How Positive School Climate Can Enhance School Safety
Presenters: David Esquith, Director, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, U.S.
Department of Education; and Dr. David Osher, Vice President, AIR Fellow in
Health and Social Development Program.
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On Thursday September 26, 2013 the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of
Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) and the Readiness and Emergency Management
(REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center hosted a webinar that provided an
in-depth review of the “A Closer Look” section of the Obama Administration’s
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans.
This new Guide, developed by ED in collaboration with the
U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), led by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA); Justice (DOJ), led by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI); and Health and Human Services, represent the culmination of
years of work by the Federal government.
The webinar was presented by David Esquith, Director of the Office of Safe and
Healthy Students. Mr. Esquith served in the U.S. Department of Education’s
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for 23 years prior to
coming to OSHS and brings a wealth of program and management experience having
worked with formula and discretionary grant programs in the Office of Special
Education Programs, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). His
co-presenter was Dr. David Osher, whose work at AIR focuses on school
improvement and educational equity, interagency and cross-stakeholder
collaboration, children’s services, mental health, prevention, performance
measurement and improvement, social emotional learning, cultural competence, and
the conditions for learning and healthy development. He currently serves as
Principal Investigator of four major research and technical assistance centers
funded by the U. S. government: The National Center for Mental Health Promotion
and Violence Prevention, The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and
Family Mental Health; The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center
for the Education of Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At
Risk; and the National Center for Safe and Supportive Schools.
This webinar provided participants with an overview on how a positive school
climate can help schools and communities prevent emergencies and enhance school
safety. It also provided information on effective strategies for creating
positive conditions for learning to achieve academically and behaviorally
important outcomes for all students.
This 59-minute webinar session included a live PowerPoint presentation, as well
as a Question and Answer session following the presentation.
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