Anyone who has been in an unsafe environment knows how the senses are overwhelmed with fear. Deep learning in a constant state of unrest is impossible; you can only function in survivor mode. Dr. Daly provides proactive, rather than reactive, approaches to address the violent related causes that negatively affect safety and learning in schools. As a “New Principal” mentor I plan to use this book for study with my residents so that they can “Invent” a safe future for their school.
Smart school leaders will recognize the practical advice that Dr. Daly offers towards reducing violence in schools. She challenges educators to do the hard work of getting to know the students in front of them beyond academic performance, of understanding why those students may become violent in school, and to seek research based approaches to mitigate future instances. Dr. Daly offers a suite of accessible approaches to ending everyday school violence that is accessible to educators at all levels. Incorporating her work into school policy and practice is essential