2022 Workshop Samples

Room: Catalina A1

Three Sides of the Bullying Issue

Nearly 20% of students report being bullied in schools in the past 12 months. Bullying behavior can negatively impact students in a variety of ways including attendance (e.g., Berthold & Hoover, 2000), negative physical health (e.g., Bogart et al. 2014), and increased depression (Cook et al 2010). In addition to the negative impact of bullying on students, instances of bullying take time to investigate and can even produce a monetary cost to schools (Baams et al., 2017). Addressing this school-wide problem in an effective, efficient manner cannot only protect students from further harm but also save school personnel time and money. This presentation focuses on the Problem Analysis Triangle as an approach to analyzing and addressing bullying in schools. Derived from the routine activity approach (Cohen & Felson, 1979), the Problem Analysis Triangle recognizes that there are three interconnected factors in a bullying situation: the offender (bully), the target (victim) and the opportunity. The theory considers that all three factors are necessary for a bullying situation to occur.  If school personnel can work to control only one of these factors, the instances of bullying in schools can be reduced. In addition, the Problem Analysis Triangle considers another layer to the problem. There are influencers to each of the parts of the triangle. The handler influences the offender. The victim and the opportunity are protected by the guardian and the manager, respectively. Each of these influencers can either hinder the extent of the problem in a school or fail to control it. This presentation will discuss how each side of the triangle (bully, victim, and opportunity) influence each other in the bullying process and offer practical school-ready solutions for school personnel. Participants will also learn how to strengthen the roles of “handlers” to remediate bullying behavior, “managers” to better predict and prevent bullying in specific locations, and “guardians” to provide support for victims. 

  • At the end of this session, participants will understand the Problem Analysis Triangle and how to apply it prevent bullying behavior
  • At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify the roles of the bully, victim and opportunity in a bullying situation.
  • At the end of this session, participants will understand how to strengthen the role of “handlers,” "managers," and "guardians" in their school to prevent bullying behavior.

Presenter: Eric Landers, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Special Education BSED, MAT, MED Department of Elementary & Special Education – Georgia Southern University


Room: Catalina A2

Proactive Threat Assessment & Suspicious Activity Reporting for Schools

Threat assessment is a problem-solving approach to violence prevention that involves assessment and intervention with students who have threatened violence in some way.  The main goal of threat assessment is to prevent a violent act from occurring.  Targeted school violence is preventable when communities identify warning signs and intervene.  This presentation will focus on the guiding principles of threat assessment.  Screening and assessing the different kinds of threats (transient and substantive) will also be discussed.  Additionally, OCIAC and OCSD have created a school-specific suspicious activity reporting tool that will be detailed and demonstrated.

Presenters: Sergeant Rachel Puckett – Orange County Sheriff’s Department & Christine Laehle – Orange County Department of Education


Room: Catalina A3

Wildfire Response -More than just Putting the Wet Stuff on the Hot Stuff

California's prolonged drought, combined with recurring high winds and low humidity, creates an environment that can drive wildfire activity to catastrophic levels.

Fire agencies are primarily focused on saving lives and defending property; however, there are other significant safety and security concerns that district personnel should manage during and following a significant fire, including, but not limited to:

  • Evacuation routes and contingencies
  • Preventable smoke damage
  • Community support and volunteers
  • Communications
  • Increased vulnerability to threats such as cyber incidents and looting

This interactive tabletop workshop will prepare participants to identify and incorporate these types of threats into their Emergency Operations Plan.

Presenter: William "Bill" Clayton, MS-ESA, ARM-P, CSRM, CPD, TECC, POST Instructor, Director of Loss Control/IMReady – AP Keenan Loss Control/Risk Management


Room: Catalina C1

Big Boys & Girls Don’t Cry: Managing Grief (& Loss) in Uncertain Times

Living through a pandemic has been an unexpected, unprecedented experience.  Many have experienced losses-- loss of loved ones, jobs, financial stability as well as a general feeling of safety for all. This workshop will address the grief/loss response related to our experience and managing related symptoms & behaviors.

Presenters: Atsie Sanchez & Jenna Cataleta, Educational Consultants – Collaborative Learning Solutions


Room: Catalina C2

Three Perspectives of Crisis: 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: Catalina C3

Responding to Racism & Targeted Hate

Racism is not limited to day-to-day public or school experiences. This session provides participants with a deeper understanding of creating a positive learning environment and, ultimately, reaching out to students and helping to develop feelings of being valued and respected.

Presenters: Nick Brown, Consultant/Trainer & Steven MacDonald, Trainer/Threat Analyst – Safer Schools Together


Room: Avalon 2

Nationally Recognized After-Hour Supervision Training

Nearly all school district have security measures in place during the school day.  However, similar risk management policies are too often overlooked or ignored once the dismissal bell rings and the visitor management system, buzz- in-door, shuts down.  The doors are wide open, and there is a lot of movement while students are exiting the building.

Safe Sport Zone has developed a staffing model for school administrators to adopt as best practice.  Who’s your incident commander after school administrators are no longer in the building? The courts have consistently ruled that school industry must provide a reasonable standard of care.  Any school would be vulnerable and or negligent without an after-hour emergency plan.

The training will cover securing the facilities by creating a Welcome Center which becomes the command center after-hours, checking in visitors, conduct rules, supervision, responding to emergencies, and communication.

Presenter: Jay Hammes, CMAA - National Faculty Instructor NIAAA President & Founder – Safe Sport Zone, LLC


Room: Avalon 3

Supporting Transgender & Non Binary Students

Transgender and non-binary youth in today’s schools face daily and persistent harassment, bullying and discrimination. These students cannot learn when they are managing constant anxiety, fear, anguish or depression. What they need most are educational environments where the culture and climate are safe, inclusive, and empowering for them to reach their highest potential as their authentic selves.

Led by one of the country’s leading authorities on transgender and non-binary youth, this session provides educators the tools and resources they need to more deeply understand issues around gender diversity, and use this knowledge to support, respect and empower our youth. This session will cover topics from understanding gender identity and state laws to incorporating best practices that create safe and inclusive environments in homes, schools and communities. There will also be time to discuss participants’ specific challenges and questions, with feedback based on the presenter’s years of experience.

Presenters: Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director & Evan Johnson, Community & Youth Program Manager – TransFamily Support Services


Room: Anacapa

Playing the Game:  Easy Planning for Emergency Exercises with Educators

Emergency exercises can be fun, but are also demanding on a time and resources.  With proper planning exercises can help facilitate change in the agency’s emergency management practices and employees’ attitudes towards training and exercises. In order to “win people over” to emergency preparedness, it is important to offer exercise participants a positive and organized experience. This workshop will provide strategies and tools to be used in designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating table-top, functional and full-scale exercises with school employees. The tools provided can be replicated for use in any educational institution and for any type of exercise and will alleviate much of the planning stress.

Presenter: Sherry Colgan Stone, Ed.D. – Emergency Preparedness, Security and Safety Specialist