2018 National Planning Conference

Do Smaller Schools Prevent School Violence?

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198043

Location: 2018

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  • Explain current research on potential relationships between school size and school violence, and school size and student achievement.
  • Initiate and implement local intervention tools to improve student learning environments and school site planning.
  • Implement and teach (non-clinical audiences) tactics to improve children’s social and emotional development from a community perspective.


There may be a relationship between school size and school violence. In the fifth-largest school district in the United States, Clark County, Nevada, city officials are working to advocate for smaller school footprints and attendance zones, lower enrollment capacities and active transportation-to-school options. This session highlights case study interventions in Henderson, Nevada, to improve student learning environments, school climate and student achievement. The session also offers tactics for parents and community professionals interacting with children and adolescents to support healthy social and emotional development.
Key takeaways of the session include:
• Understand the current research and relationship between school size and school violence and school size and student achievement.
• Provide a case study example of a city in the Las Vegas valley that spends approximately $1.5 million a year on interventions in schools to improve student outcomes, including childhood trauma.
• Discussion with the audience of the challenges for planners to influence school siting and potential strategies to overcome them.
• Tactics to improve children’s social and emotional development.
The audience for this session is parents, educators, academics, parks/recreation professionals, planners, and community health professionals struggling with population growth, overcrowded schools, large school districts and classroom size.

Session Speakers

John Tapogna

Lisa Corrado, AICP
City of Henderson Planning Dept
Henderson, NV

Courtney Coughenour
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV