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Michigan School Safety Academy

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Michigan School Safety Academy

Michigan School Safety Academy | Two-Day Event

Hosted by the Michigan State Police Office of School Safety

Who should attend:
K-12 school administrators, school safety liaisons, mental health professionals, and school resource officers.

Registration Now Open for:

> April 9-10, 2024 (Laurel Manor)

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> Join the Waiting List for March 5-6, 2024 (Cornerstone University)


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Upcoming Academy Dates:

  • May 14-15, 2024 (Northern Michigan)
  • June 25-26, 2024 (Upper Peninsula)
  • August 20-21, 2024 (Southeast Michigan)
  • September 17-18, 2024 (Mid-Michigan)

Attendees will explore a comprehensive series of school safety topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Childhood Trauma
  • Sextortion
  • Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management
  • Digital Threat Assessment
  • Facilities Assessment
  • Legal Considerations
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Incident Command
  • Reunification - I Love U Guys Foundation
  • Stop the Bleed

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess your school/school district safety needs.
  2. Gain an understanding of key principles of school safety.
  3. Determine actions needed to improve safety in your school/school district.

*State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) credits available.

Prominent subject matter experts will engage and inspire, delivering valuable insights to enhance attendees’ knowledge and skills in school safety.  Don’t miss out on this no-cost opportunity to learn and grow together!

* The Michigan School Safety Academy is funded through a fiscal year 2023 appropriation to the School Safety and Mental Health Commission and provided to the Michigan State Police, Grants and Community Services Division, Office of School Safety.


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Notable Speakers

Dr Stephanie Grant

Dr. Stephanie Grant

Trained as a Developmental Psychologist and licensed as a Professional Counselor. She has worked as a clinician, professor, and researcher.  Learn more about Dr. Grant at Connected Development Therapeutic & Training Services, PLLC.

Steven MacDonald

Steven MacDonald

Member of the Safer Schools Together team, Steven specializes in Social Media Awareness and Digital Threat Assessment. In his current role as a Senior Threat Analyst, he collects social media data  that is used to assist schools in North America while addressing worrisome and threat-related online  behaviors.
Dr. Melissa Reeves

Dr. Melissa Reeves

A nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, trauma and PTSD, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She is a senior consultant with Sigma Threat Management Associates, an ONTIC Company, and also a senior advisor for Safe and Sound Schools.
Jonathan Cristall

Jonathan Cristall

Author and now a veteran prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles and a sexual violence prevention instructor, he works extensively with teenagers and their families to teach physical, digital, emotional, and legal safety skills.
Michelle Gay

Michele Gay

A dedicated advocate for school safety and the co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, a non-profit organization committed to empowering communities to improve the safety and security of schools.
Susan Payne

Susan Payne

A national expert in school safety, Special Advisor to Safe and Sound Schools, and founder and former executive director of Safe2Tell, a non-profit prevention initiative developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy.