EDU 688 EDU688 Week 2 DQ 2 Safe Schools and Functional School Culture (Ashford)

EDU 688 EDU688 Week 2 DQ 2 Safe Schools and Functional School Culture (Ashford)

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Ashford EDU 688 Week 2 Discussion 2 Safe Schools and Functional School Culture

Safe Schools and Functional School Culture. Many surveys confirm the following quote by Hurwitz (1996):

Crime, violence, and disorder in schools have become major national issues, as reported in various national surveys of school order and safety. These problems not only endanger students and teachers, but they also prevent teachers from concentrating on teaching and students from concentrating on learning. (p.1)

School crime, violence, and disorder are on the rise and school leaders are faced with developing school safety plans. As a result, it is necessary for school leaders to assess whether their schools are safe and functional. Learning is less successful if students and teachers are feeling unsafe. The US Department of Education notes that, “...too many students experience or are exposed to violence,” (USDOE, n.d.). Taking on the role of building administrator, consider the contributing factors of school safety as you prepare your response to the discussion.

Initial Post – Select a context below for your response and address the prompts as directed. If you are not currently in a school setting, select a school that you have access to information dealing with the state of its 

safety. Access the school district’s website or call their school’s public relations department for information. Schools generally share their safety guidelines through community communications. Support your initial post with information presented in Hurwitz (1996) article and on the USDOE website.

If you are currently in a safe school and functional school setting,

  •  Explain what characterizes a safe school.

  •  Explain the factors contributing to a safe school.

  •  Describe the history of safety at this school.

  •  Explain what characterizes a functional school culture.

  •  Describe the strategies you would select to prepare leaders in this setting to sustain their safe school and

    functional school culture.

    If you are currently in an unsafe school and dysfunctional school setting,

    •  Explain what characterizes an unsafe school.

    •  Explain the factors contributing to an unsafe school.

    •  Describe the history of this school being unsafe.

    •  Explain what characterizes a dysfunctional school culture.

    •  Describe the strategies you would select to prepare leaders in this setting to create a safe school and

      functional school culture.

      Guided Response – Respond to at least two peers. In your replies, consider asking questions of your peers about their safe or unsafe school to encourage further conversation. Explore the similarities and/or differences in what they posted. Discuss changes you would make to improve school safety. Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including the instructor) before the last day of the discussion. This will further the conversation and provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real world experiences with this topic. 


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