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. 

Objectives:
  • 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

10:00 – 11:15 A.M. Thursday, July 14

 

Room: Catalina A1

Deconstructing the Culture of Bullying: Balancing Emotional, Mental, & Behavioral Health

Bullies, targets of bullying, and bystanders all have one thing in common: trauma experience. But each of these people reacts differently. A bully was bullied in the past and has now become the bully. The bully targets individuals because they lack self-awareness, confidence, and a healthy support circle. They become easy targets because of the perceiving of being weak. The bystanders either step in or ignore the bullying, but they usually have no idea how to respond to the trauma appropriately. People in all three of these categories have poor emotional health and lack self-awareness, confidence, and a healthy support circle. This mindset results in their having low or no coping and resiliency skills. Without these skills, they cannot experience or give kindness, empathy, or compassion at a healthy level.

Solutions: Techniques, Strategies, and Tools: Identify and replace malicious and unwanted behaviors by shifting distorted perspectives and by changing self-limiting beliefs. This practice is supported by setting boundaries and expectations of growth and fostered by a supportive, compassionate, and empathic circle. We are not asking you to change. We are helping you find your authentic self.

Presenter: Pamela Gockley, Executive Director – The Camel Project

 

Room: Catalina A2

Innovative Strategies to Inspire & Engage – How to Involve Youth on Our Campuses

Ideal for school administrators, staff, teachers, counselors, and school resource officers. This workshop will provide participants with useful tools and strategies to help develop youth-led activities that are adapted for school-based settings. Models and curriculums will focus on; Asset Development, Building Resilience, Reality Parties, Photovoice, Mental Health, THC Treats and Medibles, Underage Drinking, with an emphasis on Vaping. We will demonstrate how these strategies and activities foster school connectedness, and build stronger relationships between students, teachers, staff, and the community.

Presenters: Phillip Falcetti, MPH; Gabby McCormick; & Alexandra Paulsen – Partners4Wellness

 

Room: Catalina A3

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: Catalina C1

Human Trafficking & Red Flag Identifiers for School Settings

The Human Trafficking Awareness Training provides an in-depth understanding of current indicators that school systems may observe in industries known for human trafficking and prostitution related crimes. This presentation provides school staff members with insight on the world of sex trafficking, the recruitment process, and ways to identify – and possible prevent victims of human trafficking. The presentation will include actual cases that occurred in Orange County with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking-Vice Team, videos, and debriefs to aid in identifying red flag indicators of potential victims of prostitution.

Presenters: Investigator Justin Leong & Investigator Jackie Gray – Orange County Sheriff’s Department

 

Room: Catalina C2

Holistic Wellness & Social-Emotional Learning

Participants will examine their own self-awareness and life balance in order to assess how they are managing life during this most unpredictable time in history. We will introduce mindfulness and emotional intelligence strategies that help staff stay healthy and productive. Participants will be prompted to develop healthy activities and accountability forums addressing — Mindfulness, Body Awareness, Community and Connection, and Digital and Social Media Consciousness in order to build new habits that promote learning, connection, a sense of community.

Presenter: Julia Gabor – kid-grit

 

Room: Catalina C3

California Healthy Kids Survey - Infused with COVID

Now that it feels like we are finally coming out of the COVID years, what can we do with the information provided in the California Healthy Kids Survey?  The data may be anywhere from expected to alarming.  In this session, we will talk about some of the things that can be done now that you have the data.  Although this session emphasizes the use of the CHKS data, any survey tool that Is used in your district, school, or classroom can also be used to answer the question- Now what do we do with this information?  

Presenters: Erin Hill, Assistant Principal & Steve Behar, Ed.D., Director – Lake Elsinore Unified School District

 

Room: Avalon 2

Options-Based Response: What the Research Tells Us

There are currently two competing paradigms informing civilian active assailant approaches: single-option traditional lockdown and options-based responses. While there is much anecdotal evidence to draw upon concerning the effectiveness of each approach, empirical evidence on the issue has been absent. Seeking to fill that empirical void, two studies were recently conducted that give schools important operational information for use when responding to an active assailant. The findings suggest that options-based approaches appear to be more effective than traditional lockdown in the survival of students.Participants will understand:1. How Options-Based Response Training Promotes Resilient Outcomes.2. How Law Enforcement and Teachers Play an Important Role in the Implementation of an Options-Based Response.3. The Best Practices and Processes for Implementation of Option-Based Response Policies.

Presenter: Vicki Abbinante, Ph.D., School Safety Researcher & Resilience Consultant – Will County Emergency Management Agency, Illinois

 

Room: Avalon 3

Stop, Collaborate, & Listen: Integrating Mental Health and PBIS

Educators have quickly recognized the need for and importance of mental health support in schools. Students are more likely to receive mental health services in school or not at all. It is essential that school teams and mental health providers collaborate and build partnerships to meet this need. Learn strategies to foster collaboration using the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF). Develop next steps to provide support for adults and students at all three tiers. The possibilities are endless if we come together to focus on prevention and early intervention support!

Presenters: Natalie Sedano, Coordinator I, PBIS & Kathryn McClendon, BCBA Coordinator II, PBIS – LACOE

 

Room: Anacapa

"High Price - Marijuana & 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, CEO/Founder – Prevent Plus 

1:45 – 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 14

Room: Catalina A1

Communication is the Key Ingredient to Your Plan

Because the parts of an Emergency Management/Operations Plan are interrelated, having a comprehensive plan is essential. Yet one problematic area of emergency planning, especially in educations settings, is the Communications plan.

Transparent and accurate communications with Students, Teachers, Administration, Parents, and the public, especially the media, during and after a crisis contribute to successfully resolving the problem. The Communications plan consisting of policies, procedures, and an incident command structure is the primary tool management has to ensure everyone follows protocols during an emergency.

The emergency notification protocol is an essential part of a proper Communications plan. To help set you on the right path to developing a comprehensive plan, we will outline a six-points in creating (or modifying) effective emergency communications procedures.

Presenters: Kent Ferrin, Director of Campus Safety – Vanguard University & Todd De Voe, Director of Emergency Management – Titan HST

 

Room: Catalina A2

Create a Village Approach to Identify & Support Student Wellbeing

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 20% of children had mental health issues, of which 80% were undiagnosed and untreated. Lack of attention to a student’s mental health has significant effects on their school achievement and life outcomes. Mental health challenges disproportionately impact children facing stressors such as violence, trauma, and poverty. Research demonstrates early detection and treatment of mental illness improves attendance, behavior, and academic achievement. Our model is designed on the premise that, if a student is healthy in mind and body, they can learn better and succeed academically and have a significantly greater opportunity to achieve the education and skills needed. Likewise, we believe a student cannot be expected to succeed in the classroom when they are experiencing the effects of childhood trauma. Trauma is often externalized in a school setting where children spend most of their waking hours. The collaboration of HCIS (School-Based Health Clinic), SHAPE Education (Behavioral Management), and NavigatEDU (Education Solutions) focuses on creating a seamless approach to addressing a student’s well-being, through inter-disciplinary teams using data to identify students who need support. The approach includes preventative care, trauma, mental and behavioral health screenings, and intervention services from school and community agencies.

Presenters: Dr. Edna Miller, CEO/Founder – Healthcare Integrated Services; Dr. Gail Angus, CEO/Founder – NavigatEDU; & Jeremy Deckard, Co-Founder – SHAPE Education

 

Room: Catalina A3

We are Back, Now What?

Educating students, keeping them safe and motivated as we go in and out of a pandemic is a collaborative effort.  Attendance is down; discipline is up; parents need answers; students want answers; and direction. This is a critical time in education; this workshop will give perspectives from two experienced educators from North Carolina!

Presenters: Dr. Shawan B. Woodard, Associate Head of School & Daryl M. Woodard, M.S., Head of School – Wilson Preparatory Academy

 

Room: Catalina C1

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 C2

Be The Agent

Be The Agent is a motivational message about how to “represent yourself” by taking ownership, celebrating interests and understanding why character is vital to your “client”. This presentation focuses on identifying leadership qualities and maximizing what you can control…while inspiring others. It is not someone else’s job to do this for you. Your path to success begins with a roster of one: YOURSELF.

Presenter: Mark Leinweaver – Perfect Playcement

 

Room: Catalina C3

Human Trafficking & Red Flag Identifiers for School Settings

The Human Trafficking Awareness Training provides an in-depth understanding of current indicators that school systems may observe in industries known for human trafficking and prostitution related crimes. This presentation provides school staff members with insight on the world of sex trafficking, the recruitment process, and ways to identify – and possible prevent victims of human trafficking. The presentation will include actual cases that occurred in Orange County with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking-Vice Team, videos, and debriefs to aid in identifying red flag indicators of potential victims of prostitution.

Presenters: Investigator Justin Leong & Investigator Jackie Gray – Orange County Sheriff’s Department

 

Room: Avalon 2

Teaching Students a Restorative Mindset Through Social–Emotional Life Skills

Schools are incorporating restorative practices to support disciplinary reform and student well-being.  To achieve success, educating students in the reflective processes of this methodology is essential.  The session presents the Tariq Khamisa Foundation’s (TKF) educational model that instructs students in restorative strategies that support social-emotional development and conflict management.  TKF’s lessons teach students deeper lessons on accountability, compassion, collaboration, resiliency, forgiveness, and peace.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will see the deeper learning approach needed to address and transform root causes of behaviors
  • Participants will be introduced to a proven educational model that instructs students in restorative practice principles through a social-emotional learning curriculum

Presenters: Tasreen Khamisa & Benita Page – Tariq Khamisa Foundation

 

Room: Avalon 3

Social Media & Youth: Threats and Solutions

This course is for professionals who work with children and need to better understand what is going on in their client's digital world. This course is regularly taught to psychologists; doctors; counselors; law enforcement; social workers; group home operators; and educators.

This course explores the unique threats that exist online: cyberbullying; impersonation; identity theft; sexting; sexual predators; human trafficking; digital reputation management, pornography; and other high-risk behaviors. The second half of the class will show how to keep children safe online by using various techniques and resources created in Clayton's Internet program that has been taught to thousands of parents and educators.

Presenter: Clayton Cranford, Founder – Cyber Safety Cop

 

Room: Anacapa

Tiered Mental Health & SEL Supports for All Students

This session will highlight how a district pivoted MTSS during the pandemic to ensure the success of all students with a focus on SEL, mental health, and parent & student engagement, leading to the State Model SARB and PBIS Awards for all sites.

Districts all around the world had to pivot as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will highlight the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that have been adapted to the changing conditions of the pandemic to ensure the success of all students with a focus on social emotional learning (SEL), mental health, and parent & student engagement. Strong tiered levels of supports have been instrumental in ensuring the success of students, leading the district to earning the CA State Model SARB Award and PBIS Awards for all sites.

Presenter: Stacy Chang, Ed.D., Director of Parent & Student Engagement – Centralia Elementary School District

3:15 – 4:30 P.M. Thursday, July 14

Room: Catalina A1

Mastering & De-Escalating Emotionally Driven Disruptions

One of the biggest unknowns when interacting with people is understanding how emotions drive their actions and being able to respond in a non-threatening, productive manner.

Covid 19 brought many examples to the doorstep of public agencies over the past two years, but similar scenarios could be triggered by any number of events such as politics, social justice, or other emotionally charged current events.

Workshop participants will explore techniques on how to manage their own emotions while effectively diffusing emotionally driven disruptions.

Presenter: Eric Olson, CPD Senior Consultant IMReady – AP Keenan Loss Control/Risk Management

 

Room: Catalina A2

Safe Schools: Next Generation Safety for the Next Generation

We have a passion for the safety of our schools and the future for our children. After the recent Michigan school shooting, it really hit hard. There were so many precautions that could have been take, just from a technology standpoint, that could have saved lives that day. After the Parkland shooting in 2018, there were many bills implemented across the states to make an effort to increase safety in schools. We want to help answer the questions of "How do we do this?" "Where do we start?" We know that these are new security measures having to be taken, which means learning is required to develop a plan. We want to bridge the gap and provide solutions to help schools be preventative and not have to come up with a plan after a tragedy.When technologies communicate and learn from each other, safety and performance improves across your entire school. Intelligence advances outwards, giving you eyes and ears where you’ve never had them before. Information flows where it’s needed — from cameras, to radios, to smart devices, to security operations centers — and what you need to know is made clear. People collaborate in more personalized and productive ways, using any network or device they want. Fairness and accuracy replace biases and blindspots. Resiliency increases and decisions improve.

Presenter: Kimberly Hillestad, Inside Account Executive & Grant Coordinator – Arkansas Public Safety Solutions

 

Room: Catalina A3

Digital Threat Assessment® - The Missing Link for School Safety & Threat Assessment Teams

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 vitally important to the efficacy of threat and risk assessment of concerning behavior.

Safer Schools Together (SST) will teach participants how to use Digital Threat Assessment® (DTA) to proactively respond to concerning behaviors and trends observed across social media platforms. We will provide an overview of the digital threat landscape through an interactive workshop examining digital behavioral trends monitored before and during the pandemic. This workshop will focus on the importance of the early identification of worrisome digital media content generated from school communities. By learning how to establish a Digital Behavioral Baseline through a School Safety / Threat Assessment lens, safety teams can employ trauma-informed responses and deliver timely interventions to respond to threats of cyberbullying, targeted violence, and hate crimes.

Presenter: Steven MacDonald, Trainer/Threat Analyst – Safer Schools Together 

 

Room: Catalina C1

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. 

Objectives:
  • 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 C2

Student Engagement is a Critical Component in building a Safe School Climate

In 2020, the University of Southern California (USC) launched the Safe School Climate Certificate (SSCC) program through the Safe Communities Institute (SCI).  The SSCC program offers Law Enforcement and Educators a professional development opportunity to learn the latest research and critical issues impacting a Safe School Environment.  The core curriculum of the certificate program participants become trainers of an evidence based student engagement model that serves as the mechanism for building and sustaining a safe school climate.  John Vandenburgh, the lead instructor for the SSCC will share the program strategies of the student engagement model, how it utilizes the Safe Schools Initiative recommendations in the action plans, and why the USC Safe Communities Institute has identified it as essential when building a safe school climate.

Presenter: John Vandenburgh, Executive Director – Protect Connect Educate Solutions

 

Room: Catalina C3

Involuntary Celibate or “Incel”

An ‘involuntary celibate’ (incel) is an individual who expresses frustration from perceived disadvantages in starting intimate relationships.  Incel extremists also perceive various societal interactions or expectations as the cause of their celibacy, building resentment and hostility that could result in violence.  While these individuals primarily communicate and discuss their celibacy through social media or Incel-specific online forums, some users have posted about in-person meetings between individuals.  OCIAC published intelligence reports to define the ideology of involuntary celibates and the associated indicators of the movement, becoming the first products of their kind for the state and local law enforcement, fusion centers, and the intelligence community.  These products have been used to support suspicious activity reports resulting in an improved understanding of how this ideology evolves, threatens, and acts.  This presentation will focus on these unique indicators and their connection to acts of violence around the world involving Incel extremism and impacts on our local communities.

Presenters: OCIAC Director Alberto Martinez & Sergeant Rachel Puckett – Orange County Sheriff’s Department

 

Room: Avalon 2

Chutes And Ladders -The COVID Version

For 850 days COVID has dealt us all a number of unwanted opportunities.  It feels like just when we saw significant progress, things made a U-turn.  So now what?  Live with the indifference, anger, frustration, malaise?  We are all still educators for a reason, so now is the time to figure out what we can do to support our students, families, community, and of course- one another.  We didn’t sign up for easy and we certainly are not getting it.  Our school community needs leaders and positive attitudes…. No matter how difficult this may be.  Let’s walk away from this session with some positive ways to look at the coming school year. 

Presenters: Steve Behar, Ed.D., Director & Erin Hill, Assistant Principal – Lake Elsinore Unified School District

 

Room: Avalon 3

Threats and Hazards and Vulnerabilities…Oh My!

K-12 and Higher Education facilities thrive in the Wonderful Land of Academia and often get so “caught up in teaching” they aren’t focused on elements in the world that threaten travel down that golden pathway.  Due to a nurturing nature, academic institutions tend to be welcoming and open facilities, which is important for student learning, but it also creates “soft target” environments which are exposed and vulnerable.  When developing plans, educational institutions need to identify hazards, threats and vulnerabilities in order to mitigate against, prepare for and prevent disasters on campus.  To guide emergency planning, participants will receive information on hazards, threats and vulnerabilities which may impact an educational institution and will also learn how to conduct facility assessments (Threat/Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk).

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

 

Room: Anacapa

Lockdown Drills for Students with Special Needs

Active shooter and lockdown drills are stressful for many school administrators. Adding the complexities of involving students with special needs creates another layer of stress and responsibilities. Navigating IEPs, ADA requirements, and other local regulations can be a daunting task, leaving many administrators and parents opting to remove the student from the drill altogether. In this session, learn how to safely and effectively create equity and access for special needs students during emergency drills, allowing all students to practice lockdown drills in an age-appropriate, trauma-informed manner.

Presenter: Adam Coughran, President – Safe Kids Inc.