Virtual Learning

This virtual learning consists of recorded webinars originally held by the Office of School Safety (OSS) and its collaborating training partners. To view a webinar, register using each webinar's link using your official school or law enforcement email address.  Viewing of these webinars is free and is supported in part by the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinator's Association and the Howard-Suamico School District


Preparing for and Responding to Protest Activity 

Robert Kaiser, Assistant Attorney General & Kristen Devitt, former Director of Office of School Safety

In light of the recent increase in COVID infections nation-wide, many school districts are opting to require students to wear a mask as they return to school. In response to the renewed masking requirements, many communities are seeing parents protest these decisions on the schoolhouse steps. The Wisconsin Department of Justice – Office of School Safety and Division of Legal Services will provide guidance on how to prepare for and respond to protest activity in the school environment. This webinar is intended for educators, law enforcement and prosecutors that will likely respond to these protest actions.


Leadership Lessons from Columbine and Beyond

Frank DeAngelis, Former Principal-Columbine High School

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results.”(anon) The tragedy at Columbine redefined the nation. Frank DeAngelis tells his story from the events through the aftermath. This presentation reveals the leadership lessons he learned in the focus of an international firestorm. Frank’s honest, straight-forward account provides invaluable insights into managing the after-crisis with students, staff members, community members and never ending media attention. A positive attitude and a passion for his job, allowed him to work at Columbine from 1979 to 2014. He shares how he was able to build a community that worked together for his kids; the students at Columbine High School. The takeaways from this presentation should be required reading for every leader in the nation. He is presently serving as a consultant for safety and emergency management for the Jeffco School District in Colorado, and continues to travel nationally and internationally, speaking and consulting.


Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills

Dr. Melissa Reeves, former President of the National Association of School Psychologists &

Mo Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers

Dr. Melissa Reeves, former President of the National Association of School Psychologists and Mo Canady, Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers will partner to deliver their guidance on armed assailant training. This webinar will provide guidance on the important factors schools must take into account when conducting armed assailant drills.


Standard Reunification Method for K-12 Schools 

John-Michael Keys, ILoveYouGuys Foundation

Crisis recovery starts with the crisis, not after. Without a plan to reunite students and parents, more than just the mental health demands which accompany a crisis are ignored; the responsibility of the school and district in maintaining the chain of custody for every student can be lost. No school is immune to emergencies; fires, floods, tornadoes, blizzards, power outages, bomb threats, acts of violence... this is just a short list of events that could initiate a release and reunification for a school or district.


One critical aspect of crisis response is accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians in the event of a school crisis or emergency. The Standard Reunification Method provides school and district safety teams with proven methods for planning, practicing and achieving a successful reunification.  John-Michael Keys will present the Standard Reunification Method for K-12 schools and respond to questions regarding post-crisis reunification


The Role of the SRO in a Mental Health Focused World

Sgt. Jamie Linder, Beloit PD

The Beloit Police Department had one of the first SRO programs in the State of Wisconsin.  Sergeant Linder will discuss how the SRO program operates in the Beloit School District and what makes it work. This presentation will cover the following topics: The Beloit Police Department had one of the first SRO programs in the State of Wisconsin.  Sergeant Linder will discuss how the SRO program operates in the Beloit School District and what makes it work. This presentation will cover the history of the School Resource Officer, the NASRO Triad, training to use discretion, de-escalation techniques, the SRO contact log, and Rock County BHVR flagging."


School Threat Assessment and Exclusionary Discipline

Dr. Dewey Cornell, Professor of Education at the University of Virgina 

Dr. Dewey Cornell is Professor of Education at the University of Virginia and a forensic clinical psychologist. Based on his experience evaluating and treating violent criminal offenders, Dr. Cornell became interested in violence prevention. For more than 30 years he has worked with schools on youth violence prevention efforts. In 2001, he led the development of the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, which is an evidence-based practice that was implemented in Virginia and is now used throughout the United States and Canada.

This presentation covers the rationale for threat assessment, the five-step decision tree used in the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines, and research evidence from controlled studies showing that school threat assessment allows schools a safe, effective, and equitable way to evaluate student threats of violence. This method greatly reduces the need for exclusionary discipline and does not generate racial disparities in student outcomes.


Professional Communication and De-escalation for Youth in Crisis

Alex Graber, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Dispatcher and Youth Counselor

This webinar discusses best practices for professional communication and de-escalation of youth in crisis.  This training includes the key ingredient to establishing open channels of communication with youth by building rapport.  Learning how to manage critical situations with skill and confidence because no two emergencies are the same.  Knowing how to process a high intensity situation and staying calm while obtaining pertinent information for responders.  Additionally, understanding how one can be impacted physically, mentally, and emotionally when responding to crisis with methods for self-care.


School Security Measures, Racial Disparities and Implicit Bias

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.


Addressing Police Violence, Racism and Trauma in the School Environment

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


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

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


Disrupting Systemic Racism in Schools

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

This presentation will explore how to disrupt systemic racism in schools, examining the cultural responsiveness of existing programs, and discuss alternative strategies to promote school safety.


Developing Functional Annexes for Student Protest and Biohazard Incidents in School

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.


Culturally Responsive School Safety Town Hall Meeting

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.


Protecting America’s Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Targeted School 

Presented by: Social Science Research Specialist (SSRS) Jeff McGarry   

Ensuring the safety of children at school is a responsibility that belongs to everyone.  To inform these efforts, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) will present on the findings and recommendations from its latest study, Protecting America’s Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Targeted School Violence.  The findings from this study, which analyzed 41 incidents of targeted school violence that occurred at K-12 schools in the United States from 2008-2017, indicate that targeted violence is preventable.  This presentation will focus on how communities can use a multidisciplinary approach to identify and intervene with students who are exhibiting concerning or threatening behaviors.