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Student Threat Assessments: An Appropriate Response to a Growing Problem

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Nov 28, 2009

Workshop Description

From time to time, students of all ages make veiled or direct threats of harm to self, other students, or school staff.  And, although several agencies have created lists of characteristics of students most pronoe to violent behavior, this informational alone does not necessarily paint the whole picture in terms of the situation's potential nor does it always provide for a clear strategy in determinig an appopriate intervention.

This workshop will provide school personnel with informaiton that will help them work with all staff in an effort to recognize, identify, and analyze threatening behavior by students.  Utilizing information based upon the educaitonal research conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the importance of utilizing a systematic approach will be stressed in deciding upon a course of action. 

Intended Audience

School Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, School Resource Officers, School Social Workers, School Nurses, School Safety Coordinators

Instruction Objectives will include:

  • Understand the basic premises behind student threat assessments
  • Recognize a school staff's responsibilities related to serious threats of violence
  • Understand the need, value, and steps in the process for a team approach to a student threat of violence

 

 

Cyberbullying and Electronic Harassment: Responding to a Difficult, Challenging, and Complex Problem

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Nov 10, 2009

Workshop Description

The  challenges of electronic bullying are frustrating to students, parents, and educators.  In the 21st century, this type of 24/7 intimidation and harassment is pervasive, harmful, and impacting student attendance, emotional well being, and overall school climate.  This workshop will provide educators with the necessary information and educational resources to appropriately and legally address this complex and challenging problem.

Intended Audience

Administrators, Counselors, Teachers, Social Workers, Nurses, School Resource Officers, Support Staff, Safety Coordinators

Instructional Objectives Will Include

  • Understand a school's responsibility related to cyberbullying and techno-harassment
  • Understand the school staff's legal responsibility related to bullying that happens both on and off campus
  • Understand how to help students and parents respond to this difficult issue

Safe and Secure Schools: An Interactive Workshop for Enhancing School Safety

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Jun 2, 2009

Workshop Description

Providing safe and secure schools is a process that is ongoing and ever-changing, and new strategies and information must be provided to individuals charged with providing a safe learning environment.  Ensuring safe schools is a team effort that requires a cooperative effort from school administrators, to teachers, to students, and to parents.

This workshop will provide timely information, covering multiple facets of school safety in the classroom, the school office, and the entire campus. 

Intended Audience

Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Maintenance Personnel, Social Workers, School Nurses, Safety Coordinators, School Resource Officers

Instructional Objectives will include:

  • Understand how to plan for safety and security at special events, including extracurricular activities, field trips, etc.
  • Analyze student threats of violence using the latest educational research
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to student threats of serious violence
  • Understand how to use tabletop exercises to train certificated and support staff to respond to emergency events
  • Understand best practices for visitor check-in procedures, emergency drills, helping substitute teachers with school safety, and other critical issues
  • Understand how to reduce and appropriately respond to bullying behaviors, including working with parents and victims

Providing Teachers Tools for Safe Classrooms

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Jun 2, 2009

Workshop Description

Classroom teachers are the first line of defense in a school's response to an emergency event, and the actions taken by these individuals will influence the outcome. This interactive workshop will provide opportunity for group problem solving related to a number of timely topics.  Participants will be provided with practical ideas and techniques to help plan for and appropriately respond to classroom and school emergencies.

Intended Audience

Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, School Nurses, Support Staff, Safety Coordinators, School Resource Officers

Instructional Objectives will include:

  • Understand the impact of personal and professional liability related to school safety and security
  • Understand the strategies, concepts, and tasks associated while planning for school emergencies
  • Understand how to conduct a safety audit of an individual classroom or school
  • Understand a staff's responsibility related to threatening or escalating or violent behavior
  • Understand how to de-escalate violent or aggressive behavior
  • Understand how to use tabletop exercises to prepare for and, ultimately, test an emergency response plan

Enhancing Emergency Response Plans for the 21st Century

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Jun 2, 2009

Workshop Description

Using the most recent information provided by the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Department of Education, this workshop will provide school personnel the necessary information to design and implement emergency response plans that are appropriate for schools in the 21st Century. 

Intended Audience

Administrators, Teachers, School Resource Officers, School Nurses, Counselors, Social Workers, Maintenance Personnel, Transportation Personnel, Safety Coordinators

Instructional Objectives will include:

  • Understand the components of an emergency response plan that meets federal guidelines and recommendations
  • Understand how to adapt emergency response plans for extracurricular and co-curricular events
  • Understand how to create and market a school safety portfolio

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