Research has repeatedly shown that the use of prevention curriculum can increase academic success. Additionally, infusing prevention topics into every day curriculum plays a key role 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 Diversity, Mental and Physical Health and Wellness, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Violence Prevention.
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 – This website is 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 Prevention Resources: a list of materials and curriculum divided into the four strands of prevention.
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.
HealthTeacher.com: Health Teacher is an online resource of health education tools including lessons, interactive presentations and additional resources to integrate health into any classroom. Once on Health Teacher.com, click on the green “sign up” button at the top of the page and then enter the group code: browardfl (then click “submit”). Create your profile: enter your user and school type, enter your user information and create a profile and then select your school.
Peace Corps Lesson Plans on Culture: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide To Cross-Cultural Understanding is a full guide inclusive of lesson plans for teachers.
Planting Seeds Of Prevention Book: created by DCO&P to serve as a teaching tool and a one stop shop for all your prevention needs.
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) 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
Teaching tolerance: A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools
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.
There are numerous data sources that can provide you more information on this topic – just go to our Data & Surveys page.