Schools should be a place for children and youth to learn, grown and have fun. The harsh reality is over the last twenty years schools have become fortresses of fear. Since the tragedy at Columbine and the repeated tragedies that have taken place school safety has become a national debate. This session will examine initiatives that can be taken in both the short-term and long-term to maximize the overall safety of schools. Strategies will focus on procedures and policies, aspects of school life and engagement of the heart.
Speakers: Steven Edwards, Edwards Educational Services, Inc.
Dr. Steven Edwards is an award-winning administrator, speaker, trainer, and professor and the creator of the ED methods and products that have transformed schools throughout the nation. Dr. Edwards successfully implemented numerous programs to improve student performance during his sixteen-year tenure as a school administrator.
David Woodward, Indiana Department of Education
David Woodward serves as the Director for the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy, a program within the Indiana Department of Education. In this position, David provides daily technical assistance and resources to every school in the state of Indiana as well as the over 3,000 educators and law enforcement officers who have participated in the School Safety Academy. David has over 20 years of experience working with schools, many of those addressing school safety plans and the supervision of high risk students. David has conducted reviews of school safety plans in over 200 school corporations, and provides frequent in-service trainings for school corporations, universities, and professional associations. Additionally, David has coordinated hundreds of hours of school safety training in collaboration with numerous state and federal education and law enforcement agencies, and is a member of the Incident Management Team for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.