Featuring safety experts & thought leaders on topics of training and best practices with insightful Q&A Sessions.
Director of MIS Austin Independent School District
A Tale of Two Districts Part 1: How Austin ISD Recovers $520,000 per Month Using Raptor
Brenda offers an accomplished and comprehensive perspective on district data, which is at the heart of district operations. She considers herself a person with great integrity and knowledge. Her bachelor’s degree from Lamar University provided her with a firm base in computer programming and data management. This knowledge has been applied in each of her jobs throughout her 20 plus years in school business serving in various roles from programmer, to software support, to consultant, to manager, and in her current role as the Director of Management Information Systems at Austin ISD. She is an innovator that always seeks out best ways to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve data quality because accurate information and best practices lead to increased student success and better financial stability for the district. Her optimism is infectious, and she will cause you to want to join in whatever she’s taken on to do. Her dedication to a task is proven by her finishing an Ironman triathlon and performing a single day rim-to-rim Grand Canyon hike.
Best Practices for Collaborative Threat Assessment and Violence Prevention
Mr. Van Dreal is the Principal at John Van Dreal Consulting and recently retired as the school psychologist and the director of the Safety and Risk Management Services for the Salem-Keizer School District. He has more than 30 years of experience in threat assessment and management, psycho-educational evaluation, crisis and behavioral intervention, and security and risk management systems consultation. He is recognized internationally as an expert in threat assessment and as a pioneer of multidisciplinary threat assessment.
In 1999, he began the development and implementation of the Salem-Keizer Model, a multiagency student threat assessment system that is considered by experts to be a leading practice and is identified by the U.S. Department of Education and the What Works Clearinghouse as a best-practices program. Through that collaboration, he has worked daily with educators, human resources, law enforcement, justice and mental health personnel in the assessment and management of youth and adult threats of aggression within the schools, higher education, public/private institutions, and the community. As a practitioner, he has conducted thousands of threat assessments and managed hundreds of high-risk cases. He is the editor and principal author of the book Assessing Student Threats: Implementing the Salem-Keizer System, Second Edition, and he has co-authored a number of threat assessment and school security projects. He currently advises the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on School Safety.