Safe and Drug Free Schools
Site-Based Consultation & Training
A primary duty of the Safe and Drug Free Schools youth development
specialists is to provide consultation and training
services for ASD schools and related community groups,
agencies and organizations.
The following are typical areas in which the "specialists"
provide consultation and training for ASD schools and
the Anchorage community.
1. Consultation for the Safe and Drug Free School Mini-grants
SDFS program provides mini-grants to all schools
who complete successful mini-grant applications.
The mini- grants range in amounts
from $2,000 at the elementary level, to $2,500
at the middle school and $3,000 at the high school levels.
Mini-grant application must meet the guidelines established
by the federal government's "principles of effectiveness."
The "specialists" provide
consultation in grant writing and school program
and resource development based on promising and proven
programs and practices.
must submit applications via an on-line data port
system. This application process requires schools
to submit their needs assessment
objective data, goals, measurable objectives, activities,
budgets and evaluation plans. Consultation for the
above activities is provided
in large group settings and individual school sessions
as needed. Also, the “specialists” convene quarterly
collaborative sessions during the school year for
grantees to share concerns, trouble shoot, and to
2. Consultation for the Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement
In 2001-02 the SDFS program applied for and received grant monies through the auspices of the Alaska School Board Association. The main goal of these monies is to help school communities develop intentional and sustainable strategies for building the Developmental Assets associated with academic success. Over 20 schools applied for these special monies. Six schools were chosen based on a competitive application process and an already established history of asset building practices and programs at their schools. The hope is that this focused asset development effort will serve as a model for other schools both locally and nationally. The SDFS “specialists” are consultants to these schools. Meetings are convened each month with the grant coordinators and other members of the school teams to collaborate and consult regarding program development. Also, the specialists attend school based core-team meetings providing input and encouragement for the various efforts undertaken at the individual school sites. The SDFS “specialists” are involved in all phases of program, budget development and evaluation with these six schools
3. Consultation with Community Groups, Agencies and Organizations
Specialists are also involved with a variety of community groups
and agencies. On an as needed basis, specialists provide
consultation and collaboration regarding prevention activities,
program planning for community wide prevention and
youth development initiatives.
The following are examples of consultations
and collaborations with
various groups: media literacy training and implementation
with the Anchorage Police Department and the State
Highway Safety program;
collaboration with the APD to implement violence reduction
programs called “Aggressors, Victims and Bystanders” and the “Don’t
Laugh at Me,” participation in the planning committee for the
annual statewide Prevention Symposium sponsored by Akeela Incorporated;
Community/School asset development initiatives in collaboration with
the Alaska Association of School Boards and the State Division of
Adolescent Health; youth intervention and prevention program development
and implementation with the Volunteers of America; consultation with
the ASD school board regarding drug/alcohol/violence policy and procedures;
consultation with the Executive Director of the Alaska School Activities
Association regarding athletes’ drug/alcohol use and coach’s
4. ASD Teacher/Staff/Principal Trainings
Anchorage School District’s SDFS Program offers several trainings
for certificated and non-certificated school staff.
SDFS 101 (Level 1) is a one-day mandatory drug/alcohol
Violence curriculum training for new to district
certificated staff. Topics include the “developmental asset” framework,
school based curriculum, effective classroom practices,
enabling and intervention.
SDFS 201 (Level 2) is an advanced training for certificated staff
who have already completed level one and desire more in-depth
training in drug/alcohol intervention, enabling and
the developmental asset
SDFS 102 support staff training is designed for secretaries, teacher
assistants, bus drivers, playground monitors maintenance and security.
This training is of varying length depending on staff needs and availability.
Topics may include the developmental assets framework, enabling and
intervention, or other designated topics.
SDFS 401 training for principals is offered via the ASD’s Training
and Professional Development’s Principal’s Leadership
Series. This principal’s training may include overviews of promising
programs and practices, the developmental asset framework
and school culture. A special emphasis is placed on prevention theory
and its relationship to academic achievement.
Staff Team Building Training: SDFS staff lead school personnel through
a variety of trust and team building activities. The goal of this
training is to foster administration, teacher and staff cohesiveness,
camaraderie and positive relationships. This training can be formatted
according to staff availability and need.
5. Parent Trainings
SDFS staff offer a variety of parent trainings on topics which may include: the 40 developmental assets, communication skills, alcohol/drugs and peaceful conflict resolution.
6. Brown Bag Lunch Seminars
SDFS staff offers lunchtime trainings
for employees in local businesses, agencies
and organizations. These trainings may be similar
in scope to the parent trainings. In addition
to topics of interest, opportunities for
supporting their local schools may be explored.
7. Youth Empowerment Trainings
This training is accomplished in
collaboration with interested school
staff. The school staff is responsible for organizing
an agenda based on identified topics of interest
and need. Trainings may range from a few
hours to an entire
school day for 40- 60 students. Trainings
are appropriate for upper elementary
to high school aged students. Typical
topics may include peer pressure, healthy relationships,
self-esteem, cooperation and team building.
The training consists of large group
trust and team building, as well
as, a variety of 50-minute workshops based
on topics of interest. SDFS staff will
lead the opening and closing activities large group
activities and may conduct one or more of the