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Safe and Supportive Schools Arizona (S3 AZ)

  • The Safe and Supportive Schools Arizona (S3 AZ) project promotes a safe and positive environment for learning in schools by reducing bullying, other violence, and presence of drugs and alcohol on school campuses, and increasing student-teacher connectedness. Twenty-eight high schools throughout Arizona, from Kingman to Willcox, are receiving funding to implement evidence- curricula to increase school safety and promote a supportive environment on campus. ADE has subcontracted with Smith Professor Kris Bosworth to provide training and technical assistance for implementing and sustaining a variety of curricula, including Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Student Assistance Programs (SAP), BreakAway, Toward No Drug Use, and NIDA. In addition to planning and sponsoring trainings and retreats for school personnel, Dr. Bosworth is analyzing the program implementation process and the factors that promote sustainability of school improvement efforts, in order to develop a model of sustainability. The S3 team includes Training Coordinator Maryann Judkins; Coaches Jane Ballesteros, Dr. Paul Brown, Carla Cross, and Debi La Vergne; Data Coordinator Kirsteen Anderson, and Administrative Associate Sally Showalter.

For more information, see S3 AZ Handout
College-Going Culture Workgroup

  • The College-Going Culture (CGC) Workgroup formed in September 2010 to further understanding of what secondary schools are doing to encourage college attendance and success, through a combination of research and community outreach activities. The six investigators are drawn from the Departments of Higher Education (Drs. Regina Deil-Amen, Jenny Lee, and Cecilia Rios-Aguilar) and Educational Policy and Practice (Drs. Kris Bosworth, J. Robert Hendricks, and Jason Hurwitz). The goals of the CGC Workgroup are (a) to generate new knowledge by integrating a unique and rich combination of data sources; (b) to disseminate findings through scholarly publications and at professional conferences, and (c) to extend and apply findings through a collaborative forum of policy makers, researchers, and practitioners aimed at translating research into actionable, evidence-based strategies for increasing college-going among Tucson high school students. Among the Workgroup’s community outreach activities was a Spring 2012 conference in Tucson: "Gateway for Opportunity: Career and College Success for Southern Arizona" (cosponsored with the Metropolitan Education Commission and the Arizona College Access Network).

UA LINKS is a professional development group that provides a variety of technical assistance and training opportunities for educators in Pima County and the State of Arizona. The focus of the training support is removing barriers to learning by:

  • influencing education practice such that research-based principles of prevention could be more easily and effectively implemented in schools and classrooms
  • enhancing teachers’, counselors’, and educational leaders’ knowledge of and skills in implementing prevention practices through pre-service and in-service education.
  • promoting the responsibility of all educators—including but not limited to pre-service teachers, teachers, counselors, and administrators—in creating protective, supportive environments for all students
  • providing education, information, and resources on policy issues to promote active government support for prevention policy and funding
  • conducting research that will improve, influence, and advance prevention in home, community, and educational environments

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide system where behavioral expectations are defined and taught like academics.  PBIS is designed to replace "behavioral errors" with pro-social behaviors, diminish disruptions that impede teaching and learning, and establish a positive school climate. We provide a variety of presentations on PBIS including informational presentations for school leaders, PBIS team training on PBIS implementation, and follow-up support for schools already implementing PBIS.  Please contact us for complete descriptions of all of our training topics and fees: Please see the UALinks website for more information.