From school shootings to horrific stories of bullying, the issue of school safety has been front-page news. Suggested solutions have run the gamut from bullet-proof white boards and back packs to arming teachers to simple one-day trainings. But educators know that this complex problem requires complex solutions. We know a lot about what works, but what are we not putting into practice?
We encourage you to bring a team to address this critical issue of school safety in your own school. Interactive discussions will help you create an action plan and all participants will receive a toolkit of resources. Thurs., Oct. 24, 9am.-3:30pm. Workshop fee: $75 with conference registration, $125 workshop only.
We’re excited to welcome the following speakers who will share key findings, best practices and concrete recommendations on how to make schools safe.
12 Crucial Keys for School Safety by Michele Borba, Ed.D., is an educational psychologist, author of 22 books, author of SB1665 “Proposal to End School Violence,” TODAY show and Dateline contributor, bullying prevention and youth violence expert.
Mental Health Is Key by David Osher, Vice President of American Institutes of Research, focuses his work on youth development and mental health; the social and emotional conditions for learning, teaching, and healthy development; and culturally competent interventions for youth with mental health problems.
Support from the Courts by Irene Sullivan, practiced trial law for 22 years before she was elected Circuit Court Judge in 1998. She served on the juvenile and family law bench until 2011. She is the author of Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight into Juvenile Justice. She serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Youth at Risk.
Student Engagement Is Essential by Rick Phillips, M.S., Ed., founder and Executive Director of Community Matters, is the lead author of Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence, and the author of Ten Years after Columbine: School Violence-Prevention Report Card.
School Crisis Management: Today’s Reality Skill Set by John Barry, former superintendent of Aurora Public Schools and a state superintendent of the year, now CEO of VISTA Quest, LLC, a national educational consulting firm that boasts 16 state Superintendent of the Year winners from 11 different states.
Support from the Federal Government by David Esquith, Director of the Office of Safe and Healthy Students at the Department of Education, is a former Peace Corps volunteer, special education teacher, and a member of the President’s task force to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence.
Practical Applications of Positive School Climate by Charles Elbot Ed.M. in moral development and educational administration from Harvard, has experience as a teacher and principal. He founded the Office of Character and School Culture in Denver. He is co-author of Building an Intentional School Culture: Excellence in Academics and Character.