School Safety Research Symposium
This event has been postponed until mid to late fall 2017.
The School Safety Research Symposium is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners across a variety of disciplines to connect around the common goal of making schools safe and healthy environments conducive to learning for all children. School safety has evolved beyond physical security and preparing for potential crisis situations to include discipline and classroom management, substance use/abuse, bullying, the social and emotional needs of children, and overall climate and health.
Overwhelmingly, prior research has found that student and school outcomes, such as academic achievement and teacher retention, are linked to school safety. Because school safety is multidisciplinary by nature, researchers and practitioners from many fields, including education, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, communication, STEM, and health professions, must collaborate to be successful. By connecting research and practice across disciplines, we can improve school safety.
About Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC)
TxSSC serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of safety and security information through research, training, and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges throughout the state of Texas. In addition, the TxSSC also builds partnerships among youth, adults, schools, law enforcement officers, and community stakeholders to reduce the impact of tobacco on all Texans through prevention, training and enforcement initiatives.
The Texas School Safety Center is an official university-level research center at Texas State University. The TxSSC is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code and the Governor’s Homeland Security Strategic Plan with key school safety initiatives and mandates.