2014 Conference Agenda


The National Association of School Resource Officers will hold its 24th annual School Safety Conference July 13-18, 2014 at the Historic La Quinta Resort and Club, located near Palm Springs, California. The NASRO conference will bring together school resource officers, law enforcement, school security/safety professionals, school board members, school administrators, and others to receive superior training and networking opportunities.

The conference will incorporate the SRO triad concept of educator, informal counselor, and law enforcement with numerous breakout sessions offered and nationally known keynote speakers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to receive 30 hours of training; view an exhibit hall with the latest in products, technology and innovations; complete a NASRO Training Course onsite at no additional charge; and interact with SROs, School Administrators, Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police from throughout the country and internationally.

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Saturday, July 12

8:00 am – 5:00 pm NASRO COURSES: NASRO Basic Course

Sunday, July 13

8:00 am – 5:00 pm NASRO COURSES: NASRO Basic Course

10:00 am – 11:00 am Non-Denomination Worship Service

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Attendee Registration

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall Opens

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Just Kidding Registration for children of attendees

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Night of Praise

Monday, July 14

7:00 am – 11:30 am Conference Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:15 am Opening Ceremonies

10:15 am – 10:30 Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am General Session: Keynote Speaker

Kristina Anderson, Koshka Foundation, Virginia Tech Survivor

10:30 am – 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm General Session: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stephen Sroka, The Power of One: The New Rx for School Safety and SROs: Relationships

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm NASRO COURSES: Basic, Advanced, Interview & Interrogation and Supervisor & Management

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Just Kidding Event for children and spouses of attendees

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall Reception

Tuesday, July 15

8:00 am – 5:00 pm NASRO COURSES: Basic, Advanced, Interview & Interrogation, Supervisor & Management, and Comparative Compliance

8:00 am – 11:30 am General Session: Keynote Speaker

Professor Bernie James, a professor of Constitutional Law and Educational Law at Pepperdine University, will conduct a National School Law Update.

8:00 am – 1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm General Session: Keynote Speaker

Richard Lavoie, School Resource Officers Guide to Special Education

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Just Kidding Event for children and spouses of attendees

7:30 pm – 11:30 pm Karaoke Live Event

Hosted by Raptor

Wednesday, July 16

8:00 am – 12:00 pm NASRO COURSES: Basic, Advanced, Interview & Interrogation and Supervisor & Management

8:00 am – 11:30 am Breakout Training- SRO Triad

Thursday, July 17

8:00 am – 5:00 pm NASRO COURSES: Basic, Advanced, Interview & Interrogation and Supervisor & Management

8:30 am – 11:30 am Breakout Training- SRO Triad

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Breakout Training- SRO Triad

4:45 – 5:15 pm Regional Meetings

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Just Kidding Event for children and spouses of attendees

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Closing Keynote Speaker

Michele Gay, Founder of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative and mother of Sandy Hook victim Josephine Grace

8:30 pm Closing- Family event. Raffles and door prizes. Certificates will be issued.

Friday, July 18

8:30 am – 9:30 am General Membership Meeting

Keynote Presenters:

Michele Gay

Michele Gay is a mother, former teacher, and now one of the founders of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative. After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace on December 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for improved school security and safety in our nation’s schools. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. She taught at the elementary level in Maryland and Virginia public schools before staying home to raise her three daughters and advocate for the special needs of her youngest daughter, Josephine. Michele is dedicated to honoring Josephine in her work to make schools in our country more safe and secure.

Richard Lavoie, M.A., M. Ed.

Richard Lavoie is an educator, motivational speaker, and author, and an acclaimed advocate for children with learning disabilities and special needs. Most parents and professionals know Rick through his video “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop” This award-winning film has brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world. Rick will present “School Resource Officers Guide to Special Education”.

Kristina Anderson, Koshka Foundation

Kristina was a sophomore at Virginia Tech when she became one of the injured victims of the shooting tragedy of April 16th, 2007. In late 2007, Kristina launched the Koshka Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving campus safety, educating students, and building a comprehensive network of survivors. Kristina works to raise awareness on the importance of school safety and violence prevention through sharing her significant encounter with gun violence, as well as working and meeting others affected by irrational acts of aggression.

Bernie James, J.D., Professor of Law

Bernie James, a professor at Pepperdine University, is a contributing editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety. He specializes in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Education Law, and is author of the textbook Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary and numerous articles on law, education, and religion. He lectures in the United States and Canada on constitutional issues, and serves as a commentator for the national and local media discussing U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Dr. Stephen R. Sroka

Dr. Sroka is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, author, teacher and educational consultant and will present The Power of One: The New Rx for School Safety and SROs: Relationships. This is a high-energy, motivational presentation that integrates cutting-edge research, humor, and inspiring real-life stories to facilitate learning about the whole person and the mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical health needs and their relationship to academic and life success. The program is filled with “tips from the trenches” to help school resource officers keep students safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better.