It Takes a Village: Using Technology and People to Secure Schools

Join this fireside chat to hear a retired school principal and technology expert discuss effective ways to quell school safety fears amid increased violence and student trauma.

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Even before the school day begins, students and staff walk through the doors with their own trauma. Whether it be trauma from an illness, sexual assault, loss of a loved one, targeted violence or marginalization, school should be a place where all students feel protected, no matter their circumstances.

Compounding that trauma is an increase in school violence, particularly school shootings. Students are afraid for their safety, even some of those who are bringing weapons into schools. We’ve seen in recent events that parents are also on edge, rushing into their children’s schools at any sign of a potential threat, and teachers are leaving the profession in masses.

Some ways to help reduce trauma and general fear surrounding safety include trauma-informed care, air-tight emergency response policies and procedures for staff, first responders, students and community stakeholders to follow, and supplemental security technology such as access control and weapons screening.

In this “fireside chat” style webinar, a retired school principal and technology expert will discuss:

  • Real-world perspectives on how to secure schools with technology and people
  • How to optimize school safety with a community of parents, school administrators, and other stakeholders
  • Best practices to address trauma, anxiety, and depression with students, teachers, and administrators during challenging times
  • How to redesign schools to address student behavior
  • What professional development areas of study are essential for staff addressing school safety

Aside from keeping students physically safe, the main objective in continuously discussing and implementing best practices is to get back to what school is about: learning.


Kevin Eberle, EdD, Retired School Principal, Educator, and Former Police Officer

Experienced Principal of 27 years demonstrating a history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Lesson Planning, Educational Technology, Trauma Informed Care and Emergency Response to Critical Situation in a school environment. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Educational Leadership and Administration from SUNY at Buffalo.

Here are some of his qualifications and accomplishments:

  • Education Advisor/Consultant EVOLV Technology
  • Consultant/CEO EdIngenuity, LLC
  • Retired Principal Buffalo Public Schools
  • School Administrator for 27 years
  • Former Chief Operations Officer for Buffalo Public Schools
  • Received Doctorate at SUNY @ Buffalo University (Educational Administration)
  • Board Member of The Police Athletic League, Our Lady of Victory (OLV) Human Services, Family Justice Center of Buffalo (Preventing Domestic Violence)
  • Educational Advisor with Empire State College
  • Former Police/Tactical Officer (Hampton, Virginia)

Neil Sandhoff, Head of Education, Vice President, Evolv Technology

Neil Sandhoff has dedicated the past 22 years to making the world safer. Following his education at Villanova University, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy leading and advising on counterterrorism, security and Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear and High Explosive (CBRNE) operations, policy development, training, and planning. Following his experience serving in the military, Neil transitioned to the private sector to provide security and technology solutions to government and commercial partners. He has also helped local governments, schools, stadiums, theme parks, and many other iconic venues develop comprehensive security solutions.

Neil is currently the Vice President of Education at Evolv Technology, a security technology company that puts customers’ operational and security needs first as we develop technology that is innovative, thoroughly tested, and disrupts the traditional physical security market. Neil is focused on helping school districts achieve a layered security approach that allows students and faculty to focus on learning by minimizing the social and emotional trauma schools face today due to increased violence in their communities and across the nation.

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