National Summit On School

March 1-3, 2019
Birmingham, AL

About the Summit

Who’s Attending

Attendee Requirements

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About the

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.  


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.


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.


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 15th, 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.


Submissions:   January 11th, 2019 by 5:00pm ET

Notifications:   January 15th, 2019


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.


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 in 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.

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