Safe schools for all

Help put an end to gun violence in our schools

In response to the tragic shooting at the Parkland, Fla. high school that killed 17 people on Feb. 14, there are currently three different days of action planned. You may be wondering what the best ways might be for you to participate. Please see below for some ideas and guidance, as well as some additional resources. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

March 24

Several students who survived the tragedy at Lakeland have called for a student led march and protest. They are planning to go to Washington, D.C. and meet with politicians on the need to address gun violence and are encouraging others to join. This is a fully student-planned march. More information can be found at

April 20

NEA, National Public Education Network, American Federation of Teachers, Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, and other national organizations, are planning an event on this day to memorialize the Columbine High School shooting. More information about this event will be coming soon. Register your event or your intent to take action.

NEA Director and IEA Board member Karl Goeke encouraged the IEA Board of Directors at the Feb. 16-17 meeting to organize a day of action against gun violence in schools. Read Karl’s powerful account of what happened in his school.

In addition, the IEA Representative Assembly will be going on during this event and this day will be recognized at this event.

Additional Resources

How can we collaborate with others to create safe schools for all?

The issue of safe schools is one that most stakeholders are expecting educators to lead on. There are many ways we can lead on this issue – as educators, parents, community members, taxpayers, and some of us can even weigh in as elected officials. This is a powerful moment for us.

Host an Illinois Educators Action Network Strategy Team meeting
At the strategy team meeting, put the questions you would like to see the group respond to on flip chart paper around the room. Ask the attendees to write their responses to these questions on post-it notes. You may want to ask them to write their names on the back of the post it notes.

Download Template for Strategy Team Meetings

After all of the responses are submitted, break out into groups to summarize, categorize, analyze, and expand upon the responses.  What actions might you take based on the responses?

Recommended questions for Safe Schools Strategy Team meetings

  1. Why am I here?
  2. What talents and skills can I offer others?
  3. What makes a school safe?
  4. What can we do to make schools safer?
  5. Who are the stakeholders?
  6. What do the stakeholders care about?
  7. How do we reach them?
  8. How do we educate them?
  9. How can we take action together to make our schools safer?

For more information contact Karen Moore.