Safe Schools. Healthy Kids.

The National Center for School Safety (NCSS) is focused on improving school safety and preventing school violence. We are the BJA STOP Program Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) provider.


We collaborate with school safety leaders, institutions, and community members to develop training in the latest school safety programs and best practices.

Training opportunities cover a wide range of topic areas and are available in multiple formats, including webinars, self-paced courses, peer-to-peer learning communities, toolkits, and more.


We have created and curated a number of resources to assist you in developing, implementing, and learning about school safety programs.

Looking for toolkits on trauma-informed programs? Information to help apply for and manage your school safety grant? Clearinghouses to explore the ecosystem of school safety programs?

We have a collection of these and more to help you along your school safety journey.

Technical Assistance

NCSS offers personalized technical assistance to STOP grantees wherever they are in the lifespan of their grant.

You can connect with your Technical Assistance Specialist by scheduling a one-on-one meeting, joining your fellow grantees during quarterly NCSS STOP Training and Technical Assistance Meetings, or in our monthly TA Grantee Hours.

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Latest Trainings & Resources

Lockdown Drills

Learn how to use lockdown drills as part of your comprehensive school safety and emergency preparedness efforts: how to conduct drills in a trauma-informed manner and evaluate them for effectiveness.
TOPICS School Drills
 Self-Paced Trainings

Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Leadership and Crisis Navigation

Grow your understanding of what it means to be a school leader and gain strategies you can use to navigate crises while maintaining a trauma-informed, resilience-oriented lens.
TOPICS Capacity Building, School Climate
 Self-Paced Trainings

Leading through Crises

In the third and final episode of our series “What It Means to Be a School Leader”, Dr. Henderson-Smith discusses leading through a crisis and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen on Anchor
TOPICS Capacity Building, Mental Health, School Climate

Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM): Best Practice Considerations for K–12 Schools

This school safety and crisis resource by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) examines the evidence-based best practices of Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM) in a K-12 school setting.
Full Report & PDF
TOPICS Threat Assessment
TYPE Reports

Rapid-Cycle Adaptive Leadership

In episode two of our series “What It Means to Be a School Leader”, Dr. Henderson-Smith explains how school leaders can turn challenges into opportunities.
Listen on Anchor
TOPICS Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans

Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Leadership

In the first episode of our series “What It Means to Be a School Leader”, Dr. Linda Henderson-Smith describes what a good leader is and what it means to be trauma-informed and resilience-oriented.
Listen on Anchor
TOPICS Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans

The second training from the @DOJBJA's Grant Applicant Education #webinar series is happening TOMORROW, Jan 26! Learn more and register for "The Funding Process: First Steps to Applying, How to Prepare Now, and Other Considerations" webinar today:

Applications are now open for @fema's Youth Preparedness Council (YPC)! This is a great opportunity for teens who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness & making a difference in their community. Click here to learn more about YPC & apply today:

We can't have safer schools without enough school personnel, & nationwide districts are struggling with staffing shortages. Click below to read a letter from the @usedgov @SecCardona on strategies for hiring & retaining qualified educators: