JULY 12 | WEDNESDAY | 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


Room: Catalina A1

Rethinking Active Shooter Preparedness

By reverse-engineering an active shooter incident, starting with recovery and reunification, we’re able to rethink preventive solutions at every stage. Through this journey, we will highlight measures schools and districts can take to prevent and mitigate acts of violence on their campuses.

The material from this session is designed to provide applicable key takeaways that can be used by participants in their day-to-day work settings. This includes evidence-based studies, case studies and other additional information from our comprehensive school safety and student wellness work, both in California and nationwide.

Presenter: Joseph A. Hendry Jr., PSP, CLEE, Senior Director, On-Site Services – Navigate 360, OH

Room: Catalina A2

Right-Brain Restorative Practices: Enhancing School Discipline and Emotional Intelligence

In this presentation, we will discuss the significance of right-brain restorative practices in enhancing school discipline, fostering emotional intelligence among scholars, and addressing chronic absenteeism. We will examine challenges faced by school disciplinarians, including trauma, balancing accountability with support, and managing conflicts arising from antisocial associations and behavior.

We will highlight the benefits of employing right-brain restorative practices in attendance discovery meetings to uncover the root causes of chronic absenteeism. By fostering trust, empathy, and a supportive environment, these evidence-based practices enable an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting scholars' attendance and engagement.

Participants will learn how right-brain restorative practices facilitate healing and reconciliation, ultimately contributing to improved attendance and academic performance.

Presenter: Carlos Alvarez, President/ Founder – Los Angeles Institute For Right Brain Practices and Research & T-NARC

Room: Catalina A3

Safeguarding Our Schools: Building Strong Comprehensive School Safety and Emergency Operations Plans

Join the California Department of Education's Emergency Services Team and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services for an informative workshop on comprehensive school safety plans (CSSP) and emergency operations plans (EOP). In this workshop, subject matter experts will share best practices for updating CSSPs and highlight the key differences between CSSP and EOP. Participants will gain valuable insights into planning and preparedness techniques specifically tailored for the school environment, including active shooter response, fire safety, and medical emergencies. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the experts and ensure that your school's safety plan is up-to-date and effective in protecting your students, staff, and community.

Presenters: Dr. Tom Herman;  School Health and Safety Office – California Department of Education; Jake Wolf, Emergency Management Specialist – California Department of Education's Emergency Management Team; Joe Anderson, Emergency Service Team Manager – California Department of Education; Noele Richmond, Program Manager I – California Governors Office of Emergency Services; and Daniel Chapman, Emergency Services Coordinator –  California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Room: Catalina C1

Current Online Behavioral Trends

This workshop by Safer Schools Together (SST) will provide information on Current Online Behavioral Trends and complements SST’s Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA) training. The purpose is to enhance School Safety/Threat Assessment teams’ understanding of the ever-changing digital landscape.

Changes and updates to all leading social media platforms; key information for Safety / Threat Assessment teams; Case Scenarios - recent case files handled by SST Threat Analysts; and trends, language, and new ways that students communicate online.

Presenters: Theresa Campbell, Chief Executive Officer and Steven MacDonald Trainer / Senior Threat Analyst – Safer Schools Together

Room: Catalina C2

Grant Ready - Proven Steps for Getting Approved

Understanding the federal and state grant process. Upcoming school safety funding availability and reoccurring funding opportunities. What every school can do to prepare for grant eligibility. Breakdown of what is actually in most school safety grant applications and how to effectively apply. What to expect post approval. Actionable steps to take now.

After spending the past decade working directly with school administrators with applying and managing their school safety grants from start to finish, I decided to create a training to share with school administrators proven steps for getting grant approval and successfully managing the grant process. Schools now more than ever are in need of additional funding for necessary safety and security improvements, but navigating grant funding can be overwhelming and time consuming. By surveying schools during my trainings, I have even found out that many schools do not even apply for funding because they are either unaware of available funding or do not have the time or resources to allocate to the grant process. This training provides administrators with the knowledge and actionable proven steps from myself who has successfully worked with schools to obtain millions in grant funding and also safe millions with proper preparation and maximizing their budget. This upbeat and educational training not only empowers school administrators but also provides actionable tools to acquire funding.

Presenter: Jessica Cirulli, Subject Matter Expert and Grant Advisor – Drift Net Securities, IL

Room: Catalina C3

Addressing School Safety through Supporting Student Mental Health and Emotional Safety

Targeted school violence is preventable. In four out of five school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it. Most plotters had experienced bullying or had mental health issues, frequently involving depression and suicide ideation.  Most students who take their own lives exhibit one or more warning signs. It is critical that we teach students and adults how to identify these signs and act upon the information to prevent violence. This workshop will describe how schools and districts can access Project Cal-STOP programming at no cost to improve school safety through supporting student mental health and emotional safety.

Presenters: Hilva Chan – California Department of Education, Dion Chavis – Sandy Hook Promise, Tory Martinez and Angelica Magana – NAMI California

Room: Avalon 2

"High Price - Marijuana and The Adolescent Brain"

The "High Price - Marijuana and The Adolescent Brain" takes evidence based, peer reviewed studies and explains it in such a way a high school student can understand it. The workshop examines the physical, mental, and emotional impact of youth use of marijuana on developing brains. The information covered with explain why there is a slowing down in reaction time from a person who uses THC or Marijuana. Why memory loss happens making school and studying more difficult. Why there is an increase in anger and a decrease in drive. This engaging and interactive workshop also explores the direct effect, of marijuana, after just a couple of uses. It will detail the causes of addiction, and why it is especially detrimental for youth.

Presenter: Ray Lozano, Drug & Substance Prevention Specialist

Room: Avalon 3

Three Perspectives of Grief: Students, Parents, and You

Dealing with loss affects every aspect of a child’s life. Often, families do not talk to each other about death thus making it difficult for children to process the death. Participating in groups designed to address death provides a platform for children to express their thoughts and beliefs regarding death. It is necessary to address key components of grief in an age appropriate manner in an effort to facilitate the development of healthy coping skills. The facilitation of a grief group provides a safe environment for children to come together and gain the necessary tools to progress through the grieving process.

Presenter: Regina Siez, LCSW, PPS – Temecula Valley Unified School District

Room:  Santa Rosa Pre-Function

ActVnet - Saving Lives Through Reduced Response Time

When seconds are the difference between life and death, information and access are essential. ActVnet was developed through hours of conversation with first responders and educators to identify essential information to enhance school safety. Learn how the features of ActVnet provide critical and real-time navigation, school site and incident information to first responders enabling them to save lives by drastically reducing the time to end a crisis on your campus. When ActVnet is launched by your local 911 dispatch center, first responders and staff are notified to take action in response to your school emergency. Regardless of agency affiliation, first responders identified by geographic proximity to the school site are given vital information to respond immediately. This web based, password protected, and continuously monitored program provides an information sharing platform to maximize school safety. Access to live video from your school’s surveillance cameras, staff contact information, school emergency response protocols, current condition and location of students and staff, and one way communication keeps everyone informed. ActVnet is the comprehensive school response system your school community deserves.
Presenter: Tim Hire, Superintendent of Schools – Tulare County Office of Education

Room:  Anacapa

Comprehensive School Safety Plans (CSSPs) – What is Required, is there a Template?

Starting in the 2018–19 school year, compliance with CSSP requirements are audited through the annual state compliance audit process to ensure CSSPs are updated annually. Every kindergarten through grade 12 school is required to have a CSSP that includes all elements of school safety, including items such as social climate and physical environment, disaster planning, safe ingress and egress of pupils, parents, and school employees. This class will discuss the components of a CSSP including methods to improve school climate and physical environment, based on the updated Educator’s Guide to Comprehensive School Safety Plans, 2021 Edition.
Presenters: Tom Steele, Director of School Safety and Eric Rosoff, Chief Executive Officer