Since the launch of our newly redesigned Police & Teens program
and curriculum, Street Law has been hard at work training law
enforcement officers, promoting the program to school resource officers
(SROs) across the country, and building important relationships with
leaders in the police and school safety communities.
This past school year, our staff trained 76 law enforcement officers
to implement the program (plus several classroom teachers and school
administrators). These officers, in turn, are expected to reach many
middle and high school students in the Little Rock region and Baltimore
Little Rock, Arkansas
In fall 2017, thanks to the support of the Walmart Legal Department,
Street Law trained seven SROs, three sergeants, one lieutenant, and six
educators from the Little Rock, Arkansas, region. Our staff instructed
officer-teacher teams in Street Law’s teaching methodology, the Police & Teens curriculum, and strategies for effectively co-teaching in the classroom.
The teams selected five lessons from the 20-lesson curriculum that
are most relevant to their students’ lives: bullying, cyberbullying, use
of force, searches in schools, and making our communities safer
The program reached over 100 students in North Little Rock High
School and Cloverdale Middle School during the 2017-18 school year.
Participating students reported that because of the program, they:
Have a better understanding of police officers’ point of view
Have a better understanding of how the law works
Trust the school resource officers in their school more
Are more likely to go to an SRO for help if they have a problem at school
Students also reported drawing on their skills in problem solving,
listening, empathy, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and
interpretation during the lessons.
Students at North Little Rock High School reported that
“cyberbullying” was their favorite lesson because it related to
real-life situations they are currently facing in school. Teacher
Kimberly Stanley commented that students were “very willing to open up
in the small group settings.” She added that some students were shocked
that the cyberbullying they witnessed at school actually broke laws, but
they were also more accepting of the laws than before.
Officer Yolanda Bone, SRO at Cloverdale Middle School, reported that
the lessons were easy to follow. In addition, the education staff was so
impressed by Street Law for Police & Teens
that they decided to expand the lessons to three additional classrooms
during the 2018-19 school year and integrate it into the school’s Tools for Success curriculum.
Street Law will continue its work in the Little Rock region and hopes
to strengthen and expand its program there to serve more students,
officers, and educators.
Baltimore County, Maryland
Baltimore County, Maryland, has the largest SRO program in the
country. In May 2018, via a collaboration with former National
Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) president Don Bridges,
Street Law trained 65 Baltimore County officers. The SROS, plus the
participating classroom teachers, committed to teaching the new lessons
in the upcoming school year. They also reported that the training was
engaging, useful, and informative, and that the lesson plans were well
prepared and easy to implement. Street Law looks forward to a continued
working relationship with Baltimore County SROs!
If you are interested in discussing a possible rollout of Street Law for Police & Teens in your town or school district, contact Yolanda Johnson.