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Tips, Tools and Toolkits
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.
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.
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.
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.
Describes Colorado's work to promote early childhood social and emotional development through the use of mental health consultants in schools and child care programs.
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.
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.
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.