Our Work

The Safe School Certification Program is helping a variety of schools within communities across the United States implement both the letter and spirit of safe school laws by building capacity focused on sustained practice.

  • Iowa – When the Iowa Department of Education was awarded federal funds through the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant, they looked to the Safe School Certification Program to help recognize and honor schools doing exemplary work. This cohort of schools will serve as a resource to others and create a learning community around the eight key elements of the certification framework.
  • Oregon – Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition and the Q Center has partnered with us to replicate the certification program to a cohort of schools in their state. Their past work in helping schools understand Oregon’s safe school law has positioned them to help schools take the next steps in implementing the spirit of their state’s law through the certification’s framework.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights – When the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights prepared to launch their “Project Seatbelt” with the support of Chrysler and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, they reached out to the Safe School Certification Program to help schools understand the key elements in making their school supportive and safe.
  • Washington, DC – The Safe School Certification Program provides a framework that deepens organizational capacity. It begins with having a clear policy. After passing a safe schools law, DC looked to the Safe School Certification Program and RFK Center to help them ensure policy compliance. A policy audit was conducted and technical assistance was provided to schools so they had the knowledge and skills to implement the policy with fidelity.