• 2020 Summit on School Safety, Security, and Trauma-informed Practices

  • Thank you for either registering, sponsoring or speaking as a breakout presenter for the "School Safety, Security and Trauma Informed Practices Summit."  We will reschedule this conference due to the Coronoavirus situation.  We will give things a chance to sort out and then announce our new dates.  If you have already registered or sponsored we will hold your funds and apply as you have directed.  If you require a refund, just let us know.  Thank you again for your patience and understanding.





    The Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC) in partnership with Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, the Arizona School Administrators, and Grand Canyon University's Canyon Professional Development present the 2nd Annual School Safety event:

    Summit on School Safety, Security and Trauma Informed Practices

    The two-day event will feature nationally and regionally recognized leaders and multiple break-out sessions. 

    School violence and the impact on our communities, families, staff, and students is unacceptable. The purpose of this conference is to congregate leaders in the field of education, public policy, law enforcement, psychology and planning to expand the awareness and implementation of best practices in school safety, security, trauma-informed supports and mental/behavioral health. Participants will leave with actionable strategies to engage their communities in the pursuit of safer, healthier schools and neighborhoods. 


    This event will focus on: 

    • Developing tools to improve safety and security in our schools
    • Understanding mental and behavioral health needs in schools
    • Providing proven resources and tools for school safety and trauma prevention and intervention
    • Raising awareness regarding policy and advocacy efforts related to school safety and trauma informed practices. 
    • Building community awareness on issues surrounding trauma in K12 schools.

    Confirmed keynote speakers include: 

    Breakout strands:

    Policy and Advocacy
    Facilitated non-partisan discussions on policy interactions happening locally and nationally to support best practices in school safety, security, trauma-informed educational supports, and mental/behavioral health concerns at the K12 level. Information about how to approach policy change at the local, state and national level as well as state, local, federal and private funding mechanisms are included. 

    Trauma-informed Educational Supports
    Focus will be on specific strategies that schools can use to support students and/or adults in their settings to overcome the effects of trauma. Prevention, intervention, and/or general knowledge strategies, based in research/evidence, are included.

    Mental and Behavioral Health
    Focus will be specific to mental and behavioral health supports as they apply to various school settings such as school counseling, community resources, wrap-around services, early warning indicators, or the psychology of school violence. 

    Safety and Security
    Focus will include physical safety, use of technology, construction and design, school safety plans and site assessment teams, and pre- and post-event planning or response. Strategies will reflect individual school culture, demographics, and location.


    View or download the working agenda.

    Check out last year's inaugural event here for a preview of the 2020 expanded event. 

    Comments from last year's event: 

    "One of the best I have ever attended!  Scope, quality of speakers gave people a multi-faceted view of the issue. Ground breaking – Thank you!"

    "Incredible information!"

    "Good insight – different perspectives on issue."

    "The presenters and panel were so diverse and experts both locally & nationally."

    "The wide range of backgrounds and sources represented, the wealth of knowledge in one place at one time is outstanding."





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