Maine DOE offers free school safety, security workshop

The Maine DOE is encouraging staff from Maine schools to attend Preparing People: A School Safety and Security Workshop on Tuesday, June 24 at Colby College Alumni Center in Waterville.

The free workshop will offer reality-based video scenarios with group discussion, multi-discipline planning and an overview of simple strategies for safer and more effective Maine schools. K-12 and post-secondary staff as well as emergency management, fire & rescue, health and human services, law enforcement and security personnel involved with PK-16 safety and security are encouraged to attend.

Michael Dorn, executive director of Safe Havens International, the world’s largest school safety center, will be the session’s lead presenter. Dorn has worked extensively with the Maine DOE to analyze and report the status of school security in Maine and recently helped develop a free school security guide on the Department’s behalf for our state’s schools entitled 20 Simple Strategies to Safer and More Effective Schools. He is an international speaker, consultant and author who implements proven, practical and cost effective tools for school improvement through safety.

Seating is limited and advanced registration, which can be completed online here,  is required for this workshop.

For more information about this event or school safety and security technical assistance, please contact Maine DOE’s Pat Hinckley at pat.hinckley@maine.gov or 207-624-6886.

2 responses to “Maine DOE offers free school safety, security workshop

  1. The timing of this event is off. It takes place the same time as the superintendent’s, MPA and MADSEC conferences. Our school leaders cannot be at all places at the same time.

    • Samantha Warren

      Thank you for that feedback. I talked to the workshop organizer here at the Department and she explained that Mr. Dorn was in Maine for another event (the school facilities conference), and so was able to tack this presentation on to his visit so that we could offer it at no cost to attendees. We are planning two additional workshops with him this fall that hopefully will be at a time that is more accessible. Thanks again for the feedback, and for your commitment to student and school safety and security.

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