November/December 2020

IASB Journal November/December 2020 

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Welcome to the November/December 2020 issue of The Illinois School Board Journal. Selected articles are available below in text form. For other articles, click the digital edition link above.

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Cover Stories

  • Threat Assessment: Protecting Students and Schools

    Provided by the United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center
    With the goal of preventing targeted violence and keeping children safe at school, law enforcement collaborates with the education and wellness communities to study incidents of school violence. Here's what we know.

Feature Articles

  • Reaching Beyond the Basics of School Safety

    By Joshua W. Stafford
    The foundation of a school safety initiative that was built over the last several years in the Vienna community has been maintained and enhanced.
  • Safe2Help Illinois Offers Reporting Resources, Curriculum

    Provided by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and Illinois Emergency Management Agency
    In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence, or other threats to school safety.
  • The Why and How of School Resource Officers

    By Mike Raymond
    A good SRO is someone who is invested in not only their career but also the school district and community as a whole.

Regular Features


  • In this Together: Beginning an Adult SEL Program in a Pandemic World

    By Pamela R. Rockwood
    Educators and school personnel are not immune to the pandemic’s consequences. There is no question that some will be affected. That, in turn, has the potential to influence others due to a phenomenon known as “emotional contagion.”
  • Why Have an SRO?

    By Kip Heinle
    The hats that SROs wear are many. Not only do we keep peace and order at schools and school functions, but we are also mentors to students. We are educators; most of us present in classrooms on various topics.