BackgroundEfforts to improve school climate, safety, and learning are inextricably linked. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe, welcome, and supported. These efforts must be designed, funded, and implemented as a comprehensive schoolwide approach including:
- parent and community engagement;
- best practices on crisis prevention and training;
- adequate staffing levels; and
- a fully integrated, multitiered system of supports (e.g., school-based behavioral, mental health, and social services) for students.
Take ActionNAESP pushes for federal policy prescriptions to improve school-based mental health and school safety programs, including resources for principals and school personnel to improve access to mental health and to stop school violence before it happens.Visit NAESP’s Advocacy Action Center to see how you can support your students and school.
Did You Know?
School Safety Commission Should Help Schools Provide Mental Health Resources to Prevent ViolenceRead More
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Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practicesin WebinarsRead More
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NAESP Board of Directors Issues Position Statement on Inclusiveness & DiversityRead More
The statement reflects the association’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and school and student success.
NAESP Executive Director Represents Principals at School Safety Listening SessionRead More
Dr. L. Earl Franks spoke at the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Commission on School Safety’s listening session. Read more
Statement from NAESP Executive Director on Santa Fe High School ShootingRead More
“NAESP mourns that there has been yet another school shooting—this time in Santa Fe, Texas. NAESP stands with the Santa Fe school community during this time of…
Turn Down the Pressure: Finding Balance in Work and Lifein WebinarsRead More
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NAESP Statement in Response to Shooting at Stoneman High SchoolRead More
The National Association of Elementary School Principals calls for strengthened policies and increased funding for school safety and student support services.