In the spring of 2019, RTI implemented the All Hands on Deck program in three North Carolina counties. The program was funded by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction School Safety Grant, which was offered in response to a growing need for safer schools in the state. According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 10.1% of high school students in North Carolina reported that at least one day in the past month they “did not go to school because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.” This percentage translates to more than 45,000 students and represents an increase of nearly 4% from 2015. It also represents the highest reported measurement since the survey was initiated in 1993 (YRBS, 2017). All Hands on Deck included a series of three customized, on-site professional learning workshops for 67 teachers, 5 administrators, and 13 student support personnel. One-on-one follow-up coaching for teachers and support personnel provided supports tailored to individual needs and implementation goals. While fewer than 20% of teachers implement new learning following a workshop or professional learning session without additional follow-up, 95% of teachers implement new learning following a workshop or professional learning session with sustained coaching (Bush, 1984).
Social and emotional learning
A mindset for school safety and student security
Hart, C. P., & Nash, F. M. (2020). Social and emotional learning: A mindset for school safety and student security. RTI International.