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Resiliency Through Preparation - 2021 National Conference on Active School Threats

Join us as we build on the challenges of the past year to advance our shared goal of creating safe, secure, and healthy environments for our nations schools. The NASCPC is proud to partner with the School Safety Advocacy Council to sponsor this important event.

In response to the nationwide alarm over youth violence in our schools, the 2021 National Conference on Active School Threats invites school and university administrators, campus security officers, mental health professionals, emergency management experts, first responders and law enforcement professionals, as well other experts to meet November 29th – December 1st in Delray Beach, Florida. The purpose of this conference is to provide attendees the knowledge to return to their campuses and develop effective action plans that are unique to their own communities and engage the widest range of local stakeholders to make our campuses better prepared for any crisis.

The 2021 National Conference on Active School Threats is the most comprehensive conference of its kind in the nation and will feature the most knowledgeable and internationally renowned keynote presenters into one forum to provide the highest quality professional development possible. This unique learning opportunity will focus on community stakeholder partnerships and best practices that demonstrate a cross systems approach and evidence-based strategies for school’s and communities to effectively deal with the threats they face today.

Who Should Attend?

  • School Administrators

  • Law Enforcement Officers / SRO’s

  • Campus Safety and Security Officers

  • Mental Health Professionals

  • Emergency Management Professionals

  • Fire / EMS Professionals

  • Any School or Community Stakeholder

Conference Attendee Registration Information

Early Discounted Registration

Attendee Registration$350 Registrations prior to 10/11/2021 Multi-Attendee Registration$325 (5) or more registrations submitted at same time from single agency prior to 10/11/21


Attendee Registration$375 Registrations after to 10/11/2021 Multi-Attendee Registration$350 (5) or more registrations submitted at same time from single agency after 10/11/21


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Conference Presenters

  • Howard Cook, Executive Director FBI National Academy Associates Howard Cook is the Executive Director of the FBI National Academy Associates, he was appointed by the Board of Directors in January of 2018. He leads a National team of twelve employees who serve 17,000 members in over 100 countries. They have 48 chapters in the United States and 4 International chapters. He was the former Chief of Police for Columbia College in South Carolina where he has served for seventeen years before he retired. In May of 2013 he was promoted to the position of Associate Director of Criminal Justice to assist the leadership in running the Colleges first online degree program. He currently serves as the Past President of the South Carolina Campus Law Enforcement Association where he’s served for eight years as President.

  • Don Alwes, Active School Shooter Threat Expert - When the Gunman Comes to School Don is a trainer and law enforcement officer with over 33 years of experience. He has served as an adjunct instructor for Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training for 15 years and is a lead instructor for National Tactical Officers Association, Response to Active Shooter and School Violence courses. He has instructed thousands of school administrators and law enforcement officers in the areas of terrorism, homeland security, firearms, tactics, vulnerability assessment and executive development. As a team leader, Alwes supervised and performed anti-terrorism assessments and served as a subject matter expert for projects sponsored by the U. S Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.

  • Lt Sean Burke, President School Safety Advocacy Council - Situational Awareness For Education – S.A.F.E Sean is currently a Lieutenant in an urban police department in Massachusetts with over 33 years of law enforcement experience with over 25 years as part of the SRO Unit. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy-Session 239 and is considered a school safety and law enforcement expert by the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a founding member of the U.S Department of Justice School Safety Technical Working Group, and U.S Department of Homeland Security. Sean is considered one of the foremost experts in school based safety, emergency management, law enforcement, and youth violent behavior. He has traveled extensively and spoken before police officers and school personnel from the United States, Europe, Japan, Iceland, Canada, and the Caribbean. He has authored numerous articles and research papers and been interviewed and quoted as an expert source in media journals from across the nation. Sean was selected to for the cover of Time Magazine’s Guns in America Issue (2018) for his work in school safety and continues to serve as a consultant and on air expert for numerous media outlets including CBS National News and Good Morning America.

  • School Violence & Student Mental Health: “Mitigating Violence through Mental Health Assessment Teams” Dr. Donald Fennoy, Superintendent, Palm Beach County School District (Ret) & Chief Frank Kitzerow, President, National Association of School & Campus Police Chiefs This session, presented by the National Association of School and Campus Police Chiefs, will focus on the process of developing effective district-wide procedures to assess violent threats, to include establishing policies and procedures, creating an interdisciplinary assessment team, as well as developing an effective professional development program. Professional Law enforcement and district educational administrators will showcase and describe the process they employ when a potential threat is identified. This session will conclude with an informative question/answer forum.

  • FBI Office of Partner Engagement – Violence Reduction Unit: “Lessons Learned from 20 Years of School Active Shooters and Targeted Attacks” This training, specifically designed for school administrators and law enforcement officials, focuses on the FBI’s Active Shooter Program and highlights results from twenty years of studying active shooters; the history and lessons learned from these incidents; and efforts to aid first responders and administrators to plan, prepare, and develop strategies for Active Shooter situations. The training stresses prevention through community awareness and reporting methods, options-based responses by school staff when faced with an active shooter, law enforcement response, recovery and reunification efforts by the community and how law enforcement plays a positive role in the process to establish a “new” normal. Instruction will focus on the development of threat assessment plans. The FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement – Violence Reduction Unit will provide copies of active shooter productions – The Coming Storm; Active Shooter: Managing the Mass Casualty Threat; Echoes of Columbine; and In The Aftermath as well as other active shooter resources for the conference attendees.

  • Mr. Curtis Lavarello-Executive Director School Safety Advocacy Council School Security Solutions through Safety Assessment This session will focus on the importance of school and community leaders to continually assess their vulnerability to critical incidents before they occur. School Safety Leaders have long known that conducting safety and security assessments can result in the reduction of critical incidents, improved response to critical incidents and the district/school saving important dollars through the prioritization of their safety needs.

  • A Must Attend For All Attendees! FREE! Pre-Conference Sessions Monday November 29th 1:00pm-3:00pm The Impact of Social Media on School Safety This pre-conference session will focus on the current social media and applications youth are using today. Additionally, cyberbullying and other online threats are defined with actual examples that schools and law enforcement agencies have addressed across the nation. This session is highly recommended for all attendee, especially school administration and school safety directors. Speaker: Chief Tim Enos of the Sarasota School Police serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO) and has been a Senior Trainer for the School Safety Advocacy Council for the past 15 years. Prior to serving as the Sarasota School Police Chief, Chief Enos served as a Law Enforcement Captain with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office where he ran the Youth Services Division and School Resource Officer unit. Chief Enos recently testified before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission initiated by Governor Rick Scott following the tragic shooting in Broward County. Chief Enos continues to serve as a national presenter for the FBINAA.

Host Hotel Information

Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa

A MODERN OCEANFRONT LUXURY RESORT IN DELRAY BEACH Located steps from the ocean at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and A1A, Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa is the newest Four Diamond member of the Opal Collection, a collection of distinctive, luxury resorts in the most sought-after locations in the US. We have reimagined this Delray Beach oceanfront hotel to provide guests with an unforgettable seaside escape immersed in laid-back sophistication, thoughtfully composed American-Caribbean design and modern comforts.

Chic, contemporary and completely revitalized, Opal Grand is the perfect addition to the sunny village of Delray Beach, Florida, which was rated by Coastal Living in 2015 as one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” Offering the vibrant downtown of a larger city while retaining its authentic small-town charm, Delray Beach has become popular haven for travelers seeking a relaxed oceanfront getaway with easy access to culture, nightlife, and great restaurants. Coveted Oceanfront Address Steps from the Beach

  • 277 Contemporary, Coastal-Inspired Guest Rooms and Suites

  • Villas by the Sea, Condo-style Accommodations with Full Kitchens

  • Oceanfront Pool and Whirlpool with Palm Trees and Comfortable Loungers

  • Award-Winning Spa

  • Upscale Restaurants and Lounges

  • Self- and Valet Parking

  • Over 22,000 Sq. Ft. of Indoor and Outdoor Event Space for up to 1,000 Guests

  • Business Center

  • Located on Trendy Atlantic Avenue, Near Dozens of Boutiques, Art Galleries, Restaurants, Nightlife and More

Discounted Conference Room Rate $169/night Includes Resort Fee

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