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 Lead with Heart

Leading with Heart, June 22, 2016, WV State Police Academy, Dunbar

Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School, will return to the state to present this half-day session on leadership. He will discern between the boss and the leader, and how principals can lead with love as opposed to from fear. Click here for details and to register (follow tab for PLA Experienced).


Save the Date July 19, 2016, Marriott Hotel, Charleston

The Safe Schools Summit addresses issues of school climate and safety. The Summit is designed for school principals and provides a venue to discuss topics such as drug awareness, school threat assessment and decision making, bullying, suicide prevention, and appropriate uses of social media (among many others). Click here to register (follow tab for PLA Experienced)


Youth Mental Health First Aid

This session is based on a public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. It is designed to build understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Check for updates about additional sessions at a later date.

Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) Program

The West Virginia Safe and Supportive Schools (WVSSS) Program addresses all aspects of school climate/culture through preventative practices and through meaningful intervention practices.  School teams work with experienced mentors to analyze results of the WV Department of Education (WVDE) School Climate Survey and the WVEIS Discipline Module and formulate a plan of action to address areas of concern.  Schools are finding the comprehensive positive programs can reduce school disruptions and improve school climate without reducing students' opportunities to learn.  WVSSS is based on WVBE Policy 4373.   

The WV School Climate survey is a valuable tool for any school to collect data on their current school culture and to identify areas of improvement.  These surveys provide critical information about the learning and teaching environment, the health and well-being of students, and support for parents, school staff, and students that foster learning and school success aligned with the West Virginia Standards for High Quality Schools.  The survey may also provide principals with data that can be used in setting their evaluation goals.  For more details about the survey, click here.


For additional information about the WV School Climate Survey, please contact Andy Whisman at 304-558-2546 or swhisman@k12.wv.us

Click here to learn about supporting resources found on the WVDE Office of Healthy Schools website.

Click here to view Policy 4373.

Click here for information about the Prevention Resource Officer Program (PRO).

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