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School-based Violence Prevention Education Services

2021-2022 VPE Operations Manual 4.18.22.pdf​​​​​​

​Bullying Prevention- provides training, technical assistance and school-wide assemblies for public and private elementary and middle schools in Orange County. The programs are designed to promote a safe and positive school climate and to address concerns about bullying, including prevention and intervention strategies. In addition, parent trainings are provided on the topic of cyberbullying, which includes information about the latest trends and how families can support their children as they navigate the digital world. For more information, contact Jacquie Johnson at

Crisis Response Network (CRN) - was developed to support school communities in crisis preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. CRN is a network of trained crisis responders ready to support school communities upon request. This mobilized team employs the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model to support the emotional recovery of students and staff. This structured process allows school communities to achieve a healthy recovery from traumatic events.  Pre-incident and crisis management trainings are available at no cost to Or​ange County schools and community-based personnel. For further information, contact Mindy Daffron at ​​

Digital Citizenshipprovides trainings for parents​ that f​ocus on social media trends, privacy and security, cyberbullying and parent/child com​munication. In addition, training and technical assistance is offered to select districts that implement Common Sense Education curriculum, which focuses on empowering students to think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly as they access the internet and communicate with digital devices. For more information, contact Jacquie Johnson  at

Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC) - The mission of OCDE’s Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC) is to assist schools and programs to increase student achievement by acting as a data, information, and education policy hub primarily by providing accurate and relevant assessment, evaluation, and accountability needs with honesty, integrity, and efficiency. We offer a variety of services including student achievement reporting, testing and accountability results, county networks, program evaluation and determining program impacts, survey development, data collection, and technological assistance. Our staff includes specialists in quantitative and qualitative methods, educational research, assessment, and state and federal accountability. School-based Mental Health Services Evaluation Plan Evaluation of OCDE’s PEI School-based Violence Prevention Education Services will be performed by OCDE’s Evaluation, Assessment, and Data Center (EADC). This entity is an external evaluator using the United States Department of Education’s definition of having no managerial or implementation responsibilities for the program. The evaluation will include both formative and summative elements. Reports from the formative evaluation will be used to inform program stakeholders of strengths, challenges, and recommended modifications. Summative evaluation data will be collected and reported to program staff and to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Evaluation tools and methods for the OCDE’s VPE School-Based Services will be culturally appropriate for use with all students and families.  For more information, contact Lauren Duran  at 

The OC Safe from the Start (OCSFTS) - provides strategies to support children who may suffer from behavioral or cognitive difficulties as a result of exposure to violence. Participants will learn how exposure to violence impacts the developing brain, discover how this can impact early learning and future academic achievement, as well as understand why healthy brain development is critical during the first five years of a child's life. Most importantly, a message of HOPE is delivered through understanding brain development and learning how the brain can be rewired and healed. OCSFTS services are provided to: parents, pregnant teens, parenting minors, transitional-age youth, public and private school staff, nurses, mental health providers, social workers, juvenile justice providers, probation, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations. Presentations and materials are available in multiple languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Farsi). ​For further information, contact Christine Laehle​​ at​

Restorative Practices​ – offers a trauma-informed, research-based approach when dealing with youth who have been exposed to violence and varying degrees of trauma.  The International Institute for Restorative Practices, “Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively" training for teachers promotes resiliency in youth, families, adults, and communities.  Circle practices implemented in the classroom allow students to strengthen relationships with their peers and teachers, thus, creating a safe and supportive environment for effective communication, expression of emotion, and exploration and acceptance of differences. Circles improve community building, promote healthy relationships, and help create calmer, more focused classrooms.  The Restorative Practices Educator presentation gives an overview of Restorative Practices in an educational setting, dispels common misconceptions, and highlights the benefits of incorporating Restorative Practices in the classroom.  Teachers who use these methods often find that the overall portion of time dedicated to managing behavior is reduced; freeing up more instructional time.  For further information, contact Katerina Sorrell at​​​