Safe & Supportive Learning Environments

Safe & 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.

Overview
Resources: Behavior Management Strategies
Resources: Dropout & Delinquency Prevention
Resources: Safety
Resources: School Discipline Policies
Resources: Student Support Services
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Overview

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

Behavior Management Strategies Resources

This third brief in the professional development (PD) 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 opportunities.
This brief reviews the prevalence of mental health issues among youth in the juvenile justice system, including: 1) the types of disorders among youth across juvenile justice settings, 2) the rates of adversity and trauma among these youth, and 3) the impact of these disorders on the system. The bri...
This issue brief from NDTAC defines foundational concepts related to the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) in residential juvenile facilities. It describes promising research and provides steps and considerations to review when making adaptations during the planning and implem...
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) provides capacity-building information and technical assistance related to identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. ...
This series, which is based on NDTAC’s “Practice Guide: Providing Individually Tailored Academic and Behavioral Support Services for Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems,” will be offered through four distinct Webinars. Each Webinar will focus on practices described in the “Practi...
This 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 setting...
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide is a database of over 200 evidence-based programs. This database can be used to find programs that cover a continuum of youth services from prevention through reentry. ...

Dropout & Delinquency Prevention Resources

This brief is designed to help State Coordinators, grantees involved in data collection or analyses, and personnel involved in the design of funded programs learn how to access, assess, and use their program data to achieve the outcomes that they have set for youth within their State or locality.
This brief is intended to assist district leaders and school administrators -both at the district and school level- who are seeking to implement strategies designed to help students find meaning and build a lasting connection to their education. NDTAC is focused and committed to engagement in the classroom so every student can find educational success and acceptance.
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...
This program overview highlights the goals and uses of Title I, Part D, funding in relation to educational services within neglect programs and discusses educational concerns for students involved in the child welfare system. The characteristics and academic outcomes of students served in Title I, P...
This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students provides information and related resources for schools on the topic of human trafficking. The resource covers human trafficking's effect on schools, tips to help identify a victim, and links to federal Web si...
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide is a database of over 200 evidence-based programs. This database can be used to find programs that cover a continuum of youth services from prevention through reentry. ...

Safety Resources

NDTAC has compiled a list of links to Federal agencies, States, and national organizations that have dedicated webpages with COVID-19 related information. This page attempts to provide a centralized location to access these frequently asked questions and other information relevant to education and the field in general.
NDTAC has compiled a list of links of state education agencies’ (SEA) webpages on COVID-19. Many SEAs have developed dedicated webpages for updates and frequently asked questions where they are attempting to centralize all COVID-19 related information. SEA pages are listed alphabetically below. 
Released by the U.S. Department of Education, this guide helps school officials understand how human trafficking impacts schools, recognize the indicators of possible child trafficking, and develop policies, protocols, and partnerships to address and prevent the exploitation of children. Human traff...
This fact sheet serves as a resource to enhance the capacity of State and local administrators and practitioners to improve policies and practices that promote the safe, inclusive treatment of youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in juvenile justice systems. The document expl...
Schools and communities contend with many factors that impact the conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse. The Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students to h...
Bullying, particularly among school-age children, is a major public health problem. This National Center for Injury Prevention and Control compendium provides researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators with tools to measure a range of bullying experiences, including bully perpetration...
This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students provides information and related resources for schools on the topic of human trafficking. The resource covers human trafficking's effect on schools, tips to help identify a victim, and links to federal Web si...

School Discipline Policies Resources

NDTAC and the Supportive School Discipline Community of Practice produced this guide to help State, regional, and local organizations and agencies respond collaboratively to school discipline. The guide outlines nine essential steps for planning a summit focused on school discipline and includes lin...

Student Support Services Resources

This brief is intended to assist district leaders and school administrators -both at the district and school level- who are seeking to implement strategies designed to help students find meaning and build a lasting connection to their education. NDTAC is focused and committed to engagement in the classroom so every student can find educational success and acceptance.
This resource is the third in a series of three NDTAC Tipsheets that aim to address transition for youth who are incarcerated during COVID-19. This tipsheet will provide a summary of the main barriers to successful transitions and IEP implementation during the pandemic, as well as related strategies that may be useful to staff within juvenile justice facilities and local education agencies (LEAs) when supporting transitions for students with disabilities now and during future emergencies. Please additionally see Tipsheet #1: Effective Transition Back to School During COVID-19 and Tipsheet #2: Youth Who are Incarcerated: Transitions and Technology Use for additional information.
This NDTAC COVID series Tip Sheet, Justice-Impacted Youth Transitions and Technology Use, expands on prior ED/DOJ guidance for providing high-quality education in juvenile justice secure care settings as the Tipsheet underscores the importance of integrating technology to enhance digital learning opportunities that may lead to positive transition/academic outcomes for youth. This resource is the second in a series of three NDTAC Tipsheets that address Transition for Youth who are Incarcerated During COVID-19. Please additionally see Tipsheet #1: Effective Transition Back to School During COVID-19 and Tipsheet #3: Incarcerated Youth Transitions and IEP Implementation.
NDTAC is pleased to announce the release of its latest issue brief, Substance Use, System-Involved Youth, and Our Educational System. Recent advances in neuroscience have broadened our understanding of adolescence, particularly during a time of heightened neuroplasticity in which the brain is highly...
This brief reviews the prevalence of mental health issues among youth in the juvenile justice system, including: 1) the types of disorders among youth across juvenile justice settings, 2) the rates of adversity and trauma among these youth, and 3) the impact of these disorders on the system. The bri...
This issue brief from NDTAC defines foundational concepts related to the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) in residential juvenile facilities. It describes promising research and provides steps and considerations to review when making adaptations during the planning and implem...
Access to high-quality education for youth is critical to their long-term success as adults. Youth in juvenile justice secure care facilities, however, too often do not have access to the high-quality education and related supports and services that they need, particularly youth with disabilities re...
The National Center provides training and technical assistance to grantees of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students and Project LAUNCH programs in order to strengthen their capacity to achieve their goals. Staff work with school districts and communities on initiatives that foster resilience, promote me...
Schools and communities contend with many factors that impact the conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse. The Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students to h...

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