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President of School Safety Operations
Stemming The Tide Of School Violence
Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.)
International expert on school violence & Pulitzer Nominated author
Safe Schools And Healthy Students
Washington, D.C. based Supervisory
The Effects Of The Terrorist Mindset On School Safety
Executive Director, International Centre for Threat Assessment
President, Safer Schools Together
Violent Threat Risk Assessment
Jeff is the President of School Safety Operations Inc. www.schoolsafetyops.com He is a consultant trainer in all areas related to school safety, and a published author of reference books addressing safety and violence in schools. He is retired Director of Public Safety for a large K-12 public school district in Southern California. Prior to entering the education safety industry, Jeff retired at the rank of sergeant, with 25 years of service in the Reno, NV. Police Department. Jeff’s presentation will address a practical approach to what we can do to collaborate between education, law enforcement, mental health, and other community partners to Bridge The Gaps in safety in our schools. Planning and training, especially in areas related to Active Assailant and Infrastructure Target Hardening, will be focuses of this presentation.
Colonel Grossman is the Director of Killology Research Group, (www.killology.com). He is a leading expert on the causes of school violence and the causal effects of violent media on the juvenile mass murder. His research on these topics was cited in a Presidential National Address. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Congress, and served as expert witness in both state and Federal Courts on matters related to juvenile violence. His presentation will address what we can do to make our schools safer, our students healthier in mind and body, juvenile mass murder, and portions of his new book, “Assassination Generation.”
John is a Washington, D.C. based Supervisory Federal Agent with over 25 years of experience in combating violent crime, counter-terrorism and complex international criminal conspiracy investigations. John will present topics that include violent extremism in 2017, a look at the evolution of radical Islamist terrorism and a realistic and practical approach to combatting school violence. Understanding the terrorist mindset and their commitment to using violence to further a cause helps to understand the mindset and same level of commitment the school killer has. Before we can properly plan for combatting it, we must first understand it.
Theresa is the Executive Director at the International Centre for Threat Assessment and is the President of Safer Schools Together www.saferschoolstogether.com. She produced five award-winning gang prevention documentaries, is a certified trainer and consultant with the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment & Trauma Response, and serves as a safety representative on municipal, provincial and federal committees in Canada. Theresa conceptualized, developed and implemented numerous standards for student and staff safety including the first web-based anonymous reporting tool for students. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Frederic Milton Thrasher Award.
Director of Services for Safer Schools Together
State Certified Science Teacher at an alternative high school for at-risk students
Superintendent of the Eureka Nevada School District
attorney at law. PARTNER
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
The Data Was There, They Said…
Taking Your Leadership Skills Into the Uncomfortable Zone
Stress: The Musical
School Safety: What is your liability?
Sam is the Director of Services for Safer Schools Together. How social media data can be utilized for school safety is the premise for this presentation. The vast majority of recent school violence attacks have had precursors leaked online in the form of social media posts. Knowing where, how and when to look for this critical information is the challenge school safety professionals and law enforcement face. The latest trends in social media use and misuse, digital behavioral violence/risk assessment, and open source information gathering techniques will be covered in this presentation.
Rob is a State Certified Science Teacher at an alternative high school for at-risk students in Castle Rock Colorado, and has worked in public schools since 2004. Prior to entering the education field, Rob served 13 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a highly trained tactical law enforcement officer and trainer. He brings his unique blend of over 25 years of experience in law enforcement and education to his presentations. This motivational presentation will look at what individual contributions those of us in the education, law enforcement, and mental health communities can make towards the collaborative efforts in school safety.
Dan is the Superintendent of the Eureka Nevada School District. Stress is the Silent Killer, and how to prepare for and respond to this killer is overlooked in emergency planning in education and most other professions. The chances of an armed Active Assailant coming to your school on any given day are very slim, but there is a 100% change that this Silent Killer will visit your school or workplace every day. Dan uses live music and audience participation as enjoyable and interactive techniques for participants to learn methods for reducing exposure to stressful situations, increasing personal resistance to the effects of stress, and how to deal positively with stress. Dan is accompanied by his fellow bandmates, Psychologist Margaret Dixon and Software Engineer Nathan Alanz during this presentation. Together, they comprise the award winning band “The Scarlet Verbs.” This is a new and a “must-see” presentation that will save lives. Dancing in the aisles and singing along with the band will be permitted…
Mark Bresee is the managing partner of the San Diego office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, a statewide, nine-office firm that represents hundreds of educational agencies throughout California. Mark
has broad litigation experience in state and federal courts and with the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Public Employment Relations Board, and the arbitration forum, representing public school and community college districts in many aspects of school law including general liability, labor and employment, student issues including attendance and discipline, constitutional issues related to staff and students, and statutory writ proceedings. Prior to joining AALRR Mark was General Counsel at the San Diego Unified School District, and in-house counsel at the Orange County Department of Education. Mark has contributed to many of AALRR’s publications, regularly speaks at AALRR and other conferences, and is the editor of AALRR’s education law blog, EdLawConnect.
OFFICER WILLIAM CHAPMAN
Newtown, Connecticut Police Department
The Officer's Role in Community Recovery:
Relational Policing in Schools
Will Chapman has been a Police Officer in Newtown, CT since 2008. He was among the first officers on scene for the tragic events of 12/14/2012. He currently serves on the regional Emergency Services Unit, and is entering his 3rd year as a School Resource Officer. His work in the schools is devoted to fostering a positive relationship between the youth, the police, and the community, and maintaining open and effective lines of communication between the school system and police department.