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Managing the Media During and After a School Emergency Event

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Jun 2, 2009

Workshop Description

Working positively with the news media is a necessary and essential skill for school administrators in the 21st Century.  This interactive workshop will provide a framework for working positively with all types of media, including group problem solving, role playing exercises, and writing press releases.

Intended Audience

Administrators, Public Information Officers, School Board Members

Instructional Objectives will include:

  • Understand how to effectively manage the media during and after a critical incident
  • Understand how to write and deliver press releases
  • Understand how to promote a positive relationship with media groups
  • Understand how to respond to questions and answers during a press conference

Identifying and Managing the Aggressive or Violent Individual in a School Setting

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Jun 1, 2009

Workshop Description

School personnel often find themselves in the unfortunate position of managing verbally or physically aggressive behavior from students and/or adults.  Knowing how to calm and de-escalate aggressive behavior, as well as understanding a staff's moral, ethical, and legal responsibility in dealing with threatening behavior, is crucial information for today's educator. 

Participants in this training will be provided practical ideas, strategies, and techniques that will help them respond to any type of classroom or school emergency in a manner that protects everyone's dignity, as well as provides for the safest possible outcome for all parties. 

Intended Audience

Administrators, Counselors, Teachers, Support Personnel, Risk Managers, Safety Coordinators, Social Workers, School Nurses, Bus Drivers, School Resource Officers

Instructional Objectives will include:

  • Recognize and understand the early warning signs of those susceptible to aggressive and/or violent behavior
  • Understand calming and de-escalation techniques, as well as how and when to utilize
  • Understand basic rules for managing violent and combative individuals in a school setting
  • Understand a school staff's responsibility when dealing with threatening behavior
  • Understand how to respond appropriately to classroom or campus emergencies

 

Bullying, Harassment, and Hazing: Liabilities, Strategies and Answers for the 21st Century Educator

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Jun 1, 2009

Workshop Description

Regardless of socio economic level, educational achievement, or community awareness, bullying persists to varying degrees in all schools.  This problem may go unchecked due to the fact that many students do not want to report these incidents to those in authority.  When bullying occurs on or off campus - electronically or otherwise - school climate and academic achievement are negatively impacted.

This workshop will provide educators with the knowledge, educational resources, and methodologies necessary to significantly reduce these destructive behaviors.

Intended Audience

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

Instructional Objectives will include:

  • Understand a school's responsibility related to cyber bullying
  • Understand the legal liability for school staff related to bullying and intimidation
  • Understand how to support bullies, victims, and bystanders
  • Understand how to support parents while addressing this destructive behavior
  • Utilize a research based approach to managing this complex problem
  • Understand how to use specific strategies to reduce cyber bullying, physical bullying, emotional bullying, relational bullying, and hazing

Interviewing and Searching Students: Legal and Practical Applications

Author
Dennis Lewis
Date of Post
Jun 1, 2009

Workshop Description

School officials are guided by the legal system and school board policies and procedures in the area of student searches and interviews.  Additionally, parents are increasingly scrutinizing and asking school officials why and how a particular student was interviewed and/or searched.  While the courts have given school officials latitude, it is imperative school personnel not only understand the legal parameters, but also always follow appropriate guidelines for conducting searches and interviews. 

This workshop will provide attendees with current practical and legal information to enable them to recognize some of the pitfalls associated with legal issues, as well as how to make decisions related to searching students, that are fair, consistent, and, ultimately, upheld in the judicial system.

Instructional Objectives will include:

  • Understand the environmental aspects related to interviewing and searching students
  • Understand how to differentiate between probable cause and reasonable suspicion
  • Understand legal standards for searching students, vehicles, and property
  • Understand when, shy, and how to document a search
  • Understand the nexus connection between an infraction, object, and place
  • Recognize the value and distinction between a pre-interview and a formal interview

 

 

 

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