand Canal Blvd.

February 1st - Santa Rosa Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center 417 Aviation Road

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Gerald Tirozzi
About the Authors
1. Planning
Strategy 1: Starting the School Year: A Checklist for Safety and Security
Strategy 2: The Principal's Homework: What Does Your Teacher Handbook Say About Safety and Security?
Strategy 3: Strategic Supervision: The Foundation for School Safety
Strategy 4: A Safety Game Plan for Cocurricular Events
Strategy 5: On the Road Again: Discipline Investigations Away From School
Strategy 6: Visitor Check-In and Screening Procedures: It's More Than Just Signing the Visitor Log
Strategy 7: Ensuring the Safe Evacuation of Students With Physical Disabilities During an Emergency
Strategy 8: Invest in a Safety Committee: Creating Strategies You Can Bank On
Strategy 9: Speaking of School Safety: Creating a Conversation Within the School Community
Strategy 10: Closing Out the School Year
2. Response Strategies
Strategy 11: Planning for School Emergencies: Part 1
Strategy 12: Planning for School Emergencies: Part 2
Strategy 13: Assessing Student Threats of Violence: A School's Response to a Growing Problem
Strategy 14: De-escalating an Angry Parent: You'll Never Have to Answer for What You Don't Say
Strategy 15: Fights at School: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Strategy 16: Head 'Em Up! Move 'Em Out!: Relocating Students During an Emergency Event
Strategy 17: Student Searches: A Practical Application
Strategy 18: Managing Electronic Devices: Sending the Right "Signals" to Parents and Students
Strategy 19: Full-Court Press: A Media Management Plan
3. Professional Development
Strategy 20: Is Your School Up to Speed on Safety?
Strategy 21: What Teachers Must Know About Safety
Strategy 22: Training Support Staff to Respond Appropriately
Strategy 23: Intimidation, Harassment, and Bullying: Fear Factors in the Twenty-First-Century School
Strategy 24: Holiday Blues: Responding to Seasonally Despondent Students
Strategy 25: Tabletop Exercises: The Ultimate Tool for School Safety Training
Strategy 26: There's No "Substitute" for Good Safety
4. Top Ten
Strategy 27: School Safety's Top Ten: The Top Ten Things to Remember When Creating a Safe School Environment

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