Safe and Welcoming Schools

This webpage provides information and resources for fostering safe and welcoming learning environments. These resources may be of particular interest to faith-based and other community-based organizations working to expand and improve educational opportunities for students.

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

On Thursday, August 11 at 2 PM ET, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships will host a webinar about two grant programs to which nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Both funding opportunities include an interest in applications that address community violence intervention and prevention:

Register for the webinar here.

Promise Neighborhoods (PN)

On June 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced that nearly $25 million is being made available in grants through the Promise Neighborhoods (PN) grant program. The purpose of the PN program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in communities of concentrated poverty.

The Department is interested in applications that: 1) coordinate across multiple agencies and organizations to address community violence prevention and intervention; 2) increase the number or percentage of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and 3) leverage activities, strategies, or interventions backed by high-quality evidence and support instructional practices associated with increased student achievement, graduation rates, and postsecondary success.

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and nonprofit entities working in formal partnership with educational institutions. See “Eligibility” here for specific criteria. Applications are due on September 27, 2022. The Department is also offering several webinars for technical assistance on how to apply.

Full-Service Community Schools

On July 12, the U.S. Department of Education released a Notice Inviting Applications for the Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant program that provides academic support and strengthens connections among schools, parents and families, and their surrounding communities.

Community-based and faith-based organizations play crucial, multi-faceted roles in their communities. The FSCS grant has a natural integration with the goals, programs, and initiatives currently being undertaken by CBOs and FBOs working closely with their K-12 partners to support academic success in their communities. Please visit the FY 2022 FSCS Program Application and Competition webpage for information and resources related to the funding opportunity. Applications are due on September 12, 2022.

 

FEDERAL RESOURCES AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The U.S. Department of Education funds multiple technical assistance centers aimed at improving school climate and creating safe and supportive learning environments. Many of these centers featuring training opportunities and helpful guidance for families and communities in addition to educational institutions.

National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning (NCSSLE)

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, NCSSLE offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher education, and communities focused on improving school climate and conditions for learning. Community partners can access toolkits, training materials, and other resources specifically tailored for families and communities here and utilize the left-hand toolbar to identify the specific topic you are seeking. A list of helpful school climate guides, training packages, and improvement tools provided by NCSSLE can also be found here.

The National Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The PBIS Center is jointly funded by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, to assist in creating safe positive predictable learning environments. It offers a broad range of resources that community partners can access, such as those related to the use of a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework to support students, families, and educators during the transitions back to school during and following a crisis (e.g., a pandemic, natural disaster, other emergency) in a manner that prioritizes their health and safety, social and emotional needs, and behavioral and academic growth.

SchoolSafety.gov

This website was created by the federal government to provide schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow. On this site discover upcoming school safety events and grants to help support your school’s or school district’s safety efforts.

StopBullying.gov

StopBullying.gov is a federal interagency effort to provide information on what bullying iswhat cyberbullying iswho is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

Resources for Trauma-Informed Care

There are numerous publicly available resources for caring for students and families after a traumatic experience such as gun violence. This link contains a few examples from other organizations.

 


RESOURCES INTENDED PRIMARILY FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Center

The REMS Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, performs two critical functions: build the preparedness capacity (including prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts) of schools, school districts, institutions of higher education (IHEs), and their community partners at the local, state, and Federal levels; and serve as the primary source of information for schools, school districts, and IHEs for emergencies.

The REMS Center’s resources are primarily designed for educators and institutions, and are available to the general public: Guidance, resources, and training opportunities related to emergency management may be found here. Community partners can also seek out specific topics through the advanced search function here.

The Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety 

The Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center) provides technical assistance to support States and districts in the implementation of social and emotional learning evidence-based programs and practices. It also features a collection of “Resources for Responding to School Shootings and Violence.”

 

For other resources recommended by the ED Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, click here.