2020 NSBA School Safety Summit

Join Us at the NSBA School Safety Virtual Summit

Come join NSBA’s inaugural School Safety Virtual Summit September 16th and 17th. This event will feature expert speakers and networking opportunities organized around addressing critical issues schools are facing along with best practices and effective strategies aligned to Whole Child Health.

This summit will focus on how all stakeholders involved in promoting, creating and fostering safe schools can come together to collaboratively support a comprehensive approach to school safety.

Registration closes on Tuesday, September 15 at 3:00 pm EST

Keynote Speakers

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Center for
Emotional Intelligence;
Prof., Yale Child Study Center;
Founder, RULER
Scott Levy
Executive Director, Yale Center for
Emotional Intelligence

Robert Spicer, Ph.D.
CEO, Restorative Strategies, LLC

Sessions at a Glance

1:00 – 5:15PM EST

Leading with Emotional Intelligence in Uncertain Times

In this Keynote, Dr. Marc Brackett and Scott Levy will highlight how school leaders can use the skills of emotional intelligence to thrive personally and both govern and manage their districts during this period of uncertainty. They will explain the five “RULER” skills of emotional intelligence and address how to ensure the emotional well-being and engagement of faculty, staff and students; manage conflict and making high stakes decisions; maintain a positive district climate across virtual, hybrid, and in person learning environments; and become stewards for change in school communities by adopting systemic social and emotional learning.


  • Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Professor in the Yale Child Study Center, Co-Creator, RULER
  • Scott Levy, Executive Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

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Mindfulness for Teachers

Presented by United Health Care

Teachers play a central role in creating a classroom climate that fosters student learning and social-emotional well-being. However, we understand that teaching and managing classroom dynamics can be both taxing and stressful under the best of circumstances. In the current pandemic, teachers are now required to adapt to a new way of teaching and supporting their students, while attempting to manage their own fears and stress. As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”.

This workshop will help participants to understand the needs of teachers, and then help teachers “fill their own cup” so they can show up for their students from a place of strength and compassion.  This workshop will support and empower teachers by re-connecting them to their life purpose, offering mindfulness tools and practical strategies to mitigate stress and maximize creativity.


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Mental Health Supports for Students and Staff Through a Pandemic

Presented by Aetna

Current events have shown us that even with all the planning and preparing we can do, no one can predict what the future holds. To meet the growing needs of our communities and families through these unprecedented times, it is essential that schools are able to navigate and operate in this new environment. We know how overwhelming, stressful and confusing this all is, but the good news is you don't have to do it all alone.

This session will bring together experts from local school boards, Aetna and CVS to discuss solutions that can help districts work through these new challenges and provide a safer working environment for both teachers and students. This session will address the importance of comprehensive mental health supports; how to provide quality education in the middle of a pandemic; resources for school boards to help safely educate and support students; and resources for school employees to help navigate the stress of unforeseen circumstances.



1:00 – 4:30PM EST

A Restorative Journey

In this Keynote, Dr. Robert Spicer will talk about his innovative work of using Restorative Practices and other techniques to turn around a troubled high school on the Far South Side of Chicago.  Dr. Spicer will share his journey of restoration, healing and love through his inspirational story on how this was done and challenges that he faced.  He will also address how Social and Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice were used to provide support to a traumatized school community and the role that transformative leadership played in bringing this community together to face the threats that awaited it.


Stories from the Field: A Whole Child Approach to Reimagining Student Supports

This session will feature national experts in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Schools sharing their inspirational stories and lessons learned through their personal journeys. Presentations will focus on how developing a deeper understanding of student backgrounds and needs, building relationships and creating empowering environments to transform school climates can better meet the unique needs of each student.


Panel Discussion: A Whole Child Approach to Reimagining Student Supports

This panel discussion will focus on the lessons learned by Stories from the Field Presenters and how they can be applied to real world settings in the hopes of incorporating a comprehensive approach to meet the unique needs of each student.




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NSBA School Safety Virtual Summit, Inaugural Event on September 16 and 17

Registration Fee - $99

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