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Understanding Experiences of LGBTQ Students

New Report: Understanding the Experiences of LGBTQ Students in California

A new report draws upon data from approximately 800,000 secondary school students and their perceptions of school supports, school safety, school engagement, academic performance, and mental health.

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WestEd Researchers Contribute to The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology

Anthony Petrosino, Sarah Guckenburg, and Trevor Fronius of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center and Jenna Terrell of WestEd's Learning Innovations program contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, published earlier this year.

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Remembering WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Advisor, Dr. Jeremy Richman, 1969–2019

Earlier this year, Dr. Jeremy Richman died by suicide. Dr. Richman was commonly referred to by the news media as a "Sandy Hook Dad."

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October Focus: Caring Environments for Students and Teachers

Access resources designed to help educators create positive, safe, and comfortable environments for students and teachers.

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Current Trends and Promising Practices in Bullying Prevention

In observance of National Bullying Prevention Month, WestEd is highlighting trends in bullying, challenges to prevention, promising practices, and evidence-based resources.

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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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Improving School Safety: Using Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice

A series of briefs, created by the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, examine the research and clarify misconceptions about how to make schools safer.

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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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Nevada Statewide School Safety Task Force

School Safety Recommendations Presented in Final Report from Nevada Governor’s Task Force

A report from Nevada's School Safety Task Force presents recommendations for strategies that can be implemented to improve safety in its schools.

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WestEd Wins New Federal Grant to Lead the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety

WestEd is recipient of a U.S. Department of Education grant to lead the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety.  The RAND Corporation, Council of Chief State School Officers, and Transforming Education will serve as partners in the work.

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