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Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie, H. Steve
Leslie publish book 'The ABC's of Surviving School Violence'
May 19, 2010
Two members of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro’s faculty have
recently published a children’s book with a very important message. Dr.
and H. Steve Leslie’s “The
ABC’s of Surviving School Violence,”
available now from AuthorHouse (www.authorhouse.com), educates, informs,
and emphasizes practical, common-sense strategies that could save lives.
The issue of school
violence, in school settings from daycare centers to universities,
continues to be a concern for parents, teachers, administrators, and the
public at large. Events such as the shootings at Westside Middle School,
Virginia Tech University, and
Columbine High School, coupled with incidences of individual bullying
that led to deaths, like the recent case of Phoebe Prince, illustrate
the costs of school
violence. Violence prevention is one of the primary responsibilities of
today’s teachers, and teachers are expected to seamlessly integrate
violence prevention skills seamlessly into and across the curriculum as
their students develop. “The ABC’s of Surviving School Violence” is
targeted to early learners to encourage them to make the right choices.
The book can help its young audience develop critical and divergent
thinking skills as they learn to reason, solve problems, make decisions,
and weigh consequences.
Early learners will be
helped to resolve small conflicts, listen to each other, talk to each
other, work cooperatively, and make non-violent decisions.
Parents and teachers can use
this 20-page full-color book to provide children with a course
of action for every letter
of the alphabet to help them know what to do in the case of school violence. The
authors strive to empower early learners with strategies that prepare
them to survive violence. In addition, the authors hope this book will
be a catalyst for meaningful change in the curriculum by addressing
school violence early and eliminating it in the school setting
Dr. Johnson-Leslie and Mr. Leslie state, “The book is timely and
relevant, and the strategies advanced are practical and implementable.
Additionally, the incidences of school violence over the last decade
need attention in order to prevent more harm to the nation’s children,
as well as to alleviate the fears and discomforts that accompany our
students, teachers, administrators, and visitors who go into schools.”
A. Johnson-Leslie, a Jamaican native, is an
assistant professor of teacher education at Arkansas State University.
She received her doctoral degrees from Iowa State University in the
areas of educational leadership and policy studies as well as curriculum
and instructional technology. She joined the faculty at ASU in fall
2004. She teaches early childhood, mid-level and secondary pre-service
teachers. She also supervises student interns and is thereby actively
engaged in many classrooms throughout the Arkansas Delta. Her main
research interests lie in the field of school violence, educational
leadership, technology integration in the curriculum, and assessment and
evaluation of student behavior. Her work has been published in the
Journal of Educational Technology (JET), International Journal of
Reflection (IJR), Journal of the European Teacher Education Network (JETEN),
and the International Journal of Learning (IJL). She served on the
review board of the Journal of College Student Development for four
H. Steve Leslie, a Jamaican native, is an adjunct instructor in
communication studies and an academic technology specialist at ASU. His
professional background is in education, banking and financial systems,
sales and service management, and as an integrator, trainer, and
financial analyst. He has a teaching diploma in math and science, an MBA
in finance and banking, an MA in communication studies, and an MS in
information systems and e-commerce. Prior to joining ASU, Leslie worked
as regional sales director and trainer for a commercial bank in Jamaica.
Since 2007, he has taught speech communication to freshmen and
sophomores. His research interests include international business
communication, intercultural communication, organizational
communication, and educational software and technology.
For more information, contact Dr.
Natalie Johnson-Leslie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
at (870) 972-3947 or H. Steve Leslie
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