Remembering Columbine

Remembering Columbine by Dr. Dave Keller, Character.org Today marks the 16th anniversary of the horrific Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado.  On April 20, 1999, the world watched in unspeakable horror as Columbine students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered twelve fellow students and a teacher — and wounded 23 others — before both … Continue reading “Remembering Columbine”

School Safety Summit Recap Part 2

School Safety Summit a weighty, timely success: Impresses importance of crisis management plansPart 2 of a blog reporting on CEP’s 2013 National School Safety Summit on October 24th. The summit included presentations and discussions which largely fell into two broad categories: preventing violence with improved school climate and engagement, and crisis management responses to active … Continue reading “School Safety Summit Recap Part 2”

School Safety Summit Recap: Part 1

Part 1 of a blog reporting on CEP’s 2013 National School Safety Summit on Oct. 24. The summit included presentations and discussions which largely fell into two broad categories: preventing violence with improved school climate and engagement, and crisis management responses to active situations of violence. Look for the second part on crisis management and … Continue reading “School Safety Summit Recap: Part 1”

Q. What can schools do to keep students safe?

From the 2013 NSOC magazine: Edited by Joseph Mazzola with permission of the authors In the wake of too many school shooting tragedies, we at CEP know that educators and parents in every school community are looking for solutions that work, so we posed this question to several national experts, and here is what they … Continue reading “Q. What can schools do to keep students safe?”

Creating Safe Spaces that Nurture Learning

When it comes to flourishing in school nowadays, scientific evidence is mounting that confirms what many of us have suspected all along—that if we want children to truly learn, and to perform better in life as both students and citizens, then we have to educate them in an environment that they see as safe, caring … Continue reading “Creating Safe Spaces that Nurture Learning”

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Be More Than a Bystander: Speak Up Against Bullying and Violence

Since I started working with CEP over a year ago, I have found myself looking at virtually everything I do—see, hear, read about, etc.—through a prism of right-and-wrong, searching for a teachable moment in just about every action. But even so, I still feel that my experiences over the last five weeks have been unusually … Continue reading “Be More Than a Bystander: Speak Up Against Bullying and Violence”

Reducing School Violence by Teaching Empathy

By Ed DeRoche“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. ” –  Professor Daniel Goleman Over the … Continue reading “Reducing School Violence by Teaching Empathy”

Tips from the Trenches: Student Services

By Dr. Stephen Sroka During the last few months, I have had the chance to talk with several speakers who strongly affected their audiences. I started to think about the remarkable leaders with whom I have worked over the years and how they have made huge differences with their incredible wisdom, insights, and actions. I … Continue reading “Tips from the Trenches: Student Services”

Tips from the Trenches: School Safety

By Dr. Stephen Sroka During the last few months, I have had the chance to talk with several speakers who strongly affected their audiences. I started to think about the remarkable leaders with whom I have worked over the years and how they have made huge differences with their incredible wisdom, insights, and actions. I … Continue reading “Tips from the Trenches: School Safety”

‘Our journey is not complete’, either

Committing to the Sandy Hook Promise

 By Russell J. Sojourner, Ph.D

Happy Holidays and A Call to Action from Mark Hyatt

Dear CEP Family—   On behalf of the entire CEP staff and Board of Directors, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and New Year.  Like most of America in these uncharacteristically somber days, we at CEP are filled with great sadness as the K-12 community from coast to coast takes its winter break and bids … Continue reading “Happy Holidays and A Call to Action from Mark Hyatt”

A New Kind of No Child Left Behind

As we all continue to struggle with the impact of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, we find ourselves as a nation at a crossroads about what we can do to better protect our children, especially at school. We are suddenly more willing than we have been in recent times to tackle complex and … Continue reading “A New Kind of No Child Left Behind”

How to Talk to Kids About the Newtown School Shooting

The senseless school shooting that happened Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut is every parent’s nightmare. My heart breaks, as I’m sure yours does, when I think about these families. As of this moment [written 12/14/12] 28 people, 20 of whom were children between four and ten years … Continue reading “How to Talk to Kids About the Newtown School Shooting”

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