Ashland University Professor Schedules School Safety Conference in Columbus

Ashland University Professor Schedules School Safety Conference in Columbus

4/21/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – An Educator’s School Safety Conference that will feature practical, hands-on strategies to effectively implement safety procedures and initiatives in schools will be held in September by Dr. Amy Klinger, assistant professor of educational administration at Ashland University.

Klinger, who is a well-known national school safety expert, also heads up the Educator’s School Safety Network, a non-profit organization based in Ohio. The network will host this event Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the DoubleTree Worthington in Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University credit is available for those attending the conference.

“We are very excited at the prospect of bringing the education and emergency response communities together to discuss these critical issues from an educational point of view. The conference will be education based, but is open to anyone in the education or emergency response communities,” Klinger said. “Our intent is to focus on practitioners and decision makers in school crisis response, and to feature content and presenters that are practical and experienced based. While there will be some focus on active shooter response, the scope of the conference is a much broader, all hazards approach to crisis planning, prevention and response.”

Klinger said the first day of the conference will focus on emerging issues in school safety, such as the new FEMA and Department of Education guidelines for active shooter response in schools, threat assessment management, parent reunification, and student technology use and communication in crisis events. 

“The afternoon breakout sessions will focus on the three strands of planning, prevention and response,” she said. “We will have ‘in-the-field’ presenters that represent the education, law enforcement, fire and EMS communities who can directly communicate their message to school stakeholders.”

The second day events will begin with a roundtable discussion centering on "real life" experiences in putting the strategies and protocols discussed into practice.

“Panelists will include educators and first responders who have managed actual school crisis events and/or have implemented the planning and prevention concepts discussed,” she said. “The session will be a hands-on discussion of the pros and cons of implementation and application by those who have actually done it.”

The second keynote speaker for the day will be Michele Gay, a Sandy Hook parent and founder of the Safe and Sound Schools Foundation.

Early bird registration for the conference is $199 per person. Additional information and registration details are available at

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