Georgia State Partners with Local Organizations to Improve School Safety

Georgia State University, in partnership with WestEd and Atlanta Public Schools, has received a nearly $7.5M National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant led by WestEd to develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive school safety initiative in Atlanta Public Schools. NIJ Grant Partners

The goal of the school safety initiative is to create supportive learning environments where students feel safe to learn and school personnel are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to combat and prevent threats such as bullying, unsafe behavior and school shootings. The partnership believes the participation of community-based organizations is key to achieving this goal.

“The hope is that it will lead to a holistic approach to school safety that can be applied to other schools nationally,” said Christopher Henrich, chair of the Psychology Department.

Henrich along with Kristine Jolivette of the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders in the College of Education and Elizabeth Beck of the School of Social Work in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies make up the Georgia State team for the project.

The three will work on measuring safety needs, creating benchmarks for success and evaluating the design and effectiveness of the school safety framework.

Work on the five-year project is set to begin January 2016.

About WestEd

WestEd, headquartered in San Francisco, is a nonprofit research and service agency that partners with organizations throughout the nation to improve learning for children. To learn more about WestEd, click here. 

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) serves nearly 50,000 students. The school district, which is one of the largest in the state of Georgia, is organized into nine K-12 clusters. For more information on APS, visit the APS website.