Mapping and Monitoring Methods: Empowering Schools during COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

July 27, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time


Mapping and Monitoring is a new empowerment approach to improve school climate, social justice, and safety that uses student, educator, and parent voices as the centerpiece for addressing the wide range of school safety and climate concerns.

Currently, issues of safety focused on COVID-19 reentry to school, social distancing, use of police or SRO’s on school grounds, and the marking of safe places and times (both physical and cyberspaces) that are vulnerable to acts of racism, victimization, and possible contagion are critical. Using a Mapping and Monitoring approach, educators, parents, and students work together to identify the spaces, times, and practices where students thrive and jointly design responses that match each communities’ local needs. Examples will include implications for addressing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter social justice and safety issues.

This webinar is part one of a two-part series on fostering a holistic positive school climate for the 2020-2021 school year while addressing concerns related to COVID-19 and racial unrest.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify how schools can make better use of time and space to improve students’ social and emotional learning, educator safety, empowerment within the school community, as well as improvement of the school.
  • Describe the components of a comprehensive mapping and monitoring system and provide examples of how schools can better use student, parent, and educator voices to reduce risk behaviors, victimization, increase positive climate and improve student and staff outcomes by elevating the setting knowledge of students, parents, and staff.
  • Structure methods to analyze collected feedback, present it to multiple constituents and apply it to address areas of concern


  • Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D., Professor at the University of California Los Angeles
  • Rami Benbebishty, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Continuing Education Credit

This webinar is offered for an NCSS certificate of completion.

Planning Committee

Ron Avi Astor, MSW, PhD; Rami Benbebishty, PhD; Phoebe Kulik, MPH, CHES; Brad Bender MSW; Naomi Pomerantz, MPH, LLMSW; Tom Reischl, PhD; Hsing-Fang Hsieh, PhD



1 hr.

Topic Areas

Mental Health, School Climate

Crisis Timeline

Prevention Planning

Resource Type

Webinar (Live), Webinars


Law Enforcement, Mental Health Professionals, Parents, Principals, Superintendents, Teachers