Without a doubt, schools are having some success at preventing violence, stopping school attacks, and making their day safer...but at what cost?
Everybody hates school safety...especially teachers!
Unfortunately, we do school safety like we’re driving with the parking brake on. Instead of taking it off we mash down on the gas as we continue to implement unhelpful safety protocols and schedule more dry, depressing, and scary staff developments that only make our teachers hate school safety even more!
A long time ago we accepted that it was okay to ruin a person's day if we're trying to save their life. The outcome justified the activity. It doesn't have to stay this way! We can save a person’s life and make them feel loved...we just have to think differently.
Motivate and inspire your teachers, students, and parents to be excited about school safety!
(We know that this seems unbelievable...but it can happen...it does happen. Don Shomette gets standing ovations from teachers after safety talks! Commit to this transformation and we'll show you how to do the same!)
People don’t become teachers to do a lockdown, active shooter drill, or even to make a school safe. They become teachers to connect with kids and to make a real difference in the lives of students. This purpose is what sustains them through the many sacrifices that they must make as teachers. To give up on this identity means to give up on being a teacher…and that is why teachers find it so difficult to do school safety.
It’s not in harmony with who they are or who they want to be…
Safe&Loved changes that and gives teachers a way to help make their school safer but in a manner that still lets them be authentic!
We don’t try to make them into someone they don’t want to be, we ask them to be authentic to who they are—a teacher! To love, support, encourage, and engage with their students…and…as they’re doing what they love we give them a way to seamlessly blend in 3 proven violence prevention strategies that will make the school safer.
Now, teachers have a way to play a more active role without diminishing their purpose!
We’ve made a mistake by treating school safety as a standalone effort done by a few specialized people. This is not the best way to do it, especially when we need everyone to play an active role in preventing violence.
Besides, this is goes against the nature of schools which prefer and understand that combined efforts produce the greatest results! Separating school safety doesn't help but hurt us. Instead, do what we do best...stay holistic and treat school safety as an equal and necessary element to ensure your school’s success and the wellbeing of your community.
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