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Taking the “bull” out of bullying and school safety training

Posted by on May 25, 2012

School boards and administrators do not need new programs and expenses to manage bullying. In fact, most school districts already have strategies and services in place to adequately address school bullying. Recently, I had the pleasure of sharing this message to about 100 school board members, superintendents and top school district administrators who registered for […]

What Does a Fireman Know About Being A School Board Member?

Posted by on April 16, 2010

If the fireman is Reno Contipelli, he knows a lot about school boards.  And he never stops learning about school safety and taking those lessons back to his school-community. Reno is a professional firefighter and dedicated 17-year school board member for Cuyahoga Heights Schools in Northeast Ohio.  He also heads up the board’s school safety committee. Reno […]

School Board Members Speak Out on School Safety – Part 3

Posted by on April 15, 2010

School board members Maria Starks from Dyersville, Tennessee, knows what is going on with school safety in her district.  She particularly knows and appreciates the role of her School Resource Officer.  She also shares information on cell phones in schools and her personal advice for board members. Listen to Maria Starks’ insights on school safety […]

School Board Members Speak Out on School Safety – Part 2

Posted by on April 14, 2010

David Fowler, School Board Member for the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools in Harrison Township, Michigan, does not just hear about school safety measures in his district.  He and his fellow board members actually participate in the training, drills, and related activities. I spoke with David, who attended one of my training sessions at the National […]

School Board Members Speak Out on School Safety – Part 1

Posted by on April 13, 2010

The National School Boards Association annual convention is always one of the highlights of my year.  Listening to, and talking with, our nation’s school board members inspires me as I hear about their commitment to school safety. My interviews with two board members, James Chavez and Kerry Young, found board leaders geographically from opposite sides of the country, […]

School Safety Interview: Board Member Marianne Jasen, NSBA Chicago Convention

Posted by on April 10, 2010

As a presenter at the annual National School Boards Association (NSBA) conventions, I have the great fortune of meeting many of our nation’s school board members, superintendents, and education support organizations. This year, at NSBA’s Chicago convention, we spoke a lot about the importance of keeping school safety on the front burner during tough financial times.  A […]

Send Your School Board Members to NSBA School Safety and Crisis School

Posted by on March 17, 2010

In today’s education world of declining budgets and increasing safety concerns, could your school board members benefit from cutting their learning curve for beefing up security and crisis preparedness while still being fiscally responsible? Once again, I have the pleasure of co-presenting a half-day “Early Bird” afternoon pre-conference workshop on school security and emergency planning […]