Quarterly Newsletters

July 2020

Prevention and Intervention: An Understanding of Behavioral Threat Assessments

As school districts work on returning in the fall, reopening district offices, and resuming in-person services, questions abound about what that will look like. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an ever-growing list of new challenges for our schools and communities. With empty buildings and campuses, the emphasis is on distance learning, not on crisis preparation. However, there will come a time when teachers, students, and staff return to campus and, hopefully, a return to what will be the new normal...

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May 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned

These unprecedented times are impacting all areas of our nation and are creating new challenges for our schools and communities daily. You do not have to look far to hear about school closures, the spread of the virus, impacts to local businesses, and the deaths of loved ones. Physical isolation is amplifying existing and creating new mental health concerns. This crisis has also magnified...

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January 2020

Cybersecurity: Understanding the Threats and Risks

As we continue to become ever more reliant on technology, the risks associated with this dependence are growing at an even greater rate. The current reality is that every business and organization faces risks from cyberattacks, and our K-12 schools are no exception. The rapid pace of technological change brings new challenges in identifying threats, protecting personal information, and promoting the positive and responsible use of technology by staff and students. Unfortunately, schools tend to be attractive targets for cyberattacks as their databases...

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October 2019

Rethinking Bullying Prevention

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Despite the enormous body of research on bullying among children, we often lack a common understanding of what it means. The Oxford Dictionary defines bullying as seeking to harm, intimidate, or coerce someone perceived as vulnerable. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines it as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.

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