CCSSO School Safety Steering Committee

CCSSO’s newly formed School Safety Steering Committee will work toward creating safe and supportive school environments for all students. The committee will determine what guidance or support CCSSO will offer to states around school safety.


Michael Johnson, Commissioner of Education and Early Development, Alaska


Tony Dearman, Director, Bureau of Indian Education


Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner of Education, Connecticut


Pam Stewart, Commissioner of Education, Florida


Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent of Education, Hawaii


Ryan Wise, Director of Education, Iowa


Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland


Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of Education, Minnesota


Elsie Arntzen, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana


Lamont Repollet, Acting Commissioner of Education, New Jersey


Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Education, Pennsylvania


Jillian Balow, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Wyoming 

States Leading on School Safety

CCSSO's School Safety Steering Committee will also inform how we will continue to support states in efforts to prevent violence from ever taking place by fostering safe, supportive schools that address the emotional well-being of all children.These two documents are a collection of links to state specific school safety task forces, advisory councils or commissions and available school safety resource hubs and websites

CCSSO will continue to update these lists as we receive more information. If you would like to submit a link for your state, please contact




CCSSO will continue to work with and engage external partner organizations in different ways to ensure we support and inform  work to find strategies to keep students, teachers, and staff safe while at school. The following resources represent the growing conversation on school safety at the national level.

CCSSO's Position on School Safety

The Education Commission of the States' (ECS) Report on State Policy Responses to School Violence

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Database on School Safety Legislation 

U.S. Department of Education School Safety Commission


*The school safety documents and resources housed on this web-page are currently a work in progress. Please continue to check for updates.