NIJ Virtual Conference on School Safety

Bridging Research to Practice to Safeguard Our Schools

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About the Conference

Welcome to NIJ’s Virtual Conference on School Safety.  The theme of our conference, Bridging Research to Practice to Safeguard Our Schools, reflects the conference purpose and NIJ’s mission.  Through NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative | National Institute of Justice ( and with funding from the STOP School Violence Act, NIJ has funded approximately 100 projects to improve the safety of our nation’s schools and students through rigorous research that produces practical knowledge.  The conference will highlight these projects.  Throughout this conference you will have an opportunity to listen, learn, and share with others who, just like you, play a key role in keeping our schools and students safe.  


Day 1 (All Times Eastern)

11:00a-11:30aConference WelcomeOpening
Overview of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative and School Safety Research at NIJ
11:30a-12:15pPlenary PresentationA Philadelphia Story: Innovating and Improving in a Large Urban District
12:45p-2:15pBreak Out Sessions 1-3Break Out 1: Preparing for and Responding to Threats and Violence
Break Out 2: School Transitions and Student Responses to Victimization
Break Out 3: Alternatives to Traditional School Discipline
2:30p-3:15pRoundtable Discussions 1Impact of COVID-19 on School Safety
Tip Lines
Bureau of Justice Statistics: Survey of Law Enforcement in Public Schools (SLEPS)
3:30p-5:00pBreak Out Session 4-6Break Out 4: Bullying Prevention and Response
Break Out 5: Multi-Component Efforts to Improve School Safety
Break Out 6: Overcoming School Safety Intervention Implementation Challenges

Day 2

11:00a-11:15aWelcome to Day 2
11:15a-12:00pPlenary PresentationSandy Hook Promise
12:30p-2:00pBreak Out Sessions 7-9Break Out 7: Improving School Climate

Break Out 8: School Resource Officers and Police in Schools
Break out 9: Addressing Student Mental Health Concerns
2:15p-3:30pPlenary Discussion 1Causes and Consequences of School Violence
3:45-5:15pBreak Out Sessions 10-12Break Out Session 10: Student Mental Health and Trauma
Break Out Session 11: Physical Safety and Preparedness
Break Out Session 12: CSSI Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Projects

Day 3

11:00a-11:15aWelcome to Day 3
11:15a-12:30pPlenary Discussion 2Developing and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in School Safety
1:00p-1:45pRoundtable Discussions 2Impact of COVID-19 on School Safety Research

Trauma in Schools
School Safety Implementation Challenges
2:00p-3:30pBreak Out Sessions 13-15Break Out Session 13: School Safety Considerations for Distinct Student Populations

Break Out Session 14: Improving Understanding of Law Enforcement at Schools
Break Out Session 15: School Safety: A Focus on Teachers and Administrators

About the Sessions

Break Out Sessions: These sessions highlight a series of presentations from on school safety projects funded by NIJ. Each session is focused on a particular theme. Presenters will share information about their project. After the presentations have concluded audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Roundtable Discussions: These sessions include a moderated discussion on a particular topic. The moderator will introduce the topic and pose questions and issues for attendee consideration and discussion.

Sessions will be recorded and available for viewing after the conference.