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April 19, 2022

A Safe Place to Learn: A Virtual Conference Series on School Safety

Daniel Hamlin Ph.D., professor in the Jeannine Rainbolt School of Education on the OU-Tulsa campus, will moderate a virtual conference on the topic of school safety held by the Harvard Kennedy School.

In recent years bullying, violence, and shootings have focused public attention on safety and security in schools. As students have returned to in-person learning following the COVID-19 pandemic, school staff are now reporting dramatic spikes in physical assaults and mental health issues.

The Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is hosting six one-hour sessions with the nation’s leading policymakers, scholars, and experts on school safety. The purpose of this virtual series is to explore current issues in school security and to consider research-informed strategies for addressing current challenges.

On April 22, the first session begins with a keynote address delivered by David Banks, Chancellor of New York City’s public schools. Subsequent sessions are described below.

April 29
What are the post-pandemic trends in school safety? Is school safety a growing concern?


Kalyn Belsha, National Reporter, Chalkbeat

Joshua Goodman, Associate Professor, Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development

Betheny Gross, Research Director, WGU Labs


May 6
What does research say about racial and ethnic disparities in school disciplinary practices?


Constance Lindsay, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina School of Education

Chris Curran, Co-Director, University of Florida Education Policy Research Center

Max Eden, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute


May 13
What can be done about school shootings?


Daniel Hamlin, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma

Katherine Newman, System Chancellor for Academic Programs, University of Massachusetts

Peter Langman, Researcher, U.S. Secret Service

Dewey Cornell, Professor of Education, University of Virginia


May 27
Can school choice solve the safety issue?


Martin Lueken, Director of Fiscal Research & Education Center, EdChoice

Sarah Cordes, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development at Temple University

Pedro Noguera, Dean, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education


June 3
What strategies can schools use to promote safe learning?


Catherine Augustine, Senior Policy Researcher, Rand Corporation

Emily Owens, Professor, University of California Irvine

Ronald Ferguson, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School


Please join us on Fridays at 11:00 a.m. CDT, from April 22 to June 3, 2022. 

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