Security concerns increasingly dominate public education. But discussions of school safety are often based on misinformation and unfounded assumptions rather than documented evidence. Let’s change that!

I’ll be giving a talk entitled “School Security in the Age of Fear” on April 15th, 7pm, at the Emmaus Public Library. The talk is free and open to the public, and will include plenty of time for questions and answers, as well as discussion. Come get an overview of what research shows about school safety and how our community can best respond to security threats in fearful times.

Presentation Topics

I’ll cover a number of different issues in my talk, including:

  • Why is fear a problem?
  • Are our fears justified?
  • Do our current solutions to school security work?
  • What are some better, more effective solutions?

Presentation Testimonials

I gave a similar presentation to school board members and school administrators from around the state at the annual PSBA conference last fall. Audience members rated the talk a 4.7 on a scale of 1-5 in an anonymous followup survey. Here’s some of the typical feedback:

  • “Very interesting and thought provoking.”
  • “Munson’s material should be provided to every school district.”
  • “Best session of the conference.”
  • “Learned many new ideas. Made me think differently in many areas.”

Your Group or Club

Do you belong to a PTO, booster club, book club, neighborhood association, school board, or other organization that might benefit from a discussion of these issues? I’d be delighted to come give a similar presentation for you. Just contact me.

To Learn More

Here are some starting points for learning more about the issues I cover in the presentation.

Journalism & Mass Media

Research Articles & Books

Presentation Slides

The slides I use in the presentation, with citations and links to additional materials in the notes, are available here.