Safe and Healthy Schools

Second Edition
Practical Prevention Strategies

Jeffrey R. Sprague and Hill M. Walker

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198 Pages
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Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, this authoritative resource provides a complete toolkit for designing and implementing an evidence-based school safety plan. Foremost experts guide practitioners to understand and prevent violence, bullying, and peer harassment in grades K–12. Best practices are reviewed for creating a positive school climate and establishing effective security and crisis response procedures. The authors describe ways to identify and support behaviorally at-risk students across multiple tiers of intervention, beginning with universal screening. In a convenient large-size format, the book includes reproducible planning tools. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

This title is part of The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by Sandra M. Chafouleas.

“Sprague and Walker have produced a 'must-have' second edition of their groundbreaking work on school safety. The book covers a wide range of core topics and addresses critical issues facing the field. It has a particular emphasis on planning, screening, and practical solutions for supporting youth and preventing violence. This volume highlights up-to-date research and provides solid guidance and important recommendations for school-based practitioners and researchers.”

—Catherine P. Bradshaw, PhD, MEd, University Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia

“The second edition of this highly relevant, practical, and accessible resource is a wonderful gift to those committed to supporting students’ academic, behavioral, and social–emotional well-being in an integrated fashion. Sprague and Walker provide an ideal balance of step-by-step instructions and 'big-picture' perspectives. I look forward to using this book with our school and district partners who are designing, implementing, and evaluating Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tiered (Ci3T) models of prevention. I also look forward to using this book in university courses supporting evidence-based practices for students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders.”

—Kathleen Lynne Lane, PhD, BCBA-D, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Kansas

“This timely second edition shares best practices for creating safe and healthy school climates for all students, including those at risk for serious behavioral, emotional, and learning challenges down the road. The authors provide a framework for integrating various prevention approaches, including PBIS, restorative practices, social and emotional learning, and trauma-informed care. I can think of few in the field of education who have contributed more to creating safe and healthy school climates than Sprague and Walker.”

—Mark Katz, PhD, Director, Learning Development Services, San Diego, California

Table of Contents

1. History and Overview of Approaches to Safety, School Discipline, and Mental Health Support in Schools sample

2. Assessing and Planning for School Safety: Developing a School Safety and Crisis-Response Plan

3. Proactive Screening, Identifying Behaviorally At-Risk Students, and Threat Assessment:

Purposes, Approaches, Outcomes, and Cautions

4. Improving School Climate, Safety, and Student Health via Prevention Approaches

5. Bullying and Peer Harassment in Schools: The Current Landscape, Influencing Factors, and Screening-Identification Methods

6. Solutions for Bullying and Peer Harassment in the School Setting

7. Supporting Antisocial and Potentially Violent Youth



About the Authors

Jeffrey R. Sprague, PhD, is Professor of Special Education and Co-Director of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior at the University of Oregon. His research interests include positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), multi-tiered systems of support, alternative education, juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment, restorative practices, and school safety. Dr. Sprague coauthored the first guide to functional behavioral assessment and the first guide to schoolwide PBIS implementation, as well as several other books and over 300 journal articles and book chapters.

Hill M. Walker, PhD, is Founder and Co-Director of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior at the University of Oregon and Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. His research interests include social skills assessment, school safety, curriculum development and intervention, longitudinal studies of aggression and antisocial behavior, and the development of early screening procedures for at-risk students. Dr. Walker is a recipient of the Kauffman–Hallahan–Pullen Distinguished Researcher Award from the Council for Exceptional Children and the Research Award from the National Center for School Mental Health, among other honors.


K–12 school psychologists, administrators, behavioral specialists, social workers, resource officers, and other members of building- and district-level school safety teams.

Course Use

May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2005
ISBN: 9781593851057
New to this edition: