School Connectedness

Community Civic Organizations Vanishing | Jaycees, Lions, Kiwanis, & Rotary Fading Fast | SDP167

[Podcast] Doc calls our attention to the strange disappearance of civic organizations in America and the subsequent impact on youth safety and community safety. Peaking in the 1960s, tiny villages and big cities bustled with volunteers of all ages to build parks, serve as crossing guards, hold free throw shooting contests for kids, work voting…

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Preparing for an Active Assailant on Campus | Morgan Ballis Interview | SAFETY DOC PODCAST #117 [Podcast]

[Podcast] As a school crisis develops, more time means more options. This episode’s guest works to put seconds back on the clock by teaching people steps to improve their chances for survival during a chaotic situation.  DIRECT LINK to MP3 of this Episode: https://tinyurl.com/SDP117-AUDIO ABOUT MORGAN BALLIS Morgan Ballis is the Director of Strategic Planning &…

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[Podcast] SAFETY DOC PODCAST #103 | Who is in Charge of School Safety?

[Podcast] School safety is the default responsibility of individual schools. Surprisingly, there are no federal laws mandating school safety plans of school-based mental health services. Some, and not all, states require school safety plans. Individual school districts safety plans are inconsistent and with site-based management, most schools apply discretion to make safety policies fit the…

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The Perilous Practice of Exempting Disabled Students from Safety Drills | Attorney James Sibley | SAFETY DOC PODCAST #95

[PODCAST] Attorney James Sibley is a potent advocate for special needs students and their families fighting for fair treatment. In this episode of the Safety Doc Podcast, Attorney Sibley and host David Perrodin discuss the sprawling practice of limiting or exempting students with disabilities from school safety instruction, drills and access to threat reporting systems.…

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The Safety Doc Podcast #2, 11-18-2016: Human Memory Recall Is Alarming Low – and how that fact should change the ways we approach school safety.

Podcast Key Words: Forgetting Curve, Time-Stamping, Memory Distortion, Safe Schools, Tolerance & Acceptance How well do you ACTUALLY remember things? Research reveals that most of us forget HALF of what we’ve encoded within only one hour!  This is startling in many regards and it calls into question the reliability of eye witness accounts.  For safety,…

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CODE OF SILENCE: Assess Bystander Behavior in the School Setting

Schools embrace a range of student discipline measures including zero tolerance and restorative practices.  In addition, schools are becoming increasingly efficient with threat reporting (input) systems, such as anonymous text numbers and online submission software.  However, the piece often not studied is what student bystanders do when they are aware of a potential act of…

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Surbhi Madia Barber: Education Reform Can Help Prevent Future Newtowns

It is with much gratitude that I am sharing a link to an article that was recently published by a Madison, Wisconsin newspaper.  Surbhi Madia Barber is a brilliant, articulate professional educator.  I had the privilege to meet her when our paths crossed in doctoral courses at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She is someone who brings focus and…

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