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School Safety Resources for Educators

Violence Prevention, GLBT, Internet Safety, Bullying

Students learn best and achieve their full potential in safe and orderly classrooms. These resources will help you create and maintain a safe, secure and peaceful learning environment.

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School Safety: A Guide to Developing a Severe Weather Emergency Plan for Schools
This document provides advice on planning for flooding, hail, and tornadoes. It also includes a good glossary of weather terms for lesson planning. Written by a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Playground Safety Tips - National Program for Playground Safety
It is estimated that every two-and-a-half minutes a child is treated in an emergency room for a playground-related injury. The National Program for Playground Safety Web site provides the latest educational and research information on playground safety. Free downloadable materials as well as materials for sale.

Safe Kids USA
This Web site, which is dedicated to preventing accidental injury to children, offers programs, research information, tips, product recalls, and activities for kids (under Activities for Kids, see Teacher's Desk for lesson plans).

Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. The site includes news, statistics, tips, and regulations and standards.

Science and Safety, Making the Connection ( PDF, 234 KB, 16 pgs.)
This school safety reference is for science teachers, primarily grades 9-12, and emphasizes procedures of ensuring laboratory safety and responsibilities educators have for creating and maintaining safe lab environments.

Teaching Tolerance, an initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Teaching Tolerance offers free copies of Bullied, a 40-minute documentary film about one student’s ordeal with anti-gay bullies, as well as corresponding lesson plans and activities for middle and high-school students. Also available at its website, are resources around Mix It Up Day, an annual event when students are asked to sit with someone new in the cafeteria – a small step that can go a far way to breaking down social and racial barriers.

Violence Prevention

The NEA HIN School Crisis Guide
A step-by-step resource created by educators for educators can make it easier for NEA leaders and school district administrators and principals to keep schools safe — so teachers can teach and children can learn.

Maintaining a Safe Environment: In Middle Schools
The author, a former middle school teacher and administrator, looks at safe schools in general while discussing the work of one middle school in particular.

Preventing School Violence
The author provides links to resources that support the idea that if you reduce bullying, you reduce violence.

Student Pledge Against Gun Violence
In October, one day is set aside to observe the Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. The Pledge, in Spanish and in English, encourages young people to take a proactive stance in reducing gun violence. The Web site includes curriculum suggestions and event planning materials.


GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
With nine out of 10 gay and lesbian students reporting harassment at school, it’s important to recognize the specific needs of GLBT students. Go to the GLSEN site for anti-bullying resources, including lesson plans, the tools to build a “Safe Space” program at your school, and specific plans for participation in No-Name Calling Week this January 24-28.

Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation
Citing an extensive body of research, Safe at School documents the persistence of hostile and unsafe school environments that can result in lower educational outcomes and higher rates of depression and suicide for LGBT students. The report contains a series of policy recommendations to ensure schools are welcoming and safe for LGBT students. These recommendations cover areas such as school climate, curriculum, and the particular role of school sports in defining a school's culture.

Internet Safety
Check out “The Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet,” and other resources on cyberbullying and inappropriate use of social networking from this site, which is a partnership of the NEA Health Information Network.

The Anti-Defamation League's CyberALLY program
This program aims to empower the bystanders online. ADL also provides anti-bias study guides for teachers and “Making Diversity Count,” a 15-hour online professional development course that costs $140.


Bullying Prevention & Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools
This book is grounded in the research and extensive experience in schools of its three authors, Susan M. Swearer, Dorothy L. Espelage, and Scott A. Napolitano. The book describes practical ways to combat bullying at the school, classroom and individual level. It includes helpful reproducibles, concrete examples, and questions for reflection and discussion.

Stop Bullying Now!
This website provides bullying information, resources and prevention tips from the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services. It includes 12 cartoon “webisodes” for younger students and multiple resource materials for students of all ages, parents and educators.

The Target Bullying Survey & Intervention System
This website provides an ecologically based assessment and intervention system for schools. Based on work with parents, school personnel, psychologists and policy makers, the site offers resources to create safe, non-threatening learning environments for students of all ages.

Netcetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online ( PDF, 507 KB, 54 pgs.)
This 55-page booklet is available free from the federal government. It provides guidance on how to keep kids safe when on the Internet. It discusses cyberbullying and sexting. 

Shout It Out
This musical film focuses predominantly on themes of bullying and suicide – and can provide a “jumping off point” for discussions between teens and adults. It is available to NEA members, along with an accompanying study guide, at the discounted price of $120.  

Conflict Resolution


  • National Training Program on Safety, Bias and GLBT Issues Prevention and Intervention Program


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