DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES IN SCHOOL SAFETY
Developing and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in School Safety
Though we have learned a great deal about what can improve school safety, putting that knowledge to practice can be a demanding task. This discussion will address issues related to the development and implementation of evidence-based approaches to improve school safety. Though the programs/ strategies discussed in this session were not always successful in achieving desired outcomes, what panelists learned will help others seeking to improve the approaches they take to keep schools and students safe. Each panelist has a unique story to tell about their work to use research and evidence to improve school safety.
Deborah Temkin, PhD, is vice president for youth development and education research at Child Trends where she focuses on the intersections between education policy and healthy social and emotional development. She leads a number of foundation and federal grants to inform policies and programs that support school health, safety, and climate including co-leading the policy analysis arm of the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative and leading an evaluation of a school climate framework in Washington D.C. Prior to Child Trends, Dr. Temkin led the Federal Initiative on Bullying Prevention at the U.S. Department of Education and was a finalist for the 2012 Call to Service Medal of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.
Daniel P. Mears is the Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology in Florida State University's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.
Paula Fynboh is the Vice President of Program Delivery & Sustainability with Sandy Hook Promise, ensuring that violence prevention programs are delivered and sustained across the country.
Dr. Cheryl P. May is the Director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), its National Center for Rural Law Enforcement (NCRLE) and Arkansas Center for School Safety. She was appointed Director on July 1, 2010. As a forensic professional and CJI staff member since 1995, she has served the Arkansas law enforcement community for 38 years.
Since 2015, Dr. May has served as Chair of the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Phelan Wyrick (Moderator)
Phelan Wyrick, Ph.D. is the Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). He leads a team of social scientists that develop and oversee federally-funded research, evaluation, and data collection projects related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. His division works to build knowledge and advance evidence-based practices to address national priorities on topics that include: firearms violence, human trafficking, terrorism prevention, violence against women, elder abuse, gangs, school safety, juvenile justice, and white-collar crime. Dr. Wyrick also leads NIJ’s international activities in coordination with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.
Mary Poulin Carlton, Ph.D. is a Social Science Research Analyst at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. At NIJ, Mary works on multiple research portfolios including those pertaining to school safety, gangs, violent crime, and white collar crime. Prior to NIJ, Mary held positions at the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington, DC and the Justice Research and Statistics Association in Washington, DC. In 2005, she received her doctorate in criminal justice from Temple University.