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Safe School Summit 2014 - Safe Schools - Connected Kids

A  wide range of speakers, including analysts from the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center as well as national and local educational and law enforcement experts presented on school safety at the 3rd Annual Safe School Summit, sponsored by the NWDA, Massachusetts Teachers Association, National Education Association and United States Secret Service, Nov. 18 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. More than 200 teachers, administrators, schools staff, community members, mental health experts and law enforcement officials attended. Please see the agenda with links to materials presented below.

This year's summit was held over two days, with the second part on Nov. 19 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House focusing on campus security.

U.S. Secret Service analysts presented on college and private school campuses safety. Panels of University of Massachusetts officials presented on responding to threatening situations, including weather events, security threats and infrastructure emergencies, among other challenges and on the UMass Analysis and Care Team, (ACT), considered a national model for keeping college campus communities safe.



  • “No Such Thing as a Bad Kid” - Understanding and Responding to At-Risk Students Using
    Relationship-Focused, Trauma-Informed and Strength-Based Principles
    Charles Appelstein, MSW, Appelstein Training Resources, LLC
        Workshop Session A
  •  “Practical Exercise in Identifying, Assessing, and Managing a Student at Risk”
     Michelle Keeney, J.D., Ph.D., U.S. S.S. National Threat Assessment Center
     Lina Alathari, Ph.D., U.S. S.S. National Threat Assessment Center
  • “Safe Schools Planning: Is Your Plan Meeting All Student Needs?”
    Joyce Hanousek, School Adjustment Counselor, Gateway Regional School District
    Dr. David Hopson, Superintendent, Gateway Regional School District
    Suzanne Kresiak, LICSW, Gateway School Based Health Center
    Chief Robert Garriepy, Huntington Police Department
    Sgt. John L. Suyemoto, Massachusetts State Police
       Workshop Session C
  • “Visitor Awareness Training” - Local Strategies to Prevent Targeted Violence in our Schools K - 12
    Sergeant Rick Gawron, Massachusetts State Police
    Trooper James Carmichael, Massachusetts State Police

Youth Specialist Charlie Appelstein tells an anecdote about a great teacher at the 3rd Annual Safe School Summit

See a Channel 22 news video on the Summit  HERE , a Channel 40 new video  HERE  and hear an NEPR report HERE. Day 1 photos. Day 2 photos.

Safe School Summit Day 2 presenters UMass Vice-chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life Enku Gelaye, Deputy UMass PD Chief Ian Cyr, Office of Dean of Students Case Manager Elaine Brigham