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School is Starting, Time to launch S.A.F.E. TEAM Programs!

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I invite you to checkout Schools and Families Engaged (the S.A.F.E. Team on Campus).  Tell someone you know about this program that supports family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.

Don’t worry, I don’t have to be the presenter at your school to launch the program.  If I do show up, I am sure camo will be my choice of color.

Please VOTE Daily for the S.A.F.E. TEAM Video

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Many of you know my dedication and passion for families, education and safe-learning environments through the development and promotion of the S.A.F.E. TEAM Program. As of August 1st, you can go and cast your vote for the S.A.F.E. TEAM video as part of the American Airlines and SCORE Association contest.  Help us make it to the finals to win over $50k in tickets, advertising and promotion.  Vote EVERY day for the S.A.F.E. TEAM video.

Checkout the following press releases to learn more.

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What else do You do?

Every now and then I am asked, “What else do you do?” I am a firm believer that you have to do more than just be a speaker/presenter so that you have stories to tell and life experiences to share.  While many speakers run their own companies, it is still critical to be actively involved in a business/organization to keep you on your toes about the challenges facing people within those types of environments.  If you are a lone wolf, it is hard to see reality even if you are an active reader and expect that to be your experience.

Outside of presenting on various topics, I also lead an organization called Schools And Families Engaged (S.A.F.E TEAM on Campus).  The  mission is to support family engagement and a safe-learning environment in every school so all students can achieve academic success.  In 1998, I simply volunteered at my son’s elementary school for one day and realized the value and need of my role and the role of other fathers and families in students’ lives.  While a school shooting tragedy started me volunteering on campus, my passion to improve school safety has  put me on a path I never expected to walk.

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As of  last week, I was published in Campus Safety magazine with an article titled, “Adopting Appropriate Policies for Screening Volunteers”.  The sad part is, we live in a different world than when I grew up and because of this, we must proceed with caution.  The one-liner I always share in regard to visitors and volunteers on school campuses is, “no one gets near our children unless we know who and why they are there.”   I don’t say this to scare anyone, but to impress upon them to be vigilant in regards to school safety.

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Please share the article with school and parent group leadership.  Start a S.A.F.E TEAM program in your student’s K-12 school.

Ever had a gun drawn on you because you met the profile?

I thought of this story after just receiving a reference from the TX D.A.R.E. Officers Association. I posted the note to my Facebook just to clear my mind of the experience my son and I had together on the tail end of a roadtrip to the Kansas City area.  My mom didn’t enjoy hearing how it played out, but the best part is I had a new story to share from stage and my son got a pic for his Facebook.  By the way, we didnt’ get shot.

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Convention in Tulsa

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I had a great opportunity to keynote for the Oklahoma PTA Convention over the weekend. The challenge for any presenter is to see if you can connect with the audience.  During my talk, “It’s About the Story”, many of the attendees were able to visualize the teams they work with and the relationships they currently hold so closely.  Along the way, they did a little discovery about themselves to allow them to communicate more effectively.   The pictures above are from the keynote and one of my breakout sessions where we presented the S.A.F.E. TEAM program.

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