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Applying Continuous Improvement models to school safety: Strengthening school security and emergency preparedness to move from “good” to “great”

Posted by on November 21, 2019

As educators, especially those with graduate and doctoral degrees, you have been exposed to “continuous improvement” and “improvement science” models as a foundation for strengthening curriculum, instruction, and school leadership.  But are you applying continuous improvement models to school safety, security, and emergency preparedness, as well? Continuous improvement models and school safety In Learning to […]

Independent, private school security assessments: Creating a culture of safety

Posted by on March 10, 2014

Independent, parochial, and other private school heads are often concerned that assessments of their security and emergency preparedness might conflict with their unique school cultures. We believe, however, that part of their unique cultures can, and should, include a culture of safety. No schools are immune from a security incident or emergency situation. Higher tuition […]

When school security consultants have hidden product vendor affiliations

Posted by on October 14, 2013

A public school district in one southeastern state spent more than $2.3 million in security equipment and upgrades at the recommendation of an outside security consulting firm. A school district in the Midwest received a school security consultants’ proposal that included a unique line about assessing door hardware as a part of the consultation process. […]

Select school security consultants as if lives depend upon it

Posted by on October 7, 2013

How can school superintendents, school board members and business managers distinguish credible school security consultants from a growing pool of overnight experts and opportunistic, less-qualified individuals offering school safety services? This question was posed to me by a veteran local and state-level education administrator concerned by the growing number of people offering school security assessment […]

School safety: Security assessments post-Sandy Hook shootings

Posted by on January 2, 2013

“Fast” does not equate to “best.” This was my response in a communication with a private school administrator who shared with me yesterday that her school’s board of trustees had been pondering a school security assessment for three months, but then when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred, they wanted the process expedited. Since scheduling […]

Bibb County school crime, discipline data questioned with multiple safety reports

Posted by on September 19, 2012

The Bibb County (GA) school district remains under fire as two versions of a school safety assessment consultant’s report, along with state safety incident data, bring into question the district’s accuracy and consistency in reporting fights and weapons. The Macon Telegraph on Tuesday ran a story entitled, “Bibb school fights, weapons reported tallies differ widely.” The report claims […]

Draft school safety reports jeopardize integrity of security consultants, school boards

Posted by on September 16, 2012

School security consultants with strong integrity will lose some jobs here and there. But in the long haul, they will retain their integrity and their credibility, and their school district clients will likely do so as well. “Draft” school safety assessment reports can trigger questions on security consultant, school leader credibility One of my long-standing […]

School Security Photo: How Would You Feel as a Visitor?

Posted by on March 14, 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes, and the words on the sign pictured here say it all:  Our children and staff are important to us, we value them, and we want to keep them safe.  “Greetings.  Because we value our children and staff all visitors are required to report to the […]

Assessing Your School’s Security

Posted by on January 31, 2010

The next time you head onto your school campus, take a look at the site through a different lens. Instead of looking at your school from your eyes as a school employee or as a parent, look as if you are a school safety consultant: Campus perimeter:  Is there a defined perimeter distinguishing school property […]