Starting Sunday afternoon with the PCHS debrief, the conference includes hands on exercises on Wednesday at the Jefferson County National School Innovation Center.
Those presenting at this year's Symposium include school administrators, law enforcement, criminal justice and mental health professionals who were involved in the response and recovery to school violence and other emergency events. The Symposium is designed to provide a number of takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately.Law enforcement, school personnel, victim advocates, mental health professionals, emergency and risk management staff, school safety teams and all first responders.
The event is held in the Columbine High School Auditorium, so the number of participants is limited to 550. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The cost of this event is $450 with all proceeds benefiting The "I Love U Guys" Foundation.
New: Two Graduate Credits or three Continued Education Credits available for educators. For counselors or social workers there are 20 hours of Coursework Activity available.This 3 and a half day symposium, held at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, examines lessons learned from traumatic events and reveals new, preemptive school safety measures growing in multiple realms.
2:00 - AJ DeAndrea|
Platte Canyon Debrief
Sgt. DeAndrea was a team lead for Jeffco Regional SWAT at Columbine as well as a team lead for the Platte Canyon shooting. Stacy Avila was the lead negotiator at the incident. They and Mr. Keyes present a riveting account of the day Mr. Keyes lost his daughter, Emily. The point-counterpoint of their actions on that day are only part of the story. The positive outcomes and protocols that are a result of this tragedy are impacting schools across the US and Canada. 6:00 - Reception - Open Bar
Refreshments and elbow rubbing. Get to know other professionals in the school safety space.
8:30 - Opening Ceremonies
8:45 - Frank DeAngelis
Principal, Columbine High School (Retired)
On Leadership in Crisis
The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Frank tells his story from the events to the aftermath. This blunt, straight-forward account provides invaluable insights into managing the after-crisis with students, staff, community and never ending media attention. The take-aways from this presentation should be required reading for every principal in the nation. Last year, Frank retired after 37 years at Columbine High. 10:15 - Break 10:30 - Dr. David Benke
Teacher - Deer Creek Middle School (Retired)
From Dominoes to Action
Dr. Benke provides an inspirational look at his actions and decisions before and after the shooting at Deer Creek. This presentation ignites educators and other first responders to evaluate their roles in a crisis before the crisis happens. 12:00 - Lunch 1:00 - Dr. John Nicoletti
Psychologist - Nicoletti-Flater Associates
Pragmatic Threat Assessment
"It's all about moving trees." That's one strategy that Dr. Nicoletti reveals in his presentation. Learn hands-on, real-world methods for identifying threats and intervening before they escalate. 3:00 - Break 3:15 - John McDonald
Threat Assessment in Practice
McDonald outlines the real world implementation of threat assessment in the largest school district in Colorado.
8:15 - Columbine Memorial
9:00 - Columbine High School|
School Resource Officer, Arapahoe High School
The day we train for: A Debrief of the Arapahoe High School shooting 12/13/13
The day we train for... and things I didn't expect. In this session receive first-hand details of the shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial from the school resource officer (SRO) on scene. This session will provide audio from dispatch tapes during the event, tactics used during the event, a history of events occurring prior to 12/13/13, and how the reunification was conducted. Learn how the recovery process has been for staff, students, community, and the presenting officer. 10:45 - Break 11:00 - Kristina Anderson
Executive Director - Koshka Foundation
Lessons Learned from Virginia Tech
Kristina was a sophomore at Virginia Tech when she became one of the many injured in the shooting tragedy of April 16th, 2007. Kristina works to raise awareness on the importance of school safety and violence prevention through sharing her significant encounter with gun violence, as well as working with and meeting others affected by irrational acts of aggression. 12:00 - Lunch 1:00 - Dr. Carolyn Mears
Research Fellow University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education
Learning lessons from community-wide tragedies and other life traumas: What is trauma, its effects, immediate and long-term responses, implications for schools, and what helps in the aftermath. An emphasis will be on how educators can help promote the resilience needed for recovery. 2:00 - Break 2:15 - Michele Gay
Michele shares her personal perspective on the Sandy Hook School response and recovery efforts. Based on her own experiences, those of victims, survivors, first responders, community leaders, educators, families, and children in the Sandy Hook and Newtown community, Michele outlines the challenges, successes, and lessons learned in the aftermath of tragedy and loss in order to better prepare others to response and recover from emergencies, crisis, and disaster. She shares insights on emergency notification, communication, death notification, protection of victims and victims' families, mental health needs and services, media management, and financial considerations, as well as other issues surrounding the response and recovery efforts within Sandy Hook and Newtown.
9:00 - |
Moved back to Columbine.
Reunification in Practice
9:45 - Break 10:00 - Pat Hamilton
Executive Director of Operations
Reunification Top to Bottom
One aspect in crisis response is accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians after a crisis event. The Standard Reunification Method provides school and district safety teams solid, proven methods to plan, practice and achieve a successful reunification. 12:00 - Lunch 1:00 - Hands-on Lockdown Drill and Reunification Exercise
This is a unique opportunity to go hands-on with every aspect of a reunification. From Lockdown, to staging, to transport to reunification. You will assume a role for the exercise. 3:00 - Break 3:15 - John-Michael Keyes
This session is for people who are ready to take the Standard Response Protocol to their organization, and/or to present it on behalf of The Foundation. Participants will understand the methods of implementation, and learn about the Standard Reunification Method. In- depth discussion of the creation of the programs, how to introduce, implement and train. Completion will earn participants The "I Love U Guys" Foundation Adjunct Trainer Certificate.
Hampton Inn & Suites Littleton|
7611 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127
Reservations can be booked by calling the hotel directly. Mention "The Briefings" to get the discounted rate.
The block will begin on July 17th and will continue through July 21st. A combination of deluxe king and deluxe double queen rooms are available at the discounted rate of $159.
A complimentary shuttle will be available for transportation to and from Columbine High School.
Denver International Airport Transportation
Discount Code: 9ZJRA
Attendees can also call 1-800-258-3826 (1-800-BLUE-VAN) and use the code.
The Briefings are only open to educators, administrators, school or higher education safety personnel, law enforcement or critical stakeholders.
All applicants must be with, or endorsed by, a recognized school, district, institution of higher education, department or agency.