An Invitation to Join Us!

School Safety & Security Personnel Annual Conference

~Registration Deadline Extended to January 21st~

A Day of Learning and Networking

The Upstate Institute for School Boards and Staff Development would like to invite all school safety and security personnel to join us for a day of learning and networking with colleagues from across the greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. The goal of this Conference is to provide high-quality professional development to those responsible for the safety of our students.

Audience members may include: School Safety Coordinator & Safety Team Members, School Resource Officer, Directors of Facilities, Sentry, Hall Monitor, Security Guard, School Administrators

School Safety & Security Personnel Conference

Thursday, Jan. 27th, 8:15am-3:30pm

200 West Ridge Road

Rochester, NY

Conference Schedule

7:30-8:15 Registration

8:15-9:45 Breakout Session Block One

10:00-11:30 Breakout Session Block Two

11:30-12:15 Catered Lunch, on-site

12:15-3:30 Keynote, Dave Budz

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Upstate Institute Districts = $150 per person Non-Upstate Institute Districts = $195 per person


Dave Budz, FBI Mass Gatherings Security Detail

Keeping with the overall mission of protecting our schools, a briefing of the Parkland School Shooting is provided to any district that would like this. The brief is an after-action forum to discuss the difficult yet valuable lessons learned from this school attack. The briefing utilizes a healthy discussion format similar to a traditional law enforcement tabletop exercise (TTX) and includes reviews of real-life situations. Participants gain critical knowledge regarding best practices and receive insightful answers to address concerns in their respective school district.

The briefing format can include any venue, within the school district, to include individual/multiple school districts, administrators, staff, board members, local first responders, SROs, and related community partners. Discussion during these briefings centers on three critical areas:

  1. How are the district and law enforcement identifying and processing internal threats among the student population?
  2. How is the district hardening its physical layout against outside threats attempting to gain entry into the school?
  3. If the killer gains entry, is the school properly trained to limit casualties?


Racial Diversity & Compliance Communications

I. What We Do and Why We Do It

II. Diversity Challenges in Policing (Racism and Policing) III. The Historical Perspective of Racism and Policing

IV. Introduction to Compliance Communications (Basic Compliance, Escalating Threat Scenarios, and Multiple Participants/Crowd Situations)

V. The new “TAP-IN” System of Ethical Intervention (See Something, Say Something, and DO SOMETHING)


  • Lee Struble is President of WSM Trainers and Consultants (est. 1996). He recently retired after a 30-year career in higher education public safety (Nazareth College, Monroe Community College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology). He is also a senior trainer for the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and provides security assessment and consulting services to colleges and universities throughout the United States. Lee resides in Rochester, NY.

  • Clifton H. Manns, Sr is a senior instructor for WSM Trainers and Consultants as well as L.A.M.A.D., Inc Mr. Manns is a retired Sergeant with the Rochester Police Department after serving 30 years, a Verbal Judo Instructor, D.A.R.E. Instructor and a 20-year member of the Executive Board of the Rochester Police Locust Club (Union). Mr. Manns taught Bible Class and teaches New Members Class at the Aenon Baptist Church in his home town of Rochester, NY.

A Proactive Approach to School Preparedness and Emergency Management


Trooper Jason Klewicki

New York State Police

Troop E School & Community Outreach Coordinator

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Targeted Violence Prevention

How to prevent acts of Targeted School Violence via threat assessment and case management through the regional Rochester Threat Advisory Committee.


  • Gregory S. Wildman is the Headquarter Administrative Sergeant and Rochester Threat Advisory Committee Coordinator for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO). Greg has been with the MCSO for 15 years, 6 year as a Sergeant and 6 years as an investigator. Prior to coming to MCSO Greg worked for 4 years at the Rochester Police Department.

  • Joe Testani is a Director at the Community of Institutes at Roberts Wesleyan College and is the Program Manager of the Rochester Threat Advisory Committee. Prior to coming to Roberts, Joe spent 32 years working for the FBI.

(TBD) Restorative Practices in an Educational Setting

In this workshop, we will gain an introductory understanding of Restorative Practices and why many of our schools are adopting this work. Restorative Practice is the framework for building community and for responding to challenging behavior. We will explore the theory behind the practices and the connection to the framework of the Social Discipline Window.


Lisa Brockhuizen

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Coordinator and Staff Developer

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES

(TBD) The Science of Stress & How to Navigate it

The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as simply “the brain’s response to any demand.” Join Staff Development Trainer and Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Educator, Erica Ebert, for a 75-minute experiential session developed to support participants understanding of the brain and stress. Additionally, participants will explore and engage in practices to regulate the self and others.


Erica Ebert

Staff Development Trainer for Social Emotional Learning

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES

Conference Sponsor

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Upstate Institute Districts = $150 per person Non-Upstate Institute Districts = $195 per person

Registration Resources

Registrations Due by January 21, 2022

Here are some helpful links and contact information to support a smooth registration process via Frontline/MLP.

For direct support, please contact Jacqui O'Hora ~ Professional Development Registrar for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES

Health and Safety Precautions

To ensure the safety of our participants, we will be following NYS Department of Education guidance and asking that masks be worn by all. We will have space to socially distance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this request.

Upstate Institute

This Conference is sponsored through a partnership with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. All registration costs for public school employees are eligible for BOCES aid reimbursement.