JULY 18: WORKSHOPS – 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

The 3 pre-conference workshops are included in the registration price of the conference.

Surviving an Active Shooter

It is difficult to escape the disturbing worldwide news about acts of terrorism, and random acts of violence. While the likelihood of these events occurring in any particular community is rare, no one can afford to think that “it can’t happen here.” The growing risk of an active shooter or a similar type of emergency reaching our organization is an issue that needs to be addressed.

In this three-hour session presented by retired police officer, Dean Waddell, Assistant Superintendent Jeff Youskievicz, and psychologist, attendees will learn what to expect and how to prepare for an active shooter emergency.  The Session will address the psychological factors of surviving an active shooter.  Most importantly, it will discuss the aftermath and what to expect emotionally/psychologically.  Mr. Youskievicz will elaborate on how to successfully implement (from an administrative point of view) policies and procedures that ensure the safety of employees before and after an incident occurs. He will address some of the unique challenges his district has encountered and the solutions.  Additionally, Mr. Waddell will address surviving the actual incident.  These tactics and strategies include:

  • Run, hide, fight – what that looks like for you at your office/workstation
  • Breathing techniques – how to stay calm and effective in a stressful situation
  • OODA Loop explained – how 1 second might save your life
  • The 21-foot rule
  • Concealment vs. Cover
  • Improvised weapons

These responses, and others covered in the class, will help you establish the highest level of safety for your employees


Presenter: –Dean Waddell –Senior Consultant, Loss Control Keenan & Associates



Digital Threat Assessment: How Publicly Available Social Media Can Be Utilized and Assessed to Ensure Safe Schools.

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 current challenge this nation faces and it is one that we will thoroughly address. There are simple and free online tools and techniques that all those responsible for ensuring the safety in your schools need to be using on a regular basis.

Presenter: Theresa Campbell, –M.A. –President, Safer Schools Together



Protecting Our Students from Sexual Misconduct, Assaults, and Commercial Exploitation

Presenters - California Department of Education

California Department of Education