2020 NSBA School Safety Virtual Summit

                                                                September 16th and 17th

                                                                       1:00-4:30PM EST

Come join NSBA’s inaugural School Safety Virtual Summit. This event will feature expert speakers and networking opportunities organized around addressing critical issues schools are facing along with best practices and effective strategies aligned to Whole Child Health.

This summit will focus on how all stakeholders involved in promoting, creating and fostering safe schools can come together to collaboratively support a comprehensive approach to school safety.

                                                                               Registration Fee - $99

Keynote Speakers

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Professor in the Yale Child Study Center
Co-Creator, RULER

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ health, performance, and workplace performance and climate.

Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He also is a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).


Marc is the lead developer of RULER, a systemic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 2,000 public, charter, and private pre-school through high schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. RULER infuses social and emotion learning into the immune system of schools by enhancing how school administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent. Research shows that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices. Marc is the author of Permission to Feel (Celadon/Macmillan), which was released in September of 2019.

Marc regularly consults with large companies on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design. He is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a corporate learning firm that develops innovative digital learning systems for emotional intelligence. With Facebook, Marc has developed a number of products, including: social resolution tools to help adults and youth resolve online conflict; a bullying prevention hub to support educators, families, and teens; and InspirED, an open-source resource center to support high school students in leading positive change in their schools. Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.

Scott Levy

Executive Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Scott Levy is the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Scott is deeply committed to education and children’s health. He completed a Senior Research Fellowship in Public Education Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2015. Scott is an elected member of the Byram Hills School District Board of Education, serving as President of the Board for two years. He is the Vice President of the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association and sits on the NYS Education Department’s Reopening Schools Regional Task Force. Scott also serves as the Chairman of Blythedale Children’s Hospital.

Prior to working at Yale, Scott spent 20 years as an Investment Banker at JPMorgan and Lehman/Barclays, most recently as Managing Director providing strategic and financial advice to senior management teams and boards of public and private companies. He serves on the board of a venture-backed digital healthcare technology company, having previously acted as interim CFO. He graduated from Harvard College with an AB in Economics.

Robert A. Spicer Ph.D

CEO, Restorative Strategies, LLC

Dr. Robert Spicer is the CEO of Restorative Strategies, LLC based in Chicago, IL.  Restorative Strategies, LLC provides training and technical support to a variety of stakeholders throughout the country with a focus on eradicating the school to prison pipeline in schools and a healthy school organizations based in the practices of the Restorative Justice philosophy.  Through the practices of Restorative Justice with an emphasis on teaching Social/Emotional Learning, Restorative Strategies, LLC focus is to build capacity around these practices and move away from criminalizing our most precious resource—our youth.

Dr. Spicer gained national notoriety later taking the position as the Chief Dean of Discipline, Restorative Justice and Code Switching at the recently turned around Christian Fenger High School in Chicago, IL in 2009. After a traumatic school year, Robert‘s role shifted to the Culture and Climate Coordinator in 2010 to meet the needs of this high school.  In this new role and the first of its kind in a U.S. Public School, Robert supported the staff in sustaining a safe and stable school culture and climate through the effective implementation of Restorative Justice Practices and Social Emotional Learning. These programs, coupled with the utilization of Restorative Practice, reduced the school’s reliance on zero-tolerance policies and created a model for schools both nationally and internationally. His work was featured in the CNN docudrama ‘Chicago Land’ in 2013.

Dr. Spicer has received numerous awards and honors for his work of bringing Restorative Practices to schools and creating an “ecosystems of care”. He has spoken widely about the power of Restorative Justice on major news networks like CNN, National Public Radio, WTTW, Chicago Sun-Times and the Associated Press.  Robert was also recognized by the White House and received President Obama’s National Volunteer Service Award in 2013.  In 2015, Dr. Spicer was invited by the Department of Education and Department of Justice to be a featured speaker at the White House and share the work of Restorative Strategies to educators from around the country.                              

Dr. Spicer is a sought after national conference speaker and motivational speaker on Restorative Practices and has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at numerous Colleges and Universities, including John Jay College, NYU, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago Law School, University of Chicago School of Social Work, Loyola University and Northwestern Law School. He is currently a national trainer in Restorative Practices and trains school districts and Community based organization in Peace Building and Conflict resolution. Dr. Spicer has also served twenty years in a variety of leadership capacities in Christian churches across the City of Chicago. 


Additional Speakers

Arianna Howard, PhD

Master Trainer & Cultural Diversity Expert
Founder, Plant-A-Seed Educational Consulting, LLC

Arianna Howard, PhD is a master trainer and leading cultural diversity expert. Dr. Howard possesses extensive and varied educational experience, serving as a preschool teacher, middle school teacher, guidance counselor, high school administrator and trauma coach over her 14-year career. She has effectively facilitated anti-racist, trauma-informed work with school leaders resulting in equitable school environments.

Dr. Howard has real, lived experience. As the eldest of three in a poor, single-parent household, Dr. Howard has intimate knowledge of poverty, racism and generational trauma and explores how our childhood experiences of trauma influence the way we show up for students, families and peers. She has been able to break free from mental illness, domestic violence, and low self-worth. Dr. Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in child development, a master’s degree in middle grades education and a doctoral degree in Literacy Studies from Ohio State University. Her dissertation research uncovers the ways single, Black mothers support their children’s education. Dr. Howard is an active community member, organizing conversations about race and spearheading efforts to elect a black Superintendent to her alma mater.

Dr. Howard is a highly sought after speaker whose charismatic presence draws you to the edge of your discomfort, daring you to dive deeply and challenging you to question, “How can I be better? How can I do better?” Dr. Howard has authored numerous peer- and editor-reviewed articles, maintains her blog, The Radical Educator, and YouTube channel, Radical Learning Spaces.

Melissa Sadin, EdD.

Executive Director: Ducks & Lions: Trauma Sensitive Resources
School Board Member, Somerville, NJ Public Schools

Dr. Melissa Sadin has served as a special education teacher, a gifted education teacher, and a building administrator. Most recently she served as a director of special education. Dr. Sadin has been vice-president of her local School Board and is recognized as a Master School Board Member. She has conducted research on the perceptions of teachers working to create trauma-informed classrooms. Dr. Sadin is a published author and has produced numerous webinars on children with attachment trauma in schools.

Currently, Dr. Sadin works as an education consultant and developmental trauma expert providing professional development to school districts, municipal service providers and parents. Nationally, Dr. Sadin is a highly sought after keynote speaker and conference presenter. Her Trauma Guide Series of books are available on her website, www.traumasensitive.com.

JC Pohl

President & CEO, TEEN TRUTH
JC Pohl is an award-winning producer, nationally recognized speaker, and certified counselor who has reached over 10 million people with his efforts to build school culture and empower student voice. He has produced groundbreaking programs such as TEEN TRUTH and RISING UP, and award-winning content for companies such as Warner Brothers, ESPN, and Disney. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and can be reached on Facebook and LinkedIn or directly at www.jcpohl.com.

Michelle Anhang, BA, PCC, CPCC 

Certified Leadership & Life Coach

Michelle Anhang, BA, PCC, CPCC, is a Certified Leadership & Life Coach, who specializes in supporting individuals and families living with mental health challenges as well as those moving forward after loss. Her customized practice draws from an academic background in psychology, as well as training in mindfulness & meditation, leadership skills, and co-active coaching techniques. 

In addition to coaching, Michelle is a motivational speaker who shares her story of becoming widowed at the age of 34 when her husband died by suicide, and how she navigated her way through stigma, shame, and her own mental health challenges to rebuild her life intentionally. Michelle also facilitates workshops on topics that include personal empowerment, stress management and developing a healthy mindset.

Michelle holds a BA in Psychology and is a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership Program. Michelle is certified in Mental Health First Aid through MHCC and is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Training for Emotional Resilience (MTER).

Anura Shah, LICSW, MHA
Founder, Beyond Force LLC

Ms. Anura Shah founded Beyond Force in 2015 as a response to the growing need for consultation, education and training regarding crisis management.  She has more than 15 years of professional experience in the industry and provides training on subjects ranging from forensic mental health to de-escalation strategies and workplace safety.

Anura travels throughout the nation providing executive-level consultation services to elected officials, corporate managers, police chiefs and health care providers. 

As an Instructor with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC),  Anura teaches Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT) courses to law enforcement and other first responders.

Anura is an Associate Faculty member at Shoreline Community College in the Criminal Justice Department. She has created a series of professional development courses for co-responders, (civilian professionals who work alongside law enforcement), a rapidly growing field.  She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at the College. 

Prior to starting Beyond Force, Anura spent 11 years as a social worker and manager at the Department of Veteran's Affairs. During her tenure, she served as Director, Workplace Violence Prevention Program at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, a forensic mental health department that she founded in 2012 and has since been replicated nationwide. It was in this capacity that she served as a co-responder with federal law enforcement officials. 

Anura is a graduate of the Brown School of Social Work (MSW) as well as the School of Medicine Health Administration Program (MHA) at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW).