Tuesday January 2, 2007

School Violence

One of the country's most-quoted experts on school violence prevention will offer a free dinner seminar at the University of Dayton Jan. 16.

Kenneth S. Trump, author of Classroom Killers? Hallway Hostages? How Schools Can Prevent and Manage School Crises, will highlight best practices in security, school safety and violence prevention at a dinner seminar at the University of Dayton on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Co-sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and UD's School of Education and Allied Professions, the seminar runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Union Ballroom. It's free, but advance registration is required by Monday, Jan. 8. To register, e-mail Beth Blanks at blanksjb@notes.udayton.edu. Include your name, title and school or school system. Free parking is available in Lot A on the corner of Stewart and Alberta streets. For more information, call 937-229-3076.

"Tragedies of school violence in communities like Columbine and, more recently, the Amish community of Paradise, Pa., are grim reminders that school safety and emergency preparedness planning can never be taken for granted. Thus, it's paramount that school administrators, teaching staff and parents be aware of best practices in school safety, school security and violence prevention," said Terry Ryan, the Fordham Foundation's vice president for Ohio programs and policy.

Trump is the president of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based national consulting firm specializing in school security and school emergency/crisis preparedness training, school security assessments and school safety consulting for K-12 schools and public safety providers. He will offer tips on how to create an effective emergency preparedness plan that will help keep children out of harm's way.

The seminar also will feature Dayton Police Department Lt. Robert Chabali, who will provide first-hand knowledge about threats to school safety and ways to mitigate them. Additionally, local school leaders will discuss school safety planning and emergency preparedness strategies that are working now in their own schools.

"Few issues confronting K-12 administrators are as significant as school safety," said Thomas Lasley, dean of the School of Education and Allied Professions. "Unless young people are in school environments where they feel safe they will be unable to achieve their full academic potential."

Contact Kathryn Mullen Upton at 937-227-3368 or kmullenupton@edexcellence.net.