Tuesday, December 11
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open
8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | NASRO Course
This course is only open to law enforcement, school resource officers, school police officers and school safety leaders.
This 12-hour training is designed to help SRO’s and school personnel better identify and respond to students who are suspected of having mental health needs. It was developed by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates to help SRO’s and other school professionals develop the critical skills and capacity for appropriately responding to the many predictable behavioral issues that are typically observed among adolescents with mental health needs.
Presented by Ed Bova, Senior Instructor, National Association of School Resource Officers, Hoover, Ala.; and Mo Canady, Executive Director, National Association of School Resource Officers, Hoover, Ala.
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Full-Day Institutes
A restorative mindset is a way of thinking that promotes principles that use inclusive, collaborative approaches for being together in community. These approaches validate the experiences and needs of everyone, particularly those who may have been marginalized or harmed. Acting through a restorative mindset allows us to respond in ways that are healing and supportive rather than alienating, punitive or coercive. Join in this full-day institute to explore ways to establish a restorative mindset in your environment.
Presented by Jane Riese, Associate Director of Safe and Humane Schools, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. Lee Rush, Executive Director, justCommunity, Inc., Quakertown, Pa.
This presentation will discuss the requirements set forth in Act 44 for school entities related to school safety and security assessments, the measurement of school safety and security preparedness. and the responsibilities of the school safety and security coordinator. Following this discussion, the presentation will move to strategies and resources to conduct comprehensive assessment and data based prevention planning.
Presented by Mike Hurley, School Safety and Security Advisor, MG Tactical Advantage, LLC, Carlisle, Pa.; and Michael Snell, Superintendent, Central York School District, Carlisle, Pa.
By utilizing a multi-pronged approach, we can work together to ensure students’ physical and emotional safety. This presentation will explore school connectedness, response to safety threats and critical partnerships. This session will also provide an overview of a model for school-based court diversion programs.
Presented by Aaron Vanatta, School Police Officer, Quaker Valley School District Police, Leetsdale, Pa.
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Exhibit Exploration
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch, Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Michele Gay is the co-founder and executive director of Safe and Sound Schools. Following the tragic loss of her daughter, Josephine, in the Sandy Hook School tragedy, Michele joined fellow Sandy Hook mother Alissa Parker to establish Safe and Sound Schools as a national resource for school safety. Michele travels across the country sharing her message of inspiration, recovery and school safety education and advocacy. She conducts school safety workshops and seminars, presenting Safe and Sound’s school safety model and resources, and facilitating school safety development in communities across the country.
Since launching the foundation, Michele has spoken before numerous national audiences, including the National Association of School Resource Officers, Georgia Education Leadership Association, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency’s School Safety Conference, and at the Great Lakes Homeland Security Conference. Recently, she was honored with the Champion of Life award by the BFG Community Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland, for her work as a school safety advocate with Safe and Sound and the Shining Star award by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for establishing Joey’s Fund with her husband for families with autism.
Prior to founding Safe and Sound Schools, Michele taught in the Maryland and Virginia public schools, where she served as both a mentor teacher and peer coach, and was awarded Exemplary Teacher recognition in the Fairfax County public schools. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Towson University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College. Her education and professional and personal experiences have uniquely positioned her to advocate on the national level for safer schools.
1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Continuation of NASRO Course
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration
1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Continuation of Full-Day Institutes
1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Half-Day Institutes
The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Intelligence Division Domestic Security Section Active Shooter Active Threat presentation is provided for school administrators and safety personnel so that they will be better informed while developing a comprehensive plan for prevention and response.
Presented by Brent Miller, Troop H Public Information Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Harrisburg, Pa.
Transgender and gender non-conforming youth have unique challenges and needs. School can be a source of significant stress due to peer conflict and teacher/administrator interactions often leading to dropping out or choosing alternative education options. This session will explore how educators can provide a safe affirming, welcoming environment, which supports students staying and thriving in school.
Presented by Amy Keisling, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New Passages Inc., Harrisburg, Pa
Schools and districts with the best laid plans to support mental health will find their teachers, school psychologists, social workers and counselors struggling to provide comprehensive school-wide services and supports. Mental Health Colorado developed a Mental Health Toolkit for schools and districts to identify areas of need or growth, explore programming suggestions, and identify funding options. This session will provide guidance to build and strengthen a comprehensive school mental health system.
Presented by Sarah Davidon, Research Director, Mental Health Colorado, Denver, Colo.
Recently there has been a great deal of national focus on the issue of school safety and the role of School Resource Officers (SRO). School Policing is a specialized field and is likely the most unique assignment in law enforcement. In this session participants will learn more information about the critical importance of having an SRO program that is built on a solid foundation of collaboration. This knowledge can you help you avoid unnecessary liability issues that arise due to failures of careful, proper selection and specialized training.
Presented by Mo Canady, Executive Director, National Association of School Resource Officers, Hoover, Ala.
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Exhibitor Showcase and Reception
Wednesday, December 12
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Continuation of NASRO Course
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | General Session
Hear key leaders in the commonwealth – policy makers, law enforcement and school safety experts – who will share key insights focused on prevention, intervention, recovery strategies and policy development that promote and support school safety in Pennsylvania.
Facilitated by Paul Benne, President and CEO, Sentinel Consulting, LLC, New York, N.Y.
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Exhibit Exploration
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Workshops
This presentation will provide an overview of teen dating violence: what it is, the warning signs, and impacts on student health and school performance. Participants will be provided with information on relevant resources to provide comprehensive intervention and supports to students impacted by teen dating violence. An overview of the legal implications of teen dating violence will be provided in order to help schools partner and plan prevention strategies.
Presented by Kristen Herman, Director of Prevention, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Harrisburg , Pa.
The presentation will provide an overview of the Pennsylvania School Climate Leadership Initiative (SCLI) and how the SCLI process can be used to help school teams identify climate needs, equity concerns and strategies for improvement. Participants will learn about processes for improving school climate and practice applying what they learn through exercises designed to promote discussions about common barriers to safer, supportive and equitable schools.
Presented by Stacie Molnar-Main, School Climate Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Harrisburg, Pa.
Engaging Students at the secondary level can be challenging. Cumberland Valley High School developed a club, “It Takes One (ITO)” to improve school climate and combat peer aggression. This presentation will be presented by ITO advisors along with high school student leaders of the club. The goal of ITO is to create a safe and inclusive environment where all students feel safe and supported. This session will provide useful tips, lessons learned, and helpful tools for engaging middle and high school students in school climate improvement and bullying prevention efforts.
Presented by Kim Baldwin, School Counselor, Cumberland Valley School District, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and Geraldine Johnson, Behavior Support Specialist, Bullying Prevention Coordinator, Cumberland Valley School District, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
This workshop will introduce participants to Lifelines Suicide Awareness and Prevention program, which focuses on school response to suicide with practical guidelines and aligns with best practices in comprehensive safe schools planning. Participants will identify the role of schools in suicide prevention, characteristics of suicide and risk factors that may indicate a need for referral for further assistance.
Presented by Stephanie Colvin-Roy, Training and Organizational Development Associate, Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning, Camp Hill, Pa.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by National Security Council Staff. The purpose is to build resilience by better preparing bystanders to save lives, raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday man-made and natural disaster emergencies. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control informed this initiative, which exemplifies translation of knowledge to benefit the public.
Presented by Deborah Erdman, Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.
This presentation will discuss strategies and best practices in school safety for educators in districts without School Resource Officers. This session will explore critical areas of focus and provide usable strategies and tools to develop comprehensive school safety practices and prevention procedures.
Presented by Mo Canady, Executive Director, National Association of School Resource Officers, Hoover, Ala.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Exhibit Exploration
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch, 20th Anniversary Celebration, School Safety Champion Awards, Platinum Sponsor Prize Giveaway
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Continuation of NASRO Course
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Workshops
Culture plays a role in everything we do — it is an essential part of how we learn. It plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also shapes the thinking process of groups and individuals. As culturally responsive educators, we recognize the importance of including students’ cultural identities in all aspects of learning. This training will provide participants with opportunities to examine culture — their own and the cultures of students they serve.
Presented by Michelle Nutter, Civil Rights Outreach Specialist, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Harrisburg, Pa.
The Discovery Character Education Process has changed the very ethos of schools from places dominated by negative peer pressure to cultures in which students feel connected to their school and supported by their teachers and other students. In this session we will discuss how the Discovery Character Education Process is designed to help students make better choices, feel more valued and respected, and develop a more cooperative and accepting school environment.
Presented by Robert Hassinger, Retired Superintendent, Halifax Area High School, Halifax, Pa.; and David Hatfield, Acting Superintendent, Halifax Area High School, Halifax, PA Jared Shade, Principal, Upper Dauphin Area High School, Elizabethville, Pa.
This presentation will focus on data and crucial information regarding the commercial sexual exploitation of minors and adults in Pennsylvania. This presentation will also cover both Pennsylvania and federal laws on sex trafficking and co-occurring crimes to trafficking. The victims of trafficking suffer complex trauma, we will explore the impact of that trauma and identify a variety social services needed to support survivors through restoration and recovery.
Presented by Shea Rhodes, Director and Co-Founder, CSE Institute at Villanova Law, Villanova, Pa.; and Heather Shnyder, Prevention Education Specialist, Transitions of Pennsylvania, Lewisburg, Pa.
This presentation will focus on the Northern Dauphin County Joint School Safety Taskforce (JSST) that provides cooperative protocols needed for participating school districts to provide mutual assistance in the event of an emergency incident at a member school or district. The presentation will discuss joint protocols, family reunification center networks, resources and training, equipment needs and communication systems. It will also include how ICS was incorporated into member district response plans.
Presented by Brent Bell, Director, Athletics and Administrative Services, Upper Dauphin Area School District, Lykens, Pa.; and Eric Petery, District Coordinator of Technology, Millersburg Area School District, Millersburg, Pa.
You have likely read about the rising interest in social and emotional learning (SEL) in the education landscape but you may not have associated it with school safety. Social and emotional learning programs develop skills such as self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision making and self-awareness. These skills are an important key to establishing the type of healthy school environment that promotes safety. In this session we will discuss how SEL interventions and programs can transform your school environment and equip your students with lifelong skills.
Presented by Amy Moritz, Strategic Partnerships Managing Coordinator, Center for the Promotion of Social Emotional Learning, Camp Hill, Pa.
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Workshops
Historically, bullying prevention has focused primarily on mitigating destructive behaviors related to peer mistreatment. While it is important to reduce at-risk behavior, it is equally important to focus on promoting and sustaining positive, protective factors among our youth. This workshop will highlight research and strategies related to creating learning environments that are steeped with opportunities for students to develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills needed to actively support one another and constructively cope with challenging experiences.
Presented by Charisse Nixon, Professor of Psychology, Penn State Behrend, Erie, Pa.
In this session, participants will learn current strategies and programs to identify and prevent opioid and prescription drug abuse. This session will also explore a holistic approach to current intervention strategies provided by Centers of Excellence.
Presented by Sherry Clouser, Deputy Director, Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, Harrisburg, Pa.; and Heather Crook, Prevention Specialist, Halifax Communities That Care, Halifax, Pa.
This presentation will discuss strategies to engage students in emergency response training from pre-k to grade 12. The responses taught are age-appropriate and based on student ability. There will be references to the ALICE Training Institute and how to use the options-based strategies to empower students. Participants will leave this session with tools they can bring back to their districts.
Presented by Chad Cunningham, Director of Product Development and Training, ALICE Training Institute, Medina, Ohio