If school security is a priority in 2023, don’t miss these 5 sessions at FETC

Not only will attendees discover the best instructional technologies for their district, but they will also learn how to implement state-of-the-art security measures to keep students feeling safe in the classroom.

The year is already off to an unsettling start in terms of student safety. Most recently, a first-grader was taken into custody for shooting his teacher with a handgun during an altercation in the classroom. Aside from safety training and educating students and staff on violence prevention and safety protocol that align with best practices, there are many ways technology can help to ensure your schools are safer this school year.

For more than 40 years, the Future of Education Technology® Conference has equipped education leaders with knowledge of the newest state-of-the-art technologies and best practices through the voices of those on the front lines of innovation. With more than 700 sessions planned, the January 2023 conference in New Orleans will truly inspire and inform those whose goal is to create a school environment that models success.

Not only will attendees learn about the best instructional technologies for their district, but they will also discover how they can implement state-of-the-art security measures to keep students feeling safe in the classroom.

Here are 5 must-see sessions to take advantage of at FETC 2023:

Stop Bullying, Vaping, and Unwanted Events with Modern Security Technology

Session summary: “Discover how to create a safer school environment in 2023. School districts continually face increasing safety challenges with the most prevalent issues, including bullying, vaping, violence, and emergency response. Rather than reactively addressing these issues, school leaders are now turning to modern technology solutions to acquire automated insights for a more proactive approach.”

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Creating Safer Schools with a Wireless Communications Strategy

Session summary: “School systems spend a lot of time and resources working to ensure that their students have the right technology in place to deliver a curriculum that is relevant for the digital age. Systems within the school are being modernized to deliver necessary content, whether in person, on tablets via Wi-Fi, or through Audio Visual networks. However, one network that is often neglected is the public safety communications system. Time and again, we’ve seen that a lack of effective communication has contributed to slow reaction time and poor situational awareness around emergency events. In any emergency, time is the most valuable commodity. This is where a proactive public safety communications strategy for today and for the future is necessary.”

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School Safety EdTech: Early Threat Detection & Violence Prevention

Session summary: “Due to the declining mental and emotional health of youth, as well as the many societal and post-pandemic impacts seen over the last two years, we’ve been met with a particularly tragic increase in challenging student behaviors, including severe aggression, self-harm and violence. As part of a comprehensive prevention framework, schools must have technologies in place to identify and address these risks before they escalate. Join this session to learn how your schools can use to identify potential warning signs and other information before they escalate to acts of harm to self or others.”

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Cyber Security: It is Everyone’s Responsibility

Session summary: “Over the last several years, school districts have become a promising target for cybercriminals looking to capitalize on student data. Using phishing emails, stolen passwords, and posing online as legitimate district staff and administrators, these criminals can shut down a network, disrupt learning, and hold student and staff data hostage. Security is no longer the sole responsibility of the district IT department; ensuring a safe learning environment requires the collaboration of the entire school community. Everyone has a part to play in reducing the risk of a cyber-attack, from classroom teachers to the district superintendent. In this session, attendees will learn strategies to ensure the digital safety of students and staff using the “zero-trust zone” approach, implement cybersecurity training and leave with practical steps on building a robust cybersecurity plan for their district.”

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Improving Crisis Communications

Session summary: “A range of threats pose a risk to students, staff and campuses every day. On- and off-premises crisis communications are a critical part of any safety planning. We will examine all aspects of crisis communications including community messaging, informing the entire school community what to do during a crisis, leveraging existing technologies, and more.”

View the session details here.

Take a look at the full program agenda or register for FETC.

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Micah Ward
Micah Wardhttp://districtadministration.com
Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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