13th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition

July 23-27, 2018

Omni Champions Gate Resort & Spa

Orlando, FL


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Discover the latest innovations and best practices in securing our schools and universities

Engage with educational leaders, and school safety professionals at networking events and sessions

Succeed by implementing the lessons learned in your educational setting and community

The 2018 National School Safety Conference and Exposition is the largest and most comprehensive conference focused on all the aspects of school safety and security.  The conference is the only one in the world focused on school and student safety from Kindergarten through college.  Centered on national best practices and proven localized programs and efforts, this conference brings together the most knowledgeable and internationally renowned keynote presenters into one forum to provide the highest quality professional development possible in one conference. In addition to our exceptional keynote presenters, you will be able to take advantage of complimentary pre-conference trainings and over 40 breakout sessions by current professionals in the fields of education and school safety addressing the most pressing issues facing our schools today.

This year’s conference promises to be the largest yet and the host hotel will sell out quickly so register for conference and book your room now.

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Host Hotel Information


New Wave Pool Now Open! Orlando’s only resort wave pool is now open and offers families endless summer fun! Measuring 7,338 square feet and holding more than 131,000 gallons of wave action, the fun never runs out! Inner tubes and family cabanas are also available at the wave pool.

Our Orlando resort accommodations, including 720 guest rooms and suites as well as two- and three-bedroom villas, are equipped with every modern convenience and a host of luxury amenities. In addition to walk-out golf, guests may choose to relax in our signature Mokara spa, dine in one of our seven restaurants or enjoy 15 acres of pools and recreation activities including the 850-foot lazy river.

The resort offers secluded luxury, yet easy access to area attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation is provided to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. The resort is located just minutes from the Orlando International Airport, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.


  • 850-foot lazy river with shooting water cannons, arched waterspouts and a waterfall
  • Multiple dining outlets
  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation provided to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
  • Sports Training Complex for soccer and lacrosse
  • 36 holes of championship golf
  • European-style Mokara spa
  • Orlando's only resort wave pool
  • 18-hole miniature golf and lighted 9-hole par 3
  • Formal pool with private cabanas
  • Zero-entry family pool with a 125-foot corkscrew water-slide and water tower

Reserve Your Room Now-Resort Will Sell Out!   Conference Discount Rate $145 Inclusive of Resort Fee

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Attendee Information

$475.00 Early Discounted Registration - Before 4/01/2018

$525.00 Registration - After 4/01/2018

$425.00 Early Discounted Multi-Attendee Discount
(5 or more from same agency registered together before 4/01/2018)

$475.00 Multi-Attendee Discount
(5 or more from same agency registered together after 4/01/2018)


Advanced School Resource Officer Certification
Free To All Conference Registrants

The National School Safety Conference will again offer the opportunity for School Resource Officers to receive their Advanced School Resource Officer Certification during the conference. The certification will not require you to attend a separate class but only to attend specific courses during the conference to receive your certification. There is no additional fee once you are registered and anyone wishing to receive their certification should mark the appropriate box on their online registration form.

Pre-Conference Sessions   
Free To All Conference Registrants

On Monday July 23, 2018 The National School Safety Conference will host two dynamic pre-conference sessions focusing on the most prevalent issues facing schools today. The two sessions are free to registered conference attendees only and will fill fast. Please check which course you would like to attend on the online registration form. All classes have limited seating and will close once full.

9:00am-3:00pm –How to Prepare & Respond to the Active Shooter

Active shooter events in the United States have required law enforcement agencies and educational facilities small and large to analyze their ability to effectively prepare and respond to these types of events. This powerful interactive presentation will discuss many facets of active shooter response across the spectrum of public safety, school staff, and school security. This presentation will also present preparation and response best practices from law enforcement and education across the nation. This course will provide an overview of the preparation and response responsibilities of law enforcement, fire services, EMS, and school administrative personnel.

8:00am-5:00pm - AWR 148: Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems

This is a Department of Homeland Security approved course designed to educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. Schools in small, rural, and remote areas across the country account for almost 23 percent of the total student population (more than 11 million students). Rural schools, law enforcement, and other emergency responders are often limited in resources, so it is imperative that all potentially affected parties collaborate on planning, preparing, communicating, responding, and recovering from a school-based incident.

Keynote Presenters

Response Overview and Lessons Learned from the Las Vegas Strip Shooting

On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. The shooter fired hundreds of rifle rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States.

The Clark County School District, the fifth-largest school district in the nation with 320,000 students and 41,000 employees, will present on lessons learned from form this tragedy. This emotional general session presented by members of the Clark County School District Police Department, administration, and counseling staff will provides a detailed overview of not only the District Police Department’s incident response; but also the District’s recovery role in the aftermath of the tragedy not only for students and staff but the community as a whole.

Dr. Marissa Randazzo

Dr. Randazzo served for ten years with the U.S. Secret Service, most recently as the agency's Chief Research Psychologist. Among her various responsibilities, she co-directed the Safe School Initiative, the landmark federal study of school shootings that was conducted jointly by the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Randazzo is an accomplished presenter and instructor on threat assessment investigations, having trained over 10,000 professionals in law enforcement, management, administration, mental health, and the intelligence community throughout the United States, Canada, and the European Union.

Dr. Randazzo has testified before Congress and has been interviewed by major television, radio, and print news outlets, including 60 Minutes, the Today Show, 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and National Public Radio. She has published numerous articles on threat assessment and violence prevention and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Threat Assessment. She has also published under her maiden name, Marisa Reddy. Dr. Randazzo received a Ph.D. and Master’s degree from Princeton University in Social Psychology, and a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Williams College. In 2005, Dr. Randazzo was named by Williams College as a Bicentennial Medalist for her work in preventing violence.

Dr. Steven W. Edwards, President Edwards Educational Services

At-risk Youth and School Violence "Understanding the Connection"

A leader nationally recognized by USA Today for his innovative approach to education, Dr. Edwards successfully implemented numerous programs to improve student performance during his sixteen-year tenure as a school administrator. Dr. Edwards also has been instrumental in helping countless school districts tailor similar programs with positive, far-reaching results. In addition, Dr. Edwards is an internationally recognized keynote speaker; facilitator and trainer regularly featured as a content expert on television and radio with appearances on CNN on topics such as 21st Century teaching and learning, school climate and educational reform for a globalized world.

Who Attends The National School Safety Conference?

Exhibitor Information

As the most extensive exposition in the industry, the National School Safety Conference and Exhibition attracts decision makers and influencers in education, K12 through University, and law enforcement. The National School Safety Conference is the only conference in the nation that allows exhibitors to market to educational, law enforcement, and school safety from kindergarten to college. With an expected attendance of over 900 attendees walking the exhibit floor looking for solutions in areas such as access control, video surveillance, panic alarms, anti-violence programs, communication and interoperability, school safety technology, crisis management solutions and much more this is the event your company or organization must be seen at. These decision makers are looking for the solutions you can provide.

This is the premiere exhibit hall in school safety and will feature an attendee reception, five hours of dedicated exhibit hall time, hosted attendee refreshment breaks, and prizes throughout the day that attendee must be present to win. To increase your ROI, all exhibit registrations are full conference registrations so feel free to stay the week and attend classes and receptions with your future customers while learning more about the school safety market.

Exhibit Hall Features Over 5 Hours of Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time

Exhibit Schedule

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