Learn how to prevent school crisis & violence with our 2-DAY CONFERENCE

11th National School Safety Conference | February 19-20, 2019 @ South Point Hotel, Las Vegas

Your chance to participate beefed Up school resiliency plan on school violence. Help your staff know what to do when school crisis comes.


What Are The Benefits Of
Attending This Conference?

There will be a collaborative learning and focused relationship building activities to provide networking opportunities to aid with short and long-term adoption of the initiatives.

You will earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) as you increase your skills (0.5 for Educators)

The conference theme is


It is collaboratively designed by an advisory board of school safety officers, first responder experts to help to educate, empower, encourage and engage schools in violence prevention activities. 

The conference will address topics of high concern as wide as ranging school violence:

*School Shootings

*Alcohol & Drugs


*Bomb Threats


*Child Abuse

*Gang Activity

*School Massacres

Catastrophic events such as:

*Pandemic Outbreaks


*Terrorist Attacks

*Technological Intrusions


  • DAY 1: february 19, 2019
  • day 2: february 20, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Delegate Registrations Opens - Nappa A Room

Guests arrive at the South Point Hotel Las Vegas Nevada and register. The registration desk will be open to everyone from 7:30am - 1:00pm. Hotel check in available from 3:00pm and onwards.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM 

Keynote Address: Understanding the Concept of Left of Bang

If you were to picture a timeline, “bang” is time-zero and is in the middle of the line. Bang is whatever event you are trying to prevent from occurring. Whether it be an Active Threat, gang violence, or a student suicide we always would like to be Left of Bang. When we are right of bang, the act has already happened, and you are now reacting to event. Being right of bang could mean we missed some warning signs.

This activity is one you can take back to your organization to identify training, processes and procedures in place Left of Bang, process and procedures for responding right of bang, and any areas of improvement needed.

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM 

Active Shooter

In this day and age it’s past the point of saying it won’t happen here it won’t happen to us.  This course was designed to prepare schools for a response to an Active Shooter Emergency. This is an age appropriate response that all schools can utilize to mitigate loss of life.  The course was developed to give the people at point of impact the complimentary civilian response to the most used Law Enforcement Response in the nation. That way the first responder community and the individuals at the location of the shooting are responding in the best manner and cohesive way possible.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM 

Refreshment Breaks

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Threat Assessments

This 90-minute presentation provides a comparison between two significant studies that have been conducted into the pre-attack behaviors of active shooters. The "Safe School Initiative” resulted from a study conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education in 2004 and focused exclusively on school shootings in the U.S. In 2018 the FBI published “A Study of the Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States”.

It expands the focus of the Secret Service study beyond school shootings to include all active shootings. The session will review findings common to both studies. Participants will learn about key terms such as “stressors” and “grievances” and how they contribute to the mindset of someone who sees violence as a viable means of resolving a conflict. Participants will also discuss how to incorporate the findings of these reports into the preparedness efforts at their own schools.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch - Garden Buffet

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Psychological Stress and Trauma

This three-hour presentation provides an in depth understanding of how psychological stress and trauma can negatively affect children and adults. The greatest risk for schools is not mass violence, rather it is for suicide, and assault. In assessing threats to school safety, a common factor is the aggressor had several life stressors indicative of increased risk. Students, families and educators increasingly report high stress levels and depression which if unchecked can become overwhelming.

If handled properly, these symptoms can be dealt with early on. This session will describe how traumatic events and prolonged stress can negatively impact the developing brain and cause substantial harm. Biographical examples from literature and history are used to illustrate practical understanding and applied interventions to build resilience, resistance and recovery when facing trauma and stress. Special emphasis will be on a five-step approach to F.A.S.T.E.R. Recovery used to support psychological strength and restore psychological health.

Attendees will also learn how stress and anxiety can be overcome in everyday life though applied practice and any age level. Particular emphasis will be on understanding how stress and depression contribute to anger, and interventions to ameliorate that anger effectively. The attendee will attendee will will learn about brain structure and biological response to stress, several dichotomies of thought directly impacting psychological health, and the "F.A.S.T.E.R. Resilience and Recovery" approach when facing stress or trauma. Helpful strategies that can be used in the classroom and home will also be discussed.

4:00 PM

End of Day 1


  • David Kondrup

Cheryl Spittler is an experienced professional developer and teacher with 20 years of classroom experience. She has her B.S. in Secondary Education (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction (Wayne State University). Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in K-12 Instruction from Grand Canyon University. Cheryl holds certifications in Franklin Covey’s Speed of Trust, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, AWR 148: Crisis Management for School Based Incidents- Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems, Incident Command System 100, and is an expert in school climate, bullying, behavior and instructional management.

Since beginning work with school climate and safety, Ms. Spittler has had the unique opportunity of presenting at school safety and problem-oriented policing conferences across the country regarding her heartfelt passion of building a positive school climate and the impact school climate has on school safety. Ms. Spittler served as a resource regarding insights related to the January 2016 release of the “Report on the Arapahoe High School Shooting: Lessons Learned on Information Sharing, Threat Assessment, and Systems Thinking”. In addition to school climate and safety conferences, she has trained thousands of school bus drivers in behavior management for front line personnel. Articles published include: Relationship skills are essential for maintaining school safetyGetting parents involved and engaged at schoolThe school climate continuum: 4 Habits that can quickly improve school culture, and Creating cultures of accessibility, compliance, and equity.



Tim Murphy is a psychologist and national leader in mental health reform.  He attended the University of Pittsburgh for his doctorate degree, Cleveland State University for his Master’s Degree and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Wheeling Jesuit University.  Dr. Murphy has been on the staff of a number of Pittsburgh area Hospitals and had his own private practice before becoming a Pennsylvania State Senator and then a Member of the US House of Representatives.

As a US Congressman he led the multiyear investigation into federal mental health policy and practice, culminating in his historic reform legislation "The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis" signed into law by President Obama in DEC 2016.

While a Member of Congress Dr. Murphy joined the Navy Reserve and practiced as a Navy psychologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda on an inpatient unit treating Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress, achieving the rank of Commander.  His active duty assignments included time aboard aircraft carriers and with Navy Special Warfare.

Dr. Murphy has written several professional articles and two books: The Angry Child and also Overcoming Passive Aggression. He resides in Pittsburgh with his family and now has a consulting practice specializing in health care, mental health and veterans care. Dr. Murphy has appeared on several hundred television and radio programs and is a frequent speaker on issues involving recovery from psychological trauma, post-traumatic stress, and mental health.

Who Should Attend?

Risk Managers

Parents & Community Leaders

Student Affairs Professionals

First Responders

Campus Safety Personnel

Psychological & Mental Health Professionals

Human Resource

Facilities Officers

Health & Safety Education Consultants

General Counsel

Business Officers

School Safety & Security Officer

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What's Included In The Registration Fee?

*Meals are included breakfast and lunch
*Continues Education Unit is provided
*Certificate of Attendance is being issued to all delegates

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