The 2019 National Summit on School Safety took place March 29-30 in Houston, Texas. This intensive and interactive two-day conference covered the six-key areas essential to comprehensive school safety: (1) physical environment (2) operations and emergency management (3) mental and behavioral health (4) health and wellness (5) culture, climate, and community (6) school law, policy and finance.
Attendees learned about school safety best practices from national and regional experts. Deep-dive breakout sessions, workshops, and leadership roundtables provided attendees with the opportunity to learn about the school safety topics in a small groups settings. With educators, administrators, safety professionals, community leaders, and mental health practitioners in attendance, attendees were able to connect and network with other safety-minded folks. Keynotes from Michele Gay and Alissa Parker, and Frank DeAngelis and Patrick Ireland, allowed attendees to learn about the Sandy Hook and Columbine tragedies. Attendees were left with actionable tips and new safety perspectives to take back to their communities.
Safe and Sound Schools: From Hindsight to Foresight, Michele Gay and Alissa Parker, Co-founders of Safe and Sound Schools
The mothers of Josephine Gay and Emilie Parker, killed in the Sandy Hook School tragedy, now Co-founders of Safe and Sound Schools, share the personal story and lessons learned that sparked the national movement of Safe and Sound Schools.
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. | Breakout Session A
Six expert-led breakout sessions according to Safe and Sound Schools’ disciplinary tracks:
NFPA 3000 (PS) -A New Standard for Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response, John Montes & Bill Wayborn
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Roundtable Discussion Session
Facilitated, multi-disciplinary discussion sessions, designed to foster sharing and application of learning, increase interdisciplinary networking, expand each participant’s knowledge base, and support a deeper and more comprehensive approach to school safety.
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Review & Wrap Up
A conference-wide gathering to share key takeaways and next steps.
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Cocktails & Conversation
At an offsite location nearby. Location to be announced.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration & Breakfast
On-site, Region 4 Education Service Center
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. | Welcome & Opening Remarks
Welcome fromDr. Pam Wells, Region 4 Education Service Center
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. | Beyond Columbine Panel & Open Forum
Panel discussion and open forum, featuring national leaders, responders, and survivors of school-based crises. Moderated by Dr. Pam Wells,Executive Director Region 4 Education Service Center, Houston, Texas.
Beyond Columbine: Twenty Years of Lessons Learned in School Safety
Jim Accomando, President of the National Parent Teacher Association
Dr. Melissa Reeves, Past President of the National Association of School Psychologists
Dr. CJ Huff, Former Superintendent of the Joplin, Missouri Schools
Mo Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers
John-Michael Keyes, Father of Emily Keyes, Executive Director of the I Love U Guys Foundation
Facilitated multi-disciplinary roundtable discussions designed to engage participants in networking, cross-discipline information and solution sharing, and problem solving for safer schools and communities.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Tools and Technology Panel & Open Forum
Panel discussion and open forum, featuring national experts in safety technology and practitioners from the field. Moderated by Paul Timm, Vice President of Facility Engineering Associates and board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP).
Tools and Technology for Safer Schools: Trends, Priorities & Real World Application
Anthony LaValle, Industry Expert & Founder, ReportIt
Titania Jordan, Industry Expert & Chief Parent Officer, Bark Technologies
Bruce Canal, Industry Expert & Director Industry Associations, Axis Communications
Rania Mankarious, Chief Executive Officer, Crimestoppers of Houston
Dr. Catherine Finger, Industry Expert & Business Development Manager, NaviGate Prepared
Erin Wilson, Industry Expert and Door Security & Safety Foundation Ambassador