Please join us for our first annual School Safety Summit
Please join the Maine Department of Education’s (DOE) Maine School Safety Center for the first annual Maine School Safety Summit.  Along with state-level partners from across Maine, the Maine School Safety Center and Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) are proud to invite you to this high level, diverse training opportunity catered specifically for school and district administrators, school resources officers, juvenile community corrections officers, and law enforcement that work directly with schools, in addition to school support staff such as school counselors, social workers, school nurses, and emergency planning and facilities school/district staff members.

Highlights include:

  • Day one and two there will be a two-day course specifically designed for school/district administrators such as principals and superintendents as well as law enforcement administrators on how to work best together as a team for more effective interactions with youth.  This specialized training presented by Strategies for Youth will be the first of its kind here in Maine.  

  • Simultaneously, on days one and two, over 16 different presentations will be available for assistant principals, social workers, school counselors, facilities directors, school safety personnel, SROs, JCCOs, law enforcement who respond to schools, school office staff, educational technicians, and any other school staff who work to make their schools a safer place.  

  • Day three will have two tracks. Track one will provide a special session for Transportation Directors and Bus inspectors. Track two will bring all other attendees together to discuss an exciting new way of dealing with youth in crisis entitled, Juvenile Justice Jeopardy, and in the afternoon will be a session entitled Communication in a Diverse World

Our goal is to create safer schools by offering wraparound total services for Maine students.
A light breakfast and coffee will be served from 8-9am each day.
Lunch will be provided for all in-person guests from 12-1pm and vegetarian options are available.

This event will be held in-person, with a virtual option.

LOCATION
Windham High School
406 Gray Road Windham, ME

DATE & TIME
June 21-23, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School Safety Summit
We are pleased to offer an in-person and virtual event this year. Please register below and select your schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Please only register once.
Registration closes June 16th at 5pm
Special Session Tuesday & Wednesday 
10:00AM-3:00pm
and
9:00AM-3:00PM
Strategies for Youth, Law Enforcement & School Collaboration
This session is for School Administrators and Law Enforcement focusing on creating MOUs for schools and organizations.

Lisa Thurau
Involving law enforcement in the operation of a school system is a tricky undertaking for everyone involved and can lead to both positive and negative outcomes for students and school climate and safety. Structuring the relationship, keeping lines of communication clear, training on how to work with youth, while making expectations clear are key to success.


Tuesday Schedule
9:00-10:00 AM
Key Note Speakers
Chief Kevin Schofield, Maine Chiefs of Police, Windham PD
Sheriff Dale P. Lancaster, Maine Sheriffs Association, President
Steve Bailey, Maine School Board Association, Executive Director
Paula Callan, Maine Principals Association, President
Eileen King, Maine School Superintendents Association, Executive Director
Pender Makin, Maine Department of Education, Commissioner of Education


10:00-11:00 AM
Cultivating Youth Mattering
Ruby Parker
Mattering and social connectedness are protective factors that reduce the likelihood of poor mental health and other risks such as suicide and substance use. Participants will leave with a grounding in the science of mattering and belonging, learn about statewide data, understand how cultivating mattering is a primary prevention strategy and reducing feelings of loneliness that may lead to suicidal feelings.

10:00-11:00 AM
Trauma Awareness
Allegra Hirsh-Wright
National statistics tells us that 1 in 4 children will experience a traumatic event by the time they are 16 years old. There is increasing evidence that early life stressors, such as abuse, witnessing intimate partner violence and related adverse experiences, cause enduring brain dysfunction that, in turn, affects health and quality of life throughout the lifespan. The “stress response” can cause the areas of a youth’s brain that control fear to become over developed, overpowering other areas of the brain that are required for positive academic learning and social-emotional functioning. The good news is the presence of a supportive adult or environment provides a powerful buffer to youth from the intense stress or anxiety that may occur when they are exposed to violence and trauma. This workshop will increase awareness about the impacts of exposure to violence and trauma on youth, will offer examples of how and why this impact manifests itself as behaviors, and will teach participants ideas and skills to help support a youth, in the moment, when they may be experiencing a traumatic stress reaction.

10:00-11:00 AM
Supporting Safety & Wellbeing with Our Young People
Libby Wright & Kristel Thyrring
This interactive presentation by Youth Programs at NAMI Maine will include a PowerPoint presentation along with discussion and fictional scenarios for participant to work through. Participants will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health challenge. The presentation will provide helpful approaches to opening communication with youth you may have concerns about, as well as ways to confidently provide support. This presentation will include several ways to maintain mental health and what protective factors can support individuals who may be struggling with their mental health. We will provide and discuss mental health resources. We will finish the presentation with a discussion of the necessity of self-care for our own mental health safety and well-being.

10:00-11:00 AM
Introduction to County Emergency Management
Ron Jones
EMA 101, who we are, what are our missions, how can we support your EOP efforts, link you with your local EMA, and help support your training and exercise programs.

11:00-12:00 PM
Brain Science 101
Kellie D. Bailey MDOE SEL Specialist
Join Kellie for this 60 minute presentation on the fundamentals of the “Thinking Brain” and “The Protecting Brain.”
Kellie will break down what happens inside the human brain, central nervous system and body when kids and adults “Flip Their Lids” and “Lose Their Cool” under stress or when they are always presenting in that “Stress Brain Mode.” Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding for children and adults who carry ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and what we can do to help regulate /co-regulate to cultivate school climates which are safe and trauma informed places where all children feel a true sense of mattering and belonging.

11:00-12:00 PM
Professional Resilience
Allegra Hirsh-Wright
When youth are exposed to violence and trauma it impacts their social-emotional functioning and how they interact with, and to, others. Working with youth who are experiencing these challenges can impact the way we think, feel and (re)act. Additionally, these past two years have brought significant stressors that exacerbate these impacts. This workshop will increase participants’ understanding of overwhelm and empathic strain and will offer information about how to identify these in themselves and others. Participants will also learn specific strategies for bolstering resilience protective factors.

11:00-12:00 PM
Supporting Safety & Wellbeing with Our Young People
Libby Wright & Kristel Thyrring
This interactive presentation by Youth Programs at NAMI Maine will include a PowerPoint presentation along with discussion and fictional scenarios for participant to work through. Participants will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health challenge. The presentation will provide helpful approaches to opening communication with youth you may have concerns about, as well as ways to confidently provide support. This presentation will include several ways to maintain mental health and what protective factors can support individuals who may be struggling with their mental health. We will provide and discuss mental health resources. We will finish the presentation with a discussion of the necessity of self-care for our own mental health safety and well-being.

11:00-12:00 PM
Introduction to County Emergency Management
Ron Jones
EMA 101, who we are, what are our missions, how can we support your EOP efforts, link you with your local EMA, and help support your training and exercise programs.

1:00-2:00 pM
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Ruby Parker
Preventing and healing Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) is possible. Participants will develop a greater understanding of how brain state awareness will support and strengthen an understanding of the behaviors seen in the school community and offer new compassion and empathy for the children and adolescents who may struggle with emotional and physical regulation. This understanding will influence strategies to support resilience through positive childhood experiences and other protective factors and is imperative to their success.

1:00-2:00 pM
Restorative Practices
Stacey Barlow & Vic Viera
Restorative practices are used in education to build connection and a sense of safety within the school and greater community, repair relationships after harmful behavior, reduce suspensions and expulsions, and increase graduation rates. This workshop will explore the connection between Restorative Practices and things you may already be implementing such as PBIS, MTIS, Trauma Informed teaching and Behavioral Threat Assessment, and offer next steps for increasing Restorative Practices in your district. We will also offer a preview of the Restorative Practices Certification currently in development through the Maine School Safety Center, available in the next year.

1:00-2:00 pM
Autism and Safety Issues, A Guide for Community Members and Families
Cathy Dionne
Attendees will get a general understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, detail characteristics that impact safety and provide safety tips along with learning about wandering.

1:00-2:00 pM
Social Media- Youth use, Trends & Concerns
Renee Bernard
A beginner's approach to the dangers of internet and social media platforms. As well as some brief discussions regarding some of the popular social media sites. I have included some trends collected during the Maine Youth Integrated Health Survey that is conducted at schools statewide. The lesson plan is not designed to make anyone an expert in social media, but to provide an overall awareness to what is generally seen by School Resource Officers.

2:00-3:00 pM
Brain Science 101
Kellie D. Bailey MDOE SEL Specialist
Join Kellie for this 60 minute presentation on the fundamentals of the “Thinking Brain” and “The Protecting Brain.”
Kellie will break down what happens inside the human brain, central nervous system and body when kids and adults “Flip Their Lids” and “Lose Their Cool” under stress or when they are always presenting in that “Stress Brain Mode.” Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding for children and adults who carry ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and what we can do to help regulate /co-regulate to cultivate school climates which are safe and trauma informed places where all children feel a true sense of mattering and belonging.

2:00-3:00 pM
Restorative Practices
Stacey Barlow & Vic Viera
Restorative practices are used in education to build connection and a sense of safety within the school and greater community, repair relationships after harmful behavior, reduce suspensions and expulsions, and increase graduation rates. This workshop will explore the connection between Restorative Practices and things you may already be implementing such as PBIS, MTIS, Trauma Informed teaching and Behavioral Threat Assessment, and offer next steps for increasing Restorative Practices in your district. We will also offer a preview of the Restorative Practices Certification currently in development through the Maine School Safety Center, available in the next year.

2:00-3:00 pM
Special Education Awareness
Courtney Angelosante
Protection through Prevention: What school resource officers need to know when responding to students with disabilities. Objectives in this session include strategies on leveraging the student's team members to support de-escalation, identifying the behavior in context when determining when to act and when to not act, and to create important communication strategies to get the information you need when you need it.

2:00-3:00 pM
Social Media- Youth use, Trends & Concerns
Renee Bernard
A beginner's approach to the dangers of internet and social media platforms. As well as some brief discussions regarding some of the popular social media sites. I have included some trends collected during the Maine Youth Integrated Health Survey that is conducted at schools statewide. The lesson plan is not designed to make anyone an expert in social media, but to provide an overall awareness to what is generally seen by School Resource Officers.

Wednesday Schedule
9:00-10:00 AM
Emergency Operations Planning
Melissa Condon
School emergency operations planning is a fundamental component of school safety. This lesson is intended to introduce students to the basic terminology and concepts of emergency management, emergency planning, threat/hazard identification and the use of hazard mitigation strategies.

9:00-10:00 AM
Fire Safety
Fire Marshal Richard McCarthy
Emergency Planning and Fire Safety

9:00-10:00 AM
Identifying & Helping Child Victims of the Opioid Crisis
Mike Gray
Substance use in the home and community places children at increased physical and developmental risks with both short-term and long-term consequences. This presentation will help attendees recognize that a child is at increased risk, provide strategies and resources to assist the child, and prepare attendees to initiate tough conversations about substances and addiction.

9:00-10:00 AM
Introduction to Food Security & School Safety
Rebekah Sousa
Receive an introduction to food systems; gain tools for improving access, availability, and utilization of nutritious food; and learn how improving food security creates safer schools.

10:00-11:00 AM
Cultivating Youth Mattering
Ruby Parker
Mattering and social connectedness are protective factors that reduce the likelihood of poor mental health and other risks such as suicide and substance use. Participants will leave with a grounding in the science of mattering and belonging, learn about statewide data, understand how cultivating mattering is a primary prevention strategy and reducing feelings of loneliness that may lead to suicidal feelings.

10:00-11:00 AM
Fire Safety
Fire Marshal Richard McCarthy
Emergency Planning and Fire Safety

10:00-11:00 AM
Behavioral Threat Assessment
Karen Barnes, Ph.D., LCSW
Behavioral Threat Assessment is a recommended violence prevention strategy in K-12 schools. Join us to explore key research findings that support this approach to not only manage threats of targeted violence but also identify students in need of support. We will share our experience in developing a multi-phase integrated Maine model. Participants will increase understanding of the functions of a multidisciplinary Behavioral Threat Assessment Team as a unit and be able to identify the roles of individual team members.

10:00-11:00 pM
Emergency Planning for Facilities
Scott Brown
DOE Director of School Construction Programs will host a training session on construction with an eye towards Emergency Planning.

11:00-12:00 pM
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Ruby Parker
Preventing and healing Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) is possible. Participants will develop a greater understanding of how brain state awareness will support and strengthen an understanding of the behaviors seen in the school community and offer new compassion and empathy for the children and adolescents who may struggle with emotional and physical regulation. This understanding will influence strategies to support resilience through positive childhood experiences and other protective factors and is imperative to their success.

11:00-12:00 pM
Emotional Intelligence
Kellie D. Bailey, MDOE SEL Specialist
Join Kellie for this 60 minute training to help inform your understanding for the 5 Key Factors of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). EQ is well researched and supported by brain science as the most effective way to support human development, reduced job related stress, and burn-out, and increase satisfaction of daily living. Adults can only help children to “co-regulate” if we are “regulated” ourselves.

11:00-12:00 pM
Behavioral Threat Assessment
Karen Barnes, Ph.D., LCSW
Behavioral Threat Assessment is a recommended violence prevention strategy in K-12 schools. Join us to explore key research findings that support this approach to not only manage threats of targeted violence but also identify students in need of support. We will share our experience in developing a multi-phase integrated Maine model. Participants will increase understanding of the functions of a multidisciplinary Behavioral Threat Assessment Team as a unit and be able to identify the roles of individual team members.

11:00-12:00 pM
Emergency Planning for Facilities
Scott Brown
DOE Director of School Construction Programs will host a training session on construction with an eye towards Emergency Planning.

1:00-2:00 pM
Emotional Intelligence
Kellie D. Bailey, MDOE SEL Specialist
Join Kellie for this 60 minute training to help inform your understanding for the 5 Key Factors of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). EQ is well researched and supported by brain science as the most effective way to support human development, reduced job related stress, and burn-out, and increase satisfaction of daily living. Adults can only help children to “co-regulate” if we are “regulated” ourselves.

1:00-2:00 pM
Understanding and Managing Crisis Behavior for Students with Disabilities: Key Considerations
Erin Frazier
The goal of effective crisis intervention strategies in special education is to understand precursors to challenging behavior and intervene early in order to facilitate individual student success. This means implementing specific strategies that will increase a special education student's chance of success. Crisis management plans effectively support a range of difficulties that make it challenging for students to maintain safe behavior. There are behavioral, emotional and academic interventions to assist special education students in effectively participating in activities in their school community. Crisis interventions level the playing field by minimizing the impact of the student's disability on the educational environment.

1:00-2:00 pM
Handle with Care
Mike Gray
The negative consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) can be reduced through intervention and support. This presentation will explore best practices of trauma informed policing and trauma informed classrooms as well as opportunities to bridge the two professions to support affected youth with a trauma informed community.

1:00-2:00 pM
The Bus, The Driver, and The Technology – Daily Operations and Emergency Preparedness
Pat Hinckley, Transportation and Facilities Administrator, Maine Department of Education.
Safety is the priority when transporting students. This clinic is a journey to understand, explore, and identify how the bus, the driver, and the technology are key resources to plan transportation operations and emergency preparedness.
1:00-2:00 pM
Round Table Discussion
Renee Bernard, Jeff Upton, Seth Fournier
Round Table is a chance to ask questions and discuss the collaborative team of Assistant Principals, Social workers, and SROs as they answer questions on how they have worked together.

In person only
2:00-3:00 pM
Emergency Operations Planning
Melissa Condon
School emergency operations planning is a fundamental component of school safety. This lesson is intended to introduce students to the basic terminology and concepts of emergency management, emergency planning, threat/hazard identification and the use of hazard mitigation strategies.

2:00-3:00 pM
Introduction to Food Security & School Safety
Rebekah Sousa
Receive an introduction to food systems; gain tools for improving access, availability, and utilization of nutritious food; and learn how improving food security creates safer schools.

2:00-3:00 pM
Autism and Safety Issues, A Guide for Community Members and Families
Cathy Dionne
Attendees will get a general understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, detail characteristics that impact safety and provide safety tips along with learning about wandering.

2:00-3:00 pM
The Bus, The Driver, and The Technology – Daily Operations and Emergency Preparedness
Pat Hinckley, Transportation and Facilities Administrator, Maine Department of Education.
Safety is the priority when transporting students. This clinic is a journey to understand, explore, and identify how the bus, the driver, and the technology are key resources to plan transportation operations and emergency preparedness.

2:00-3:00 pM
Round Table Discussion
Renee Bernard, Jeff Upton, Seth Fournier
Round Table is a chance to ask questions and discuss the collaborative team of Assistant Principals, Social workers, and SROs as they answer questions on how they have worked together.

In person only
Special Session- Thursday 
9:00-10:15 AM
School Bus Safety:  Pre-trip Inspections and State Inspections
This session is for Transportation Directors and Bus Inspectors.

Randall C. McKiel, Motor Vehicle Inspector Supervisor, Maine State Police Traffic Safety Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit.
School bus inspections are vital to student safety and vehicle operations. This program will elaborate on what school bus drivers and the Maine State Police Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit are looking for when it comes to school bus inspections and pre-trip inspections.

10:30-11:45 AM
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Presents The Role of School Buses in the NTSB Safe System Approach
This session is for Transportation Directors and Bus Inspectors.

Michael S. Fox, Senior Highway Accident Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board.
Road and student safety is a shared responsibility. No one should lose their life or be seriously injured as a result of a crash. Attend this program to learn the role of school buses in the NTSB Safe System Approach and what actions need to be taken to move toward a Safe System approach. The NTSB Most Wanted List of lessons learned from crash investigations will also be discussed.

12:45-2:00 pM
After the National Transportation Safety Board Arrives, What Then?  Lessons Learned After Oakland, Iowa School Bus Fatal Crash  
This session is for Transportation Directors and Bus Inspectors.

Max Christensen, Education Program Consultant Iowa Department of Education Bureau of School Business Operations.
Experience a minute-by-minute account of how a local school district and State Department of Education interfaced with the National Transportation Safety Board and an explanation of corrective actions to improve student safety following a school bus tragedy and post-crash fire in Oakland, Iowa.

(ONLINE ONLY)
2:00-3:00 pM
The Bus, The Driver, and The Technology – Daily Operations and Emergency Preparedness
This session is for Transportation Directors and Bus Inspectors.

Pat Hinckley, Transportation and Facilities Administrator, Maine Department of Education.
Safety is the priority when transporting students. This clinic is a journey to understand, explore, and identify how the bus, the driver, and the technology are key resources to plan transportation operations and emergency preparedness.

Thursday Schedule- all others attend
9:00-11:00 AM
Strategies for Youth, Juvenile Justice Jeopardy
Lisa Thurau
We assume young people will know the rules and adhere to them; we punish them when they do not. But that assumption is often misplaced. SFY will showcase its Juvenile Justice Jeopardy games to illustrate how to educate youth about the rules of school and the street using a game format that promotes prevention by engaging youth in conversation with game leaders. SFY will also show its psycho-education version of the game on recognizing and managing feelings resulting from trauma, including a version for LGBTQ+ youth.

11:00-3:00 pM
Communicating in a Diverse World
Roy King
Please join us as we discuss diversity, equity, inclusion, and implicit bias. We will also cover de-escalation of crisis situations with youth.

School Safety Summit
We are pleased to offer an in-person event this year. Please register below and select your schedule for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Please only register once.

Registration closes June 16th at 5pm
Breakfast Day 1
Assorted Homemade Muffins & Breakfast Breads
Fresh Cut Seasonal Fruit Salad
Sausage Breakfast Strata with Cheese & Vegetable Breakfast Strata with Cheese
Chilled Assorted Juices & Water
 
Breakfast Day 2
Assorted Homemade Muffins & Fresh Baked Breakfast Pastries
Fresh Cut Seasonal Fruit Salad
French Toast Bake with cinnamon Butter and Local Maple Syrup
Fresh berries & whipped Cream
Bacon & Country Sausage
Chilled Assorted Juices & Water
 
Breakfast Day 3
Assorted Muffins & Fresh Donuts
Buttermilk Biscuit, Sausage Gravy & Egg Casserole
Acai Bar:
Acai Fruit Puree, Fresh Berries, Fresh Cut Fruit, Homemade Granola, Shaved Coconut, Dried Fruits
Chocolate Chips, Chia Seed, Flax Seed, Greek Yogurt & Local Honey
Chilled Assorted Juices & Water
Lunch Day 1
Caesar Salad
Tossed House Italian Salad
Garlic Bread
Oven Roasted Green Beans with Heirloom Grape Tomatoes
Pasta Station:
Sauces Include:  Alfredo, Pesto Cream and Marinara
Additions Include: Homemade Meatballs in Sauce, Sweet Italian Sausage in Sauce
Sauteed Crimini Mushrooms, Sauteed Peppers & Onions
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Dessert:
Assorted Mini Cannoli’s
Marspone Cheesecake & Fresh Berry Compote
 

Lunch Day 2
Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Assorted Chips
Gourmet Wrap Display
Chicken Caesar Wrap: Grilled Chicken, Romaine, Diced Tomato, Parmesan & Caesar Dressing
Italian Wrap: Mozzarella, Capicola, Salami, Prosciutto, Lettuce, Sliced Tomato, Onion & Italian Dressing
Roast Beef Wrap: Cheddar, Sautéed Peppers & Onions, Lettuce, Sliced Tomato & Mayonnaise
Buffalo Wrap: Breaded Chicken, Buffalo Sauce, Lettuce, Sliced Tomato & Ranch Aioli       
Turkey BLT Wrap: Turkey, Cheddar, Crisp Bacon, Lettuce, Sliced Tomato & Mayonnaise
Mediterranean Wrap: Hummus, Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Baby Spinach
Feta Cheese, Greek Olive Tapenade & Greek Vinaigrette
Dessert:
Assorted Cookies, Bars & Brownies


Lunch Day 3
Mexican Chopped Salad
Roasted Mexican Street Corn off the Cob with Cotija Cheese
Street Taco/Nacho Bar:
Corn & Flour Street Taco Tortillas, Fresh Nacho Chips
Slow Roasted Carnitas “Sofrito Rubbed Pork”
Grilled Chipotle Marinated Chicken
Roasted Sweet Potato, Chili Lime Roasted Root Vegetables with Black Beans & Vegan Chorizo Sausage
Vegan Refried Beans, Spanish Rice, Sautéed Peppers & Onions
Shredded Lettuce, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Queso Fresco Cheese,
Queso Dip, Guacamole, Pico De Gallo Salsa, Verde Salsa & Spicy Habanero Salsa
Dessert:
Tres Leches Cake (3 Milk’s Cake)
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Churro Chips with Chocolate Ganache & Whipped Cream

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