Safety and Violence

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

Brian Hall, a community safety officer dedicated to the elementary schools in the Prince William County school system, watches as a group of students walk to their classroom at Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Va.
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Schools Are Spending Millions on Safety. How Will They Know It's Working?

Researchers who study school security worry that K-12 leaders don’t have good data to back up their decision-making on school safety investments. They want to help. (November 13, 2018)


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School Shootings: Five Critical Questions

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The Parkland School Shooting: Complete Coverage
On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 and sending hundreds fleeing into the streets. It would become the third-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history.

The Newtown School Shootings
Education Week's coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and their aftermath.

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.

Rules for Engagement Blog

05/11 03:58 pm | Stories to Make You Smile: Livestreaming Chicks Hatching in a Teacher's Bathroom | Anne Thiebeau didn't want her students to miss out on seeing the chicken and duck eggs they had been incubating hatch, so she broadcast the hatchings from her bathroom ...


Gallery: School Violence in Books, Movies, TV, and More
School massacres and mayhem have been a dark thread in popular culture for decades. Browse this collection of moments when school violence made its way into movies, literature, television, music, video games, and theater.

School Officers: Who They Are; What They Do
School resource officers began increasing after the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, but little is known about this specialized law enforcement profession. The Education Week Research Center surveyed SROs to provide insights into their training and roles.

Leader to Learn From

Dale Marsden: Recognized for Leadership in School Climate and Safety
Dale Marsden has lived a superintendent’s worst nightmare—armed intruders threatening his students or staff—not just once, but twice in the five years he’s led this large school district.

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We must have extra compassion for students who have lost their safe haven during this crisis, writes high school teacher Shalander Shelly Samuels.
May 21, 2020 – Education Week
This crisis may provide the opportunity for a bold paradigm shift in education—but only if we embrace personalization, urges Paul Reville.
May 21, 2020 – Education Week
Teachers, parents, and school leaders themselves will all need support during and after the coronavirus pandemic, write Phyllis L. Fagell and Joshua P. Starr.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
In this moment of loss, the coronavirus pandemic offers four opportunities to demand the rebirth of public education, writes Amy Stuart Wells.
May 8, 2020 – Education Week
Students and adults in the school community will all need more support when schools reopen, writes the head of the National Association of School Psychologists.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
It's worth remembering how far we've come on educating students with disabilities, writes Nebraska's education commissioner Matthew L. Blomstedt.
May 5, 2020 – Education Week
Injustice in our education system was normalized long before the pandemic, writes Bettina L. Love. Now is the time to radically dream for a better future.
April 30, 2020 – Education Week
People want to spring into action to help, but moving thoughtfully ends up saving time, writes a veteran of Katrina.
May 13, 2020 – Education Week
Mounting an educational response to the coronavirus is a bit like fighting a wildfire, writes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Justin Reich.
April 24, 2020 – Education Week
More than 3 million U.S. children are cared for by a grandparent, writes researcher Jacob Alonso. These families are particularly vulnerable now.
April 23, 2020 – Education Week

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