Safe and Supportive Schools
The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools coordinates school safety and security programs, collects the annual school violence statistics, coordinates antiviolence efforts, and develops policies and strategies to combat school violence.
The office supports and provides technical assistance, professional development programs, and security-related activities to support school safety in the following areas: crisis intervention, school police training, violence prevention, social/emotional wellness, and safety. Pennsylvania Department of Education - Safe Schools .
The resources highlighted below reflect relevance to classroom teachers. Note that each topic includes many more related resources.
Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills
Equity and Inclusion
SEL Best Practices
- Act 126
- Act 126 General Information
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- Act 126 Course Providers
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- Items Required for Course Approval Opens up a PDF file in a new tab
- Bullying Prevention
- The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools bullying prevention webpage contains resources for parents, educators, and professionals serving children and youth in school and out-of-school settings.
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- Bullying Prevention Toolkit opens in new window
- Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention opens in new window
- Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities opens in new window
- Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills
- The Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills (PA CRS) are social emotional learning progressions that support the development of student competence. By design, the PA CRS reflect priorities to ensure youth are career ready and prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce. The PA CRS are grouped into three domains.
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- Equity and Inclusion
- A healthy and safe environment can help students thrive, and every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression should be provided the opportunity to learn – free from discrimination, fear, or harassment.
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- Mental Health
- Mental health in childhood includes reaching developmental and emotional milestones, as well as learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Mental health disorders in children and adolescents are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day. It is estimated that approximately 30% of school aged children will experience a behavioral, mental, or developmental condition in any given year.
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- School Climate
- School climate refers to the quality and character of school life, and is based on patterns of student, parent, and staff experiences and perceptions of school life. It also reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures, according to the National School Climate Center. These pages provide resources that were compiled to assist schools with improving school climate, and are organized to be in alignment with a team-driven process that addresses climate as a component of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), or overall school improvement.
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- SEL Best Practices
- These pages provide a resource guide of best practices in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, curricula, and supplemental materials. What’s included is not exhaustive of available resources, nor does inclusion indicate endorsement by PDE. Information is provided to give school teams a starting point for addressing and implementing an SEL program in their schools.
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