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Shedding Light on the Experiences of LGBTQ Students: Sobering Data and Reasons for Hope

A recent study found that if LGBTQ students experienced the same levels of support and safety at school as non-transgender and straight students, disparities would disappear or greatly diminish.

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Spotlight: Promoting Positive School Culture, Climate, and Safety During the Pandemic

In this post, we’ve curated a variety of resources, each designed to assist educators and other practitioners in an aspect of support for the whole child, especially during this pandemic. The resources present strategies to promote trauma-informed practices, resiliency, and family engagement. We also offer insights aimed to help educators re-examine forms of school discipline and tactics used for school safety.

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Reflections on Race and Policing, by an Interracial Couple of Researchers

WestEd’s Justice & Prevention Research Center conducts high-quality research to help guide decision-making to address challenges of crime, violence, injustice, and other societal problems. The Center’s Director, Anthony Petrosino, co-authored this article with his spouse, Professor Emerita, Dr. Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, reflecting on race and policing from their unique perspectives as an interracial couple and as […]

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Understanding Experiences of LGBTQ Students

New Report: Understanding the Experiences of LGBTQ Students in California

A new report draws upon data from approximately 800,000 secondary school students and their perceptions of school supports, school safety, school engagement, academic performance, and mental health.

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WestEd Researchers Contribute to The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology

Anthony Petrosino, Sarah Guckenburg, and Trevor Fronius of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center and Jenna Terrell of WestEd's Learning Innovations program contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, published earlier this year.

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Anthony and Jeremy

Remembering WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Advisor, Dr. Jeremy Richman, 1969–2019

Earlier this year, Dr. Jeremy Richman died by suicide. Dr. Richman was commonly referred to by the news media as a "Sandy Hook Dad."

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Teacher and students

Spotlight: Caring Environments for Students and Teachers

Access resources designed to help educators create positive, safe, and comfortable environments for students and teachers.

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Students together

Current Trends and Promising Practices in Bullying Prevention

In observance of National Bullying Prevention Month, WestEd is highlighting trends in bullying, challenges to prevention, promising practices, and evidence-based resources.

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Justice and Prevention

Are Metal Detectors Effective at Making Schools Safer?

This new research brief summarizes what’s known about metal detectors in schools and in other settings, including prevalence, effectiveness, cost, and the potential impact on students and learning environments.  

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Kids

Improving School Safety: Using Evidence to Inform Policy and Practice

A series of briefs, created by the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, examine the research and clarify misconceptions about how to make schools safer.

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