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Keeping Students Safe: Proven Programs to Prevent School Violence

  • 2075 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

March 8, 2019
2075 Rayburn House Office Building 
Lunch will be serves 

Sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise and the American Association of School Administrators
In Coordination with Reps. Deutch (D-FL), Rutherford (R-FL), Kilmer (D-WA), and Rogers (R-KY)

Dear Colleague: 

Representatives Deutch (D-FL), Rutherford (R-FL), Kilmer (D-WA), and Rogers (R-KY) invite you to a Congressional Staff Briefing sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, focused on proven programs for preventing school violence. The briefing will be held on Friday, March 8th from 12:00PM-1:00PM in 2075 Rayburn House Office Building

At the briefing, you will hear a panel of experts including researchers and providers discuss violence prevention programs and other methods for keeping students safe at school. The briefing will include perspectives from students and administrators, as well as examples and research from education leaders and law enforcement researchers.


  • Moderator: Mark Barden, Parent and Managing Director, Sandy Hook Promise, Newtown, CT

  • Dr. Dusty Blakey, Ed.D., Superintendent, Colonial School District, New Castle, DE

  • Jim Accomando, President, National PTA Board of Directors, Fairfield, CT

  • Frank Straub, Ph.D., Director, Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, The Police Foundation, Battle Creek, MI

  • Kristina Alzugaray, Student and SAVE Promise Club National Youth Advisory Board Member, Cutler Bay High School, Cutler Bay, FL

Sandy Hook Promise is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 and has since trained over 5.5 million students and adults to know the signs of violence so that no other parent experiences the loss of their child. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, represents more than 13,000 education leaders in the United States and serves as a national voice for public education and district leadership in Washington, D.C.

Research shows that in the vast majority of school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it. Similarly, most students who complete suicide tell someone of their plans or give some other type of warning signs. This briefing will discuss evidence-based violence prevention programs that can stop these tragic events from occurring, keeping our students safe at school and at home.


Ted Deutch                                                                                         John Rutherford

Member of Congress                                                                            Member of Congress


Derek Kilmer                                                                                       Hal Rogers

Member of Congress                                                                            Member of Congress