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Secret Service Safe School Initiative - In 2002, the U.S. Secret Service completed the Safe School Initiative, a study of school shootings and other school-based attacks that was conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. The study examined school shootings in the United States as far back as 1974, through the end of the school year in 2000, analyzing a total of 37 incidents involving 41 student attackers. The study involved extensive review of police records, school records, court documents, and other source materials, and included interviews with 10 school shooters. The focus of the study was on developing information about the school shooters's pre-attack behaviors and communications. The goal was to identify information about a school shooting that may be identifiable or noticeable before the shooting occurs, to help inform efforts to prevent school-based attacks. This Web site contains the final report in addition to other publications. ...

Virginia Youth Violence Project - This Web site, hosted by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, provides a bonanza of resources on school safety and youth violence prevention, grouped around the subjects of violence in schools, threat assessment, prevention, bullying and juvenile violence. ...

School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) - The SSOCS is a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of about 3,000 public elementary and secondary schools and is the primary source of school-level data on crime and safety for the National Center for Education Statistics. This site contains links to SSOCS publications, survey questionnaires and other crime and safety surveys....

Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence - Housed at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence conducts research on a variety of subjects in youth violence; provides training and education; works with local and statewide programs and interagency groups to develop and direct violence prevention programs/projects; and provides additional information on a wide array of topics in the field of youth violence, including after-school programs, bullying, mental health, gang resources, model programs, youth as leaders and much more....

Building Blocks for Youth - Building Blocks for Youth was a multi-strategy, multi-site initiative that featured an alliance of children and youth advocates, researchers, community organizers, and law enforcement professionals working to address disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) by:Reducing the overrepresentation and racial and ethnic disparities affecting youth of color in the juvenile system and promoting fair, rational, and effective juvenile justice policies....

The National Center for Education Statistics - The National Center for Education Statistics is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. This Web site contains publications, statistics and charts pertaining to education issues nationwide, including statistics on student suspensions and expulsions....

The National School Safety Center - This organization advocates for safe, secure and peaceful schools. The center produces videos and publications highlighting school safety research, practice, strategies, trends and resources. The center also executes school safety assessments, identifying key factors impacting student and staff safety, including existing school safety plans; anti-terrorist measures; and the prevalence of gangs, weapons and drug or alcohol abuse. ...

The Jigsaw Classroom - This is a cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation and increases enjoyment of the learning experience. The technique was first developed in the early 1970s by Elliot Aronson, and since then hundreds of schools have used it with great success. Most teachers find the technique easy to learn and it can be used with other teaching strategies. This Web site describes the Jigsaw Classroom and how to use it, and also provides links on cooperative learning and school violence....

Center for the Prevention of School Violence (CPSV) - This site is a good resource for promising practices at the school level, strategies for preventing school violence and developments in North Carolina. CPSV is primarily directed at school level officials, but also works with state officials across the country. The center has developed a "safe school pyramid" of promising strategies based upon intervention as well as prevention. Its Web site includes access to a "Web conferencing forum" and several publications on preventing school violence....

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC Web site is a good source of statistical information about youth violence. CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion studies youth violence on a continuing basis, including such issues as: homicides and suicides associated with schools and common features of school-related violent deaths. The CDC also conducts a school-based survey of risk behaviors among students in grades 9-12. Articles include: "Facts About Violence Among Youth and Violence in Schools," and "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance -- United States 1997."...

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) - This Web site includes information about crime prevention, community building and comprehensive planning – from newsletters, to frequently asked questions, to program ideas and examples, to training and tools. NCPC is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to help America prevent crime and build safer, stronger communities. Articles available on this site include: (1) "School Violence: Turning Tragedy into Action"; (2) "Safer Schools: Strategies for Educators and Law Enforcement"; and (3) "Stopping School Violence: 12 Things You Can Do."...

National School Safety and Security Services - This Web site includes a wide range of resources on school security planning, crisis preparedness and linking security with prevention and intervention programs. This organization also offers consulting at the local and state levels. Resources include: "State-level School Safety Strategies for Legislators and Elected Officials"; "Early Warning Signs of Youth Violence: Fact, Fiction or Fad?"...

Public Agenda - The Public Agenda Web site provides public opinion research on a number of topics, including school safety. The group recently has added to its Web site an analysis of the public concerns raised by the Columbine High School shootings, including information from recent public opinion surveys on school violence....

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice - A private nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce society's reliance on the use of institutionalization as a solution to social problems. Its site includes the report: "School House Hype: School Shootings and the Real Risks Kids Face in America." The site also includes links to model programs and policies, as well as to examples of images and false portrayals about kids, juvenile crime and schools....


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