VIVA Educators is a product of New Voice Strategies, a nonprofit whose goal is to raise the level of educators' voices in education policy. This online conversation is a project of the National Education Association. VIVA Educators is their neutral third party partner. This conversation is open only to classroom professionals who have direct contact with students. Join us. Leverage your expertise, ideas and professionalism to effect positive change.

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Welcome to the NEA VIVA Idea Exchange.

I am Kim Bolton and I will be your moderator. 

How the VIVA Project Works

Educators working with students in public schools in 11 states across the country share their ideas about creating a positive learning environment and behavior in classrooms and school buildings. 

Thought leaders from the conversation are invited to join a Writing Collaborative charged with synthesizing the ideas of the group as a whole into a report.

Members of the Writing Collaborative meet together with NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and our leaders in Washington DC to discuss recommendations and identify opportunities to address the pressing issues of safety in our schools.

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Our Question:

If you could change the laws and practices in your state or across the country, to improve safety in your classroom and school what would you suggest? What proactive role should education take to confront this continuing problem?

Prevention programs and secure entrances/exits

Rebecca M. All teachers and school employees should have training for Mental Health First Aid to learn how to identify and safely int... More »

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Problem Solving Skills and Caring Communities

Genevieve H. When people are able to get their needs met through effective nonviolent means, they do. While we are talking about arms ... More »

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Armed Teachers IF:

Claudia E. In some states it is almost too easy to obtain a concealed weapon permit. I believe teachers should have the right to arm ... More »

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Sue C.

Sue C. Fences should be built around the school buildings anywhere students play. Metal gates should be installed in front of ea... More »

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Maryclaire R.

Maryclaire R. We need to work as a community to keep our children and staff safe. Security and Police presence is important in our city... More »

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