Safe schools require safe communities.

If we are to improve school safety, we must better understand the characteristics that link schools and the communities they serve. Routine functions like budgetary processes, school choice, and transportation are currently divorced from the safe schools conversation. All of these issues and their impact on safe learning environments must be understood by school leaders and policymakers.

Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools bridges the gap between school and community functions, taking in school and district leadership, neighborhood safety, classroom size, transportation, and parental involvement.

Suburban Schools, Urban Realities: Policy and Possibility at the Urban Fringe

At this two-day conference, attendees collaborated and networked with other experts in economics, education, history, law, political science, policy, and sociology on issues of equity and educational opportunity in suburban spaces. Attendees developed a transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed and -edited volume on metropolitan change and educational challenges. This landmark conference at the Hopkins Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C., convened 25 of the nation’s most highly regarded thinkers working at the leading edge of scholarship on the urban realities of suburban life.

Illustration of a difficult journey across educational supplies to a golden school house.