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About Post-Secondary

The preparation of teachers and administrators to face school safety situations both current and future is imperative. Murray State University serves as the point of contact for Kentucky Center for School Safety post-secondary activities, where KCSS staff is working to address the place of higher education in school safety issues.

The focus of the post-secondary education component of the Kentucky Center for School Safety addresses the needs of both pre-service and practicing educators, ensuring that the safety and security of Kentucky’s educational communities are better served.

The Post-Secondary Task Force was created to facilitate the work of the KCSS in these endeavors. The Task Force includes representatives from all 26 colleges and universities, as well as the

Crisis Management in Educational Settings

Link to course resources ADM 677 Crisis Management in Educational Settings

EDU 103 Resources

Kentucky's post-secondary institutions have within them a wealth of information which can be tapped by education professionals and others throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The efforts of the KCSS in the post-secondary area include college/university faculty development and development and delivery of school safety related curricula for inclusion into post-secondary coursework. In addition, the post-secondary component of the KCSS will address development of graduate and undergraduate credit offerings for pre-service and practicing educators. The mechanism/plan for incorporation of school-related safety instruction and programming emphasizes technical assistance and training to post-secondary institutions.

Currently, the post-secondary component of KCSS has spear-headed the development of the Kentucky Safety Educator Standards. The Education Professional Standards Board passed these Standards in the Spring of 2004. Murray State University has approved the Kentucky Safety Educator Endorsement. Both new and existing courses were integrated to create this twelve-hour endorsement. The post-secondary component of KCSS continues to address development of graduate and undergraduate credit offerings and training for pre-service and practicing educators.

ADM 677 Summer Course



ADM 677 Crisis Management in Educational Settings
The content of this course provides educators with the skills and information to analyze safety data, plan for both school safety interventions and procedures and to manage crises in an educational setting. Field hours are required. Class begins May 31.

Visit www.murraystate.edu for details on this course

Kentucky School Safety Educator Endorsement

The Kentucky School Educators Endorsement is designed to prepare certified P-12 educators and school administrators to promote and maintain a positive, safe, and healthy school culture, climate and environment which is conducive to high academic achievement. School safety continues to be an issue of paramount importance. ADM 677 Crisis Management in Educational Settings is for Murray State University, the cornerstone course of the Kentucky School Educators Endorsement. Click here for more information

Post-Secondary Task Force

The 17th Annual Safe School Successful Student Conference was a tremendous success. It was the backdrop of our annual Post Secondary Task Force "Sharing Session."


Post-Secondary Emergency Operations Guide

Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education: Our nation’s postsecondary institutions are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students, faculty, and staff who live, work, and study on campus. Faced with emergencies ranging from active shooter situations to fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes,
earthquakes, and pandemic influenza, this is no easy task. Many of these emergencies occur with little to no warning; therefore, it is critical for institutions of higher education (IHEs) to plan
ahead to help ensure the safety and general welfare of all members of the campus community.

Post-Secondary Trainings

"NIMS Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions" presents a set of key school and campus emergency management activities that will enhance the relationship between schools and campuses, their respective local governments, and their community partners as they communicate, collaborate, and coordinate on these NIMS activities.

Post-Secondary Resources

Administrator's Desk Reference of Behavior Management (is part of the Safe and Civil Schools Comprehensive Program) This resource is a three-volume Administrator’s Desk Reference which assists the busy administrator create a positive school culture and climate. Includes positive and effective research-based techniques to: 1) Help staff develop proactive, positive, instructional policies, 2) Handle discipline referrals when they do occur, 3) Establish individual behavior plans when necessary, and 4) Reduce behavior problems and increase a student’s sense of purpose and belonging.

Leadership in Behavior Support: Administrator’s Guide (2nd Edition) This revised edition continues to focus on key components of the original edition. It supports building administrators in the important responsibility of guiding and shaping the attitudes and actions that influence school culture and climate. To reflect challenges facing today's administrators, new material covers leadership strategies for conducting powerful staff meetings, techniques for engaging reluctant staff members, and special sections on reviewing antibullying, attendance, and personal electronic policies.

Coaching Classroom Management,  2nd ed. (for grade k-12) The tools in this book were designed and field tested to close the gap between the ideal of research-based practices and the actual implementation of positive classroom management. Administrators will find guidelines for setting expectations and assisting teachers in meeting them. Classroom coaches will discover how they can use the skills they already have to assist teachers in a non-evaluative context. (Authors: Randy Sprick, Jim Knight, Wendy Reinke, Tricia McKale Skyles, and Lynn Barnes) Coaching Classroom Management is a companion to CHAMPs, Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, or any research-based approach to managing student behavior.

Predicting and Preventing Campus Violence (Inside Higher Ed) Harvard University’s first president was an English cleric who reportedly attacked his assistant with a stick “big enough to kill a horse,” Ann Franke, the founder of Wise Results and a consultant on campus risk management issues nationally, related Friday during a conference on “Violence on Campus: Prediction, Prevention and Response.”

...To complicate matters, “There is no useful profile” for a school shooter. “One of the things that people want from us is … ‘Just give me a profile,’ ” said William Modzeleski, U.S. associate assistant deputy secretary of education for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. “Should it be somebody who has a tattoo? Should it be somebody who wears a trench coat?”

In the federal government’s Safe Schools Initiative study, which examined 37 incidents from 1974-2000 at the K-12 level, the shooters’ only common trait, Modzeleski said, “was that they were boys.” (Though there’s a caveat even there, as Modzeleski said incidents involving girls occurred after they completed their research). Order Safe School Initiative Study free from U.S. Department of Education at ED Pubs. The new piece added to this research in 2007 is "The Safe Schools and Threat Assessment Experience Scenarios"

U.S. Ed's OSDFS Releases "Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education". The U.S. Department of Education (ED)'s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS), in collaboration with ED's Readiness Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center (TA Center), is pleased to announce the release of the Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education.... The Action Guide aims to offer institutions of higher education a useful resource in the field of emergency management. It is intended to serve as a resource for all types of institutions of higher education. Community colleges, two- and four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, and research institutions associated with higher education entities, both public and private, can use the Action Guide throughout their emergency management planning efforts. The Action Guide is not meant to serve as a prescriptive document, but rather is intended to provide a number of resources and references to facilitate the emergency management planning process for institutions at all levels of knowledge and development.

Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (2010) The goal of this collaborative endeavor was to understand the scope of the problem of targeted violence at IHEs. To that end, this report offers preliminary findings from a review of 272 incidents of violence that affected IHEs in the United States from 1900 through 2008.

Mass Notification for Higher Education - Tod Schneider - National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (Jan. 2010) Things to consider when designing a mass notification system, and the pros and cons of current notification devices. Due to rapid changes in security technology, this publication is updated quarterly. … Mass notification is a high priority in educational institutions. But as the number of electronic communication devices has diversified, so has the complexity of designing an effective mass notification system. Picking the right system, with the right features, support services and price, can be daunting.

The Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool is brought to you by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. This analysis cutting tool was designed to provide rapid customized reports for public inquiries relating to campus crime and fire data. The data are drawn from the OPE Campus Safety and Security Statistics website database to which crime statistics and fire statistics (as of the 2010 data collection) are submitted annually, via a web-based data collection, by all postsecondary institutions that receive Title IV funding (i.e., those that participate in federal student aid programs). This data collection is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

Emergency Management Resources

Emergency Management Resources for Institutions of Higher Education

Higher Ed Safety in the News

Master’s in Safety, Security and Emergency Management-
Concentration in School Safety Graduate Certificate in School Safety
EKU’s School Safety programs focus on examining the potential risks and safety management strategies appropriate for educational settings. Whether you choose to pursue the concentration or the graduate certificate in School Safety, both programs are designed to prepare school safety professionals assure schools are equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to assess and resolve critical situations. 
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