Improving School Climate & Safety Through Inter-Professional Collaboration Training Series

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In this interactive series, a multi-disciplinary group of experts comes together to share their diverse perspectives on the various facets of school climate. Throughout this four-part series, each session will consist of an expert-led panel followed by an interactive roundtable in which participants have an opportunity to engage with the topic experts and one another. Following the completion of each session, participants will be provided post-session learning activities that build upon each session’s lessons and prepares them for the next installment of the series. By attending all four of the sessions in this series, participants will gain a holistic view of challenges and topics related to school climate and inter-professional collaboration.


  • Session 1: School Climate and Safety in the Distance Learning Environment
    • Dr. Rachel Masi (Director of Research, Sandy Hook Promise),
    • Dr. Jennifer Maeng (Research Associate Professor, University of Virginia),
    • Kate Schweit (Owner, Schweit Consulting),
    • Pamela Black (Educational Consultant, National Council for Mental Wellbeing),
    • Dave Okada (Principal-Safety and Threat Solutions, LLC)
  • Session 2: Examples of Anonymous Reporting Systems
    • Kenji Okuma (Crisis Center Director, Sandy Hook Promise),
    • Anathea Simpkins (National Deputy Director, Sandy Hook Promise),
    • Paul Freeman (Superintendent, Guilford Public Schools)
  • Session 3: School-based Prevention Programming
    • Dr. Chris Melde (Professor, Michigan State University),
    • Dr. Rachel Masi (Director of Research, Sandy Hook Promise),
    • Danny Carlson (Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Association of Elementary School Principals),
    • Dr. Linda Henderson-Smith (Director – Children & Trauma-Informed Services),
    • Terri Bennett (Director of Federal Grants, Sandy Hook Promise)
  • Session 4: Collaboration and Information Sharing
    • Dr. Joe Erardi (Retired Superintendent, JE Consulting),
    • Kenji Okuma (Crisis Center Director, Sandy Hook Promise),
    • Kate Schweit (Owner, Schweit Consulting)

Learning Objectives

Session 1

  • Identify how school climate changes for online learning.
  • Discuss challenges that can arise in building a school climate when using distance learning.
  • Discuss opportunities for inter-professional collaboration in building school climate.

Session 2

  • Define the term “Anonymous Reporting System.”
  • Explain the inter-professional component of Anonymous Reporting Systems.
  • Discuss the school climate benefits of an Anonymous Reporting System.

Session 3

  • Define the term “school-based prevention programming.”
  • Identify potential steps to take for implementing school-based prevention programming.
  • Discuss strategies for selecting school-based prevention programming.

Session 4

  • Identify potential restrictions that can impact your colleague’s ability to share information.
  • Discuss potential challenges to information sharing.
  • Discuss how to balance privacy with the need to share information.

Continuing Education Credit

This webinar is offered for an NCSS certificate of completion.

This series originally took place during live webinars in August and September 2020. It is available on-demand by clicking the Enroll button.

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Topic Areas

Capacity Building, School Climate

Crisis Timeline

Prevention Planning


Law Enforcement & First Responders, Mental Health Professionals, School Personnel

Self-Paced Trainings