School Safety Conference

Free One-Day Event

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7:30am to 4:00pm
Bristol Palace 828 E. Rand Rd. Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Welcome & Introduction

James Joseph, Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Who Should Attend?

District Administrators, School Administrators, Police & Fire Departments,
Transportation Directors, Parties in Charge of Safety and Emergency Managers

The Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Oak Park & River Forest High School, Facility Engineering Associates P.C., Oak Park Police, East Aurora School District, Proviso Area for Exceptional Children and ILSROA invite you to heighten your safety awareness by attending a gathering of experts in the field of school safety and crisis prevention. At no cost to you, you can learn how to enhance the safety and security of your school facility on a day-to-day basis and long term. This vital information will be practical and easy to apply, and there will be ample time for you to ask specific questions. Theodore Roosevelt once said “you never have trouble if you are prepared for it.” This statement takes on significant meaning as schools try to ensure the safety of their students in today’s vulnerable world. We hope you will join us to hear from the subject matter experts.

Register by 04/08/2017 at

Please provide the name of your school or agency, your name, your phone number, and your email address. Registration is limited to (4) people per department or school. If you need to bring more than four, please call Randy Braverman at 224-578-0484.

  • A FREE Continental Breakfast & Lunch Will Be Served.
  • Exceptional Vendors Will Be On Site!
  • View the most advanced safety products on the market from vendors dedicated to school safety and security.
  • CPDU/CEU paperwork will be provided on site.

Guest Speakers and Topics

Mia Ray Langheim, School Intelligence Officer, Illinois State Police, Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center

This presentation will reflect over school and campus shootings/attacks from the past five years and briefly review after action findings from some of the shootings and other safety disruptions in schools. Recommendations and research findings will be presented to help mitigate everything that is discussed.

Paul Timm, PSP, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.

This presentation will introduce three keys to effective school security - 1) collaboration, 2) cultural change and 3) appropriate youth involvement. Learn how to make your learning environment safer!

Sam Jingfors, Director of Services, Safer Schools Together

“The data was there - They said. How Open Source Social Media Data can be Utilized for School Safety” The vast majority of recent school violence attacks have had precursors leaked online in the form of social media posts. Knowing where, how, and when to look for this critical information is the current challenge this nation faces. The real time gathering and assessment of publicly available social media data plays an imperative role in mitigating and preventing school violence. The latest trends in social media use and misuse, the current landscape of digital behavioral violence threat/risk assessment, and relevant open source information gathering techniques will be covered.

Frank DeAngelis, Retired Principal, Columbine High School, Littleton, CO

Two teenaged gunman took the lives of 13 students and adults. His students. His Facility. His Friends. It changed his life forever, in ways that most can’t begin to fathom. In this session, “Mr. D” (as he is known to his students) will talk about the events of that day, the response, the aftermath, how it changed his life and the lives of his family. And the recovery process. His message will clearly make everyone in attendance realize that disasters can occur anytime, anywhere on any given day.

School Safety Planning for Students with Special Needs

This session will address the impact of a disability in all stages of crisis planning including prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. It will also stress the importance of a diverse crisis team and safety planning committee that include members such as nurses, occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists; proactive planning and decision making; establishing positive ongoing partnerships with first responders; and education and training for students’ parents, staff, and first responders in order to ensure the safety of all.

Julie Jilek, Assistant Superintendent/Chief Business Official, Northwest Suburban Special Educational Organization

Mike Cowsert, Juvenile Detective/School Resource Officer, Arlington Heights Police Department, Northwest Suburban Special Educational Organization

Lunchtime Panel Speakers

Randy Braverman, Director of Campus Safety, Oak Park and River Forest H.S.; Conference and Safety Panel Moderator

Paul Timm, PSP, Vice President, Facility Engineering Associates P.C.

Ron Ellis, School Security Specialist

David Young, FBI Chicago, Liaison between the Behavioral Analysis Unit and local law enforcement

Anthony Ambrose, Chief, Oak Park Police Department

LT. William Evans, Retired Cook County Sheriff's Police; Co-Owner EBA Security Consultants

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, Superintendent, Oak Park and River Forest H.S.

Dr. Sandy Ellis, Faculty, Texas A & M University, National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center, TEEX

Kevin Eck, Owner, Brannab Group, LLC

Timothy Janowick, Chief, Mount Prospect Police Department

Sgt. Larry Drish, Bomb Technician, Cook County Sheriff's Police

Gerald S. Mourning, Chief, Arlington Heights Police Department

Brittney Burns, Assistant States Attorney, Community Justice Center, Cook County

Ben Schwarm, Deputy Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards

Christopher Thieme, Director of Infrastructure Systems, Oak Park and River Forest H.S.

Fred Arkin, Board Member, Oak Park and River Forest H.S.

Robert J. Shields Jr., Director, Advisory Services Sikich LLP