Improving School Safety and Preventing School Violence
NCSS supports schools, districts, mental health agencies, police departments, community-based organizations, and state, local, and tribal agencies across the country to implement evidence-based school safety programs. Our team is composed of national leaders in criminal justice, education, social work, and public health with expertise in school safety research and practice.
Our programs are designed to help increase the ability of school communities to identify appropriate school safety strategies and adapt them to fit their unique contexts, including their school’s capacity, population, geography, and funding constraints. Trainings and other assistance resources are provided in multiple formats, including webinars and self-paced online classes, and are free to anyone interested in school safety.
Contributing partner organizations include
Strategies and Guidance
A National Advisory Board (NAB) guides our work to ensure our tools, trainings, and support practices are appropriate, adaptable, and sustainable for each community. NAB members also assist in keeping resources up-to-date and accessible.
NAB members include:
- Education, criminology, and developmental researchers
- Superintendents and principals from rural, urban, suburban, and tribal districts
- Law enforcement
- National education organizations
- Youth leaders
- Other experts in school safety
We focus on developing comprehensive, easily accessible trainings that provide participants with the information and tools needed to implement evidence-based school safety plans, leverage best practices, and address implementation issues.
Our trainings are designed with the needs of current and future school safety practitioners in mind. We conduct an annual assessment of STOP grantees’ training needs and solicit feedback from training participants to ensure our programs remain current and valuable for the school safety community.
Trainings are available in-person, online, through webinars, and in peer-to-peer Learning Communities.
Want to connect with your school safety peers? Join our trainer- and expert-led Learning Communities and exchange goals, challenges, and best practices with other school safety practitioners.