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Conferences

The 17th Annual Safe School Successful Student Conference was a tremendous success. How do we measure this success? Hundreds of safety-minded educators, law enforcement officers, social workers and community members gathered at the Galt House at Louisville, Kentucky to focus on school safety issues and find answers to tough questions facing our schools and students.



Congratulations! Seven School Districts that had over 1,000 Cyber-Survivor Pledges received an "Outstanding Achievement Award" at the Safe School, Successful Student Conference, Nov 7th-8th. Jon Akers, Executive Director of KCSS presents Ken Bargo, Superintendent of Calloway County Schools.

Left: Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Dr. Terry Holliday presents the TELL Awards.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers were informative and thought provoking. First, Bill Modzeleski, associate assistant deputy secretary of the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools entitled his presentation “Looking Back and Moving Forward” and covered what we have learned over the past several decades about school safety issues and preparedness and what we can expect in the future.

Next, Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday recognized outstanding schools with excellent TELL Survey results and student achievement for their remarkable teaching and learning conditions. Directly following the Commissioner’s remarks, Karen McCuiston, Director of the Resource Center for Kentucky Center for School Center presented a keynote address entitled, “Cyber-Survivors to Cyber-Thrivers” and it outlined the growing problem our schools are facing with peer-to-peer cyber-bullying and online harassment. As the exponential growth of the internet becomes part of student’s daily in-school and out-of-school life, and with the powerful advancements in technology come potential risks and misuse. State-of-the-art technology in schools is essential for Kentucky’s students to be ready to compete in the global job market, but education and policies to combat the misuse and abuse are hallmark. Students must be able to navigate the virtual world to their advantage without fear of threat or harm. (Cyber-Survivor powerpt and resources)

The final address was made by Rosalind Wiseman, it was entitled "Creating a Culture of Dignity and Respect in Schools" it included a general overview of the philosophy and practices of her Owning Up curriculum and her book – the New York Times best-seller Queen Bees and Wannabes. Wiseman draws from real-life scenarios to demonstrate how cliques, bullying and social hierarchies among children and adults can be placed in a larger context of social justice. Download PPT Presentation

Awards

Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award

The Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award and a $500 check was awarded to Bullitt Central High School Drama Teacher Kevin Gose, Youth Service Center Coordinator Tonia Wiggins and students Anastasia Bell, Dalton Lee, Brandon Woodward, Kallen Juric, Rebecca Ralston, Devin Smith, Amber Hardesty, Allison Greer, Sierra Harvey, Evan McDaniel, Max Steck, Marissa Kayes, Isabella Browner, Corey Stearman and Ava Cooper during the Safe Schools and Communities Conference luncheon June 10th at the Marriott Inn East in Louisville. Kimberling’s wife, Vicki, and daughter, Heather, were onhand for the presentation along with District Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith and Bullitt Central High School Assistant Principal Rob Williams. http://www.bullittschools.org/wp/departments/superintendents/public-relations/2012-2013-photos/ Visit the Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award Page

Dr. Terry Holliday recognized outstanding schools with excellent TELL Survey results and student achievement for their remarkable teaching and learning conditions. Directly following the Commissioner’s remarks.

Cyber-Survivor Pledge – “Outstanding Achievement Award” Seven school districts were honored from across Kentucky for "Outstanding Achievement" participating in an observance of Kentucky Safe Schools Week activities. During Monday's Luncheon Calloway County, Murray Independant, Owen County, Warren County, Magoffin County and Boyd County were honored for having over 1,000 online Cyber-Survivor Pledges.

Sessions

Twenty-five unique sessions were presented by a varied group of safety enthusiasts. The sessions focused on the traditional aspects of school safety such as; bus safety and checklists for facilities, while addressing new technologies and ways our schools can create a climate of safety and respect for Kentucky students and staff. (full list of sessions)

Trade Show

Vendors shared their goods and ideas for safer schools, universities offered career advancement with safe focus and much more.Seven school districts were honored from across Kentucky for Outstanding Achievement" participating in an observance of Kentucky Safe Schools Week activities. During Monday's Luncheon Calloway County, Murray Independant, Owen County, Warren County, Magoffin County and Boyd County were honored for having over 1,000 online Cyber-Survivor Pledges.