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When and Where
  • 12/5/2023 8:30 AM MST
  • 12/6/2023 2:00 PM MST
  • MTSBA Headquarters and Virtual Live or On Demand
  • Helena
  • MT

MTSBA/MSGIA 2023 School Safety, Security

and Innovations Symposium

Tuesday, December 5 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 6 - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Join us in-person, virtual - live, or on demand!

Join us live in-person or virtually or watch the video recording when you have time!


Monday Night December 4 – Monday Night Football Watch Party

6:00 pm – Dinner

6:15 pm – Game Starts - MSGIA will be hosting a Monday Night Football watch party on the fourth floor of the MTSBA/MSGIA building in Helena at 863 Great Northern Blvd.  The Cincinnati Bengals will be playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, with the game starting at 6:15 pm.  The MSGIA will be providing a range of beverage options and football-style fare (Bad Betty's BBQ) for dinner and dessert for all the conference participants in town that evening


Tuesday, December 5

8:30 to 9:00 am - Registration

9:00 to 10:30 am - Risk Assessments & Emergency Operation Planning Learn how to identify your district’s greatest threats and the regulations surrounding Senate Bill 213, which now require schools to conduct regular emergency drills & review your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) annually. Be prepared to develop emergency plans around the most common risks and receive template material to help your school stay vigilant and compliant. 

10:30 to 11:30 am - Crisis CommunicationWhen an event or crisis occurs, quick and clear communication helps to ensure all stakeholders have the information needed. Investing the time and effort upfront will help your district effectively meet your responsibilities and obligations while protecting your reputational assets. 

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch on your own

1:00 - 2:30 pm - Behavioral Threat AssessmentsThis training discusses the need to adopt and implement a comprehensive behavioral threat assessment process — from the threat assessment tool to identifying the appropriate response to students in crisis. Key objectives include identification of the appropriate response process, how to identify team members, documentation of support for students in crisis, and integrating threat assessment into the broader framework of safety and security. 

2:30 - 3:00 pm - Putting Behavioral Threat Assessments into PracticeReview the behavioral threat assessment and management model to identify, assess, and manage potentially dangerous or violent situations. Different scenarios will be discussed with peers on how to avoid impulsive and potentially harmful situations, taking into account the context & disability within each scenario. 

3:30 - 4:00 pm - Q&A Our professional development day will wrap up with time spent asking your most pertinent questions and concerns around school safety and security.

Wednesday, December 6

9:00 - 10:00 am - Strategies for Effective Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

During this session, participants will gain knowledge about the strategies available to seize new opportunities to engage with parents and families to promote student achievement, develop community trust, and create an atmosphere of transparency that helps implement a district’s strategic plan.  

10:15 am - Noon - Innovations and Choices to Promote Personalized Learning - During this session participants will gain knowledge about the innovations, flexibilities, and efficiencies currently in law that advance personalized learning for each child in our public schools, advance district operations, and maximize all available resources for the ultimate benefit of Montana’s students.  

Noon - 12:30 pm - Q&A

Trustees, if you register for and participate in all three sessions, you will get six (6) school board academy credits. Administrators, this also qualifies for OPI renewal credits.


Disclaimer: Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) has designed these materials to provide helpful information regarding topics and best practices on issues concerning the administration and governance of Montana K-12 public schools. These materials are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. MTSBA does not intend nor should these materials be construed to constitute the rendering of any legal advice. Should the recipient of these materials desire legal advice on any of the topics or information contained herein, MTSBA recommends that the recipient make a specific request for legal advice. 3