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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.

Inspire Everyone, Especially Our Youth

I am grateful for every opportunity I have to connect with young people and provide them a vision for the potential in their life.  Everyone comes from a different background and their experiences mold who they are.  Sometimes it can be that person who doesn’t know their ever move that comes in and can help them capture the “who I can be” vs. “who I am”.  We held series of events to impact the education and family community of Rankin County School District in MS.  They are dedicated to offering programming to support the needs of their students, staff and families.

This first pic is after we spoke to a local group of high school students.

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As we talked about Family Engagement, a strong team from the community attended the lunch session.

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My son, Hunter, joined me to present “Diagnosis to Graduation” which is our family’s story about Hunter’s life on the Autism Spectrum.

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Even a C, D, and F student can INSPIRE Education Administrators

Anna Hunt, Executive Director for the Mississippi Association of School Administrators (Annual Spring Conference)

“Scott, thank you for your time and energy to present our lunchtime keynote.  Your message to our administrative leadership of “Family and Education Is the Cure” was on target with our vision to meet our goals in education.  Keep getting the message out about the value of family in student’s lives.”

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


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.


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.

Feedback is alsways good to receive and fun to share when positive.

In November Scott had the opportunity to present for the Texas School Safety Center’s School Administrators Safety Conference. Austin was a beautiful place to be that time of year.  300+ were inspired by Scott’s keynote “Family and Education is the CURE”.   Here are some of their comments below:

“Great energy, very interactive and engaging.”

“Very dynamic and informative.”

“I was very engaged in Scott’s presentation.  I looked forward to hearing him since I saw him present in 2009 during a workshop.  I thought then he was good, but today he was great!”


It’s About Family!! The important role of mom and dad.

Passionate about Public Education

Since having children, I have learned the value of public education and the difficulties associated with a quality education being available to all American citizens. There’s a new documentary out called “Waiting for Superman” and talks about the lottery system within some charter school cities.  The blog post I want you to read is by an educator talking about all the challenges faced by many public schools.

So often, we live in the world we know and can’t see the need of others or the “real” challenges they face daily.

1.  Be thankful if you do not face daily challenges of abuse (physical, substance, etc.), have transportation, food on the table, etc.

2.  Understand that children do not have control over their circumstances and if we want to build a great nation, ALL our children need to have the opportunity to grow and develop in a healthy environment and culture.

3.  My organization Schools And Families Engaged (S.A.F.E. TEAM on Campus) believes in the following for students to graduate: Attendance, Attachment, Achievement and Attainment.

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Larger than Life can help you Promote.

We felt very fortunate a couple years ago to have a design team help us create a mascot for the S.A.F.E. TEAM program.   COMBO went from a cartoon design to a human filled blowup mascot costume that travels to conferences.   Inflatable Images was the compnay that took him from cartoon to blowup.

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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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