Shane Jimerson helps organize May 16 Community Forum on School Climate and Safety

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

Shane Jimerson, a professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, is a community partner in the Task Force for School Climate and Safety, which is organizing a forum at La Colina Junior High School on May 16 at 7 pm. This community forum will focus on the topic of school safety. Participants will have the opportunity to review the eight best practices for creating safe and successful schools and have a voice in shaping questions, concerns or implementation of ideas for the school district as well as the community.

The forum is organized by the Task Force for School Climate and Safety, represented by Santa Barbara Unified School District staff and community partners, such as: Dr. Shane Jimerson, Santa Barbara Parents for High School Safety, Youth Wellness Coalition of Santa Barbara, AHA!, Just Communities, Anti-Defamation League of Santa Barbara/TriCounties, Santa Barbara Police Department and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. The forum is free to attend, however, it is kindly requested that you RSVP if you are planning to attend,

For more information on the eight best practices, read the Framework for Safe and Successful Schools authored by leading national professional organizations on this topic. The executive summary of the framework will be available in Spanish, shortly.

As a distinguished leader and advocate, with over 250 publications, Dr. Jimerson is currently the president of Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, editor of the School Psychology Quarterly (APA) journal, the lead-editor of The Handbook of School Violence and School Safety: International Research and Practice 2nd Edition (2012, Routledge), co-editor of Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention 2nd Edition (2012, National Association of School Psychologists), lead-editor of The Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective (2009, Routledge), The Handbook of International School Psychology (2007, SAGE Publishing), the lead editor of The Handbook of Response to Intervention: The Science and Practice of Assessment and Intervention (2007, Springer Science), and co-author of Promoting Positive Peer Relationships: Bullying Prevention Program. Having received numerous awards for his scholarship, including from the Society for the Study of School Psychology, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Educational Research Association, California School Psychologists, and the Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, his leadership, advocacy, and scholarship continue to highlight the importance of early experiences on subsequent development and emphasize the importance of research informing professional practice to promote the social and cognitive competence of children.

[Shane Jimerson is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]