Hammond to speak at CUP’s second Safe Schools Summit

From staff reports

Clarion University of Pennsylvania will present its second Safe Schools Summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 in multi-purpose room of Gemmell Student Center, Clarion campus.

Natalie Hammond, who was lead teacher and suffered multiple wounds during the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, will deliver the morning keynote address.

She will discuss resiliency in the face of adversity, the importance of communication and collaboration when developing safety plans, and the necessity for social-emotional learning to be embedded into the daily practice of educators.

Susanne Fenske, vice president for student affairs, recommends the summit for kindergarten through 12th teachers and administrators, first responders, police and law enforcement and those who oversee behavioral intervention teams or counseling centers. About 120 people attended the inaugural Safe Schools Summit last fall.

“The goal of this event is to continue the dialogue of awareness, support and response for professionals associated with all levels of education,” Fenske said.

Afternoon breakout sessions by field experts will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Extended keynote with Hammond
  • Case study: Eaton Township Weis Supermarket shooting
  • Responding to trauma in schools
  • Developing your emergency plan
  • Behavioral intervention team basics
  • Conducting emergency exercises
  • CARE teams in K12 institutions
  • Building hardiness in response to crisis, stress and trauma

“We have a vested interested not only in the safety of our own campus, but also in the safety of the kindergarten through 12 schools with which our students are affiliated and our local school districts, and in the professional development of our students who are enrolled in a wide variety of service programs,” Fenske said.

Registration fee is $20. To register or for more information, visit www.clarion.edu/safeschools.