JULY 11 | THURSDAY | 8:30 am – 9:45 am

Room: Catalina A1

From Brain to Behavior: The Science of Restorative Practices in Education

Emerging brain research is leaning more towards the notion of relationship building and right brain epigenetic social experiences as the vector for youth cognitive and social- emotional development and optimal self regulation. As educators, it is critical to explore and understand how compromised right brain locomotion hinders a student from experiencing and developing empathy and conforming to school expectations. Current mental health statistics and incarceration data are indicating that the level of disciplinary incident and recidivism are prevalent among students and young adults who could not fully process emotions that surface during a crisis or conflict. The same population are dropping out, acquiring suspensions, expulsions or getting arrested for related offenses, which reveals the lack of insight obtained by our education and criminal justice systems.

Evidence

The restorative alliance is synchronization of emotional communication (Right Brain to Right Brain communication). The alliance begins with witnessing without judgment, which allows an individual (receiver) to take the risk in opening up, in essence, developing a vulnerable co-regulating relationship. Establishing an acute relationship that can foster safety is crucial before the defense mechanism surfaces during the restorative encounter. Right brain processes are dominant during a moment of emotional vulnerability or interpersonal conflict. These experiences are crucial components in establishing the restorative alliance and reestablishing trust during moments of deconstructing harmful events.

Presenter: Carlos Alvarez, Trainer and Founder  Los Angeles Institute For Right Brain

Room: Catalina A2

Navigating the Fentanyl Crisis: A Youth-Led Perspective

This youth-led presentation explores the issue of the fentanyl crisis and its impact on adolescents. Delving into the roots of the crisis, the presentation sheds light on the reasons behind the surge in fentanyl-related incidents. Through a combination of statistics, personal stories, and awareness-building strategies, the presentation aims to educate and engage fellow adolescents and adults in understanding the risks associated with fentanyl. Empowering youth to make informed decisions and fostering a sense of community responsibility, the presentation advocates for collaborative efforts to address and mitigate the impact of the fentanyl crisis on today's generation.

Presenter: Amy Neville – Alexander Neville Foundation

Room: Catalina A3

Breaking the Social Structure of Bullying in Schools

The complex nature of bullying demands interventions that are more multifaceted than a simple “anti-bullying” sign posted in the hallways or assigning bullies to an alternative school. This presentation examines the act of bullying and the social structure that supports it. Practical strategies will be provided regarding how schools can more effectively prevent and address bullying in a public school setting.

Presenter: Eric Landers, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Special Education – Georgia Southern University

Room: Catalina C1

Responding in Times of Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Lahaina, Maui Fire

Leilani Ahina-Dawson, PsyD will lead an open discussion, followed by a Q & A opportunity, on the impact of the Lahaina Fires on families, communities, and the state of Hawaii.  An account from a historical perspective of Native Hawaiians will also be shared.  She will reflect on the collaborative work done to restore and reimagine what was lost after the Lahaina Fires.  Loss has had a significant impact on the State of Hawaii as a result of the Lahaina Fires and training on grief and loss was arranged to educate those who will be working with the children, adults, and families in need.

The devastation resulting from the Lahaina, Maui fire on August 8, 2023 had a significant impact on children, families, communities, and the entire state of Hawaii. Dr. Leilani Ahina-Dawson, a psychologist with over 20 years experience working in schools in Hawaii, will share her observations and experiences responding to the needs of those impacted by the fire. She will also share how her experience has highlighted the importance of integrating evidenced based and culturally informed support including crisis response, grief counseling, and mental health care. Immediately after the fire she was able to recognize the evolving needs of the communities and respond in a variety of ways, including coordinating grief training for professionals working with children, adults, and families in need on 3 islands throughout the state. She will share her experience in collaborating and mobilizing a variety of interventions with other school and mental health professionals, and lessons learned that may be applicable to your community and school setting in responding to small and large scale crisis events.

Presenters: Lei Ahina-Dawson, PsyD, Director of Social & Emotional Health - 'Iolani School and Regina Siez, LCSW,PPS – Temecula Valley Unified School District

Room: Catalina C2

Averting Crisis; Effective Mental Health Interventions and Useful Tools for Promoting Safe Schools

Student mental health remains a critical issue in today’s evolving educational and social culture. Use of best practices in early intervention, assessment, resiliency, and behavior management are more important than ever before. Schools must adapt to a changing social climate, helping students learn the life skills to cope with today’s stressors and navigate ways to achieve success. Join us for this informative session co-facilitated by Hillsborough County Public Schools and Public Consulting Group focused on the whole child and student wellness; best practice in preventive training, assessment methods and integrating useful tools that support the work, using a health mind, healthy child philosophy to help students in need of intervention, and managing risky and challenging concerning behaviors to promote a safe and healthy school climate. 

Presenters: Holly Saia, General Director Student Services; Michael Kelleher, Supervisor, Clinical Care; Elizabeth Tanner, Supervisor, Emotional Management; Will Gordillo, Senior Associate – Public Consulting Group

Room: Catalina C3

How Physical Security Solutions can Mitigate Risk and Potential Active Shooter Threats

Physical security solutions can greatly assist in mitigating potential threats.  Find out how these solutions can be deployed to reduce risk and provide a safety solution with a case study at Saddleback College.

Presenters: Fawzia Atcha, Ph.D. VP – IMRON Corporation and Lieutenant Mike Betzler, Police Operations – Saddleback College Police Department

Room: Avalon 2

Using the California Healthy Kids Survey to Reimagine School Safety

This session dives into the paradigms of traditional school safety versus reimagined school safety. Adapted from Reimagining School Safety: A Guide for Schools and Communities, school safety can be used to heal harm that has occurred and by diving into data, one can create positive change.
School safety is often seen through the lens of physical safety. While it is important for schools to address security measures, this alone is inadequate. In 2022 the Center for Social Emotional Learning and School Safety released Reimagining School Safety: A Guide for Schools and Communities. Through interactive discussions this workshop will will explore the paradigms of traditional school safety and reimagined school safety discussed in that guide. The workshop will provide a hands-on examination of publicly available CHKS data indicators of not only physical safety, violence, victimization and perpetration, but also on school connectedness, social/emotional safety, and mental health and well being. By discussing and reviewing the paradigms of school safety and CHKS data, this workshop will demonstrate how safety is a form of healing from harm.

Presenter: Timothy Ojetunde – WestEd

Room: Avalon 3

Career Burnout Prevention

Avoiding career burnout in education is easier said than done. How do people stay motivated? How do working adults juggle work, relationships and kids? We each set the tone for our coworkers and family, as we interact and move through life and knowing when you are ‘out of balance’ is half the battle. This session will offer you practical tips to help you become a ‘Balanced’ person who can nurture work, career and family.

Presenter: Kathy Espinoza  

Room: Anacapa

Riding the Wave of a Crisis: Mastering Communication When It Matters Most

While we generally can't control the timing or severity of a crisis, we do have the power to prepare and deploy effective communication strategies. This session hones in on the essence of crisis communication for educators and law enforcement, offering tactics for establishing a robust communication framework, identifying clear communicators and sequencing messages in a way that brings calm and clarity. We'll dive into effectively harnessing social media, balancing transparency with reputation management and fostering collaboration between school leaders and law enforcement. Through preparation, foresight and the right tools — including AI for swift message development — we can leverage the momentum of each wave to build trust and strengthen resilience within our communities.

Presenter: Ian Hanigan, Chief Communications Officer – Orange County Department of Education

Room: Santa Rosa Pre-Function

Connecting with the Village: The Pacific Islander Experience

The Aloha Way of Leadership, when incorporated within the school climate, with students and staff, will reduce conflict and create a climate where all in the school truly care for one another.
This presentation by Pacific Islander school administrators, will educate the participants on the Pacific Islander Community: the history and culture of the Melanesians, Micronesians and Polynesians, and provide strategies to gain the support and trust of the Community. Topics to be discussed: Stereotyping of Pacific Islander students related to academics and athletics, the Chronic Absenteeism crisis, and the lack of Pacific Islander student role models in many professions. The Presenters will also discuss how to lead schools in the Aloha Way, with kindness and compassion and the Ukulele, as a strategy to combat bullying and hate in schools.
Presenter: Dr. Victor Thompson, Executive Director – National Pacific Islander Education Network

JULY 11 | THURSDAY | 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Room: Catalina A1

U.S. Secret Service Research, Analysis and Key Findings of Averted and Targeted School Violence

For over 20 years, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has conducted research on the thinking and behaviors of those who commit acts of targeted school violence, in an effort to prevent future acts from occurring. Key findings from this research indicate that establishing multidisciplinary threat assessment teams and encouraging school communities to report concerning behaviors are critical steps in the prevention of targeted violence.

This presentation will highlight case studies, key findings, and recommendations from NTAC’s latest research reports examining targeted school violence and averted attacks at K-12 schools in the United States. It will also focus on how communities can use a multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment approach to identify and assess students exhibiting concerning or threatening behaviors and apply appropriate interventions to ensure safety and promote successful outcomes for the students.

Presenters: Arlene Macias, Domestic Security Strategist and Kristy Domingues, Supervisory Social Science Research Specialist  – U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)

Room: Catalina A2

A Collaborative Approach to Protecting and Preventing the Human Trafficking of Minors as an Orange County Response

In a technology driven world advancing faster than people can respond, with increased opportunities to harm the most vulnerable and the scale of reach across all youths, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) will share the collaborative approach Orange County has taken to address the protection of children from human trafficking and how to safeguard the next generation. According to the 2023 Human Trafficking Victim Report released by the OCHTTF, 36% of the victims assisted in 2021 and 2022 were under the age of 18. The workshop will provide an overview of how human trafficking and child sexual exploitation has impacted victims, families, schools, and communities. This includes how this could happen, lessons learned, what is being done about it, and where schools can help be part of a safe and positive social response network for students in today's modern age. The workshop will be presented by member organizations of the OCHTTF, including law enforcement, victim service, social service and community-based nonprofit.

Presenter: Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force

Room: Catalina A3

One Team, One Fight: Partnering with DHS & Fusion Centers

School safety and security budgets are constrained. The need for enhanced school safety and security is not.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and local Fusion Centers offer a host of free resources and services to enhance school safety and security, including:

- Vulnerability assessments (e.g., Security at First Entry (SAFE) tool and vulnerability assessments for grant programs)
- Visualization tools (e.g., Infrastructure Visualization Tool (IVT) and Virtual Walkthrough)
- Sharing information (e.g., threat bulletins, best practices, and school threat reporting)
- Training (e.g., pathway to violence, active shooter, bomb threats, and cyberthreats)
- Developing and facilitating exercises (e.g., workshop, table-top, functional and full-scale)

This presentation provides an overview of the free resources and services are offered by DHS CISA and Fusion Centers, and how partnering with DHS CISA and Fusion Centers can enhance school safety & security.

Presenter: Charles Kim, Program Manager, Public-Private Partnership & Exercise Program – San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (SD-LECC)

Room: Catalina C1

The Evolution of Active Threat Response

The development of modern active shooter response began in 1965 and is still evolving. Joseph Hendry, PSP, CLEE will walk you through his first lockdown experience, as well as explain the history of response, what changes have occurred and why science is changing the field.

The presentation will cover the trauma-informed approach to training, differences between Training, Drills and Exercises, and recommended considerations for students and staff in training and drills.

Presenter: Joseph A. Hendry Jr., PSP, CLEE, Senior Director, On-Site Services – Navigate360

Room: Catalina C2

Wearable Alert Badges with Digital Floor-Plan Location are a Game Changer for Rapid Response

Lancaster USD Safety Director and former Orange USD CIO/Principal, will share insights on deploying Wearable Alert Badges with real-time Floor-plan Maps for Rapid Emergency Response: Discussing Lancaster USD’s Journey to design and deploy campus wide coverage for all emergencies along with Wearable Alert technology best practices from across the state and country.

This spring, Lancaster USD engaged in deploying a critical component of their Safety Plan to ensure all school staff could access help and get a rapid response for any emergencies that happen inside and outside on campus. Lancaster implemented the Centegix Crisis Alert Wearable badge system integrated with their EMS and local law enforcement. During this session, Kymberly Cochran, Director of Pupil Safety & Attendance and Dr. Larry Hausner, former Orange SD Administrator, will share the strategies and lessons learned  empowering Teacher, Aids, Custodians, and all school staff to request help and lockdown immediately with a badge when needed. Kymberly and Larry will discuss everyday emergencies, lockdown and medical emergencies, communication tools, and EMS system integrations that were implemented to significantly improve response time, location mapping, communication, and outcomes. The panel will share real world incident stories and data analysis on how to embed their standardized response protocols , I Love U Guys,  into an easy to use safety technology that everyone can use to dramatically improve drill execution,  real world incident response time. and accuracy reporting for all emergency incidents.

Presenters: Kymberly Cochran, Director of Pupil Safety & Attendance – Lancaster USD and Dr. Larry Hausner, Safety Consultant  – Adjust Professor USC, Rossier School of Education & Former Principal and Admin for Orange Unfied School District

Room: Catalina C3

Admin 911

In today’s ever changing world, school administrators are sometimes thrust into different leadership roles when an emergency or disaster occurs. Whether it is an active killer event, a severe earthquake, a student/staff suicide or sudden death (on or off campus), a campus fire or gas leak, or bomb threat, administrators need to be prepared.

School Leaders often have to make quick and appropriate decisions. In addition, these responses also apply to district administration, superintendents and school board members.

First Responders, local, state and federal agencies are going to expect district leadership to follow the ICS (Incident Command Systems) which is required in the district Emergency Operations Plan and be prepared to act within a unified command structure. This seminar gives a quick summary of the ICS structure, as well as changing leadership roles at the district office and on the campus. This seminar will also cover being prepared, having the proper response, applying the appropriate recovery plan and how to be effective with continuity of operations.

The seminar is led by Brent Hull who has thirty years of experience in school administration and operations. He is a certified EMT in the state of California, an active member in the federal and state medical strike teams. He has also worked at FEMA in the disaster response unit, as well as served at fire departments. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy. Presenting along side Brent is Dr. Monica Nagy, principal at Parkside Middle School, with over 25 years of school administrative experience.

Presenters: Brent Hull, First Responder – DMAT CA6 and Dr. Monica Nagy, Assistant Principal

Room: Avalon 2

Who is Embracing Extremist Ideologies and Becoming Violent?  How and Why Did We Get Here?  - The Extremist Radicalization of Youths and Adults

What is extremism and how does it differ from violent extremism? Breaking down radicalization: what does it look like and how and why does it occur?  Who is vulnerable?

What to look for in escalating, dangerously luring language online.  Propaganda:  What is it?  What is its purpose and what does it look like?

Presenter: Matthew Brown, Director, Incident Response & Law Enforcement Initiatives – Anti-Defamation League, Western Division

Room: Avalon 3

Popular Culture: Communicating with Digital Natives

Just because you know what video games your kids are playing does not mean you know how that game is influencing them. 

What social media platform do your kids use? Do you know their username on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitch or another social media app ? 

This workshop will focus on today’s popular culture and how it is impacting our youth. Participants will learn what it means to be a "Digital Immigrant" in a world where our youth are "Digital Natives." The presentation brings examples from social media, music, television, movies, Internet, and video games that challenge effective communication between adults and youth. An academic model of communication is used to demonstrate how popular culture competes for the loyalty and attention of young people. Additional academic studies on effective teaching by teachers in the digital age will be highlighted. This presentation contains ADULT THEMES and is not suitable for young people but is a must see for all parents or anyone who works with youth.

Presenter: Paul LeBaron, Chief of Police Hermosa Beach Police Department

Room: Anacapa

Emergency 101: History Repeats Itself. Has to. No-One Listens

Steve Turner poetically states “History repeats itself. Has to. No-one listens.” Safety and emergency planners need to listen, so not to make the same mistakes others have made. Lessons are learned in every disaster and major incident; often times they are painful, expensive and demoralizing experiences. The key to effective and efficient emergency planning is to learn from the lessons others have endured and instill remedies in your own institution. This workshop will cover key lessons learned from well-known and not-so-well-known disasters and critical incidents that should be considered while planning and preparing for campus response and recovery efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences in disaster planning.

 

Presenter: Sherry Colgan Stone, Ed.D., Emergency Services Coordinator – Riverside County Sheriff's Office

Room: Santa Rosa Pre-Function

Teen dating and Healthy Relationships

School violence starts in many forms, some can be prevented by supporting our youth/students on Mental health awareness, personal boundaries and building healthy relationships early on. This presentation will support the audience on ways to prevent school violence between peers and ways to help our students in establishing healthy relationships that support positive school culture and climates..

Presenters: Angelique Sanchez and Katherine Trujillo – K/A EDSpire Consulting LLC

JULY 11 | THURSDAY | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Room: Catalina A1

School Attacks: Stereotypes, Warning Signs, and Barriers to Action

This presentation demonstrates the danger of stereotypes about school shooters. It then discusses common warning signs of potential violence including threats, leakage, and attack-related behavior and addresses the many reasons why people often do not take warning signs seriously. In addition, the concept of evidence of imminence will be presented to highlight the differences between non-imminent vs. imminent danger.

Presenter: Dr. Peter Langman, Psychologist and School Shooting Expert

Room: Catalina A2

Taking the Mystery out of Crisis Response Planning – Following the Rules with Flair!

This workshop is based on using different structuring devices to walk people through decision making processes during planning stages. This includes easy strategies while working with your team to conduct hazard and vulnerability assessments and collecting best practices from varied sources to include in emergency plans.

Presenters: Sherry Colgan Stone, Ed.D., Emergency Services Coordinator – Riverside County Sheriff's Office

Room: Catalina A3

Breaking the Social Structure of Bullying in Schools

The complex nature of bullying demands interventions that are more multifaceted than a simple “anti-bullying” sign posted in the hallways or assigning bullies to an alternative school. This presentation examines the act of bullying and the social structure that supports it. Practical strategies will be provided regarding how schools can more effectively prevent and address bullying in a public school setting.

Presenter: Eric Landers, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Special Education – Georgia Southern University

Room: Catalina C1

U.S. Secret Service Research, Analysis and Key Findings of Averted and Targeted School Violence

For over 20 years, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has conducted research on the thinking and behaviors of those who commit acts of targeted school violence, in an effort to prevent future acts from occurring. Key findings from this research indicate that establishing multidisciplinary threat assessment teams and encouraging school communities to report concerning behaviors are critical steps in the prevention of targeted violence.

This presentation will highlight case studies, key findings, and recommendations from NTAC’s latest research reports examining targeted school violence and averted attacks at K-12 schools in the United States. It will also focus on how communities can use a multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment approach to identify and assess students exhibiting concerning or threatening behaviors and apply appropriate interventions to ensure safety and promote successful outcomes for the students.

Presenters: Arlene Macias, Domestic Security Strategist and Kristy Domingues, Supervisory Social Science Research Specialist  – U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)

Room: Catalina C2

Expulsion Hearing Panels-What Goes Right; What goes Wrong

Many districts use expulsion hearing panels as a first line of quasi-judicial review of a site administrator’s recommendation for expulsion as permitted by the Education Code.  While the rules of evidence are more relaxed than an actual court, the preparation and presentation of the case before the panel and the challenges placed upon the panel vary greatly.  This presentation highlights common pitfalls and helpful suggestions to fix problems.  It’s all about building capacity.

Presenter: Adam Newman – Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Room: Catalina C3

A School-Focused Study of the Active Shooter Problem & How to Minimize Victims

Schools in America have been failing at responding to the Active Shooter threat for 40 years.  This failure is a result of relying on our country’s failed default response plan and adopting “best practices” that are not best.  All school response plans should be measured by two metrics: what ends the attack (1) the quickest and (2) with the fewest victims.  Presentation topics covered include: the attack & attacker, past failures and lessons-learned, what is most likely to happen in a school Active Shooter attack, how attacks differ between elementary, middle, and high schools, and the only response plan that gives an expectation of a single-digit victim count.        

Ed Monk is a police officer, former school teacher, and retired Army officer.  He has researched and provided training on the Active Shooter threat for over 16 years. He has trained law enforcement agencies, schools, churches, and businesses nationwide. Ed has a BS in US History from West Point, an MS in Adult Education from Kansas State University, and he is a graduate of the US Army’s Command & General Staff College.

Presenter: Ed Monk, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired)  – Last Resort Training & Consulting 

Room: Avalon 2

A Perfect Storm: How our Drug Crisis is Colliding with Our Youth Mental Health Crisis and Impacting our Schools

This session will cover the current synthetic drug threat to our youth population, focusing on fentanyl as well other drugs of importance.   It will give explanations as to why kids are so vulnerable to drug usage today and will discuss the mental unwellness driving so much drug usage.  And finally the session will put these issues into the context of how they negatively impact school climate and safety, and will offer some suggestions on how to fight back.

Presenter: Rockwell "Rocky" Herron, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Ambassador – San Diego County Office of Education

Room: Avalon 3

Creating a Roadmap to Wellness

Mapping out pathways for mental wellness while incorporating MTSS, SEL, and PBIS frameworks into mental health services is essential for promoting the holistic well-being of our students. By incorporating these frameworks into mental health services, our “concierge” system will help you create a comprehensive and integrated approach to promoting mental wellness that supports students, staff, and parents at the junior high and high school levels.

Presenters: Phillip Falcetti, MPH; Ashley Laurell; Patricia Elizarraraz, LCSW; and Mohammed Forouzesh, PhD – Partners4Wellness

Room: Anacapa

Help Students Navigate Social Media Challenges and Stay Safe

Viral challenges proliferate across all online platforms, and most are either risky or deadly. Yet digital wellness programs do not address this issue. This workshop offers an innovative solution that successfully tackles this topic, empowering student to say “No” to both challenges and peer pressure.

Millions of “how to” videos of dares and challenges flood our childrens’ social media feeds and threaten their lives by giving a false impression of harmless fun with no dangers. The threat continues to flourish. We now know that social media app algorithms intentionally target our youth with these challenges, daring them to try these challenges, record them and re-post them to be pushed out to other kids.

“Navigating Social Media Challenges” is a classroom training module that helps students understand the dilemma they face with (i) the reality that their apps choose what they see; and (ii) why it’s hard for them to determine what is safe or dangerous without the help of a trusted adult. It offers specific strategies on how to say “No” to trying these challenges and to peer pressure in general. The information is imparted in a way that does not make kids curious to participate. Non-graphic and skills based, it is scripted to be taught by any teacher or counselor in a classroom or assembly.

Presenter: Judy Rogg, Director – Erik's Cause

JULY 11 | THURSDAY | 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Room: Catalina A1

Gang Intervention & Suppression Strategies: Cultivating School Safety & Belonging Through Social Media Data Analysis

Safer Schools Together (SST) has developed the comprehensive gang prevention and intervention strategy called Gang Reduction Through Informed Practice (GRIP) for the province of British Columbia, Canada. The strategy includes the early identification of Worrisome Online Behavior™ (WOB), gang connectivity, association and involvement using Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA)

Training topics include how to use social media platforms to establish behavioral baselines for Gangs/Gang Members. Human Target Selection (HTS) and History of Site Selection (HSS) in developing hypotheses to support psychological fusion to site(s) or target(s). Sociograms, including case analysis and Law Enforcement guides to assist with real time data gathering scenarios.

Presenter: Jessy Johal – Safer Schools Together

Room: Catalina A2

Elevating Student Wellness: A Holistic Approach to Early Detection, Intervention & Universal Support

The session addresses the escalating mental health challenges in youth, urging schools to prioritize early intervention despite resource constraints. It promises insights into best practices, integrated tools for timely support, and the importance of a comprehensive approach to students' well-being.

In light of the alarming decline in the mental and emotional well-being of our youth, we are witnessing a distressing surge in challenging student behaviors, ranging from severe aggression to self-harm and violence. Within a comprehensive prevention framework, it is imperative for schools to prioritize equipping themselves with the necessary tools and supports for detecting, assessing, and implementing tailored early intervention plans that address the unique needs of students in crisis, ensuring they receive the support they require. Navigating this responsibility becomes even more daunting with limited staff, constrained resources, and a growing number of students in need of support.

Presenter: Thom Jones, Senior Vice President, Threat Detection & Prevention – Navigate360

Room: Catalina A3

Improving Students' Health and Safety with Innovative Technology

Sub-topics: 
1. Improving indoor air quality by active sensor monitoring and remediation for healthier students, reduced sick days and better fresh air access. 
(We are a grant applicant with the EPA, seeking 60 or more low-income & tribal schools to participate in this program.)
2. Solving the contaminated drinking water problem for a fraction of the cost. 
(We have water from air machines that we can install to bypass the bad pipes altogether to speed adoption and for a fraction of the cost.)
3. Enhancing physical security to protect students & classrooms. 
(We have affordable ballistic materials that can protect classrooms from active shooter events.)
Each of these three topics has ready to implement, pragmatic solutions that can help in the immediate time-frame made commercially here in the USA.

 

Presenters: Todd DeMonte, Technical POC – Madison Industries and Overture Indoor Air Quality; Mike Carpenter, Charity POC – Sustainable Exploration 501.3c; and Bjorn Simundson, Public-Facing Campaign & Education Outreach POC –  MoonshotWorks, Inc.

Room: Catalina C1

Kinetic Firearms Detection Canines

Live K9 demonstrations: how dogs learn, how we imprint specific odors into a canines “scent picture,” and how we transition “productive areas” from fixed objects to moving targets (people). And lastly, the obvious benefits to having a calming animal in a school environment.

Presenters: Tim McGann and Shelbie Ojeda – Global K9 Protection Group, LLC

Room: Catalina C2

Active Shooter Prevention and Response

In today’s ever-changing world, ensuring the safety and security of our communities has become a top priority. This workshop focuses on the prevention of targeted violence by teaching the attendees the signs of a person on a path to violence. We then provide the tools and game-plan to respond effectively in a critical incident.
1. Behavioral Threat Assessment: Identifying Concerning Behavior
Learn the principles of behavioral threat assessment to identify warning signs and concerning behavior that may indicate a potential threat.
2. Stopping Violence at Your Facility:
Explore practical strategies for halting violence from occurring within your environment. Our course emphasizes a proactive approach, empowering participants with the knowledge and tools to create a safe and secure learning environment.

3. Responding to a Violent Intruder: Deny, Evade, Engage Principles
In the unfortunate event of a violent intruder, knowing how to respond swiftly and decisively is crucial. Our course will teach you the proven “Deny, Evade, Engage” principles, providing actionable strategies to maximize your chances of survival and protect those in your care.


Presenter: Clayton Cranford, Founder – Cyber Safety Cop

Room: Catalina C3

How to Talk to Teachers About School Safety so They Want to Listen

Teachers don’t seem to understand, and few leaders in the school safety field have convinced them that teachers are uniquely equipped to take on this challenge. Teaching, above all other professions, comes with some of the following remarkable attributes:
1. Teachers understand the need for training.
2. Teachers are masters at “situational awareness.”
3. Teachers have an intrinsic desire to nurture students and a protective loyalty to students.
4. Teachers have a history of creative problem-solving.
5. Teachers are champions at thinking under pressure.
Leaders in the field of school safety have missed an invaluable opportunity to remind teachers of these remarkable attributes and how each of them should empower teachers to take on responsibility for their safety and the safety of their students. So, how do we facilitate empowerment among teachers when it comes to school safety?

This workshop will examine best practices for training, empowering, and exercising teachers for school safety.

Presenter: Vicki Abbinante, PhD, Lead Professor School Safety, Security, and Emergency Management – National University

Room: Avalon 2

Defensive Tactics for School Professionals

This workshop covers strategies for diffusing physical conflicts between students and address the legal
aspects and guidelines related to the use of force by school professionals.

Presenters: Eric Olson, Senior Loss Control Advisor - IMReady and Jason Vickery, Director of Safety and Security - Temecula Valley USD

Room: Avalon 3

High Expectations

Join us for an engaging and eye-opening workshop where we tackle the myths and realities surrounding adolescent marijuana use. Prepare to challenge your preconceptions and discover the truth behind the haze of misinformation.

Do you think you know the answers to these questions? Let's find out:

Marijuana only affects you while you are feeling high.

            True or False

Marijuana hasn’t really changed all that much.

             True or False

Marijuana does not have an addictive quality.

             True or False

The main reason why student smoke weed is anxiety.  

            True or False

There is a way to present technical drug information in a fun way.

             True or False?

If you're curious about the answers to these questions and more, then this workshop is a must-attend event for you. Prepare to gain invaluable insights into the world of marijuana youth use.

By the end of this workshop, you'll not only have the answers to these burning questions but also the knowledge and confidence to explain to anyone, regardless of age, why marijuana poses such a significant risk to students.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to arm yourself with the facts and empower yourself to make informed choices about your health and well-being. Join us and take the first step towards understanding the realities of vaping addiction.

Presenter: Ray L. Lozano, CEO – Prevention Plus

Room: Anacapa