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2018 TAIS Biennial Conference

November 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - November 5, 2018 @ 2:30 pm EST

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The 2018 TAIS (Tennessee Association of Independent Schools) Biennial Conference will convene November 4-5 in Memphis, TN at Memphis University and Hutchison School. Firestorm Chief Security Officer, Jason Russell, will be presenting at the conference.

What do you need to do Before, During, and After an Active Shooter Event?

The mass shootings at the concert in Las Vegas, Parkland Florida and at the Texas church, combined with growing workplace violence and terrorism threats, increases exposures for everyone whether at school, home or at an event. How do you reduce the risk? How do you train your people? During this session, attendees will learn new techniques from retired Secret Service Agents.

Attendees will:Jason Russell Chief Security Officer

  • Learn how to identify behaviors of concern,
  • Determine threat levels,
  • Understand evacuate, secure, and confront techniques, and
  • Identify how to manage post event issues.

Jason is the Chief Security Officer for Firestorm Solutions. Prior to founding Secure Education Consultants, LLC (SEC), Jason served with the United States Secret Service as a Special Agent. During his tenure, Jason was involved in protective and investigative assignments as well as protecting the President and Vice President along with all living former Presidents. In addition to protection assignments, Jason served as the Secret Service Lead Instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy, a Physical Fitness Coordinator, and on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Jason has built an expert team with over 100 years of combined experience at the highest level of security and law enforcement.

About the Conference

The TAIS Biennial Conference is the largest independent school conference in Tennessee. The event brings together over 1,600 teachers and administrators to enjoy professional development sessions from over 250 session choices.

The TAIS Biennial Conference features over 45 vendors who provide services or products specific to independent schools. The vendor market place will be set up at Hutchison School in the gymnasium.

About TAIS

The Tennessee Association of Independent Schools is a voluntary association of fifty-six schools located throughout the state of Tennessee. It is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are currently serving as Headmasters of TAIS schools. 

While each school is unique, they share four key qualities: they provide strong academic programs, appreciate students as unique individuals, promote student engagement in community service, and facilitate the moral and ethical growth of their students. In addition, all TAIS schools maintain non-discriminatory policies, are incorporated as nonprofit organizations governed by a Board of Trustees, and are accredited either by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) or the state of Tennessee.

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November 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
November 5, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
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Tennessee Association of Independent Schools


Huchinson School
1740 Ridgeway Road
Memphis, TN 38119 United States
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