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PEDC 9103 Safe Schools and Schools in Crisis: What is your Plan?
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 Hours Instructor Janice McLachlan December 1-30, May 1-30,June 1-28
University of the Pacific
In light of the violence that is plaguing our schools, it is time for educators to take a proactive stand. It is our job to create a safe social, emotional and physical learning environment for all students to achieve success and grow. The NY State Education Department suggests seven steps to school safety that will provide a positive learning climate for all. Educators will research this model to create real classroom and school-wide resources and programs to bring back to their school community. This course will explore and evaluate data on effective school safety plans, emergency response plans, violence prevention and interventions, exercises and drills for prevention, codes of conduct, child abuse in the educational setting along with violence and disruptive behavior reporting (VADIR) and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE). Educators will learn how to communicate and work with parents and community members to help achieve this important goal. It is imperative to be able to see the warning signs and recognize what is working in your school and what is not. School safety is everyone’s responsibility. This class is appropriate for all educators P-12, ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, LOTE, ESL, Special Education, Visual Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, Physical Education, Technology, Guidance Counselors and Social Workers and Psychologists.