Services

Our school safety and crisis services are directed by Martin Speckmaier and provided by him and his team of leading experts on school and workplace safety. For more information contact: mhspeck@comcast.net

Some areas of expertise include:

  • Threat Assessment Team Development
  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
  • Comprehensive School Safety Assessments
  • School Safety Presentations, Trainings and Consultations
  • Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting Services

Consultations:

Threat Assessment Team Development

Martin will work with your school district and community professionals to establish a team which can investigate and help manage incidents that pose a threat to your school. This multi-disciplinary, collaborative team approach consists of stakeholders from the building, district, and community including law enforcement, mental health and educators. Development of the team includes how to build the network of trained professionals; training on conducting threat investigation and the threat management process.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)

Your school communities will be helped to meet the NIMS requirements through Emergency Response Crisis Management (ERCM) process. In his facilitation Martin will cover the four phases of the Emergency Response Crisis Management: Prevention / Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

Comprehensive School Safety Assessment

Martin consults with schools administrators and district personnel providing insight and expertise on safety related issues. Multiple areas of unique expertise include safety and security policy and procedures for districts, school specific student handbooks, panel member for parent forums on safety issues, security officer programs and training, gang identification, prevention and interventions, managing threats of violence, use of force issues and so on. Some specific project areas are detailed below:

Presentations and Trainings:

"Targeted Violence and Reactive Violence - Student Threat Assessment in Schools"

Abstract:

A lot of questions and myths abound regarding student threat assessment teams in schools. What is threat assessment? Is it important? Why do we need it in our schools? This important presentation will show school staff how a collaborative, multi-disciplinary community team approach identifies, assesses, and manages students who make and/or pose threats to kill. This team approach successfully reconnects disenfranchised kids.

Objectives:

  1. Learn about the Department of Education and U.S. Secret Service's "Safe School Initiative" dealing with the need for threat assessment in schools
  2. Understand the difference between targeted violence and reactive violence
  3. Understand why this unique team approach brings communities together
  4. Learn how to build a team process within your school community

"The Resurgence of Youth Gang Activity in Schools - The Educator's Action Plan"

Abstract:

School communities across the nation and state are seeing a dramatic increase in youth gang activity. This presentation will show why kids are joining gangs at an alarming rate and how that negatively impacts their ability to learn in school. Administrators, teachers and staff will be better equipped to understand what they can do to proactively address these concerns.

Objectives:

  1. Learn strategies to create schools which feel safe and are more conducive to learning
  2. Learn identifiable risk factors for youth to join gangs
  3. Understand when and where your school is most vulnerable for gang activity
  4. Learn recent national and WA State gang trends
  5. Understand how school policies can make a positive difference

"Cultural Diversity and School Safety - Keeping All Kids Safe"

Abstract:

Goths, Ravers, Skaters, Jocks, Lesbians, Blacks, Whites, Nerds, Gays, Ethnics, Stoners, Hotties, Transgenders, Thugs, Preppies, Gangsters, Wanna-Be's, Cutters, Emo's, Anarchists, and "The Regular Kids" Re-connecting disenfranchised youth and keeping ALL kids safe.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the perspectives of various youth culture and subculture groups
  2. Learn to recognize disenfranchised youth in your school
  3. Learn how to communicate with and re-connect disenfranchised youth

"Effective Communication Under Stressful Conditions"

Abstract:

Knowing more about communication enables you to become who you have to be to handle difficult situations. Participants will learn how to distinguish between reasonable resistance and severe resistance when dealing with hostile students and parents, and to utilize tactical empathy for obtaining "voluntary compliance."

Objectives:

  1. Learn techniques to increase positive interactions
  2. Learn verbal de-escalation; how to diffuse potentially dangerous situations
  3. Natural Reaction versus Studied Response
  4. Learn how to obtain voluntary compliance

"The Current State of Safety in Washington Schools"

Abstract:

The role of educator has changed dramatically over the years. Where teachers and school staff were once concerned only with teaching they now face ever increasing workloads, rapidly changing technology, growing safety concerns, as well as balancing the demands of parents, staff, and students. This enlightening presentation will keep teachers and school staff up to date with threatnotification requirements, use of force issues, sex offender notification mandates, workplace violence and other pertinent issues dealing with WA school safety.

Objectives:

  1. 2003 WA State Threat Notification Law for Public Schools and its ramifications for educators
  2. WA State Legislature SHB1444 on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and its ramifications for educators
  3. School Security versus Law Enforcement / SRO's on campus
  4. Use of Force issues
  5. Development in Miranda Warnings case that might have school administrators advising "You have the right to remain silent"
  6. Questions and answers

"Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying"

Abstract:

National Education Association found that more than 160,000 kids do not go to school because they fear being bullied. Department of Education and U.S. Secret Service report that 2/3 of school shooters reported being bullied. This empowering presentation will better equip school staff to understand the laws regarding bullying, to recognize and intervene when bullying occurs.

Objectives:

  1. Understand WA State law and your District policy regarding bullying, intimidation and harassment in schools
  2. Know that there are ramifications for educators who don't report bullying!
  3. Recognize and intervene when bullying occurs
  4. Understand the importance of documenting intervention attempts

"Safety and Security Training for Transportation Personnel"

Abstract:

Our school bus drivers must be aware and prepared so they can be part of creating a safe environment for our children. Created especially for bus drivers this training will give them the essential information they will need while performing their daily duties and responsibilities.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the latest trends in school violence
  2. Prevent and manage violence aboard school buses
  3. Heighten security awareness and increased observation skills
  4. Increased awareness on harassment and bullying issues
  5. Effective communication and de-escalation techniques
  6. Understanding culturally diverse students
  7. Understanding specific needs of special education and special needs students
  8. Emergency preparedness planning and training
  9. Awareness of applicable state and local laws