Safe Schools Symposium

Best Practices for Your School

June 24, 2013
Broughton High School, Wake County Public School System
Raleigh, North Carolina

Safe Schools Safety for school children has the nation's attention. Every aspect of educational safety and scrutiny is under review and school districts are contemplating best practices to employ to safeguard both students and staff. As leaders in creating safety in the built environment, the Association for Learning Environments orchestrated a security summit in Washington, DC to explore just this topic. Safe Schools: A Best Practices Guide, whose aim is to empower stakeholders with a guide to best practices, addressing educators and school boards charged with safeguarding students and staff, was a result of the collaborative effort of the many professionals who participated in this work. Irene Nigaglioni, chair, Association for Learning Environments, remarked, “ldquo;Safety and security of school children is paramount when planning school facilities. What is critically important in designing these facilities is to maintain a holistic approach that balances all the aspects of school life – 21st century personalized learning, sustainability, community participation – in order to arrive at the safest and most nurturing setting for school children. Through the summit, we vetted these concepts and we believe this guide is a starting point for achieving this critical balance. However, in order to best serve our students and staff, the discussion must continue."

Wake County Public School System launched a Task Force for Creating Safe Schools in Wake County, which may serve as a model for many school districts. Broughton High School, an International Baccalaureate World School, serves a diverse population of over 2,100 young people with an emphasis on academic excellence and community involvement.

The AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design serves as a new community resource for North Carolina design professionals and statewide residents. The mission of the new AIA North Carolina Headquarters will be to bridge architecture and the public. The facilities will exhibit design excellence and will represent the talent and aspirations of AIA North Carolina members.

The Chapter headquarters will provide a contact point for government participation, act as a catalyst for public outreach and design education programs to radiate throughout the state, provide public exposure for architects and their work, and serve as a source of pride for AIA North Carolina members and the entire state.




Monday, June 24, 2013
Broughton High School, 723 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27605
8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
Registration Open
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome Remarks/Overview
9:30 am – 11:00 am Keynote Speaker:
Mike Dorn, Safe Havens International
School Safety: It's Everybody's Business
11:00 am – 11:15 am Coffee Break
11:15 am – 12:30 pm School Safety Panel Discussion
Natural Surveillance and Territoriality

Case Study – The Task Force for Creating Safer Schools in Wake County
Kendrick Scott, Security Administrator, Wake County PSS
Mike Dorn, Moderator
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch – Sponsored by Tandus Floorcovering
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Safe Schools: Crisis Communications
When Seconds Count
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Safe Schools: Infrastructure
Case Study – New Norms: Charleston County Schools, SC

Andrew LaRowe, Baisca; Bill Lewis, Charleston County SD
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Safe Schools: Addressing Mental Health Issues
Dick Rumer, North Carolina Psychological Association
Sara Greene, Lead Psychologist, Wake County PSS
Darlene Johnson, Lead Social Worker, Wake County PSS
Mike Dorn, Moderator
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Reception – AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design
14 East Peace Street, Raleigh, NC 27604

Keynote Speaker

Michael Dorn Michael Dorn Michael Dorn is an international authority who addresses school safety issues with power, passion, and balance. Michael serves as the Executive Director of Safe Havens International Inc., a global non-profit school safety center. Michael was selected as the keynote speaker for the International Conference on Safe School Design at Johnson and Wales University and regularly works with architects and school district personnel to design safer, more secure and more effective learning environments. Michael has worked full time in the school safety field for more than 30 years.

Michael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has received extensive anti-terrorism training in the United States and in Israel. Having authored and co-authored 26 books on school safety, Michael's work has taken him to Central America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East. Michael has captivated audiences of up to 3,500 people from Virginia to Vietnam with his powerful, practical and unforgettable presentations.

"As one of our staff put it, learning school safety from Michael Dorn is like learning literature from William Shakespeare."
   David C. Burleson, Superintendent – Avery County, North Carolina Public Schools
   White House School Safety Summit Participant