Training Opportunities

The Office of School Safety is dedicated to providing training that helps schools deter, prevent, mitigate, and respond to school violence. Our training initiatives are shown below.

 

Culturally Responsive School Safety Webinar Series

 

The Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association, the Howard-Suamico School District and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of School Safety announces the Culturally Responsive School Safety Webinar Series.  This series of webinars is designed to provide necessary information when considering how school safety/security practices can be made more culturally responsive. This series will provide evidence-based, best-practices in providing safe learning environments for all students in Wisconsin.

 

The First Amendment and Students’ Right to Protest

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Robert Kaiser, JD, Assistant Attorney General – Wisconsin Department of Justice

Kristen Devitt, M. Ed, CTM, Director – Office of School Safety, Wisconsin Department of Justice

This webinar will review the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and how it applies to the educational environment.  Supreme Court case law and state level cases will be discussed.  Additionally, best practices in assisting students to exercise their First Amendment rights while keeping the school environment secure will be discussed. 

This webinar would be appropriate for school/district attorneys to attend. Register Here

 

School Security Measures, Racial Disparities, and Implicit Racial Bias

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Jason Nance JD, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law

This webinar will discuss the concept of implicit racial bias and how biases affect decision making, including decisions regarding the implementation of school security measures.  It will also discuss ways to counteract implicit racial bias to create more inclusive environments for all students. Register Here

 

The Intersection of Systemic Racism and Police Violence: Implications for Promoting Positive Outcomes for Students

Monday, July 20, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Charles Barrett, PhD, NCSP, Lead School Psychologist at Loudoun County Schools, Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Graduate Education Studies at Howard University

Recent events in American history are symptomatic of a legacy of injustice.  This session will explore the relationship between the longstanding underpinnings of systemic racism and contemporary incidents, particularly police violence against communities of color and subsequent protests for racial justice.  Specific attention will be given to the psychological toll that COVID-19 and racially motivated acts of discrimination has on students (especially students of color) and their families.  Implications for infusing social justice principles into school-based practice will be highlighted for all educators—including teachers, mental health providers (e.g., school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers), administrators—and school resource officers.

 

Learner Objectives:

 

  1. Participants will understand the relationship between systemic racism and contemporary events in American history.
  2. Participants will understand the psychological effects, including trauma, on students and families as a result of racially motivated acts of violence.
  3. Participants will review specific strategies to infuse social justice principles into school-base practice.

Register Here

 

Addressing LGBTQ+ Student’s Safety Concerns in the School Environment

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Todd Savage, PhD, NCSP, Professor of School Psychology at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Past President National Association of School Psychologists

LGBTQ+ students constitute a vulnerable population when it comes to school safety, in general. Given the upheaval caused by the ongoing pandemic, an overall negative cultural climate toward LGBTQ+ persons, and the effects of racism and the recent killings of unarmed black persons, including George Floyd, LGBTQ+ students may be particularly vulnerable as we anticipate the upcoming school year. Thus, addressing LGBTQ+ student safety concerns in the coming months will require school personnel to apply a trauma informed approach; increasing access to mental health supports will also be necessary. As such, the specific objectives of this webinar are to...

  1. Understand LGBTQ+ student safety concerns in light of recent community crises;
  2. Consider ideas to reaffirm physical safety and psychological security as first steps in the return to school;
  3. Consider ideas for identifying and addressing the mental health needs of LGBTQ+ students in school. 

Register Here

 

Disrupting Oppressive Systems and Designing Equitable Systems

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Byron Mark Levi McClure, DEd, NCSP, Anacostia High School

Across the nation, school districts are moving towards creating culturally responsive schools, which are more equitable for Black students as well as students of color. Further, many districts and educators are interested in becoming anti-racist practitioners who disrupt oppressive systems. However, many educators still have questions such as what does it mean to be an anti-racist educator? What are systems of oppression and what does it mean to disrupt those oppressive systems? How might we design more socially just and equitable systems? 

 

This webinar will help attendees to…

 

1.     Consider strategies to meet the needs of staff first in order to be prepared to respond to the needs of students

2.     Understand effective strategies to promote school safety for Black students

3.     How might we design and create systems that are socially just and equitable for Black students

 

Register Here

 

Developing Functional Annexes for Student Protest and Biohazard Incidents in School Safety Plans

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of School Safety

Using the FEMA School Safety Plan Template, OSS Staff will walk through the process of developing the functional annexes for managing emergencies regarding student protest and biohazard incidents.  At the conclusion of the training, attendees will be able to complete the respective templates based on the needs/resources within their schools and learn how to upload these plans into the OSS Sharefile system as required by Wisconsin 2017 Act 143. Register Here

 

Wednesday, July 29th 10am – 12pm

Best Practices in School Policing

Maurice “Mo” Canady, Executive Director National Association of School Resource Officers

The Wisconsin Department of Justice recognizes that not every community would like to have School Resource Officers (SRO). While this decision is a local one, there is a nationally recognized best-practice standard that exists for communities that do want SROs in their schools. The National Association of School Resource Officers has created this standard in over twenty-five years of school based policing.  This presentation is designed to provide attendees with information regarding nationally recognized best practices in school based policing.  Topics to be discussed will include developing goals for an SRO program, establishing a Memorandum of Understanding between the school district and law enforcement agency, the selection/evaluation process for a new SRO, and how to properly train an SRO for the position. Register Here

 

Culturally Responsive School Safety Town Hall Meeting

Friday, July 31, 2020, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Charles Barrett, Todd Savage and Byron McClure will be panelists in a town hall format webinar.  During each of the previous webinars, questions, comments and concerns will be collected and analyzed.  The panelists will respond to the questions compiled via this method. This will be an extremely informative panel discussion of your questions regarding providing a safe school environment for students of color, providing safety for LGBTQ+ students, and learning how to make your school safety policy/practices culturally responsive. Register Here

 

 

SUSO Train-the-Trainer Webinars

 

These webinars are a train-the-trainer curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students. The material presented is age-appropriate information on when and how to use the free statewide confidential tip line to report threats of school violence. There will be two courses available; one for elementary students and one for middle school/high school students. The elementary specific presentation focuses on “telling a trusted adult” when someone makes them feel unsafe.  The middle school/high school presentation focuses more on school violence prevention, the use of the tip line application and making a tip. How these presentations can/should be delivered. This presentation is intended to be provided directly to students during school hours. The information can be provided to them during homeroom, study hall or during a general assembly for each individual grade. The training is projected to only take 10-15 minutes of student’s time.

 

After the completed webinar you will receive a virtual toolkit to the email address that you used to register for the webinar. The virtual toolkit that will include:

  • Ready to deliver curriculum package
  • Ready to print promotional items
  • Letter to parents introducing SUSO
  • Link to the SUSO store
  • A SUSO school fact sheet
  • A SUSO law enforcement agency fact sheet

 

Date Location Registration Link

July 15, 2020

10:00-11:30 AM

webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5416216676270418700

July 15, 2020

2:00-3:30 PM

webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/285871231813141259

July 17, 2020

9:00-10:30 AM

webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7595477309826150667

July 24, 2020

9:00-10:30 AM

webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8833894639585586699

July 31, 2020

9:00-10:30 AM

webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6491157517701900299

August 3, 2020

10:00-11:30 AM

webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8094312541208613387

August 5, 2020

10:00-11:30 AM

webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8241055562074861323

August 5, 2020

2:00-3:30 PM

webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3898531089638685707

August 10, 2020

10:00-11:30 AM

webinar

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8262891863002503179

 

Advanced Digital Threat Assessment Course
 

Advanced Digital Threat Assessment Training will build and expand significantly on the content covered during the prerequisite Basic DTA training. Participants will leave with a concrete understanding of how to find and curate relevant digital information as is typically represented in a real-life digital threat assessment data gathering scenario. Major engagement and hands-on practice will take place as participants are assembled into investigative teams and given a mock real-life scenario.

 

The final practical assignment consists of working collaboratively as a team to navigate the realms of the social media world using both familiar and new techniques to produce a digital baseline report using a template. Participants will receive templates and supplied standard operating procedures to leave with confidence in being able to independently establish a threat makers’ digital baseline and produce a comprehensive report.

 

Date Location Registration Link
August 17, 2020 webinar Register with your official K-12/LE email address

 

 

Basic Threat Assessment Team Course

(Required by Round 2 of School Safety Grants)

 

The Basic Threat Assessment Team course is for school administrators, pupil services staff, security personnel and school resource officers (or local law enforcement). This course will explain who should be part of the threat assessment team, the investigative themes important in a school based threat assessment, how to determine the severity of the threat, and how to determine the appropriate response to threatening behavior. Attendees will complete table top exercises and evaluate their own policies. Attendees are encouraged to bring the threat assessment tool used in their school district and their school district's policy regarding threats of violence to the training. This is an eight hour course delivered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of School Safety staff. Attendance is restricted to school employees and law enforcement officers.

Date Location Registration Link
March 20, 2020 - POSTPONED TBA Notre Dame Academy - Green Bay POSTPONED
March 25, 2020 - POSTPONED TBA Lake Delton POSTPONED

May 5, 2020

POSTPONED TBA

Shorewood POSTPONED

May 27,2020

POSTPONED TBA

Madison POSTPONED
June 5, 2020 POSTPONED TBA Iowa-Grant Middle School POSTPONED
June 17, 2020 Luxemburg

CANCELLED

June 18, 2020 Milwaukee, Seton Catholic CANCELLED
June 19, 2020 Racine CANCELLED

There is no charge for this training. Additional dates are coming soon.

 

 

Advanced Threat Assessment Team Course

 

The Advanced Threat Assessment Team course is a training for school administrators, mental health professionals, security personnel and SRO’s who have already completed the Basic School Threat Assessment Team Course. This course will discuss concepts such as the pathway to violence, the intimacy effect, power/control, and cognitive bias. There will also be discussion regarding violent extremism including white supremacy/nationalism, Nazism, and religious radicalization. A significant portion of this training will be focused on interviewing skills within the context of a threat assessment. This is an eight hour course delivered by Kristen Devitt, M.Ed., CTM, Director of the Office of School Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Date Location Registration Link
March 26, 2020 - POSTPONED TBA Lake Delton POSTPONED
May 28, 2020 Madison https://atat-05-28-2020.eventbrite.com

There is no charge for this training. Additional dates are coming soon.

 

 

Adolescent Mental Health training

(Required by Round 2 of School Safety Grants)

 

The Adolescent Mental Health training curriculum was created by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. This 12-hour course includes information on developmentally appropriate behavior vs. mental illness, symptoms of specific diagnosis, trauma informed practices, de-escalation techniques, engaging parents in the process, and a community service provider discussion panel. The Round 2 grant requires recipient schools to send their 10% to this training. Click here for the instructions for signing up for this Adolescent Mental Health through NASRO's website. Attendance is restricted to school employees and law enforcement officers.

Date Location Registration link
June 8-9, 2020 Janesville

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/08/contract/amht-sro-janesville-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

June 9-10, 2020 Janesville

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/09/contract/amht-sro-janesville-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

June 16-17, 2020 Eau Claire

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/16/contract/amht-sro-eau-claire-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

June 22-23, 2020 Oshkosh

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/22/contract/amht-sro-oshkosh-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

June 22-23, 2020

Nekossa - Online

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/22/contract/amht-sro-online-nekoosa-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

June 24-25, 2020 Minocqua - Online

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/24/contract/amht-sro-minocqua-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

June 24-25, 2020 Reedsburg

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/24/contract/amht-sro-reedsburg-wi/ 

THIS COURSE IS FULL

June 29-30, 2020 Verona - Online

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/06/29/contract/amht-sro-online-verona-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

July 1-2, 2020 Verona - Online

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/01/contract/amht-sro-online-verona-wi/ 

THIS COURSE IS FULL

July 6-7, 2020 Wausau -Online

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/06/contract/amht-sro-online-wausau-wi/

July 13-14, 2020 Appleton

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/13/contract/amht-sro-appleton-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

July 14-15, 2020 Eau Claire

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/14/contract/amht-sro-eau-claire-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

July 15-16, 2020 Berlin - Online

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/15/contract/amht-sro-berlin-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

July 20-21, 2020 Shawano

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/20/contract/amht-sro-shawano-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

July 22-23, 2020 Kaukauna

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/22/contract/amht-sro-kaukauna-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

July 30-31, 2020 Milwaukee

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/07/30/contract/amht-sro-milwaukee-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

August 3-4, 2020 Racine

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/08/03/contract/amht-sro-racine-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

August 10-11, 2020 West Bend

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/08/10/contract/amht-sro-west-bend-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

August 11-12, 2020 Cudahy

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/08/11/contract/amht-sro-online-cudahy-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

August 12-13, 2020 Holmen https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/08/12/contract/amht-sro-holmen-wi/
August 17-18, 2020 De Soto https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/08/17/contract/amht-sro-de-soto-wi/
August 17-18, 2020 Shorewood https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/08/17/contract/amht-sro-shorewood-wi/
August 24-25, 2020 Hudson

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/08/24/contract/amht-sro-hudson-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

October 7-8, 2020 Green Bay

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/10/07/contract/amht-sro-green-bay-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

October 12-13, 2020 New Berlin - Online

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/10/12/contract/amht-sro-online-new-berlin-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

October 20-21, 2020 Wisconsin Rapids

 https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/10/20/contract/amht-sro-wisconsin-rapids-wi/

THIS COURSE IS FULL

November 5-6, 2020 South Milwaukee https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/11/05/contract/amht-sro-south-milwaukee-wi/
November 19-20, 2020 Greendale

https://www.nasro.org/events/2020/11/19/contract/amht-sro-greendale-wi/

There is no charge for this training for the required 10% minimum of school staff attending. Staff in excess of 10% will be billed to the district (but grant funds may be applied to this expense). Additional dates are coming soon.

 

 

Mental Health Training Requirements

 

The Office of School Safety will accept mental health training options that meet all the criteria and processes shown here as satisfying the School Safety Initiative round 2 grant training requirement. The Mental Health Training Form required for non-AMHT courses is available here. If a school is interested in sending more than 10% of their staff to mental health training meeting this requirement, reach out to the Grant Specialist for more information.