Free School Safety Conference Series, Presented by Navigate-Prepared

Great opportunity to attend a free school safety conference

Today I am honored to be able to keynote a free school safety conference being presented by NaviGate Prepared in Cincinnati, Ohio. What’s really exciting is that this is the first in a series of free school safety conferences in three states over the next two weeks.  I have had the privilege of presenting for them before and we are currently planning additional conferences for New York and Pennsylvania in September.  For each free school safety conference, I will present for three hours in the morning followed by interactive school safety building tours with participants. This is a great chance to learn hands-on with me and see a school through my perspective.

While we do not provide product endorsements or sell advertising space, we do appreciate NaviGate Prepared for their commitment to safer schools. This conference series is a great example, with a full day of solid content and concepts – not filler designed to focus on a particular product.

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Free School Safety Conference information from the NaviGate Prepared website:

School safety is the focus as we team up with Michael Dorn, executive director, Safe Havens International to bring day-long Safety Summit Workshops to the following locations:

  • Princeton City Schools – Viking Village Auditorium, Cincinnati, OH – March 21 – Register here
  • Grayslake Community School District 127 – High School Auditorium, Grayslake, IL – March 22 – Register here
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 – Auditorium, Homestead, PA – March 27 – Register here
  • Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 – Auditorium, Easton, PA – March 28 – Register here

The Safety Summits are free to registered guests, including district administrators, building administrators, and first responders.

During the workshops, Michael will share actionable insights guests can implement immediately. Guests will participate in a relevant series of exercises and discover how tools like NaviGate Prepared can support school safety goals. The agenda includes a school safety audit where Michael will identify safety gaps, effective solutions and best practices throughout the building.

NaviGate Prepared is sponsoring the Safety Summit Workshops to give administrators and first responders access to critical safety information. According to Thom Jones, general manager, NaviGate Prepared, “I love seeing how audiences react during Michael’s presentations. He is a tremendously dynamic speaker. The depth of his knowledge and experience is unparalleled.” Jones states, “I am thrilled we are able to bring this level of school safety knowledge to so many administrators and first responders.”

“We are honored to be hosting the Safety Summit Workshop at Grayslake Central High School,” says Catherine Finger, Ed.D, superintendent, Grayslake Community High School District 127. She adds, “School safety is always a top priority for us so we appreciate this opportunity to learn new ways to mitigate risks, prepare our staff and students to respond appropriately in an emergency and implement proven safety methods throughout our buildings. We look forward to many Illinois school districts taking advantage of this important event and appreciate the generosity of NaviGate Prepared sponsoring this workshop and for bringing renowned safety expert, Michael Dorn.”

South Carolina Department of Education Train-The-Trainer Program

South Carolina Department of Education Selects Safe Havens International Selected to Develop a School Safety Train-The-Trainer Program

South Carolina Department of Education Selects Safe Havens International Selected to Develop a School Safety Train-The-Trainer Program

South Carolina Department of Education Selects Safe Havens International Selected to Develop a School Safety Train-The-Trainer Program

After a lengthy competitive bid selection process, Safe Havens International was chosen by the South Carolina Department of Education to create a new train-the-trainer program. Through this program, 250 carefully selected instructors will be selected to participate. SHI will conduct five training sessions in different regions of the state this winter. After successfully completing the program, participants will be able to provide multiple blocks of instruction to local school officials across the state. Participants will also be trained in the SHI “Dorn Drill” process and will be provided with a series of custom audio scenarios for use in prompting staff to initiate emergency protective actions such as lockdown, evacuation, reverse evacuation, room clear, severe weather sheltering, sheltering in place for and hazardous materials. Graduates of the program will be able to load the audio scenarios onto portable devices and tablets to use them to prompt staff to initiate school-level drills, to conduct one-on-one spot checks of staff, and for use in structured staff development sessions. Graduates of the program will also receive a variety of other tools such as drill scoring instruments to help them improve fidelity and to provide improved documentation for their drill processes.

Safe Havens has been honored to conduct other types of school safety projects in a number of states including Indiana, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Maine and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   Our project team is excited to have this opportunity to help the South Carolina Department of Education provide helpful tools to further enhance safety, security and emergency preparedness throughout the state.

Campus Safety Conferences

I feel honored to have been selected to present at two different national conferences for Campus Safety Magazine this summer.

I feel honored to have been selected to present at two different national conferences for Campus Safety Magazine this summer.

I feel honored and pleased to be presenting keynote sessions at two of the three Campus Safety Magazine – Campus Safety Conference events this year. Unfortunately, I will not be able to present at the Campus Safety Los Angeles Conference on July 23-24 due to a previously scheduled engagement. I am delighted to be able to present at the Campus Safety Chicago Conference on July 13-14 and at the National Campus Safety Forum in Washington D.C. on July 24-26. I have keynoted five previous Campus Safety Conferences but have not presented for the conference in a number of years. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to be able to participate in these awesome conferences.

I have always been impressed with the caliber and diversity of speakers and topics at Campus Safety Conferences and this year’s events will be no exception. Attendees will have excellent networking opportunities that can be as important as what they learn in the many information-packed sessions. Campus Safety Conferences also afford attendees the opportunity to visit a diverse assortment of vendor booths so they can see the latest offerings in campus safety technology solutions and service offerings.

My keynote presentation for the National Campus Safety Forum in Washington D.C. is titled “The Human Touch – How Brains, Human Spirit and Technology Saved Lives in Seven Seconds.”

The session description is as follows:

Today’s campus safety, security and emergency preparedness technologies are truly astounding. However, the effectiveness of virtually any safety technology is reliant upon human factors. This dynamic, powerful, and unforgettable session will show practical ways campus organizations can improve human performance to compliment and support today’s very best campus safety technology and equipment solutions. This Keynote will focus intensely on concepts that have been validated by research, deep evaluation, and real-life high-stakes campus events.


It will be a busy summer with ten keynote presentations for state and national conferences thus far, another trip to Africa and several consulting projects. As always, I am pleased to keep busy. I am also looking forward to interacting with so many awesome advocates for children. If you have a chance to make it to Chicago or Washington D.C. for one of the Campus Safety Conferences, please take a moment to say hello. As always, we welcome feedback on our blogs, newsletter, and our many free school safety resources.

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