NSBA’s inaugural School Safety Virtual Summit is September 16-17. This event will feature expert speakers and networking opportunities organized around addressing critical issues schools are facing along with best practices and effective strategies aligned to whole child health.

During this singular moment in history that has underscored the importance of public health, safety and equity, this event will provide stakeholders with the critical opportunity to come together and collaboratively support a comprehensive approach to school safety.

Dr. Marc Brackett and Scott Levy of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence will present a keynote address. A founding director of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, Brackett has spent years researching social and emotional learning (SEL). Brackett’s work led him to co-create RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach toward SEL adopted by more than 2,000 schools across the world. Levy, an elected member of the Byram Hills School District Board of Education and Vice President of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, is the executive director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

CEO of Restorative Strategies, LLC Dr. Robert Spicer will also present a keynote address. Spicer’s organization provides training and technical support to stakeholders with a focus on eradicating the school-to-prison pipeline based on the practices of restorative justice and SEL. Prior to founding Restorative Strategies, Spicer worked at Christian Fenger High School where he used Restorative Practices and other techniques to turn around this troubled high school on the Far South Side of Chicago.

Additional speakers include master trainer and cultural diversity expert Arianna Howard; Executive Director of Ducks & Lions: Trauma Sensitive Resources and New Jersey school board member Melissa Sadin; President & CEO of TEEN TRUTH JC Pohl; & Certified Leadership and Life Coach Michelle Anhang.

NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools provides a national platform by which students, parents, school district leaders and communities can education, engage and be empowered to support safe learning environments.

For more information please view the Safety Summit our program book. 


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