Interview questions: Creating Emotionally Safe Schools

Possible interview questions for Dr. Jane Bluestein.

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• We’ve seen so much in the news about violence in schools, yet your book does not focus exclusively on violence prevention. Why is that?

• What makes a school an emotionally safe place?

• Is this different from being physically safe?

• Does being physically safe mean that students—and teachers—will be emotionally safe?

• Why is it emotional safety important?

• What are some of the things kids do when they don’t feel safe? What is the connection between safety and behavior?
Safety and academic performance?

• Many students come to school from troubled families and violent environments. What is the impact of these influences?

• When you talk about making schools safe, are you talking about making it easy? Do you mean that we should never challenge, correct or restrict kids?

• So many kids are so far behind academically and there is so much pressure on teachers to cover academic content. Isn’t it enough for schools to just teach?

• How has the role of the school changed in the past, say, 50 years?

• Why is a sense of community important in an academic environment?

• You have some concerns about the research which suggests that smaller schools is the answer. Why is that?

• You compare many school environments to dysfunctional families. What are some of the similarities?

• How can we make schools safe academically?

• What’s the best way to deal with failure?

• How can we make schools safe behaviorally? (Discipline policies, power dynamics, etc.)

• How can we make schools safe socially? (Bully-proofing, social skills development, tolerance and acceptance, etc.)

• Some schools have programs dealing with issues like resiliency, character education, self-esteem or emotional intelligence. How are these important?

• How can educators and other school personnel help kids in crisis?

• What kinds of physical factors impact the emotional climate of a school? (Light, heat, water/bathroom, design, space, environmental toxins, need for movement or interaction, etc.)

• What kinds of things compromise the safety of the adults in education?

• The picture looks pretty bleak at times, yet you seem optimistic that schools can become places for safety and success. Care to comment?

Questions with answers.

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