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Eleven Ways the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Framework Implementation Toolkit (Safe Schools FIT) Can Make Your School A Safer Place This Year

As students and educators head back to the classroom this fall, issues like school safety and mental health are undoubtedly top-of-mind. But, how can schools create safer, healthier learning environments with limited resources? Where can communities and schools get the tools they need to make school a great place for all?
The Safe Schools Framework Implementation Toolkit, or Safe Schools FIT, is the answer. 

Launching in July: The Most Comprehensive Collection of SS/HS Tools and Resources. Ever.

Here at the National Resource Center, we work every day with Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantees on strategies for sustaining and expanding their work at the state and local level. And we’ve known for some time that we need to “walk the talk” about expanding the SS/HS model nationally. That’s why we’ve been busy for over a year crafting and refining the most comprehensive online toolkit imaginable to implement and sustain the SS/HS model anywhere in the U.S.

Transforming Schools into Healthy Learning Environments The Impact of Safe Schools/Healthy Students

Too many students across the country worry about their safety in school, and that unacceptable reality prevents them from learning and thriving. But the roots of youth violence—and the solutions—are complex. Educators need as many realistic, proven, and evidence-based solutions as possible.

Making it Happen: The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Framework Tool

The SS/HS initiative offers schools/districts and communities an interactive Framework tool that connects the core components of the SS/HS approach, a roadmap of how to plan and implement programs, and the values at the foundation of it all. The interactive Framework tool allows states and communities to proactively develop a comprehensive plan—rather than rely on a set of patchwork solutions—that addresses their unique needs in mental health promotion and youth violence prevention.

Project LAUNCH Sustainability Guide and Self-Assessment Tool

The Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool Guide, developed by the National Resource Center on Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NRC), is a resource developed for Project LAUNCH grantees to assist with planning and developing efforts to sustain certain activities. The tool provides a structure for Project LAUNCH grantees to record the current status of their sustainability plan/efforts and set priorities.

Examining the Associations Between Infant/Toddler Workforce Preparation, Program Quality and Child Outcomes: A Review of the Research Evidence

Considers the role of educational attainment, degree type (e.g., concentration or major in early childhood or a related field), years of experience, and training. The brief concludes with implications for future research, as well as for policy and practice.

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

Explores interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides research-based principles that affect a child's self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.

Bullying in Schools

Writes about how community policing in schools can help prevent and respond to bullying and intolerance. By following community policing, school resource officers and school safety personnel can contribute to a productive and enriching environment for students, teachers, and administrators alike. 


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