CAMPUS SAFETY CONFERENCE | WORKSHOPS

Hands – On Group Projects and Workshops 

Campus Safety Conference held one group project and seven workshops on between July 8-10, 2024 in Atlanta, GA. If you’d like to be the first to know when workshops are ready for 2025, please register your interest below and you will be the first to know when registration opens, workshops, etc. Save the date for Campus Safety Conference on July 21-23, 2025 in Austin, TX.

July 8 | 1:30 - 2:45 PM |GroupProjects Live!

Moderator:

Robin Hattersley, Editor-in-Chief, Campus Safety

Amy Rock, Executive Editor, Campus Safety

This session will facilitate an in-depth, brain-storming workshop among participants on how colleges and K-12 districts can effectively address the security issues surrounding protests. GroupProjects Live! attendees will work together in a conversational environment, sharing the lessons they’ve learned, the struggles they’ve experienced, and strategies they’ve used to maintain safety and security while protecting First Amendment rights when demonstrations and controversial speakers come on campus.

Topics covered will include:

  • What normally precedes an unplanned or unannounced protest
  • What steps to take when an event request is received or when an unannounced demonstration happens
  • Event security and safety planning
  • Time and place considerations
  • Working with other first responders
  • Crowd monitoring and control
  • Managing the media and the influx of calls during an event
  • And more

Due to the current state of affairs in our country, CSC feels, more than ever that we must continue to hear directly from others in the campus protection community to learn what has worked and what hasn’t worked from a wide variety of campuses.

July 8 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Effective Reunification Plans for Safer K-12 Campuses
Speaker:
Kelly Martin, Lieutenant/Deputy Director of School Safety, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office/ Seminole County Public Schools

 

This presentation delves into a pivotal aspect of school safety – the development and implementation of robust reunification plans. This session will underscore the critical importance of reunification plans in the broader framework of emergency preparedness and response. By exploring real-world incidents and emergencies, attendees will gain valuable insights into the significance of having comprehensive and well-thought-out strategies in place to facilitate the safe and efficient reunification of students with their families during crisis situations. The presentation goes beyond theoretical discussions, offering a comprehensive analysis of best practices in reunification planning. Drawing from case studies, participants will learn about the key components that contribute to the effectiveness of reunification strategies.

 

From communication protocols and technological tools to collaborative approaches involving schools, families, and local communities, the session aims to equip attendees with practical knowledge that can be applied to their specific educational settings. An integral focus of the presentation is on the role of technology and communication in enhancing reunification efforts. Attendees will explore innovative tools and channels that streamline information dissemination, ensuring timely and accurate updates during emergencies. The session will also emphasize the importance of regular training exercises and drills to familiarize stakeholders with reunification procedures, fostering a culture of preparedness within school communities.

 

Furthermore, the presentation addresses the emotional well-being of students, staff, and parents during reunification and recovery processes. By acknowledging and addressing the emotional impact of emergencies, the session provides strategies to support the mental health and resilience of all individuals involved. In conclusion, this presentation seeks to empower educators, safety professionals, and administrators with actionable insights to strengthen their school’s reunification plans. Attendees can expect to leave with a heightened understanding of the critical components of effective reunification, contributing to the overarching goal of creating safer, more resilient K-12 campuses.
July 8 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM |School Safety Vulnerabilities & Solutions
Speaker:
Paul Timm, Director of Education Safety, Allegion

 

Where are your biggest security gaps and how can you address them? This highly engaging presentation will identify typical issues encountered during a 25-year career of conducting more than 2,000 security assessments. Attendees will benefit from photo identification exercises that demonstrate both security problems and potential solutions. Join Paul Timm for a two hour training that will give actionable insights for your campus and community.

 

From communication protocols and technological tools to collaborative approaches involving schools, families, and local communities, the session aims to equip attendees with practical knowledge that can be applied to their specific educational settings. An integral focus of the presentation is on the role of technology and communication in enhancing reunification efforts. Attendees will explore innovative tools and channels that streamline information dissemination, ensuring timely and accurate updates during emergencies. The session will also emphasize the importance of regular training exercises and drills to familiarize stakeholders with reunification procedures, fostering a culture of preparedness within school communities.

 

Furthermore, the presentation addresses the emotional well-being of students, staff, and parents during reunification and recovery processes. By acknowledging and addressing the emotional impact of emergencies, the session provides strategies to support the mental health and resilience of all individuals involved. In conclusion, this presentation seeks to empower educators, safety professionals, and administrators with actionable insights to strengthen their school’s reunification plans. Attendees can expect to leave with a heightened understanding of the critical components of effective reunification, contributing to the overarching goal of creating safer, more resilient K-12 campuses.
July 8 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Situational Awareness: Personal Safety is Thinking at the Speed of Life!

Speaker:

Jesus Villahermosa, Jr., President/Owner, Crisis Reality Training

 

Everyday stressors have increased exponentially over the past year. National and global events have created a landscape of personal uncertainty and unrest. Now more than ever, practicing observational skills is a crucial method to ensure not only safety in the workplace, but in all public and personal spaces.

One of the biggest challenges any person faces is learning how and why to trust their own gut feelings when they sense an imminent threat or proxemic danger. This training will teach you how to use the C.L.E.A.R. system of awareness, to be more aware of your surroundings while interacting with those around you and realize when it is time to implement a plan of action and mitigate the risk of victimization.

July 8 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | The Intersection of Technology and School Safety, Make the School Safer from the Curbside to the Classroom

Speaker:

John McDonald, Chief Operating Officer, The Council for School Safety Leadership

Bryan Krause, K12 Education Strategist – West, CDW

 

Join two national leaders in the school safety space as they share their lessons learned, considerations and challenges of leading the response and recovery to multiple tragedies in K-12 schools.   John McDonald and Bryan Krause have responded together to the unimaginable including multiple school shootings, a public suicide of a student in school and the kidnapping and homicide of an elementary student.   This two-hour presentation will focus on response and recovery as well as the intersection between a safe learning environment and the use of technology in school violence prevention, preparedness and response that has never been more complicated or more important.

July 10 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM |Crucial News Media Engagement Strategies for Effective Crisis Response
Speaker:
Mark Albert, Founder & CEO, Media Advisory Experts

 

Having reported from the scene of many shootings, including the Virginia Tech campus shooting, and having recently completed a multi-part series on national television called ‘Securing Our Schools’ (links below), this presentation will focus on crucial news media engagement strategies for effective crisis response. With 25 years in journalism, Mark will Focus on the do’s and don’t’s from a journalist’s perspective to be considered when districts & colleges draft their campus safety plans. Pulling from a recent interview with ‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation co-founder John-Michael Keyes, we will discuss the role of the news media, common pitfalls, and candid observations of where journalists can help — or hurt — the campus response plan. In a crisis, the news media will try to fill the air with something; let campus leaders provide accurate information to calm a traumatized community.
July 10 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM |Enculturation: The Key to Effective School Safety and Security
Speaker:
Guy Bliesner, School Safety and Security Analyst, Idaho Office of School Safety and Security (IOS3)


This session will focus on the effective methods for the enculturation of individual and group behavioral change.  Understanding that most school security lapses are human failures, it is the people of a school that must effectively use the tools and implement the processes to make a school more secure. This has overwhelming implications for the climate and culture in a school.  For the purposes of this presentation the term climate will refer to the general feeling or perception by the students and staff of the safety of and security conditions in their school. Culture will refer to the acceptance and effective use of or lack of acceptance and ineffective use of a school’s security measures. The workshop will focus on proven methods from industrial safety and their effective translation into practical application to effect change in the school safety and security environment.
July 10 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM |How Stress Impacts our Behaviors
Speaker:
Christina Eblen, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Montana Safe School Center
The brain is a fascinating organ, but what happens when our brains and bodies are stressed? How does stress impact our neurodevelopment? How does stress affect our behavior? This session focuses on the impact of stress on the brain and how it governs our physical and mental health. The presentation starts with a brief overview of brain development, then transitions to what stress is and how it physiologically impacts our body. Lastly, how it governs our behavior.
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  — Scott Leven, Director of Safety and Security, Ozarks Technical Community College