National Summit On School
Safety

March 1-3, 2019
Birmingham, AL

About the Summit

Applying to Attend

Attendee Requirements

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About the
Summit

The National Coalition for Safe Schools (NCSS) is hosting a Powered by Teach to Lead Summit to bring together ground-level K-12 educators to share their voices, needs and ideas in order to develop proactive solutions to prevent and address school shootings.

For all applicants invited to attend the Summit, registration, lodging and meals will be provided free of charge. Attendees must arrange and pay for their own travel to and from the event.

Funding and in-kind support for NCSS and the National Summit on School Safety is provided by National Life Group and LifeChanger of the Year, with additional support from Teach To Lead and the Varkey Foundation.

 
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Summit Goal

To complete a framework outlining needs and proposed solutions to the most specific level possible, towards the creation and dissemination of a database of best practice solutions districts can use to stop shootings from occurring at school.  

Purpose

The event is being held for two reasons:

1) To surface and begin to develop a framework of short-term actions that educators and schools can take to promote safety and student health.  Participating educators will be asked to identify their immediate school safety and mental health concerns and goals. These may include:

-Deficiencies in curriculum, protocols and funding that provide schools with the ability to address social emotional learning and mental health issues.

-Safety protocols, procedures, personnel, facility improvements and training for staff members, and lack of a tool to measure success.

2) To begin development of long-term goals that inform a framework for educational policy at the state and national level in order to ensure schools are safe.

Approach

The national debate on school shootings is polarizing. The goal of the summit is to redirect the national dialogue and focus on addressing two fundamental questions:

1) Why are so many children angry?

2) Why do children resort to extreme acts of violence to solve their issues? 

As teacher leaders, we believe the national debate should focus on the root of the problem. The Summit will empower teacher leaders with the ability to answer those basic questions as well as to clearly identify issues and solutions that have led to school shootings.

A team of 30 teacher leaders will be selected from a national pool of applicants to attend the summit in order to develop a framework that will guide future discussions around the country on an array of topics that range from the importance of social-emotional learning and mental health to ensuring schools are properly equipped and staffed.

The event is entirely teacher-led and the first of its kind in developing real-world solutions for both the short and long term that focus on the root of the problem.  The summit provides teacher leaders with a platform to become a leading voice in the creation of a national movement that promotes safe and healthy schools.

Applying to
Attend

Any teacher, counselor or administrator working full-time in a U.S. pre-K through 12 school (public, private, charter, other) may submit an application to participate in the summit.

If you meet the criteria and are interested in attending the National Summit on School Safety, please click on “Apply Now” to complete the online application process. The application asks several questions that require thoughtful and detailed narrative responses. You can click here to preview and download the application questions so that you may prepare responses in advance of beginning the online application process.  Once you begin the online application process, you may save your application prior to completion and return to finish and submit it at any time up to the submission deadline. Please make sure to provide as much detail as possible in the areas regarding your team plan.

Join Our Webinar

Attend one of our upcoming webinars to learn more about the National Summit or to get answers to questions you have about the application process. Informational webinars will be held on the following dates and times:  

November 15
6:30-7:30 pm CT

November 29
4:00-5:00 pm CT

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Attendee
Requirements

Selection Process

The selection committee will choose 30 applications from the pool of submissions to represent US schools at the event. Selected teams will appoint a teacher leader to represent their building/district at the National Summit.  

All applicants will be notified on January 11, 2019 regarding the status of their application. Due to limited capacity, we will not be able to invite all applicants to attend the summit. However, we strongly encourage all applicants who are not invited to attend this year’s summit to apply again next year and to join our growing coalition of people and organizations committed to ensuring schools are safe and healthy places for students to learn and teachers to work.

Information from ALL submissions will be used to help drive the conversation at the summit and assist in the transformation of the national narrative.  Your assistance is critical to ensuring this issue is properly addressed.

The framework from the event will be shared with educators, parents, community members and policymakers across the United States.

Deadlines

Submissions:   December 14, 2018 by 5:00pm ET

Notifications:   January 11, 2019

Cost

There is no cost to apply. If your application is accepted and you are invited to attend the summit, your registration, housing and meals will be provided to you free of charge.  However, you will need to arrange and pay for your personal transportation to and from the event.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Applicants understand that by submitting an application, they are agreeing to attend the summit if invited.

Attendee Requirements

-Attendees must commit to pre-summit activities which include participating a series of planning webinars and conference calls.

-Attendees must be available to attend the ENTIRE summit on March 1-3. Activities will begin the evening of March 1 and conclude at noon on March 3.

-Attendees are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the event.