KILGORE, TEXAS—Region 7 area district and charter school employees will have the opportunity to learn about current trends and best practices for safer schools at a School Safety Summit being held March 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Region 7 Education Service Center (ESC) located at 1909 N. Longview St. in Kilgore.
The deadline to register for this workshop, which is free to Region 7 ESC area district and charter school employees, is March 5. The Summit is open to transportation employees, counselors, social workers, maintenance employees, facility managers, nurses, school resource officers, teachers, and campus and district administration. To register, visit www.esc7.net and click on the “Workshops” tab. The registration number is 040898.
Region 7 offers the Summit every year in collaboration with the Texas State Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC), and attendees can expect something a little different this year with the launch of the TxSSC’s new regional program titled “Navigating the Course to Safer Schools.”
“In the past, the format has been centered around delivering information to participants, but this year will be much more interactive with small group discussions and brainstorming sessions,” said Region 7 ESC Federal Programs Specialist Adrian Knight. “Through this new format, participants will learn how to assess the safety and security of their schools, implement a whole-community approach towards school safety, and develop a vision of a safe and supportive school. We hope district and charter school employees will join us for this great learning opportunity.”
The Summit will present a five-step process for creating and enhancing safe and secure school environments. Best practices and legislation on various topics including bullying, internet safety, substance abuse, and emergency preparedness will also be provided. Participants will be eligible to receive five or 11 TCOLE credit hours as well.
TxSSC tailors the Summit to meet the unique needs of Texas schools and uses the Texas Unified School Safety and Security Standards to identify best practices for creating and enhancing safe and secure school environments through education, collaboration and planning.
“Our team at the Texas School Safety Center is committed to helping schools and communities prepare today for a safer tomorrow,” said TxSSC Director Dr. Victoria Calder. “Toward this aim, we provide educators, parents, community organizations and stakeholders with an array of evidence-based practices, standards, and tools to strengthen emergency preparedness and create healthy schools and communities.”
About Region 7 Education Service Center
Region 7 ESC is committed to student success by providing quality programs and services that meet or exceed customer expectations. One of 20 regional education service centers statewide, Region 7 ESC participates in the planning development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of innovative educational programs for 96 school districts and 10 charter schools in the counties of Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Rains, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Panola, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.
About Texas School Safety Center
The Texas School Safety Center, at Texas State University, is tasked in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code with key school safety initiatives and mandates that support Texas schools districts no matter their size or demographics. It is the state’s central location for the dissemination of safety and security information, including research, training and technical assistance for K-12 schools and junior colleges. To learn more about Texas School Safety Center, visit the website at http://txssc.txstate.edu.