Perceptions of Safety in Urban Schools

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain an understanding of the research on school safety and violence prevention.
  2. consider factors that may lead youth to perceive their schools as less safe.
  3. discuss racial disparities in school safety, with an emphasis on exploring evidence-based practices to promote safe schools with diverse student populations.


High-profile incidents of school violence has led to increased initiatives to ensure that school is a safe place for students to learn (Addington, 2009). Assessing students’ perceptions of safety is critical because feeling safe at school is associated with school success. Using latent class analysis, the current study investigated patterns of school safety with a diverse sample of youth within an urban district. Evidence-based recommendations to promote safe schools will be discussed.



Gabriella E. Davila, Montclair State University
Samantha Coyle, Montclair State University
Matthew J. Cuellar, Montclair State University


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