Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

This section provides information and resources for creating safe and supportive learning environments in which students can engage in their education, regardless of the setting.

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A safe and supportive learning environment can improve student attendance and achievement—including rates of high school graduation—for students in both community schools and juvenile justice facilities. Such environments and appropriate discipline policies also can assist in reducing juvenile justice system involvement. The pages throughout offer resources to help providers improve learning environments through discipline, behavior and classroom management, student engagement, and school safety.

Featured Resources

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Brief: Professional Development: Safe and Supportive Learning Environments in Juvenile Justice Systems

October 2018

This third brief in the series focuses on fostering a shared understanding of the fundamentals for creating and sustaining safe and supportive learning environments in juvenile justice settings and includes potential ideas for PD offerings that may enhance the conditions for learning plus social and emotional learning (SEL) opportunities.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Brief: Improving Conditions for Learning for Youth Who Are Neglected or Delinquent

October 2016

This brief, an update to the 2008 version, focuses on the four conditions for learning: 1) safety, 2) support, 3) social and emotional learning, and 4) engagement and challenge. The brief defines these condition for learning, cites relevant research, provides strategies to foster each condition, and offers a multitude of resources to further the reader’s knowledge and development of these conditions. The primary audiences for the brief are public school systems and secure-care educational settings.

NDTAC logo: NDTAC resource  NDTAC Issue Brief: Supporting Student Achievement through Sound Behavior Management Practices in Schools and Juvenile Justice Facilities: A Spotlight on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

December 2012

This NDTAC brief provides an overview of the link between student behavior and traditional school discipline responses and how both affect academic achievement. The brief also highlights PBIS as one alternative behavior management approach demonstrating promise for public schools and institutional settings.

Breaking Schools' Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students' Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement

July 2011

This report by The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Public Policy Research Institute describes the results of an analysis of millions of school and juvenile justice records in Texas in order to improve policymakers' understanding of who is suspended and expelled from public secondary schools and the impact of those removals on students' academic performance and juvenile justice system involvement.