Safety and Violence

The latest news about safety and violence in schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Brett Hurt, a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., is wheeled into a news conference at Forbes Hospital. Hurt was one of the 21 victims injured by a knife-wielding students at the school this month.
—Keith Srakocic/AP

School Stabbings Signal Need for Broad Safety Plans

After a recent knife attack at a Pennsylvania high school, experts say educators should be prepared to respond to a range of potentially dangerous situations. (April 22, 2014)

Spotlight on Bullying

This Spotlight focuses on how educators and policymakers are working to prevent bullying and the harmful experiences associated with it.

Issue Backgrounder

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Violence and Safety

On-Demand Webinar

When Cyberbullying Spills Into School
In this webinar, experts on bullying discussed strategies on how to address and combat bullying in school and online.

Special Collections

A Lingering Shame: Sexual Abuse of Students by School Employees
This special collection of stories assembles reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue.

Columbine: 10 Years Later
A decade on, this collection looks at the events, survivors, and lessons gleaned from the attack at a Colorado high school.

The Virginia Tech Shootings
The mass slaying at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute revived vexing questions and raised familiar fears for K-12 educators across the country.

PD Directory

The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
Safety, Violence and Bullying

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Local districts are walking a tightrope between returning to the normal routine while acknowledging the street protests and larger debate about race and law enforcement sparked by the fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo.
August 22, 2014 - Education Week
Advocacy groups seek to publicize the problem of sexual abuse of students with disabilities, highlighting strategies to protect a population statistically more likely to be victimized.
June 24, 2014 - Education Week
Schools are using a variety of approaches to improve social interactions between students with developmental disabilities and their typically developing peers.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
After a recent knife attack at a Pennsylvania high school, experts say educators should be prepared to respond to a range of potentially dangerous situations.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
A new report cites inaccurate assessments of the needs of students entering the system, poor coordination between teaching and learning, and inconsistency in curricula as significant problems.
April 17, 2014 - Education Week
A review of the data-privacy policies of Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson—which have access to information about tens of millions of students—highlights concerns.
April 14, 2014 - Education Week
Companies and K-12 schools are struggling to plot their way out of what has become an emotionally charged and polarized atmosphere around data privacy.
April 14, 2014 - Education Week
A growing number of states are passing "Erin's Laws" requiring schools to take an active role in preventing child sexual abuse.
April 1, 2014 - Education Week
Drawing on school-discipline data, a group of Oregon districts is working to improve equity in addressing student misbehavior, Beaverton, Ore., Superintendent Jeff Rose writes.
March 24, 2014 - Education Week
Anti-bullying programs that aren't tied to a greater understanding of emotions and their consequences are not effective, write Marc A. Brackett and Susan E. Rivers.
February 18, 2014 - Education Week

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