All posts by Laura Strobel

Media Production Manager at IRIS Educational Media. Producer and video editor of educational videos for teachers, students, parents and direct support staff. Editor of IRIS Ed Focus blog. B.A. in Journalism ('94) and M.A. in Folklore/Video Production ('99) from the University of Oregon.

Prepared Parents – Research on a Spanish-Language Curriculum for Latino Parents

Many Latino families immigrate to the United States because they want better economic opportunities and education for their children. But the reality of life in the U.S. is challenging for Latino immigrants. They are affected by language barriers, poverty, trauma, immigration status, and legal issues.…

The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative Update

Is it possible to transform an entire school district so that every child has school success? The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative (TWCI) is a 10-year partnership between Tacoma Public Schools and the University of Washington, and their goal is sustainable school transformation.…

How to Make Schools Safe?

By Laura Strobel and Claudia Vincent, Ph.D.

The time has passed for sitting back and waiting for school violence to decrease. We’re seeing more violence and mass shootings in schools in the United States than ever before. The time has come to act, but what can we do?…

Safety Preparedness

It is important to review the safety procedures at your school a few times a year. This includes reminding staff and teaching students about the procedures, and practicing lockdown drills, fire drills and disaster drills. Each school and district is different, so your procedures will vary, but there is one constant thing to remember: all threats should be taken seriously.…