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Published: May 14th, 2020

Tribal Nations Positive Mental Health Message to Share!

The Arizona Department of Education’s Project AWARE (in collaboration with AHCCCS) and Office of Indian Education are working together to provide a positive mental health message with a graphic that we hope you may use to share with your tribal nations contacts. The first one can be used for general or you may search in for the tribes in alphabetical order. Right click on the image to copy or save and then paste in the desired location: we encourage you to distribute through social media, newsletters, and websites. We ask that you include this statement from our grantfunder next to or below the graphic (small font is okay):

This graphic was developed in part under grant number 6H79SM080976-02M001  from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.








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Published: April 22nd, 2020

Social and Emotional Learning Resources

SEL at Home Resources

Social-Emotional Resourcesis a compiled list of social-emotional support resources to help families and educators have conversations with students and each other during this period of high-stress and uncertainty. Any non-instructional materials should be used with discretion and in the way that best fits with their school/district curricula.

Emotional Support Resources

Please call the Family Assistance Center phone line to talk to someone who can provide emotional support and offer resources to any parent, especially those who need help parenting a child with emotional or behavioral health challenges: 

1-877-568-8468 or visit

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Published: February 11th, 2020 has launched!

The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse is excited to announce the launch of, a website that provides the academic community with a one-stop shop for school safety best practices and resources to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow. aims to help schools prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations. includes:

  • The School Safety Readiness Tool, an assessment which assists users in evaluating their respective school’s overall safety posture across 10 foundational elements of school safety and generates a tailored Action Plan with task prioritization, options for consideration, aligned resources, and grant opportunities specific to individual needs;
  • A Secure Information Sharing Platform for designated school personnel to share school safety ideas, practices, and tactics in a protected environment; and
  • A wide array of resources and Best Practices on key school safety topics to assist with building awareness within the school community to promote vigilance and build capacity to respond to incidents. was developed to fulfill key recommendations from the Federal Commission on School Safety.

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Published: September 12th, 2019

Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG) Event welcomed the founder and author Dr. Dewey Cornell for August Training

On August 21, 2019, over 150 attendees participated in the CSTAG training presented by Dewey Cornell of Virginia Tech who developed the guidelines. School staff from 23 districts from across Arizona were present for the 6.5 hour training, The comprehensive school threat assessment guidelines were initially released in 2006 and became an evidence-based practice widely shared throughout the U.S. and Canada since 2013. In the one-day workshop, Dr. Cornell presented the rationale for a threat assessment, how to conduct a threat assessment, who is involved in a threat assessment team, and provided case studies and research to demonstrate the effective of the program. For more information about CSTAG, click HERE.

From August 22-23, 2019, a group of twenty-seven selected individuals from around the state attended a ‘training of trainers’ workshop under the guidance of Dr. Cornell. In the two-day span, the members received in-depth training of the materials presented on Monday, and a chance to discuss any components of the guidelines with Dr. Cornell. The trainers will soon be disseminating the CSTAG training to schools throughout Arizona. A website is currently being constructed so that schools may collaborate with a trainer to bring the CSTAG training to their district. Check out: to stay up to date.

AZCSTAG Cadre Training AZCSTAG Cadre Training, August 2019

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