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School Safety Workshop to be Held

School administrators and partnering law enforcement are encouraged to attend the School Safety Workshop Nov. 17 at Penn State.

by Joe Savrock (October 2011)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) and Penn State’s College of Education are sponsoring a School Safety Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

School district administrators and law enforcement personnel who partner with school districts are encouraged to attend.

The workshop brings together experts in the field of school safety, who will speak to groups of school district personnel about their experiences and suggestions to keep the schools safe. Among the scheduled speakers are:

  • John-Michael Keyes, executive director of the I Love U Guys Foundation. Keyes and his wife, Ellen Stoddard-Keyes, created the foundation after the death of their daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School in Colorado.
  • Timothy Brungard and John Leathers, creators of the video It Can Happen Here, a documentary designed to inform and compel audiences of school safety stakeholders to prepare for manmade and natural emergencies
  • Gerald LeTendre and Jacqueline Stefkovich, faculty members of Penn State’s Department of Education Policy Studies

The event will also feature a panel of school professionals who have experience implementing safety plans.

Founded in 1947, the Pennsylvania School Study Council is a partnership between Penn State and member school districts, intermediate units, and area vocational-technical schools. PSSC is dedicated to improving public education in Pennsylvania by providing up-to-date research information, professional development activities, and technical assistance that will enable its members to provide top quality educational services to students.

For more information on the School Safety Seminar or to register, please e-mail Sue Tighe at