Todd Shneider

 A multi-talented school safety expert with a broad perspective, Tod Schneider has authored, co-authored or contributed to countless books and articles on school safety, including Safe School Design (ERIC 2000), one of the first and few books dedicated to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for schools, and Safe and Healthy School Environments (Oxford Press 2006). But Tod’s interests go far beyond fundamental CPTED, integrating Advanced CPTED, Connectivity, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) concepts, along with environmental health awareness, into Safe, Healthy and Positive Environmental Design (SHAPED) for schools.

Popular presentations:

  • CPTED for schools and other public spaces
  • Violence Prevention—building connectivity
  • Enhanced Second Step—integrating the Second Step curriculum, poetry and story-telling for elementary schools.
  • Confrontation Management—dealing with difficult and dangerous people.

Tod has served for 27 years as a crime prevention specialist for the Eugene, Oregon Police Department. Simultaneously he has served as a school safety consultant nationwide, writing, speaking and consulting on related topics. Tod was the primary author for the comprehensive school safety checklist developed by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, and has visited hundreds of schools to offer his services, including Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, after the Kip Kinkel shooting.

Tod has special enthusiasm for advanced CPTED—building connectivity between students, staff, families and communities to enhance all aspects of the school experience, from academics and safety to self-actualization. To that end he has served for the past decade as the Second Step Violence Prevention Curriculum instructor at the Family School, a public school-within-a-school in the 4j school district in Oregon. Using the curriculum as a foundation, he integrates participatory story-telling and poetry into his classes. In addition, he has recently completed his middle-grade adventure novel, The Lost Wink.

Groups Tod has served over the past two decades include the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, the U.S. Dept. of Education, Hamilton Fish Institute, the Northwest Regional Education Labs, SAIF, the National Association of Housing Officials, the California Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the Arizona Juvenile Justice Association, Jackson State University, Safe Havens International, the Peter Li Group (School Planning and Management and College Planning and Management publications), the U.S. Forest Service, the Hamilton Fish Institute (Georgetown Univ.) and numerous school districts ranging from Oregon to Tennessee. Most recently he reviewed schools for Linn-Benton Lincoln ESD and Bethel Schools, both in Oregon.

Tod is a certified instructor for CPTED as well as for the Second Step violence prevention curriculum. He was one of the founding members of the International CPTED Association (ICA) as well as SafeCascadia, a CPTED consulting consortium. He has presented his extremely popular seminar on confrontation management to a diversity of organizations such as Trillium Health Care, the American Society of Safety Engineers, Balzhiser Engineering, Northwest Youth Corps, Montessori School, Serenity Lane, Public Health, Eugene Water and Electric Board, ISTE, Legal Aid, the U.S. Forest Service and countless others.

Tod holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Service and Public Affairs and a master’s degree in Journalism, both from the University of Oregon. In his work at Eugene Police he has played a  number of roles, including designing the School Whatever It Takes (SWIT) training for school prevention officers, CPTED and crime prevention training for officers as well as citizens, and customized seminars for schools, businesses, social services and government programs on violence, hope building, confrontation management, community revitalization, women’s safety, senior safety, robbery, burglary, fraud and related topics. He has served as the department liaison, at various times, to the Latino, Disabled and Women’s communities. Under an HUD grant he ran a Saturday Great Kids club in a housing project. He was the first coordinator for the Whiteaker Public Safety Station, and founding editor of Community Safety Quarterly. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon, teaching a course entitled Roots of Violence Seeds of Hope. He has served on the board of directors of Womenspace and Halfway House, Inc.