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Staff Preparedness Perceptions When Confronting Violent Incidents in School
posted by: Alana | December 09, 2014, 03:27 PM   

Episodes of school violence have been on the rise, effecting parents and students alike. But more than anyone, teachers have been pushed to the center stage of the conversation due to their unique roles as first-responders.

In many of the incidents of violence that have occurred, the news is filled with stories of the "teacher-heroes" who have risked or gave their lives to save their students. And because of this uptick in school violence, the safety of our children, our fellow educators, and the schools within our community is a real concern that warrants serious attention.

It's clear that further research is needed to develop interventions in the hope of reducing future incidents.

That’s why Sherri Kanner of Capella University is asking educators to come forward and share their insight in a research study addressing the problem of school violence.

“A school should be a haven for children; a place where they can grow, thrive and learn. It should not be a place where they worry about the occurrence of violence,” says Kanner.

AAE's 2014 National survey results indicated that while 75% of surveyed members feel safe in their school, teachers report increased safety procedures in their buildings.

Teachers deserve a voice in this debate and we're happy to facilitate Kanner's efforts to bring teachers to the table when discussing school violence.

If you are an educator who works face-to-face with students, you’re invited to let your voice be heard in this conversation in a one-on-one confidential and anonymous telephone conversation with Sherri to discuss your views on school violence. To participate in her research study, you can contact her directly at or by phone at (951) 269-1859 or (909) 754-0589.

How prepared do you feel you are to handle violent incidents in school?
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