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2023 School Safety and Security Summit


School Safety is EVERYBODY’s business!  Just how safe are we on our school campus’ across America?  What can you do about it?

What do the United States Secret Service and FBI say based on their research?


Our communities, families, staff and students face ongoing and new challenges that impact student success. 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 and recommendations in school safety, security, trauma-informed services and mental/behavioral health resources. Participants will leave with actionable strategies to engage their communities in the pursuit of safer, healthier schools and neighborhoods.




“Every state across the country should be modeling what you are doing with this conference. It is the only conference like it in America that brings the right leaders together before the tragedy occurs.”

~ Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, former Superintendent, Newtown, CT

“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!”

“Going to school to learn, feel safe and grow in a healthy environment while thriving without fear of harm should be the norm, not the exception.” 

      ~ The Honorable Paul Penzone, Maricopa County Sheriff

“All Speakers had relevant information!”

“The presenters and panels were so diverse and experts both locally & nationally.”

Register now to hear directly from US Secret Service, the FBI, and local law enforcement as well as Superintendents, School Counselors and School Psychologists who have dealt with challenging safety and security situations.  

Keynote Speakers

Shannon Keys
Shannon Keys

National Threat Assessment Center
U.S. Secret Service

Jody Weis

Chicago Police Department, 2008 – 2011;

Special Agent in Charge
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2005 – 2008

The Honorable Paul Penzone

Maricopa County Sheriff, 2017-Present

Leigh Wall
Dr. Leigh Wall

Superintendent, 2007-2021
Santa Fe Independent School District

Santa Fe, Texas

Sponsored by

Raptor Technologies.

Thank you!

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Amber Gell
Katey McPherson

Youth Mental Health Advocate

Director Professional Development
Bark for Schools

Max Schachter

Founder and Executive Director
Safe Schools for Alex

Amber S. Gell

Rocket Scientist

General Information

Download Agenda here.

Download Breakout Sessions List here.

Download venue floorplan map here. 


Breakout Sessions

Registrants will have the opportunity to attend multiple breakout sessions in the following strands.   For the latest information on breakout sessions view the downloadable list.  Registrants do not need to select breakout sessions ahead of time. 

This event is brought to you through the partnership of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC), Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, and the Arizona School Administrators (ASA).

Thank you Sponsors!


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