Schools Learn What Works in Preventing Violence Among Youth

“School-Based Violence Prevention: Can We Make a Difference?” will be one of the questions addressed at a Yale University-sponsored conference July 18-21.

J. Lawrence Aber, a leading reseacher on conflict resolution and violence prevention programs and director of the National Center on Children in Poverty, will speak July 19 at 12:45 p.m. on what makes school-based prevention programs effective.

Aber’s speech is part of the 11th annual conference of the School of the 21st Century (21C) initiative entitled “Schools as Resources for Families and Communities: A New Day.” It will be held at the Omni-New Haven Hotel.

The School of the 21st Century model transforms elementary schools into year-round, multi-service centers operating from early morning to early evening. Yale Professor Edward Zigler, a principal architect of the federal Head Start program, is the founder of the 21C initiative.

Other speakers during the week will be: Kyle Pruett, professor at the Yale Child Study Center and author of “Fatherneed: Why Father Care is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child”; Roberta Newman, founder of the American Child Care Foundation and author of “Building Relationships with Parents and Families”; Grover J. Whitehurst, professor of psychology and pediatrics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Cyril Kent McGuire, assistant secretary, Office of Educational Research and Improvement of the U. S. Department of Education.