The National Center for School Safety: Expanding a comprehensive TTA approach to build capacity and sustainability for school violence prevention nationwide
Ensuring safety for all students and the school community requires a comprehensive, multisectoral, and equitable approach incorporating evidence-based (EB) practices tailored to local needs. The National Center for School Safety (NCSS) will continue to increase capacity of current and future STOP School Violence Program grantees to adapt, implement, evaluate, and sustain EB and equitable school safety programs and serve as a resource for school safety best practices to the field nationwide. The NCSS will work in partnership with an expansive multidisciplinary network of public health, education, law enforcement, mental health, and equity practitioners and researchers with expertise in twelve focal areas of school safety. The TTA plan is tailored to meet grantees’ needs and includes: proactive TA with evaluation and communications support, specialized support on risk assessments, reporting systems, and threat assessment; comprehensive toolkits, videos, webinars, guides; in-person trainings, communities of practice, peer-to-peer site visits, and sequential learning paths; and annual grantee conferences, specialized TTA provider meetings, and expert convenings to discuss trends, emerging issues, and share lessons learned with grantees, BJA, and the field. These activities will be informed by annual needs assessments with special consideration of subgroups, BJA input, and rigorous evaluation to ensure services and resources are meeting the needs of grantees and communities served.