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Congress recently eliminated several programs administered by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.  Notwithstanding these budget cuts, the programs that remain are critical to our efforts to establish safe, supportive, and healthy schools so that children can learn and reach their full potential.  Moreover, the Department is committed to developing and deepening program and policy expertise in the program offices, especially in high-priority areas.  Therefore, to maximize limited resources, while preserving our program focus, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and it's programs were moved into a new Office of Safe and Healthy Students within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE).  This change was effective on September 26, 2011, and will provide new opportunities for staff from OESE and OSDFS to work together to improve school environments and support children’s learning, health, and well-being. Within the next few weeks, the contents of the new OSHS (formerly OSDFS) webpages was relocated to OESE's homepage and is available at

OSDFS Webinars



Second Annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, September 21-22, 2011

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education, hosted the second annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 - 22, 2011. This year’s goal was to engage government and nongovernmental partners in discussing the implications and impacts of last year’s efforts and to identify the next steps for continued progress in combating bullying. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Kiran Ahuja and other federal representatives reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment around the issue of bullying. Additionally, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) will offer remarks regarding current Congressional efforts around bullying prevention. American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, National Education Association (NEA) Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Pringle, Seventeen Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ann Shoket, President and CEO of the Ad Council Peggy Conlon, and others also participated in the summit, representing the many non-profit and corporate efforts that launched this past year.

Bullying Prevention Summit Agenda at a Glance
[downloadable files] MS WORD (57K)

August 8-10, 2011 - OSDFS National Conference

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) hosted its National Conference August 8-10, 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort in suburban Washington, D.C. The theme of this year's conference was Making the Connection: Creating and Maintaining Conditions for Learning”, which addressed issues related to: alcohol, drug and violence prevention; health, mental health, and physical education; special populations; emerging issues; and other areas concerning drug and violence prevention.

The National Conference served as a large-scale training and technical assistance event that included: OSDFS grantees; education and prevention leaders; representatives of Federal agencies and national associations; public and private school administrators; school personnel; researchers and experts; as well as others in the field.

You can view speeches and other information from the conference at: OSDFS Conference

April 6-7, 2011 - National Summit on Gender-Based Violence Among Young People

On April 6th and 7th, The Department of Education hosted The National Summit on Gender-Based Violence Among Young People. The summit brought together more than 150 major organizational, federal and academic leaders to discuss how to translate research into practice, highlight promising practices, and provide the field with the tools they need to serve our nation’s students. 

The purpose of the Gender-Based Violence Summit was to engage federal partners and the broader field in developing a comprehensive federal strategy to address the issue of Gender-Based Violence among young people.  Participants shared their expertise, gave feedback on existing federal efforts, and provided input as to the future direction of federal policy and programming.  Topics discussed included: domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

If you would like to speak to someone directly about the event, please contact the Summit Coordinator via email at or by telephone at 202-245-7835.

  • GBV Reading Materials PDF (2431K)

National Drug Facts Week, November 8-14, 2010

The National Drug Facts Week, was a national health observance just for teens held on November 8-14, 2010. The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their first National Drug Fact Chat Week, Drugs: Shatter the Myths.  The past Drug Fact Chat Days were very successful so NIDA expanded it to a week-long event. National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) was an opportunity for teens to shatter the myths about drug abuse and to get answers from a scientific expert.

To help you, NIDA provides a step-by-step how-to kit, including a list of fun activities, instructions on how to receive our NEW drug facts booklet to distribute at events, assistance in finding a scientific expert in your community, an online interactive quiz, and much more! But we need you to make it happen. Encourage teens to organize an event during NDFW and support them by being an adult advisor and registering an event with NIDA.

For more information or questions, please contact us at

BULLYING SUMMIT (August 11-12, 2010)


Held August 11-12, 2010

The files and information contained below are intended for attendees of the Bullying Summit. These materials provide the detailed agenda with biographies of presenters, a list of participants with one-page profiles of attending organizations’ efforts in bullying prevention, and background research material that provides background to help facilitate discussion.

  • Bullying Summit Agenda: download files MS WORD (13MB) | PDF (5.6MB)
  • Bullying Summit Participants List: PDF (5.85MB)
  • Bullying Summit Reading Materials: PDF (8.84MB)

Online Publications

  • Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education
    This Action Guide, revised in 2010, offers higher education institutions a useful resource in the field of emergency management.

  • Mobilizing for Evidenced-Based Character Education

  • Partnerships in Character Education State Pilot Projects, l995-2001 Lessons Learned
    Character includes the emotional, intellectual and moral qualities of a person or group as well as the demonstration of these qualities in prosocial behavior. Character education is an inclusive term encompassing all aspects of how schools, related social institutions and parents can support the positive character development of children and adults. Character education teaches the habits of thought and deed that help people live and work together as families, friends, neighbors, communities and nations.

  • Enhancing Achievement and Proficiency through Safe and Drug-Free Schools is a report by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Advisory Committee (June 2007). See the press release and report download files MS Word (156K).

  • The latest issue of The Catalyst, a newsletter published by the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention covering current AODV prevention issues at institutions of higher education. Catalyst discusses emerging issues and highlights innovative efforts on campuses that may be helpful at other institutions of higher education.

  • Practical Information on Crisis Planning brochure. This companion brochure to the full Crisis Planning Guide provides general information and guidelines on how to be prepared for a crisis.

  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention OJJDP News @ a Glance is a on-line bi-monthly newsletter that provide readers with an overview of news from OJJDP including events, publications, and funding opportunities.

  • Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities. The guide will give schools, districts and communities the critical concepts and components of good crisis planning, stimulate thinking about the crisis preparedness process, and provide examples of promising practices. Secretary Paige has made the review and revision of school emergency response and crisis management plans one of the Department's strategic objectives. download files PDF (1.6M)

Other Publications

Readiness and Emergency Management Publications

ED's OSDFS and the REMS Technical Assistance Center have developed a variety of publications to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) with their emergency management efforts. The publications support an all-hazards approach to collaborative emergency management planning that is guided by the four phases (prevention - mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery). These publications may be accessed at

The Challenge Newsletter

The Challenge newsletter, a publication of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program under a grant with Learning Systems Group, is available online at Readers can visit the website to find current and previous issues of The Challenge, which features articles about the latest research on drug and violence prevention, promising and exemplary programs, and strategies that work, as well as information about activities of OSDFS.


  • Recovery Draft Report: download files MS WORD (897KB) | PDF (253KB)

Bystander Report was developed by the United States Secret Service and United State Department of Education. The report provides Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence: Information Students learn May Prevent a Targeted Attack.

Ed's Safe & Supportive Schools ListServe Enrollment


If you are interested in receiving prevention education information and opportunities, you are now able to self-enroll to receive the ED's SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS NEWS BULLETIN. The purpose of this listserv is to provide a timely information outlet for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program and is now available to the public. The LISTSERV content may include information on prevention education issues, legislation, and OSDFS, and other Federal Programs grant opportunities. You can click on the link and self-enroll for the OSDFS PreventED listserv.


Prior Knowledge of Potential School Based Violence: Information Students Learn May Prevent A Target Attack

The Bystander is a collaborative study conducted by the Secret Service and the US Department of Education (May 2008).

Monitoring The Future Study

The Monitoring the Future study, also known as the National High School Senior Survey, is a survey of nationally representative samples of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students used to track trends in drug usage among youth as well as measure student attitudes towards drugs. This study has been carried out each year since 1975 by the University of Michigan under research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Policy Guidance

Internet Resources

Emergency Response

  • The Emergency Planning website provides school leaders with information they need to plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and terrorist acts.

Drug Abuse Prevention

Violence Prevention

Grant Resource Collections

Other Internet Resources

Technical Assistance Centers

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
The Center's mission is to assist ED in serving IHEs in developing and implementing policies and programs that will foster students' academic and social development and promote campus and community safety by preventing the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug use and violence among college students. The Center is ED's primary provider of services in alcohol and other drug abuse and violence prevention in higher education founded upon state-of-the-art knowledge and research-based strategies.

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students
The SSHS website provides more detailed information about the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative. This site is maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration of the Department of Health and Human Service, one of the three Federal Safe Schools/Healthy Student partners. The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention provides technical assistance and training to the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative grantees that are funded by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
The U.S. Department of Education began supporting the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center in FY 2004. The Center supports all grantees funded under the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program (formerly Emergency Response and Crisis Management grant program) by providing emergency management resources, training, and publications. The TA Center also helps non-grantee local educational districts (LEAs) and private schools with improving and strengthening their emergency management plans through the provision of resources, responses to technical assistance requests, and facilitation of Emergency Management for Schools Training events. The TA Center Web site is available at A variety of resources are available on the Web site including Power Point presentations from previous training events and a series of newsletters, Lessons Learned documents, and Helpful Hint publications. EMT Associates, Inc. from Folsom, California, manages the TA Center. For additional information on the REMS TA Center, please contact or at 202-245-7860.

The Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center
The Safe and Supportive Schools Website represents another step the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is taking to provide the technical assistance and expertise to keep our students safe.  From this Website, state, district and school administrators; teachers; school support staff; and communities and families can find resources and support to develop rigorous measurement systems that assess school climate and implement and evaluate programmatic interventions. You are welcome to explore and discover, ask questions, and share your perspective. Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center is operated for U.S. ED’s OSDFS by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in collaboration with Child Trends; The Search Institute; Vision Training Associates; Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; and Decision Information Resources, Inc. In particular, on the Website one can:


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