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School Safety and Security Professional Learning Opportunities

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

Each session is geared towards a 45 min presentation with 15 min Q&A for a 1-hour presentation. 


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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

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

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!

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. 


Other Learning Opportunities Include:

  • School Crisis and the Media-Why you need a Public Information Officer (PIO)
  • Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
  • REMS-Site assess- “How to Conduct a Site Assessment”
  • FEMA Disaster Assistance Program
  • Customized Subject Matter (Available by Request)
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Last updated on August 3, 2020