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For the second year, the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) will be hosting a half-day School Safety and Security Seminar. Entitled "Preparation for School Safety," the seminar is presented in conjunction with the Joint Annual Conference. The Seminar will take place Friday, November 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. In addition to the Seminar, IASB will be providing eight related panel sessions for registered Conference attendees.

The Seminar will highlight local, state, and national leaders in school safety and security. Representatives of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois School and Campus Safety Program, and school districts will be presenting, as well as a critically-acclaimed safety expert and former West Point psychology professor. Panel Sessions will include presentations on targeted violence prevention, behavioral threat assessments, using social media to thwart violent attacks, crisis management, and more.

Registration now open

Advance Registration — Seminar space can be held with advance payment of $140 by purchase order or credit card. Advance registration will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3 as long as space is available.

IASB MembersOnline registration instructions are available here .

Note: IASB member district participants (school board members, school administrators, and school business officials) must be registered for the Joint Annual Conference in order to attend the School Safety and Security Seminar, and pay the additional Seminar fee.

Non-Members — Register by phone by contacting Chris Montrey , 217/528-9688, ext. 1143.

Preparation for School Safety

A top concern for any school is the safety of its people: students, teachers, staff, and administrators. School safety has always been a concern, but now deeper and more critical challenges are being faced by schools worldwide.

8‑8:15 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15‑8:30 a.m.
Overview of School Safety Best Practices and Resources

Presenter: James K. Joseph, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).Appointed in 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner to serve as director of IEMA and as Deputy State Homeland Security Advisor, Joseph oversees Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety, and homeland security programs. With more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in the private and public sectors, he will bring insight into the topic of best practices and resources for school safety.

8:30‑9:40 a.m.
Safety Plans: FEMA Guide for Developing High-quality School Emergency Operations Plans

Presenter: Eric Arnold, Program Manager, Illinois School and Campus Safety Program. Currently also the program manager for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute at Western Illinois University, Arnold will use his involvement in both programs to expand on the FEMA guide and how to help develop the best emergency operations plan.

9:50‑11 a.m.
Aftermath: Communication Command Centers, Triage, and Reunification

Presenters: David Kroeze, Superintendent, Kimberly Arakelian, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, and Doug Heurich, Director of Facilities, Northbrook SD 27;
Sergeant Mike Fumagalli, Tactical Operations Unit/St. Louis County Police.

With more than 20 years of education experience each, these district leaders partner with an experienced law enforcement officer to share knowledge and best practices for protocol of procedures after an incident. Different aspects of the aftermath will also be analyzed.

11:10 a.m.‑12:15 p.m.
Safe Schools and Healthy Students

Presenter: Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, Scholar, Author, Soldier, Speaker.

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman has published four novels, two children’s books, and six non-fiction books. He is a retired Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Army and now director of the Killology Research Group. Grossman served as a U.S. Army Ranger and a paratrooper. He is a former West Point psychology professor, and Pulitzer Prize nominated author. He helped train school and mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school massacre, and was involved in counseling and court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton, and Nickel Mines Amish school massacres. Since his retirement from the Army, he has provided training for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations. Sparked by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he has written and spoken extensively on the terrorist threat, with articles published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Civil Policy and many leading law enforcement journals. He has been inducted as a Life Diplomate by the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security, and a Life Member of the American College Forensic Examiners Institute. Grossman will share his research knowledge on the best tactics to safeguard our schools and students.

Additional Safety Panel Sessions Offered

IASB will provide eight related safety and security Panel Sessions during the Joint Annual Conference on Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18.

Panel Sessions will include presentations on targeted violence prevention, behavioral threat assessments, monitoring social media to thwart violent attacks, crisis management, and more. Look for this safety symbol to find these sessions among the panels listed in the online Conference Preview (posted early September) and official Conference Program booklet.

Note: To attend these Panel Sessions, school board members and administrators must be registered for the full Conference; non-school personnel and school district employees other than administrators must be paid registrants of the Safety and Security Seminar.