The 2016 TAIS (Tennessee Association of Independent Schools) Biennial Conference will convene November 6-7 in Chattanooga, TN at McCallie School. Firestorm President/COO and Co-Founder, Jim Satterfield, will be presenting two sessions at the two-day event.
The sessions include:
School Violence, Sexting and Cyber Bullying – How do we stop the madness?
Sunday, November 6 from 2:45 – 3:40
The earlier a problem is detected, the less impact it will have on your school. While there is no guarantee that every threat will be captured, intelligence monitoring must be part of your school violence prevention program. There are threats and risks you can identify, before they become crises, if you listen and look.
Addressing the dangers of sexting and cyber bullying in schools must start with a vulnerability and threat assessment process. Understanding the nature of these risks allows a school to take appropriate steps in its strategies to mitigate and respond should a sexting incident, cyber bullying situation or public crisis occur. A comprehensive risk assessment ensures threats that emerge as a result of students, employees, administrative processes, technology, or external environmental changes are identified.
Crisis Management – How do you stop a crisis?
Sunday, November 6 from 3:55 – 4:50
The worst crisis you will ever see is the one that strikes your school. Today, everything is foreseeable, and tomorrow anyone can be held accountable. Every day, multiple schools face crisis. A
crisis is not business as usual. A crisis is business as unusual. The initial information received is incomplete and wrong. Conflicting advice will rain down. Leadership lacks the metrics and structure to make effective decisions. Your choices are bogged down by bad alternatives. You face conflicting opinions and advice from multiple parties. The crisis may pass quickly, but the consequences will have a life of their own. What must schools have documented for a crisis management plan to guide decisions in a crisis?
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.