All posts by Geoff Colvin, Ph.D.

Dr. Geoff Colvin draws on his experience as a classroom teacher and administrator, researcher at the University of Oregon and a national public school consultant. While recognized as a national expert on school safety and violence prevention, Dr. Colvin has consulted with and provided in-service for educators in more than 100 school districts and agencies nationwide. He directed a juvenile detention school for five years and a county-wide program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth, also for five years. Dr. Colvin has authored more than 60 publications and videos on teaching students with problem behavior. More recently he worked as a research associate at the U of O and consultant in the areas of school wide discipline, school climate, school safety and violence prevention. His extensive knowledge and lively speaking style have made him a popular speaker at national conferences.

Managing Threats Part 3: Preventing Violence and Creating Safe Schools

Part 3: School Staff- What to Do to Respond to Threats

School staff work hard to make sure that students feel safe at school. But unfortunately, while deaths occurring in schools are rare, school violence is on the increase.
PBSEverythingElem9Threats are a good indication that future violence may occur.…

Managing Threats Part 2: Preventing Violence and Creating Safe Schools

Part 2: Setting Up Protocols


Another school shooting. More children killed and wounded.

This time it happened in Marysville, Washington, but it could happen anywhere, in any state, in any town. There have been 87 shootings in America’s schools in the past 18 months.

Managing Threats: Preventing Violence and Creating Safe Schools

The Centers for Disease Control did a nationally representative survey in 2011 to see how much violence occurs in schools. Twenty percent of students in grades 9-12 reported that they had been bullied, 7.4% were threatened or injured with a weapon, and 12% were in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months before the survey.…