- School Safety Congressional Testimony:House Homeland Security Committee 5/17/07
- House Education and Labor Committee 4/23/07
- School Board News NSBA Convention 2007 San Francisco
- School Board News NSBA Convention 2006 Chicago
- School Emergency Plan Evaluations
- School Security Assessments
- School Crisis Tabletop Exercises
- Post-Crisis School Safety Support
- Emergency & School Safety Media Training
- School Bus Security & Emergency Training
- School Gang Training
- School Terrorism Training
- School Terrorism Preparedness Tips
- Proactive School Security & Crisis Training
National School Safety and Security Services has extensive experience with school gang issues. Our president, Kenneth Trump, created and supervised one of the most successful school district youth gang units in the early 1990s which reduced school-related gang crimes and discipline incidents in the Cleveland City School District by 39% over three years. Ken later served three years as assistant director of a federal-funded suburban anti-gang initiative to deal with emerging gangs in suburban schools and communities. Ken currently chairs the prevention committee and serves as an executive board member for one of six federal anti-gang model demonstration projects.
School gang training and awareness must go beyond colors and identifiers, and focus on community-wide, organizational and individual strategies for school and community gang prevention, intervention, and enforcement. Schools, their public safety partners, and their broader school communities must have a greater sense of awareness and better organization and communication than the gangs themselves.
Ken Trump is proud to partner with Dr. Don Kodluboy, a Minneapolis-based, nationally-recognized school psychologist who is an expert on school gang prevention and intervention, to present a school gang training program. Topics address gang issues related to school security, emergency planning, gang prevention, gang intervention, and school-community collaboration for gang prevention. This program goes beyond gang colors and tattoos to talk about concrete issues and strategies for successfully preventing and managing school gang violence, working one-on-one with gang members and their families, creating school gang prevention and intervention strategies, educational programming for gang-involved youth, providing security and emergency preparedness, and practical strategies for working with other agencies in school-communities.
Our school gang training program can be designed as a one-day workshop or tailored to meet specific training needs. Program descriptions and presenter information includes:
School and Community Gang Violence:
National Trends and Best Practices for School Security, Emergency Planning, and School-Community Partnerships in Gang Prevention
Topics may include, but not be limited to:
- National trends in school violence and gang activity
- Cycles of gang evolution: The latest national gang trends in communities around the country and the response, or lack of, until a crisis
- Key stages of school-community responses: From denial to action – and back to denial?
- Critical differences between gang and non-gang school violence
- School policies and behavior codes related to gangs
- Gang identification in schools: Beyond “colors” and tattoos
- Hot spots: When and where your school is most vulnerable for school gang activity
- Security and emergency preparedness strategies related to school gang violence
- Integrating anti-gang school security and policing strategies with prevention and intervention strategies
- The parent factor: Increasing parental gang awareness and involvement
- Gang task forces or gang task “farces”? How to make school-community anti-gang collaboration really work
Presenter: Kenneth S. Trump, M.P.A., is the President of National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based national firm specializing in school security and emergency preparedness training and consulting. He has authored two books and over 45 articles on school security, school emergency/crisis preparedness, school gang issues. One of the leading school safety experts in the U.S., Ken has over 20 years of experience in the school safety profession and has worked with school and public safety officials in 45 states. He is one of the most widely quoted school safety experts, appearing in all national news networks and cable TV shows and in top market newspapers. He has also testified to Congress as a school safety and crisis expert.
Ken's background with school gang issues includes having served as founder and supervisor of the nationally-recognized Youth Gang Unit for the school safety division of the Cleveland City Schools, and as a suburban Cleveland school security director. He also served as assistant director of a federal funded anti-gang task force for three Cleveland suburbs. Ken was selected in 2006 as Chairman of the Prevention Committee, Executive Board member, and a Project Management Team member for the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative project for the Office of the United States Attorney of Northern Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is one of six cities selected by the U.S. Attorney General to receive $2.5 million to address gangs through a model strategy of gang prevention, law enforcement, and community re-entry initiatives.
School Gang Prevention and Intervention: Lessons for Educators and Safety Personnel
Topics may include, but not be limited to:
- Descriptive and functional terminology for educators
- Attributes of school age gang members
- What educators know and should know to understand a law enforcement perspective
- What school based law enforcement knows and should know to understand the educators perspective
- Specific school planning for gang-involved youth
- Collaborating with communities agencies
- Interviewing gang-involved youth
- Working with gang-involved families; meetings in school and home
- Home visits safety and function
- Preventing a gang-involved crisis in the schools
- Comprehensive educational programming for gang involved individual youth
Presenter: Dr. Don Kodluboy earned a doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Minnesota, with a supporting program in Psychopharmacology and Applied Behavior Analysis, before becoming a School Psychologist. He is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr Kodluboy worked in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 30 years, specializing in crisis management, and in programming for youth with severe behavior disorders. He has observed the growth of street gangs in the Midwest for more than 15 years and is focusing on the development of street gangs among Southeast Asian youth. He is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and is a past member of the St. Paul Community Development Task Force, Safety subcommittee, the Mayor’s Public Safety Advisory Council for the city of St. Paul, and the Ramsey County Youth Gang Task Force. Dr Kodluboy is co-author of Gangs and Schools: Signs, Symbols and Solutions, and has contributed to several recent compendium texts on the topic of youth gangs and school violence, including School Violence Intervention by Guilford Press. He was a member of the enhancement committee for the recent revision of the Gang Resistance Education and Training, or GREAT, violence prevention curriculum, for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
For More Information on School Gang Training
For more information on school gangs and our school safety gang prevention training, email Ken Trump.