Prevention Curriculum Infusion
“What we do in the name of health, safety, and well-being are linked with teaching and learning. Teaching and learning can’t take place if students aren’t healthy, aren’t physically and mentally fit, or aren’t safe.” –William Modzeleski, Director, Safe and Drug-Free School Program, U.S.
Prevention Curriculum Infusion research has repeatedly shown that the use of prevention curriculum can increase academic success. Infusing prevention topics into every day curriculum ensures the most effective delivery with schools and teachers playing key roles in getting the prevention messages to students.
To meet the varied needs of our teachers, administrators, students and community members, innumerable prevention curriculum resources are available on such topics as Mental and Physical Health and Wellness, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Violence Prevention. These curriculum tools can be utilized on a schoolwide, classroom, or individual basis.
See also our related webpages on:
- Anti-Bullying Classroom Activities
- Anti-Bullying Links and Resources
- Health and Wellness
- Online Courses
- Professional Development
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Violence Prevention
Resources and Links
Please Note: A program or website being mentioned here does not imply endorsement by the School Board of Broward County and does not necessarily reflect its views. Please contact the program developers directly for the most current information.
BEEP – for School District employees, the Discovery Health resource has innumerable videos, classroom exercises and lesson plans
Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention. This document describes the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four key areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring. It includes practical suggestions from professionals and advocates who have successfully started these programs in their communities.
Division of Violence Prevention’s website highlighting resources for school violence. This site includes a number of resources including fact sheets, tips for coping with stress, data resources, prevention resources, and current CDC research on youth interpersonal violence.
Free Resource List: “If it’s FREE, it’s for ME!” is a downloadable PDF list of free prevention resources. Go to the Resource page then scroll down to view and download.
Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT): The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula. The HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.
National Resource Center for Safe Schools, The Safety Zone
Registries of Programs Effective in Reducing Youth Risk Behaviors: Various federal agencies have identified youth-related programs that they consider worthy of recommendation based on expert opinion or a review of design and research evidence. These programs focus on different health topics, risk behaviors, and settings including violence.
School Health Guidelines (CDC) to Prevent Unintentional Injuries and Violence. Students have the right to learn in a safe and protective school environment. These guidelines were designed to help education agencies and schools promote safety and make schools safe places for students to learn.
School Health Index: The School Health Index can help schools implement school health guidelines and related strategies. This self-assessment and planning tool enables schools to identify the strengths and weaknesses of health promotion policies and programs (including violence prevention) and assists schools in developing an action plan for improving the school environment.
School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS): The School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. SHPPS was most recently conducted in 2006. SHPPS also was conducted in 2000 and 1994; the next SHPPS is planned for 2012. State level summaries are available on-line (the Healthy and Safe Environment and the Mental Health and Social Services sections are probably the most relevant) and as a state report card, here is the link for Florida
TEACH-VIP E-Learning: an online self-paced free curriculum in violence and injury prevention. You can choose from 20 lessons to create a learning experience appropriate to your needs and schedule. Each lesson can be completed in approximately one hour – although optional activities and readings are available that can add to the time needed to complete a lesson.