School Safety

Building a Culture of Safety in Classrooms: Awareness, Assessment, and Monitoring

January 19, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speakers: Nancy Rappaport, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Webinar Description
More than ever educators recognize the importance of identifying and supporting students experiencing mental or behavioral health challenges. Dr. Rappaport and Dr. Goodrum will discuss the ways educators can promote a culture of safety in their schools and classrooms by recognizing the warning signs for mental or behavioral health challenges, conducting threat assessments to evaluate and manage students of concern, and sharing information to support the students' reintegration and success (or prevent any potential decline).

About the Speakers

Nancy Rappaport, M.D., is a graduate of Princeton University and Tufts University School of Medicine. A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Rappaport is currently a part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise focus on the collaboration between education and psychiatry. After graduating from Princeton, Rappaport worked as a science teacher at an innovative elementary school in Harlem, New York where she advocated for support for struggling families. Her life-altering experiences in Harlem inspired her to enter medical school and would help launch a robust career. Graduating from Tufts School of Medicine in 1988, Rappaport completed an internship in pediatrics and a residency in adult psychiatry, both at Massachusetts General Hospital, before completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital. It was during this fellowship that Rappaport forged a longstanding relationship with the Cambridge Public Schools. Dr. Rappaport received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness in 2012. She also received Cambridge Health Alliance’s Art of Healing Award in 2013 – an award given to one who “transcends boundaries, joyfully embraces humanity, and profoundly inspires the healing of body and spirit.” Rappaport is the author of the memoir, In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide (Basic Books, September 2009), winner of the Boston Authors Club's 2010 Julia Ward Howe Prize. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called the book “Fearless … a stunning narrative of perspective, profound sadness and unrelenting hope.” She is also the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Education Press, April 2012), written with behavioral analyst Jessica Minahan.

Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate in Violence Prevention with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Formerly, she served as an A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Professor and Department Chair in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado and as Associate Professor and Department Chair in Anthropology and Sociology at Centre College. Dr. Goodrum’s research focuses on school violence prevention, homicide victimization, domestic violence, and the criminal justice system. Her co-authored Report on the Arapahoe High School Shooting, funded by The Denver Foundation, examined the lessons learned on violence prevention in schools. These lessons have been used to improve the violence prevention strategies for threat assessment, information sharing, and leadership in school settings. Recently, Dr. Goodrum extended this work on violence prevention to co-author the Colorado School Safety Guide for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and serve as co-PI on an evaluation of the training for the Colorado Threat Assessment and Management Protocol in partnership with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center.  She is currently the co-PI and consultant on several violence prevention projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Goodrum’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Law & Social InquirySymbolic InteractionSociological SpectrumSociological FocusCriminal Justice Review, and International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory & Practice. Her book After Homicide: Victims’ Families in the Criminal Justice System chronicles the experiences of families of murder victims from death notification to the trial, is available through Lynne Rienner Publishers (2019). 

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