NEWS!! The 2011 NNSDFSC Semi-Annual Business Meeting and Professional Development Conference will be held in Washington DC on Sunday August 7th and Monday Morning August 8th, 2011, at the Marriott Residence Inn, prior to the beginning of the National Safe and Drug-Free Schools Conference. Please go to the NNSDFSC Conference page to register and to find the agenda, as well as more details about the conferenece.
The National Network was formed in 1996, when it became clear that a unified, organized voice was needed to enhance communication between federal, state and local agencies that worked on what was the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Program. The National Network primarily focuses on the following areas:
- Providing its members with opportunities to network with other interested professionals from across the county; and
- Sharing resources and knowledge with professionals interested in topics surrounding school climate, bullying and violence prevention, student assistance programming, and substance abuse prevention.
In the past, the state-level SDFSC Coordinators, Governor's SDFSC Representatives and some local Education Agencies (LEAs) made up the membership of this Network. Many local and state education agencies no longer have designated full-time SDFSC coordinators. As changes continue to develop at the federal level, the most important function of the Network will be to communicate those changes to those who would like to receive it. Thus, Network membership is currently being expanded to include any individual who self-identifies an interest to remain connected to other professionals in similar positions.
What's to Come
It is likely that in the coming months and years, much about this all volunteer organization will change, including the by-laws, as well as the name. We are uncertain as to where things at the federal level may eventually 'land' and how this organization needs to change in response. However, we are certain of the importance of networking between professionals and the role of a collective voice as feedback to those serving within federal agencies. The Network is committed to continuing to provide that communication conduit.
Join our Network
Information that will be shared via this Network will be what the Executive Committee deems important to the 'membership' as a whole. Please feel free to send comments, suggestions for improvement, additional resources or links to email@example.com. Please also know that you may elect to remove your name from our contact list at any time by emailing that same address. Please know that in 'joining' and sharing your contact information, we will not be sharing or selling it to any outside organizations or companies.
We appreciate your willingness to join with us and look forward to continuing our communication with you.
Verne C. Larsen
National Network for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities
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