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March 2018

School Violence, Safety, and Well-Being: 

A Comprehensive Approach

School Violence Congressional Panelists

To watch the full 2-hour C-SPAN coverage, click here

Other noteworthy media outlets in attendance included: CNN, NBC, NPR , & The Mainichi Newspapers

Every time we as a nation find ourselves witnessing and attempting to comprehend school shootings, pundits and politicians offer unilateral strategies with the promise such tragedies will never occur again.  But they do.  What is different following the Parkland rampage is that students from around the country are rallying and advocating for change, in a manner more articulate and compassionate than their years suggest.  We believe prevention science can help create the change that is needed. 

On March 23, 2018, one day before the student-led “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C, the NPSC convened a congressional briefing on school violence (see toolkit produced by the Melissa Institute providing action steps following the March). We did not limit our Briefing to school shootings, but rather brought together top thinkers and practitioners who recognize that our common goal is to achieve student safety and well-being in addition to the absence of violence.  The experts discussed topics pertinent to school violence, ranging from early prevention efforts to reforms in laws and policies surrounding guns.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Lauren Hogg gave a first-hand account of the mass shooting that killed 17 people.  Julie Pollack, step-mother of Meadow Pollack who was one of the 17 murdered at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, conveyed to us what that has meant to her as a Mother and as an Emergency Physician. Their perspectives, experiences and pleas are vital to our efforts to identify effective solutions to school violence that also promote general safety and well-being. 

Below you will find video presentations for each speaker, PowerPoint presentations, and additional resources.  Don't forget to join our mailing list to stay up to date!



Representative Bobby Scott, Ranking Member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce

Lauren Hogg, Freshman & Activist

Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL.

Dr. Ron Avi Astor

University of Southern California

Briefing Presentation: Promotion of Healthy School Cultures

Dr. Dewey Cornell

University of Virginia

Briefing Presentation: Evidence-Based School Threat Assessment

Dr. Daniel Webster

Johns Hopkins University

Briefing Presentation: Sensible Gun Legislation

Dr. Julie Phillips Pollack, Step-Mother & Emergency Physician, Parkland FL.

Dr. David Osher

American Institutes for Research

Briefing Presentation: Identify and Effectively Respond to Early Warning Signs

Dr. David Schonfeld

University of Southern California

Briefing Presentation: Best Practices for Recovery and Loss

Dr. Dorothy Espelage

University of Florida


Additional Resources

Prevention, Early Intervention & School Climate

Mapping and monitoring bullying and violence: Building a safe school climate (discount code ASFLYQ6)

Ron Astor and Rami Benbenishty

(Oxford University Press; Publication Link)

Welcoming practices: Creating schools that support students and families in transition (discount code ASFLYQ6)

Ron Avi Astor, Linda Jacobson, Stephanie L. Wrabel, Rami Benbenishty, and Diana Pineda

(Oxford University Press; Publication Link)

Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools

Safe, Supportive, & Successful Schools: Step by Step

NPSC School Violence Prevention Fact Sheet

Comprehensive Websites provides a number of free resources that help school communities address issues of school climate, specifically around safety and prevention (especially in the publications section)

National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention:

National Center on Safe and Supportive School Environments: Safe and Supportive Schools Grants

Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in Our Nation's Classrooms: Includes two modules trainers can use to address bullying in classrooms.  Specifically, it is designed to assist teachers in cultivating meaningful relationships with students while creating a positive climate in the classroom.

  • School Climate Improvement Resource Package. This resource package is designed to help schools and districts improve school climate. It includes a variety of resources that meet a range of needs among stakeholders interested in improving school climate. Get This Product.

  • ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS).This surveying tool allows States, local districts, and schools to collect and act on reliable, nationally-validated school climate data in real-time. The EDSCLS builds on federal initiatives and research, which recommended that the Department work on the issue of school climate. The surveying tool is free of charge and can be downloaded on the NCSSLE website. Get This Tool.

The Virginia Youth Violence Project is a research group composed of faculty and graduate students in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. They conduct research on youth violence prevention and school safety, and provide training and consultation on topics such as threat assessment, bullying prevention, and forensic psychology.

Opinion Editorials

Gun Legislation

Dealing with Loss & Recovery

After a Loved One Dies Booklet

For more information about this briefing including additional literature, contact:

Dr. Michael B. Greene, Chair, Violence Prevention Working Group, National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives;

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