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School Safety Summit

School Safety Summit

January 16-17, 2019 | Anacortes, NWESD

A safe school environment is critical to student learning. The NWESD’s School Safety Summit will provide impactful content related to violence prevention, reducing risk and fostering engagement on school campuses. With an impressive line-up of key-note speakers and breakout presenters, attendees will be able to pick and choose sessions to participate in such as Active Shooter and Disaster Preparedness tabletops, Reunification, Suicide Postvention, Restorative Justice, Compassion Fatigue and much more!

Keynote Speakers

Due to the government shutdown FBI Special Agent Andre Simons is unable to appear as our keynote speaker on Wednesday, January 16th. John Van Dreal, Director of Safety and Risk Management Services for the Salem-Keizer School District, has very generously made himself available to be keynote speaker that day. Many thanks to him!

John Van DrealDay 1:

John Van Dreal, speaking on “Teaching Non-Security Staff to Think with a Security Lens”

John Van Dreal is a School Psychologist and the Director of Safety and Risk Management Services for the Salem-Keizer School District.  He has 30 years of experience in psycho-educational evaluation, crisis assessment and intervention, behavioral intervention, and security and risk management systems consultation.  In 1999, he began the development and implementation of the Salem-Keizer Model, a multi-agency student threat assessment system. Through that collaboration, he has worked daily with educators, law enforcement, trial court personnel, juvenile justice, and mental health personnel in the assessment and management of youth and adult threats of aggression within the schools, institutions and the community.  He served as Chair of Oregon’s Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team for 16 years and is a member of the Marion County Threat Advisory Team.   He is the editor and principal author of the book Assessing Student Threats: Implementing The Salem-Keizer System, Second Edition.  He regularly provides training and consultation on threat assessment systems, mitigating human violence, school security, and options-based decision making, a response process for active shooter and other high danger situations.

Day 2:

Nicole Hockley, Founder and Communications Director of Sandy Hook Promise, will present “Preventing Tomorrow’s Shooting: The Sandy Hook Promise”

After the tragic death of her son Dylan, who was one of 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Nicole dedicated herself to working for change so that other families might be spared the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence. That commitment led her to Sandy Hook Promise, where she directs the organization’s communications, outreach efforts and serves as a spokesperson. Nicole has become an important advocate and is focused on bringing people together in honest dialogue and searching for innovative solutions in the areas of mental wellness, school safety, community connectedness and gun safety.

Event Notes

Breakout sessions will include: Threat Assessment Tabletop; Active Shooter Tabletop; Reunification; Restorative Justice; Emergency Operations Planning; Disaster Preparedness; Signs of Suicide (SOS); Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Training; Public Information Officer; Suicide Postvention; Social Media: How to Use Them During an Emergency; and so much more.

Lunch is included in the registration fee

Paid Registrants will receive a link to access School Safety Summit documents and PowerPoint presentations.

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Mia Troy | mtroy@nwesd.org | 360-299-4016
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