Improving school climate, not just security, is key to violence prevention

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Chris Curran, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and first published by theconversation.comSchool shootings like the one that took place in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 18 are often followed by calls for enhanced security measures.But Santa Fe High School already had many of these security measures in place.For instance, the high school had a school resource officer who responded to the attack. The school also had security cameras in place and had recently conducted active shooting training and drills.As the nation searches for ways to prevent school violence, the focus must be as much on school climate and culture as it is on school security. I make this argument as an educational researcher who studies school safety.Calls for beefed up securityMany of the security measures in place at Santa Fe High School were called for in the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. For instance, several states have passed legislation to increase law enforcement presence at schools. The federal government expanded funding to support the use of security measures such as metal detectors as well as training for threat identification and emergency response.Beyond the school walls, there have been broader calls for gun control. It is notable that the weapons used in the attack are reported to have been owned legally by the father of the shooter and were not the type targeted by most gun control proposals.One area that often gets overlooked in the aftermath of these tragedies is school culture. News reports indicate the shooter was reportedly bullied by other students and coaching staff. School officials, however, dispute this account.An examination of the school culture at Santa Fe High School could prove as important as a review of the school security measures that were in place and the extent to which they were followed.Why school climate mattersResearch has consistently shown that positive school climate is a strong predictor of school safety. When students have healthy peer relationships, teachers they trust, and school policies that they perceive as fair, they are more likely to feel safe in the school and less likely to misbehave.Building a sense of community among students and adults in schools may reduce the risk of school violence.Some advocates have called for a return to greater use of exclusionary discipline practices like suspension.Given the importance of supportive school climates for student safety, it is important to consider how the use of security measures and discipline practices that are meant to enhance safety might actually decrease it.Unintended consequences of securityThe use of visible security measures have been linked to lower measures of school safety. Likewise, the research on the use of law enforcement in schools is at best mixed.Prior work suggests that school resource officers can improve some measures of safety but can also result in more student arrests. They may also contribute to the use of more punitive school disciplinary environments.Research on school discipline suggests that suspending students from school can weaken students’ ties to the school community. When such exclusion is perceived as unfair, as might arise in the case of an overly prescriptive zero tolerance policy, the damage to school connectedness may be even more pronounced.The need for a balanced approachAs policymakers and school leaders respond to the most recent school tragedy in Santa Fe, they should be mindful of the full implications of their choices for enhancing safety. The use of security measures like law enforcement may deter or minimize the damage of a school shooting, but their use must be balanced with approaches that enhance community within schools.Luckily, there are promising approaches that schools can take to building trust and community among stakeholders.The presence of school counselors and partnerships with community organizations can help ensure that students have a trusted adult in the building and access to necessary mental health supports when needed. Restorative justice practices have shown promise as an alternative to suspension. Such practices focus on the rebuilding of trust among the student and school community instead of excluding the student from school. Other anti-bullying efforts may also be considered as part of such an approach.No student should have to fear for his or her life at school. Taking a multifaceted approach – one that balances security with community building – may help ensure that tragedies such as the one that unfolded in Santa Fe are fewer and further between. Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

How much will agents lose when letting agent fees ban kicks in?

first_imgIt’s a figure much discussed within the consultation document published on Friday setting out the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG’s) plans to introduced a letting agent fees ban.If the DCLG’s plans are implemented as they stand following the consultation period, then neither landlords nor agents will be able to charge tenants any “fees, premium or charges to facilitate the granting, renewal or continuance of a tenancy”.“The Government also proposes to ban any letting fees charged to tenants by landlords and any other third parties to ensure that letting agent fees are not paid by tenants through other routes. Tenants should only be required to pay their rent and a refundable deposit,” the consultation says.Average feeWithin the document’s detail, the DCLG says the average fee taken by agents is between £200-300, based on the 2014-15 English Housing Survey, while the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) is reported to have indicated an average fee of £172 with a range of between £30 and £500.Campaigning group Generation Rent told DCLG that the average for a couple renting a home is £400 within range of between £40 and £780, while homelessness charity Shelter believes one in seven renters pay £500 or more in fees.But the DCLG conducted its own research into a letting agent fees ban among 50 randomly-chosen agents of different sizes including franchisees, independents and corporates across the country, based on information published on their website.“This exercise reinforced how difficult it is for tenants to both find and compare agent fees since it was not always simple to either find the fees on the agent’s website or to understand exactly what was included in them,” the consultation document says.Following its research, the DCLG discovered that the median set-up fee charged was £180 while reference checks were £75; tenancy agreement fees £185; guarantor checks £62.50; tenancy renewal fees £75; and tenancy amendment fees £100.The highest of these fees included a set-up fee of £420, reference checks costing £240, tenancy agreements at £300, guarantor checks at £378, a tenancy renewal fee of £150 and tenancy amendment cost of £432.“The findings above demonstrate that the fees charged to tenants vary considerably amongst agents, even though the services provided are broadly similar, and that in some instances the fees charged can be significant,” the consultation document says.letting agent fees ban DCLG Department of communities and local government April 10, 2017Nigel LewisOne commentSheila Manchester, The Negotiator The Negotiator 10th April 2017 at 9:08 amThe folk at DCLG must have very dark glasses on if they can’t see that ‘lost’ fees will inevitably be recouped in higher rents. Any agents have any other ideas of how to replace lost income… and stay in business?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » How much will agents lose when letting agent fees ban kicks in? previous nextRegulation & LawHow much will agents lose when letting agent fees ban kicks in?Government reveals its own research into likely impact for letting agents in lost revenue.Nigel Lewis10th April 20171 Comment3,050 Viewslast_img read more

Tishman Speyer to develop first phase of Enterprise Research Campus in Allston

first_img New research campus seeks a developer Harvard envisions that the ERC will seamlessly integrate into the emerging corridor of creativity along Western Avenue, and that will contribute to a thriving neighborhood that is home to academia and education, engaging public and community spaces, and the arts and sciences in ways that drive economic growth and innovation.Tishman Speyer was chosen by HALC, the University subsidiary charged with overseeing the ERC development, because its proposal reflected a commitment to many of the goals set out in the initial request for proposals. These include bold and innovative architecture; attention to creating a robust, sustainable public realm; a pledge to include affordable housing that exceeds municipal requirements; a focus on creating a space for life-science and tech startups to flourish; a diverse and experienced development team; and assurances that the firm is committed to ensuring project equity for minority investors.“The ideas and concepts put forth by the Tishman Speyer team were very much in line with the local Allston community’s, the city’s, and the University’s goals for the neighborhood, as well as being advanced and forward-thinking. Their focus on these shared goals and aspirations will result in an innovative ERC — which will complement the cutting-edge institutional research and teaching taking place at Harvard and throughout the region, and can be integrated into the already-thriving community,” said Nitin Nohria, chair of the HALC board and dean of Harvard Business School.“From the outset, [HALC chief executive] Tom Glynn and the board members of the Harvard Allston Land Company have presented a clear, compelling, and unique vision,” said Speyer. “This project will combine the best in real estate with the best in science to help entrepreneurs and researchers make life-changing discoveries. And it will do this while supporting the neighborhood’s residents, further strengthening existing businesses, and diversifying the region’s economy.”Tishman Speyer said it conceives of the ERC as a place that will “celebrate local context, foster human interaction, and stimulate innovation by integrating sustainability, permeability, sensitivity to human scale, and timeless architecture with a robust and meaningful community outreach plan.” The team sees an opportunity to foster “a symbiosis between the ERC’s historic neighbors, the global innovation community, and Harvard’s vision.”The developer said its plan for the ERC, currently “a blank canvas,” was to create buildings and open spaces configured to simultaneously maximize user comfort and offer a diverse mix of program potential. The firm’s proposal says it will focus on creating social infrastructure that promotes “inclusivity, shared experiences, collaboration and human happiness … where cultural identity is expressed and authentically celebrated.”One potential building, dubbed the Treehouse, would serve as a welcoming front door to the ERC, and would reimagine the concept of a traditional hotel and conference center as a “hyper-social building for local, regional, and global populations.”“Capturing the spirit of innovation of the Enterprise Research Campus, our design will transform a former industrial site into a fertile new ground for the exchange of ideas and creative expression. We envision a neighborhood brought to life with low-carbon buildings and resilient green spaces that foster community and connect people to their natural environment,” said architect Gang. The Tishman Speyer team sees an opportunity to foster “a symbiosis between the ERC’s historic neighbors, the global innovation community, and Harvard’s vision.” Echoing Harvard’s strong commitment to sustainability and resiliency, Tishman Speyer said the ERC will be designed to be a leader in substantiality and will incorporate a pathway to zero carbon into the design from day one. For instance, the team’s proposal considered sun angles, wind impacts, outdoor climate comfort, and provided an integrated approach to the site plan and land uses, owing to the work of Studio Gang and others.Tishman Speyer has a strong background in developing sustainable properties. Between 2015 and 2016 it achieved a 6 percent reduction in energy intensity across its entire global portfolio. It has received the distinction of Energy Star Partner of the Year three times, and has more than 74 million square feet of sustainably-certified property across four continents. Each ERC building will be designed to achieve a USGBC LEED Gold rating and will implement extensive sustainability measures, including a master plan design that responds to, and mitigates, solar, wind, noise, acoustic, and environmental impacts.The developer’s proposal also calls for a dynamic and diverse residential community, with the ability to exceed the city’s affordable housing thresholds and include additional livability elements.Tishman Speyer said that “true and authentic equity and inclusion” will be the foundation of the team and the project itself. It has assembled a diverse group with broad global, national, and local perspectives, and said it is “deeply committed to a work environment that promotes a diverse workforce, with different views and perspectives, and an expectation that leaders and employers alike demonstrate unflagging support for diversity and inclusion practices.” In fact, it has said that it is committed to allocating 5 percent of the project equity to minority investors. Enterprise Research Campus plan approved Harvard forms subsidiary to advance Enterprise Research Campus Harvard files Allston plan Harvard Allston Land Co. issues request for proposals for Enterprise Research Campus Envisioning Allston’s enterprise research campus Relatedcenter_img Fessler named to lead major real estate development effort focused on innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship Site would include office and lab space, residences, hotel and conference center Enterprise Research Campus envisioned as regional innovation hub The Harvard Allston Land Company (HALC) has designated Tishman Speyer to be the preferred developer for the initial phase of the University’s Enterprise Research Campus (ERC) in Allston. Led by president and CEO Rob Speyer, Tishman Speyer is a global developer of large, complex, mixed-use projects, and is best known for innovative approaches to architecture, place-making, interior design, sustainability, healthy live-work environments, and leading-edge tenant amenities.“Tishman Speyer will bring to Allston a wealth of experience shaped by extraordinary work around the world, and we look forward to the further development of the Enterprise Research Campus,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “The convergence of art, business, and engineering in a new urban district will create opportunities for creativity and innovation that will drive achievements in research that none of us can imagine.”The architect selected to lead the project is Jeanne Gang, M.Arch. ’93, founding principal of Studio Gang, an international architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. A MacArthur Fellow who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, Gang has received numerous accolades over the years and was the Architectural Review Woman Architect of the Year in 2017. Tishman Speyer’s previous collaborations with her include residential projects in San Francisco and Brooklyn, as well as the mixed-use Mission Rock neighborhood project in San Francisco. Gang has also done work on the University of Chicago’s campus and on O’Hare International Airport.The ERC, which will be located on Western Avenue, adjacent to Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex and across the street from Harvard Business School, will be a cornerstone of Harvard’s commitment to enhance the area in ways that align with its teaching and research mission. Plans for the campus include a mix of research-focused companies, green space, residences, and a hotel and conference center. The first phase of the 36-acre project will involve a 14-acre portion that has received initial regulatory approval for 900,000 square feet from the Boston Planning and Development Agency. “Capturing the spirit of innovation of the Enterprise Research Campus, our design will transform a former industrial site into a fertile new ground for the exchange of ideas and creative expression.” — Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang The ERC has roots in a series of discussions that began in 2011. At that time Harvard’s Allston Work Team recommended that the University use some of its available land in the Boston neighborhood to encourage companies, hospitals, partner universities, and others to collaborate on developing an innovative space. A committee was formed in 2014 to explore the issue further, and the idea was soon being described as an innovation district that might contain laboratories, offices, and housing, as well as a previously planned hotel and conference center.The initial phase of the ERC is consistent with what was outlined during the public process in spring 2018, when the Boston Planning and Development Agency board voted to approve a Planned Development Area Master Plan. The Master Plan described the outcome of an extensive public process, which included significant stakeholder involvement over the course of numerous public meetings. The outcome is the guiding plan for Harvard’s development of the ERC.The plans are also consistent with past University planning efforts and align with the goals outlined in the city of Boston’s own master plan, “Imagine Boston 2030,” which included the ERC and Beacon Park Yard, the area immediately to the south, among several locations citywide for “expanded neighborhoods.”Harvard has continued to move forward on significant necessary improvements to infrastructure throughout the area, which will enable future development to occur. Critical structural components such as new roads, stormwater, and utilities will undoubtedly benefit the area for years to come.The ERC will be located on land that had been occupied by transportation company CSXT.Harvard first purchased the land from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority in 2000 and 2003. Throughout the past two decades, Harvard worked with CSXT to execute an agreement resulting in the relocation of the railyard, as well as environmental testing and remediation.“Over the next several months HALC and Tishman Speyer will be working with the local community, elected officials, and City Hall to develop and refine a project proposal so that it can be shared and formally submitted for review,” said Glynn, HALC’s chief executive. “While a lot of necessary, expected work still remains to be done, we’re incredibly excited about today’s announcement — an important next step in realizing Harvard’s vision for the ERC.”While the Tishman Speyer team has shared its initial thinking and offered some preliminary thoughts about concepts and designs, there is no formal proposed project at present.Tishman Speyer has a large, diverse portfolio of projects locally, nationally and across the globe. It currently owns and operates more than 3 million square feet of space in Boston and has two projects in the city’s Seaport district: Pier 4, a mixed-use project, and 105 West First Street, a life-science lab.Other projects include Rockefeller Center in New York City and the Sony Center in Berlin.As ERC planning advances, Harvard and the Tishman Speyer team will work collaboratively to recruit idea-intensive businesses that have a natural synergy with the scholarship being produced by Harvard faculty and students in Allston. This will further strengthen and expand partnerships across Greater Boston’s thriving ecosystem of innovation that includes Boston University, MIT, Harvard and other associated teaching hospitals, and innovative companies and investors throughout the region. HBS dean, former Massport chief share leadership vision for 36-acre Allston project The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Action heating up in Toucan Distributors Junior Squash

first_imgIT was an exciting second night on Thursday at Georgetown Club when the Toucan Distributors Junior Skill Level Squash Tournament continued.Shomari Wiltshire stayed securely on top with his conquest over Gianni Carpenter 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 – his expertise proving too much for the left-hander.Samuel Ince-Carvalhal and Michael Alphonso fought a tight 5-game battle that had spectators holding their breath but Ince-Carvalhal prevailed for a 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9 win. He came back twice from a 9-5 deficit to take the second and then crucial fifth game.All four Category A players executed some outstanding shots throughout their games, but it was Wiltshire who stood ahead of the group.Another close 5-game match from Category B between Ethan Jonas and Mohryan Baksh saw some great play as the youngsters rallied it out to each other’s tipping point.The first four games could have gone either way with each player retrieving difficult balls and extending the rallies before the final game, which Jonas dominated to bring home his triumph 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5.Beau Fernandes put the pressure on Joshua Verwey when she played a solid second came to overcome him 11-9. Verwey regrouped to push through the third game despite Fernandes heading out to an early 7-2 lead, which he eventually claimed at 11-9. He finished strong in the fourth to earn an 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 victory.In Category G, Brenno DaSilva, despite a 2-1 defeat, true to form stole the show. With animated court movement and an acrobatic dive to retrieve a drop from his opponent Abhinav Singh, DaSilva thrilled the crowd. After a game apiece, the third was a real battle that ended at 13-11 with a win for Singh.Play continued at the usual venue, the Georgetown Club, yesterday at 18:00hrs, There will be 2 sessions today with the finals tomorrow.Scores for the evening:Category AShomari Wiltshire shocked Gianni Carpenter 11-4, 11-2, 11-2.Samuel Ince-Carvalhal overcame Michael Alphonso 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9.Category BAbosaide Cadogan defeated Lucas Jonas 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.Ethan Jonas got the better of Mohryan Baksh 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5.Category DNathan Rahaman defeated Teija Edwards 11-9, 11-7, 11-4.Joshua Verwey beat Beau Fernandes 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5.Category EAishani Persaud defeated Angel Rahim 11-8, 11-7.Dhiren Persaud whipped Arvin Seelall 11-5, 11-7.Rayad Boyce trounced Lucas Persaud 11-6, 11-5.Category FGrant Fernandes thrashed Matthew Spooner 11-2, 11-3.Christiana Fernandes bettered Noah Rahaman 12-10, 11-7.Kaden Pynaendy defeated Mailia Maikoo 11-6, 11-7.Noah Rahaman defeated Safira Summer 8-11, 11-9, 11-9.Category GAbhinav Singh defeated Brenno DaSilva 11-8, 5-11, 13-11.Tristan Seereeram edged William Escarraga 7-11, 11-8, 11-6.Category HTianna Gomes demolished Nicholas Sawh 11-1, 11-0.Shriya Persaud crushed Jnae Singh 11-6, 11-4.Solomon Ince-Carvalhal got past Eli Goveia 11-7, 11-6.last_img read more