The Briefings: A National School Safety Symposium
Practical measures presented by nationally recognized practitioners of school safety.
SAVE THE DATE FOR 2021!
Summer: July 6-9, 2021
This will be conducted remotely; same great content, fewer hugs! Each day will be a morning session lasting between 3 and 4 hours, with interactive playback available each afternoon.
Register individually $250.00 per person and $50 per additional for each team member. Please contact us for any unique needs: 303-426-3100.
Registration will open on March 2, 2021
ABOUT THE BRIEFINGS: A National School Safety Symposium
The Briefings is a nationally-recognized school safety symposium ideally suited for educators, school safety teams, first responders, emergency and risk managers, victim advocates, mental health professionals. Topics explored include lessons learned from traumatic events and new, preemptive school safety measures. The focus is on proactive, measured and effective methods of keeping schools safe and is designed to provide a number of takeaways that districts, departments and agencies can implement immediately.
The Briefings have experienced tremendous growth over the past few years. Response to the symposium is always positive and attendees seem eager to share their experience.
“That was some of the most impactful, relevant and well-produced material I have been witness to. The flow was smooth, the breaks were adequate and the speakers were outstanding.”
“I already shared with several people back in California. It was easily the most impactful, meaningful, and emotional conference I have ever been to in my career. You definitely have an advocate when it comes to getting people to go next year!”
The Briefings is not open to the public, and participants will be asked to verify their affiliation with an agency or organization after registration. The Briefings School Safety Symposiums are hosted by The I Love U Guys Foundation.
Audience: Law enforcement, school personnel, victim advocates, mental health professionals, emergency and risk managers, school safety teams and all first responders.
Registration for the Summer Briefings will open March 2nd
If you’ve missed our Winter Briefings, here were some of our speakers:
Heilit is the Threat Assessment Coordinator for Safe & Sustainable Environments at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, CO. She is a member of the District’s Safety & Security team and oversees 53 school Threat Assessment Team’s processes and training, as well as chairing the District’s Threat Assessment Team.
Heilit has worked in education for over 13 years with 10 of those years being spent at colleges and universities in Colorado, Florida, and Utah. She has worked in Residence Life, Crisis Response, and Case Management. Heilit trains school districts on the Adams County Threat Assessment Protocol (PreK-12) and has been certified in SIVRA-35, VRAW, ERIS, and TRAP-18. She serves on the Board of Directors for the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, is an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and the Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators & Superintendents (CO-ALAS), has volunteered for the Jefferson County School Safety Study Group, and is the School Accountability Chair for her children’s public school.
Kevin Burd, Detective Lieutenant (Ret.), Priority of Life Training and Consulting, Hampton, NJ
Lieutenant Burd has been a law enforcement officer for 21 years in the State of NJ and currently works for the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office. Lieutenant Burd currently oversees the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Unit which consists of SWAT, Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Training, Active Assailant Response and School Safety.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Kevin also instructs and provides various types of training in school safety and active assailant response. Kevin is a certified instructor in the Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method through the I Love U Guys Foundation, the Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response Course (LASER), Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC) and Active Threat on Campus courses with the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Active Shooter Incident Management (ASIM) course with C3 Pathways.
Frank DeAngelis, retired principal of Columbine High School, served as an educator for the Jeffco R-1 School District in Littleton Colorado, since 1979. He started as a Social Studies teacher and filled the roles of Head Baseball Coach, Assistant Football Coach, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal, before becoming the Principal in 1996. Frank is a Colorado native, completing his K-12 education in Denver-area schools, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Education from Metropolitan State College and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and Social Studies from the University of Colorado. He later earned his Principal’s License and Masters Degree from the University of Phoenix.
Frank has been involved in numerous professional activities and associations, and has received multiple awards for his teaching, leadership and coaching skills. A national-level speaker, Frank has addressed numerous professional and school audiences on the topic of recovery after a school-based tragedy. He has visited, consulted, and assisted school communities across the country following incidents of violence and tragedy. Frank received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his lifetime of service as an educator. He is presently serving as a consultant for safety and emergency management for the Jeffco School District in Colorado, and continues to travel nationally and internationally, speaking and consulting.
Dr. Shannon Devlin is a School Psychologist in the Weld RE-4 School District, with 19 years in the field having served in the capacity of a School Psychologist, District Graduation Outreach Specialist, School Counselor, School Social Worker, and District Crisis Response Coordinator. She has an extensive background in crisis management and fidelity of planning and implementation. Her experience includes far-reaching commitment in the area of crisis response, prevention and intervention, with seventeen years as a school psychologist/school counselor/school social worker, district crisis team lead, and three years as a Volunteer Victim Advocate Primary Responder with the Greeley Police Department; and, 15 years as a Colorado Statewide Crisis Responder.
For over a decade, Mr. Keyes has represented The “I Love U Guys” Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. Prior to that, his career has spanned graphic design, communications, writing, software and database development. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety. Today, Mr. Keyes is an internationally sought keynote speaker not just in the arena of school safety but often presents to law enforcement-only audiences.
Carly Posey is a national speaker and advocate for school safety. Two of her four children were inside Sandy Hook Elementary School when an armed man entered the building on December 14, 2012. The shooter made his way to her son’s first grade classroom, killing his teacher and a classmate. When he stopped to re-load, her son escaped, running to a nearby fire station. Her daughter, who remained hidden inside an art room office, also survived, but the lessons learned were significant. Carly’s other two children were at the intermediate school in Newtown where they were in lockdown the entire school day. The lack of preparedness within the community to respond and recover to such an incident left a lasting impression.
Today, as Mission Director for the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, Carly travels the country sharing her story to promote school safety and preparedness. Her experiences as a parent and a community member provide a compelling, often heartbreaking, case study for the need to prepare for the unthinkable. Carly has previously served as the Executive Director for the Safe2Tell Nonprofit and as Program Director for Anderson Software. She now lives in Colorado with her husband, Dave, and their four children.
Tim Read is a Sergeant with the Westminster Police Department in Colorado. Tim’s 24-year career in law enforcement is defined by his partnering with community resources, advocating for children and managing complex investigations. He currently leads the School Resource Officers Team and interfaces with juvenile service providers in Jefferson, Adams and Broomfield Counties, Colorado. Tim is a Master TASER Instructor certifying a variety of security professional and law enforcement officers as instructors in use of force and TASER weapon systems. Tim is the son of a career teacher, understands and advocates for schools. He has developed a variety of professional development courses for law enforcement, educators and community audiences.
Dr. Schildkraut is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of school and mass shootings with specific focus on school safety, media representations, and theoretical and legislative responses to such events. Her research has been featured by news outlets internationally and has been the subject of numerous books and journal articles, including the recent “Columbine, 20 Years Later an Beyond: Lessons from Tragedy,” which provides a retrospective look at the lessons learned since the tragedy occurred.
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