In what direct ways can schools reduce violence and promote a safe environment

In what direct ways can schools reduce violence and

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In what direct ways can schools reduce violence and promote a safe environment for all students and staff? One important answer is that schools can create and reinforce a respectful school climate. In Creating Emotionally Safe Schools: A Guide for Educators and Parents, research is cited from around the country that highlights the connection between effective learning and academic, emotional, social, behavioral and physical safety. According to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice and the American Institutes for Research, effective school violence prevention builds a school wide foundation of safety for all children. This involves:Supporting positive discipline, academic success and mental and emotional wellness through a caring school environment face-to-face and online;Teaching students appropriate behaviors and problem-solving skills;Providing positive behavioral support;What can teachers and other educators do?
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Module Three, Page 6A Safety and Violence Prevention CurriculumDelivering appropriate academic instruction with engaging curricula and effective teaching practices; andTraining for staff to recognize early warning signs and make appropriate referrals.One approach familiar to teachers and recommended by Futures without Violence is the use of “teachable moments.” In general, teachable moments are events that happen in conversation between students that lend themselves to further exploration.Futures without Violence suggest this model: Say it, Claim it, Stop it.The model is clear, concise and effective when used consistently to disrupt unhealthy behaviors. Let’s look at each one:1.Say it. The school staff member says what the offending behavior was that just occurred. Saying it allows all students to hear what is and what isnot acceptable in a staff member’s presence. 2.Claim It. The school staff member owns her/his space and makes clear to students that offensive and hurtful words or behaviors are not tolerated in their space.3.Stop It. The school staff member tells the student that the words or behaviors are not to be used again. Futures without Violence indicates that the school staff member’s calm and consistent use of this model sets clear expectations and boundaries for all students about what types of language and behaviors will not be tolerated.Finally, healthy relationships rely on several skills that are learned over time. They require ongoing practice through an evidence-informed curriculum approach:• Communication, which involves learning to listen as well as to express oneself effectively;• Recognizing and setting boundaries, which involves being able to identify an individual’s comfort level about relationship issues, and to navigate and negotiatethose boundaries with a partner;• Critical thinking to analyze the motivations for one’s own actions and the actionsof others;• Assertiveness to address and withstand peer pressure as well as pressure within a dating relationship and skills to enter and exit relationships safely and respectfully;
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