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Safety Doc Podcast 56: Will it Work? Army & DHS Prep Teachers for Active Shooters with Video Games

PODCAST-The Army and Homeland Security announced the release of a no-cost computer-based simulation that trains teachers how to respond in an active shooter situation at a school. Forum commenters felt the instruction is an encroachment on 2nd Amendment rights and that there been little analysis of the design and intended rollout of the program. Dr.…

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Back to School Safety Special – Time to be Terrified!! – SDP#39

High-drama multi-agency intruder response simulations transpire daily in schools across America. This hyper-realistic approach to school safety has produced a flurry of litigation centering psychological trauma for adults and children. Furthermore, theatrical drills are not supported by empirical research and differ greatly from other preparedness practices.

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Logotherapy & Reclaiming Youth From the Existential Vacuum – SDP #21

Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy is a relevant framework and also a confusing term as it makes one think of branding and not the Greek word logos, which is “meaning”. In this podcast, I share why it is important to make youth aware of Logotherapy as a perspective to counter the growing rhetoric of determinism and The Butterfly Effect that are eroding belief in free will and therefore distancing people from a sense of control over self or environment.

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Mainstreaming, Inclusion, Tolerance, & Acceptance – Oh My! Unsnarling Conflated Terminology – SDP #19

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/312643349″ params=”visual=true&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]   [podcast] “The Safety Doc” untangles the conflated terms mainstreaming and inclusion as well as the seemingly synonymous words tolerance and inclusion.  A clear-cut definition of each designation postures the listener to grapple with the practices of debate, protests, and the non-aggression principle – all of which are…

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Discovering the Awesomeness of Multiplayer Video Games – Interview with Seann Dikkers, PhD – SDP #18

Dr. Dikkers regards video gaming the same as other media such as movies and music. It has become part of our society and just like heavy metal music, is not the causal factor of violent behaviors. In fact, as game play increases violent behaviors decrease. Seann examines digital game design and teaching and learning. What can we learn from video games to provide a meaningful experience in classrooms?

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CHNA Will Be Your Partner in Serving Needy Children & Families

CHNA Will Be Your Partner in Serving Needy Children and Families David Perrodin, PhD Note to reader: This article was published in the November, 2016, Sprigeo, Inc. newsletter.   Per the Instructions for IRS Form 990, Schedule H, 2011 and the Patient Protection are Act, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted to aid…

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Harrisburg Shooting Reflection Delivers Conflicting Messages

By  Erin Mairose • Aug 5, 2016 at http://listen.sdpb.org/post/school-administrators-reflect-harrisburg-shooting#stream/0   (this article refers to an incident that occurred in 2015) “After a student shot Principal Kevin Lein in his office, Assistant Principal Ryan Rollinger  tackled the student while waiting for law enforcement. Rollinger says school administrators are the people who teach school drills. But it’s important for administrators…

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Sentinel Events – The Problem With Only Focusing on the Direct Cause

School safety recommendations that have come out following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are revealing a positive trend to look beyond the direct causes for sentinel events.  I’ve often felt that an emphasis on direct causes results in excessive fortification of schools and layers of procedures.  The journey to the root cause is longer,…

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Five Free FEMA Training Modules I Recommend for K-12 School Principals

University leadership programs may offer crisis courses based on the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, but the level of specificity and fidelity to these standards depends on the particular university and instructor. Because of the deviation in presentation of ISLLC standards, some educational leaders may have little to no exposure to crisis management…

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