In the wake of the violent tragedies in Newtown, Connecticut, we are once again reminded about the importance of school safety. When crisis strikes, the daily lessons imparted in classrooms and on school grounds across the nation take on even more importance. In addition to academics, our children learn respect and resilience at school, and it’s our job as educators to be committed to keeping schools safe and supporting children and their families.
The LAE’s school safety efforts go well beyond policy proposals with professional development for members in school safety, bullying, bias/harassment, and cultural competence. The association is currently promoting its parent organization’s bullying prevention campaign, NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts with Me. This initiative provides educators with the tools they need to identify and prevent school bullying, which could otherwise lead to violent behavior, isolation, and depression in students. Go to http://www.nea.org/home/neabullyfree.html
for more information on this important initiative.