Do Smaller Schools Prevent School Violence?

What You'll Learn

  • Understand current research on potential relationships between school size and school violence, and school size and student achievement.
  • Initiate and implement local intervention tools to improve student learning environments and school site planning.
  • Implement and teach (non-clinical audiences) tactics to improve children's social and emotional development from a community perspective.

More Course Details

There may be a relationship between school size and school violence. In the fifth-largest school district in the U.S. in Clark County, Nevada, city officials are working to advocate for smaller school footprints and attendance zones, lower enrollment capacities, and active transportation-to-school options.

This course highlights interventions in Henderson, Nevada, undertaken to improve student learning environments, school climate, and student achievement.

Key takeaways of the course include:

  • Insight into the relationship between school size and school violence, and school size and student achievement.
  • A case study of a city in the Las Vegas valley that spends approximately $1.5 million a year on interventions in schools to improve student outcomes, including childhood trauma.
  • Tactics for parents and community professionals interacting with children and adolescents to support healthy social and emotional development.