School Safety and Security Professional Learning Opportunities

Below are the Professional Devlopment Opportunities that the Office of School Safety and Security offers!   

For more information or to schedule training, contact Cindy Swearingen, Assistant Executive Director, Office of School Safety and Security.  (918) 830-7705 


*All training can be customized to fit the needs of your district! 


Options Based Thinking- “Permission to Live”

  1. Evade- to take refuge in escape or avoidance
  2. Shelter- something that covers or affords protection
  3. Defend- to take action against attack or challenge

In order to react and prepare for any crisis or emergency, you must know your options. In the particular case of an active crisis or emergency, you must know your options. In the particular case of an active assailant event, this training will aid school staff in response efforts as well as promote and build a psychological sense of safety.   Philosophical concepts are built out during this 4-hour exercise as well as use of practical applications specific to your site.


Emergency Operations Plan Development- “Six step process towards safer schools” 

An introduction centered around the 6-step process as outlined by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools and Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA).  Learn the why and how on maximizing your district Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) and other key planning features to ensure successful development specific to the resources available to your community.  (six 45-minute meetings with your school safety team)


Bomb Making Awareness Program- “What schools need to know”

In this training school staff will be exposed to signs and clues of a potential bomb in the making.  Understand the potential motives and necessary materials involved as teen experimentalists and other bad actors create improvised explosive devices (IEDs).  Learn how and where to report in order to prevent the manufacture of an IED in your community. (30 minutes)


Student Behavioral Threat Assessment- “Everyone’s perspective counts”

Many attacks at schools could be prevented by implementing a Behavioral Threat Assessment (BTA). BTAs identify behaviors of concern that may lead individuals down a violent path. Learn to recognize warning signs and report them through BTA protocols.  Your perspective counts- educate all staff about implementing this system at your school site to prevent targeted violence. (1 hour)


Micro-credentialing process- “Earning your School Safety Professional Designation”

 It has never been more crucial to ensure a qualified professional is present to lead safety efforts at your school site.  Learn how to gain access to and navigate the Oklahoma State Department of Education's School Safety and Security Professional Program.  (30 minutes)


Human Trafficking 101: What Schools Need to Know-

There is an urgent need for schools to proactively educate students and staff on the influx of human trafficking—equally, there is considerable resistance within schools to address this topic.  This training will provide an overview of trafficking to include Sextortion, Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking.  (45 minutes)


School Safety for the Littles-An Early Childhood Preparedness Training

I’M NOT SCARED...I’M PREPARED: Teaching the Littles about School Safety using Bibliotherapy Concepts.  This training will discuss a variety of books used to teach lower elementary students how to be prepared, not scared in a non-fearful way. (45 minutes)


Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

CPTED principles implemented at your school has the ability to affect behavior.  Learn current trends and best practices in areas such as maintenance, lighting, traffic flow, student drop off/pick-up sites, natural surveillance techniques and much more.  Administration, coaches, maintenance staff, and safety and health directors would all benefit from this practical approach to controlling and influencing behavior through your natural and created environment. (1 hour)


Soft Spaces: Large Targets

Event Planning – An all-hazards approach to planning your event.  Learn about the many various types of threats and hazards that your event could potentially face and ways to mitigate your risk. (45 minutes)


Don’t Let Your Students Get DRUG Down- Today's drug trends in high schools across America.

 Learn the common street drugs, their lingo and clothing specific items to conceal and promote drugs.  The key to prevention and recovery is knowing what our students are promoting, right in front of us! (1 hour)


Social Media and Online Presence – Awareness

Do you know what the current most dangerous apps for students are?  We will discuss the ever-changing landscape of apps and their dangers. (45 minutes)


Public Information Officer – Why every school district needs one and the needed training to support an effective PIO

 Key to surviving a school crisis is keeping all stakeholders informed. This includes staff, students, parents, the public at large and the media. This is accomplished best by having a Public Information Officer. This course focuses on PIO training as well as the basics of a Public Information Plan. (1 hour)


FEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program – What you need to know BEFORE the disaster hits

It’s best to be prepared before a disaster or emergency incident occurs and in Oklahoma it’s WHEN not IF a disaster will occur. Learn how to put your school district in the best position to apply for federal and, or state disaster assistance. Gain lessons learned related to the process of applying for disaster assistance. (1 hour) created.   


Continuity of Operations Plans for Schools

COVID-19 has shown like never before the need for Continuity of Operations Planning. Today it’s a pandemic that schools must deal with; tomorrow it may be a tornado, flooding or a school shooting that may require activation of the district’s COOP. This course covers the basics in COOP planning, to include developing, maintaining and exercising the plan. (1 hour)

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Last updated on March 31, 2021