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Mission, Vision & Guiding Principles


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Guiding Principles

  1. Proactive and Agile: We believe in proactively preparing schools and response teams to effectively handle crises, ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff.

  2. Comprehensive Support: We believe in providing comprehensive support systems within schools and response teams, addressing the diverse needs of individuals affected by crises.

  3. Collaborative Engagement: We believe in fostering collaboration and partnerships between schools, response teams, and relevant stakeholders to strengthen crisis response efforts.

  4. Positive Impact: We believe in making a positive impact on the lives of students, staff, and the broader school community through effective crisis response and recovery measures.

  5. Data-Informed Decision Making: We believe in utilizing data and evidence to drive decision-making processes, allowing for informed and efficient resource allocation.

  6. Healing and Resilience: We believe in promoting healing, well-being, and resilience within schools and response teams, empowering individuals to cope and recover from crises.

These belief statements guide schools and response teams in their commitment to proactive preparedness, comprehensive support, collaboration, positive impact, data-driven decision making, and fostering healing and resilience among students, staff, and the wider school community.

Meet Our Team & Board

How It Began

By Michelle Strain, NASCR Executive Director and Founder

As a leader of school crisis response in my state, I attended a national conference in 2022 and went to a session on school crisis. The information was helpful but not what I really wanted or needed.

After some reflection, I knew I wanted and needed to hear from other state-level crisis responders about their programs and best practices. So I got the idea to create this alliance. 


As the alliance has grown, it has become clear that there Is a need for the services NASCR hopes to provide. We have more than half the states In the U.S. represented by NASCR members. We are working to build resources, make technical assistance available to school crisis responders, and provide evidence-based training to school crisis responders.


The Alliance received its federal 501c3 non-profit status in March. This opens up avenues for grant writing and fundraising to expand our services. Initial membership was free to the Alliance. As more services, resources, and other advantages are offered, there will be a membership fee.


One thing I know we can all agree on is that there is nothing quite like school crisis response. School crisis response has unique challenges and requires unique preparation, response, and recovery. I feel fortunate to join us all together in an effort to make each of our teams better. 


For more information about the Alliance, contact Executive Director and Founder Michelle Strain at or 405-659-7078.

Michelle Strain, LPC, MCMHC, MHR
Executive Director and Founder

"One thing I know we can all agree on is there is nothing quite like school crisis response."

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