2020 Illinois School Safety Conference Is Postponed

District and school administrators, police and fire departments, transportation directors and safety and emergency managers throughout the state are all encouraged to attend this spring’s Annual Illinois School Safety Conference.

2020 Illinois School Safety Conference Is Postponed

The conference will be held at the White Eagle Events and Convention Center, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles, Illinois on April 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UPDATE March 19, 2020: The 2020 Illinois School Safety Conference that was originally scheduled for April 16 has been postponed.


Original February 28,  2020 article:

Stakeholders responsible for protecting public and private K-12 campuses in the state of Illinois can heighten their campus’ safety by attending this spring’s Illinois School Safety Conference. Featuring a wide variety of school safety and crisis prevention experts, the conference will provide vital and practical information that’s easy to apply, and there will be time for questions, according to the event’s organizers. There is ample parking, and WIFI is available.

The conference will be held at the White Eagle Events and Convention Center, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles, Illinois on April 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Register by April 9 at  https://feapc.com/resources/safety-conference/registration/.  

District and school administrators, police and fire departments, transportation directors and safety and emergency managers throughout the state are all encouraged to attend. This event is FREE for school personnel, police, emergency preparedness personnel and public safety officers. Those individuals must bring their school or agency ID to enter the event.

This event includes:

  • FREE continental breakfast and lunch
  • Vendor showcase
  • Professional development paperwork will be provided onsite

Speakers will include:

  • Bruce Talbot, Retired Police Sergeant, Police Drug Training Specialist: What Has Been the Effect of Recreational Cannabis on Colorado Schools? Will Illinois Have the Same Experience?
  • Paul Timm, PSP, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates: Changing the School Culture – Heightening Staff Awareness
  • Molly Bradley Hudgens, School Counselor, Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View Tennessee and Congressional Medal of Honor Citizens Honor Recipient: Recognizing Red Flags – An Educator’s Role in Preventing School Violence
  • Nick Chernoff, Lead Trainer and Senior Threat Analyst, Safer Schools Together: Responding to Digital Threats – A Review of Recent Cases, Lessons Learned, and Challenges that Frontline Investigators Currently Face
  • Mia Ray, School Intelligence Officer, Illinois State Police, Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center
  • Samantha Magid, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher, School District 89 (Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview): How to Deal with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Emotional Needs Students During an Emergency

The event will also feature a panel of lunchtime speakers, including:

  • Randy Braverman, Senior Consultant, Facility Engineering Associates
  • Paul Timm, PSP, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates
  • Ron Ellis, School Security Specialist
  • Robert Tornabene, Bureau Chief, Niles Police Department
  • William Evans, Retired Lieutenant Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Security Specialist
  • Jon Kaplin, School Resource Officer, Belvidere High School and President of ILSROA
  • Sandy Ellis, Faculty, Texas A & M University, National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center, TEEX
  • Jeff Vose, Regional Superintendent of Schools, Sangamon-Menard Counties
  • Ben Schwarm, Deputy Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards
  • David Young, FBI Chicago, Liaison between the Behavioral Analysis Unit and Local Law Enforcement
  • Daniel E. Cates, Superintendent, High School District 211
  • Eric Arnold, Program Manager, Illinois School & Campus Safety
  • Jeff Aranowski, Executive Director, Safe and Healthy Climate, Illinois State Board of Education Sgt.
  • Michael Kindhart, Safety Education Unit Manager, Illinois State Police
  • District 211, Student
  • Richard Weiner, Deputy Chief, Glencoe Police Department Dr. David Negron, Superintendent, School District 89 (Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview)
  • Bernie Arends, Fire Protection Specialist, Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal

The conference is hosted by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C., Niles Police Department, Township High School District 211, Illinois School Resource Officers Association, Illinois State Police, Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95, School District 89 (Maywood, Melrose Park and Broadview), Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Rockford Office of Catholic Schools, and Proviso Area for Exceptional Children.

Contact Randy Braverman at FEA for more information at randy.braverman@feapc.com or (224) 578-0484.

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