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Health & safety

High School Students

High School Students' Perceptions of Police Vary by Student Race and Ethnicity: New Research Findings

Learn how high school students in California schools perceive school-based law enforcement and police in their communities.

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Justice and Prevention

Are Metal Detectors Effective at Making Schools Safer?

This new research brief summarizes what’s known about metal detectors in schools and in other settings, including prevalence, effectiveness, cost, and the potential impact on students and learning environments.

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Justice & Prevention Research Center

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Scale-Up: Study of Four States

This report documents how four states have scaled-up the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, summarizes lessons learned from implementation, and presents key findings that can inform practice and guide future scale-ups.

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Top Summer Reads

July Focus: Summer Reads Guaranteed to Inform and Inspire

Check out these resources to learn about supporting English learner students, implementing restorative-justice practices, and more.

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Incarcerated Youth

Healthy U: How a New App Provides Sexual Health Education to Incarcerated Youth

Delivered through a tablet-based app, Healthy U is a first-of-its-kind teen pregnancy prevention program for young males in a juvenile justice environment.

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SEL Center

The SEL Center: Working to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety

Explore more than 70 resources designed to help educators at the state and local levels integrate evidence-based SEL and school safety practices into teaching and learning.

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Trauma informed learning environments

Five Tips for Creating Trauma-Informed Learning Environments

Trauma can decrease students’ ability to pay attention, regulate emotion and behavior, or develop positive relationships with adults and peers. Learn five important steps to making schools supportive and safe zones for learning.

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Kids

Trauma-Informed Practices and Resilience

WestEd delivers solutions to help integrate trauma-informed practices with other whole-child initiatives, such as social and emotional learning approaches, restorative practice approaches, and school climate and culture efforts.

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young student coloring

For Many Struggling in the Opioid Crisis, School & Early Childcare Programs Provide Safe Spaces: Q&A with WestEd’s Sarah Nadiv

Support for childcare providers and educators ensures that they, in turn, are able to help children who exhibit the effects of trauma.

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WestEd Events: Opioid Epidemic

Addressing the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic: A Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Approach

Missed our panel discussion on the opioid epidemic? No problem. Watch the discussion in its entirety on our Facebook page.

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