Improving School Safety for Atlanta Public Schools

Our research and evaluation studies, professional development and technical assistance, and resources help strengthen the capacity of schools, communities, and service agencies to support their students, families, and other constituents in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to succeed — especially those in the most challenging circumstances.

Currently, the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative at WestEd, in partnership with Georgia State University and Atlanta Public Schools, is researching and developing a method to enhance school safety. Researchers are accomplishing this through a comprehensive examination of school, district, and community factors to identify and implement interventions consistent with local needs.

The research, the data, and tools will address a variety of safety measures including student behavior improvements, emergency preparedness, school policing, and community engagement.

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For more information about WestEd and solutions to support your district or school, please contact Eric Duncan at eduncan@WestEd.org or 202.816.3505.

Our Areas of Expertise in Georgia

  • Academic Parent Teacher Teams
  • College & Career
  • Early Childhood Development & Learning
  • Health, Safety, & Well-Being (School Safety/Climate/Culture and Trauma-Informed Practice)
  • Literacy
  • Research & Evaluation
  • Rural Education
  • School and District Improvement, Leadership, & Management
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)
  • Special Education & Equity
  • Standards, Assessment, & Accountability

Sample Partners

  • Georgia State Department of Education
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Cobb County Schools
  • Dougherty County School System
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Chattahoochee Technical College
  • Georgia Highlands College