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Safe and Healthy Schools: Practical Prevention Strategies [Paperback]

Jeffrey R. Sprague PhD , Hill M. Walker Phd

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Dec 15 2004 1593851057 978-1593851057 1
A hands-on resource for practitioners, this book provides step-by-step guidance for developing a comprehensive school safety plan. Moving from needs assessment to implementation and evaluation, chapters describe research-based strategies that are readily applicable in K-12 settings. Special features include reproducible checklists and other planning tools, presented in a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding. Described are proven ways to:

* Create a low-crime environment
* Identify and support high-risk students
* Reduce bullying and harassment
* Improve the schoolwide disciplinary system
* Draw on community resources for change

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series.

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"This book provides practical and timely approaches to ensuring school safety and preventing violence. The interventions described are rooted in sound theory and research. From authors who are internationally known for their expertise on school safety, this volume presents cutting-edge knowledge on an important topic."--Edwin R. Gerler, Jr., EdD, Counselor Education Program, College of Education, North Carolina State University; Editor, Journal of School Violence

"Authored by two of the most respected experts in the field, this book draws on recent advances in the field of youth violence prevention. It provides hands-on, practical strategies sure to be of interest to mental health providers, educators, and other professionals interested in changing the odds for children and youth at risk for serious life adjustment problems. The book will also serve as a valuable text for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses that deal with evidence-based practices for preventing aggressive and violent behavior in children and youth."--Mark Katz, PhD, author of On Playing a Poor Hand Well

"Sprague and Walker have written a comprehensive yet commonsense book that addresses a most critical topic. For school administrators, counselors, teachers, and other school personnel responsible for creating safe and healthy school environments, this book is an absolute 'must read.' This book is replete with practical assessment tools, prevention programs, and intervention strategies that will be useful to all school personnel."--Michael H. Epstein, EdD, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"I have adopted this book as recommended reading in my course 'Crisis Management for Educational Leaders.' The book is quite good and should make a welcome addition to my graduate students' libraries; they will refer to it as future leaders and principals of schools."--Sam Blank, EdM, School of Education, Pace University

"Consistent with previous works in the Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools series, Safe and Healthy Schools is a winner....Safe and Healthy Schools is authored by two respected professionals. It is clear, comprehensive, and replete with practical tools. My hope is that the book will be extensively used by practicing school psychologists and, secondarily, a valuable text in our training programs."--NASP Communiqué
(NASP Communiqu� 2004-12-17)

"Exemplary in its concise presentation of practical, evidence-based prevention strategies for use by educators working to create safe and effective school environments....A highly readable text that is replete with usable materials such as questionnaires, surveys and other tools to guide prevention oriented discussions, planning, and actions....I recommend it highly, and truly hope it finds its way into the hands of educators in each of America's schools."--Attention Magazine
(Attention Magazine 2004-12-17)

About the Author

Jeffrey Sprague PhD, is Associate Professor of Special Education and Codirector of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior at the University of Oregon. In 2001, Dr. Sprague worked with the Oregon legislature to establish the Oregon Center for School Safety. Previously a classroom teacher and a school behavioral consultant, Dr. Sprague was also the Director of the Center for School and Community Integration at the Indiana University Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities. He has directed federal, state, and local research and demonstration projects related to whole-school discipline, youth violence prevention, alternative education, juvenile delinquency prevention, school inclusion, school-to-work transition and employment, school systems change, and self-advocacy. His research activities encompass applied behavior analysis, positive behavior supports, functional behavioral assessment, school safety and violence prevention, and juvenile delinquency. A contributor to "Early Warning, Timely Response," and the "President's Annual Reports on School Safety" in 1998, 1999, and 2000, he has recently written a white paper on school safety for Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers' School Safety Coalition, as well as the book Safe School Design (with Tod Schneider and Hill M. Walker).

Hill M. Walker, PhD, is Professor of Special Education, Codirector of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, and Director of the Center on Human Development in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He has a long-standing interest in behavioral assessment and in the development of effective intervention procedures for use in school settings with a range of behavior disorders. He has been engaged in applied research throughout his career, and his research interests include social skills assessment, curriculum development and intervention, longitudinal studies of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the development of early screening procedures for detecting students who are at-risk for social/-behavioral adjustment problems and/or later school dropout. His most recent books include Interventions for Academic and Behavior Problems II (coedited with Mark Shinn and Gary Stoner) and the second edition of Antisocial Behavior in School (coedited with Elizabeth Ramsey and Frank M. Gresham).

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