Law Advisory GroupInc.
Consulting on School Safety Law and Practice since 1987
Training Providers for the
national alliance for safe schools phone: (800) 543-0212
and more than 1200 schools, police and sheriff departments nationally or (954) 785-1596
NEW TRAINING TARGETS STUDENT SUICIDE, BULLYING, VIOLENCE details
NEW BOOK: SRO LAW AND PRACTICE MANUAL AVAILABLE MAY 6 more info
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT!
by Pat Holecek, Founder & CEO
First let me thank more than 300 people who have requested Law Advisory's help after the terrible tragedy at Newtown.
With school and police budgets crippled in the current economy, we had reduced some of our support capability as we concentrated on consulting assign-ments. We allowed our cadre of contracted professional instructors from their primary commitment to us. As we gear up to full operation again, I have asked Gary Avery, J.D., our Chief Consultant, to become Director of Operations and to ask our former team members -- the "Group" in "Law Advisory Group", to again respond. All have agreed. I was touched that a few of them added to their accep-tance, "It's an honor."
I would be remiss if I did not recognize our good friend and associate, Peter Blauvelt, founder of the National Alliance for Safe Schools, who has allowed us to use some of his copyrighted material in the efforts described in this web site.
With all the rhetoric on gun control legislation, whether you support it or reject it, let's get to an important fact. No school shooter ever bought his gun or guns. The only way those students could have been stopped was to have identified them earlier as grave risks in need of meaningful intervention.
The post-Columbine U.S. Govt. publication, "The Final Report of the Safe Schools Initiative," never used to full advantage even by its authors, is our blueprint for action. It tells us that those who work in schools must learn to recognize warnings of a student's potential for violence, assess them swiftly and correctly and react, not rashly but appropriately, before they join the more than 2000 young people who will kill themselves this year or, worse, become active shooters.
More than six years ago our associate Richard Harvell, former Chief of Safety and Security in a New York school district, told a Chicago audience, "Your problem isn't the obvious trouble-maker. Your problem is the kid in the back row who has decided that life isn't worth living and that he might as well take some other people out when we goes." Right after that we began to develop the program we introduce this year, "The Kid in the Back Row."
It was already accepted for use in Florida schools when we were forced to curtail some of our activity. It meets professional development standards in all states. We have adapted it to state law in Florida, California, Texas, Ohio and Illinois and can quickly do the same in your state.
The inservice program meets several objectives:
1)Previously unnoticed problems of lesser known students are highlighted and assessed in a low key way.
2) Teachers are empowered to participate without creating new burdens for them;
3) Out-of-School suspension is avoided whenever possible as administrators find new ways to work with school resource officers to build safe school climates.
Give some consideration to using The Kid in the Back Row for your upcoming inservice programs. Call me anytime at (800) 543-0212 or call Dr. Avery directly at (888) 529-4771.
AVERY TO KEYNOTE TEXAS SRO-DARE
AVOIDING SCHOOL-TO- PRISON PIPELINE
Law Advisory's Senior Consultant, Dr. Gary Avery, whose career in support of Law Enforcement spans four decades, delivers a major speech at the first annual joint state-wide conference of the Texas School Resource Officers Assn. and Texas DARE Officers Assn. in Waco from June 17-21.
His message is expected to include details of the plan designed by Avery and long-time Texas law enforcement official and trainer, Chief Instructor Dan Tiller, to show officers and administrators the most effective methods of maintaining strict discipline while avoiding what has become known as the "school-to-prison pipeline."
Tiller and Avery will each make separate presentations during the four-day event on major facets of the program: bullying and sex harass-ment; student suicide; gang activity; and limiting educator-police liability.
Following U.S. Department of Ed guidelines and recommendations of the Federal Safe School Initiative, a "tiered team" approach involves classroom activity, school administrative and discipline policies and wise use of School Resource Officer skills.
For more information on the conference, click here.
SAFE SCHOOL AUDITS
Our experienced safety trainers can visit your district and train your personnel in two days to conduct a thorough safety review using our forms and instructions. We review your initial audits to make sure you aren't missing anything.
After we leave we're always available for telephone or face-to-face consultation so that you can assure your community that your students and staff are being protected to the highest reasonable degree.
We even help your Public Information Officers get the word to the important people: the parents who entrust their kids to you.
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Law Advisory Group's instructors do one to three day seminars throughout the United States depending on your wishes and needs.
Your organization, either alone or in concert with neighboring groups, may retain Law Advisory to train your personnel only at a fixed cost. Alternatively, you may co-host with Law Advisory. If you provide the meeting facility and a list of contacts, we will help you market the program. In return, some or all of your personnel attend the program free of charge.
For details, call Dr. Gary Avery at (800) 543-0212 or (888) 529-4771.
Available courses are:
1. Our 2013 featured program "The Kid in the Back Row" (click for details)
2. The latest version of our classic program "Drugs, Guns and Gangs in Schools" - adapted to the law of each state where presented. (click for details)
3. "Working Effectively with Demanding Parents and Difficult Children", stressing teacher involvement and emphasizing special ed, 504 and problems of parents with troubled children. (click for details)
WE DESIGN PROGRAMS TO
Law Advisory Group's extensive research capability has been used to design special programs for groups as diverse as the Louisiana Superintendent's Association, New Jersey Prosecutors, Illinois High School Deans, and the University of So. Alabama labor law conference. We would be happy to design an informative, entertaining program to fit your needs.