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Supporting Principals in Managing Security: Investigation Techniques for School Safety

The authors are organizers and moderators of the principal preparation webinar series for AACTE.

On February 21, AACTE will kick off the new interactive webinar series, “Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals,” supported by The Wallace Foundation. These free webinars are designed to build on the Wallace Foundation’s 2016 report Improving University Principal Preparation Programs: Five Themes From the Field, which highlights the need for realistic clinical experiences in quality preparation programs.

If you are involved in school leadership – as a principal intern, practicing administrator, or university faculty member – please join us for the first webinar in the series, Investigation Techniques for School Safety, on Wednesday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Panelists will discuss real-life security scenarios school leaders face and outline action steps for fair and thorough investigations. Participants will also provide proactive ways to support new principals in this challenging and ever-changing role.

Join us to learn, ask key questions about the topic, and interact with our panelists:

traci-gile Traci Gile is principal of Lopez Elementary in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been a proud public school educator for 20 years. When she was a high school teacher, she became an inaugural staff member of the Colorado Online School Consortium, and she oversaw and provided training in technology integration and 21st-century skills to all instructional staff. Additionally, she designed and taught induction courses for new teachers entering the district. Another part of the position was creating professional development for teachers in standards-based teaching and learning as well as best practices in assessment. This experience led to consulting work in Mapleton School District in Denver and the parochial schools in New Orleans, LA. In 2004, she entered the principal licensure program at Colorado State University’s School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. After completing the program, she became principal of Mary Blair Elementary School in 2005. During this time, she went back to Colorado State to pursue a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and wrote her dissertation on principal leadership during systemic reform, specifically focusing on Response to Intervention.

roy-tripi Roy Tripi is dean of students at Wellington Middle School in Wellington, Colorado. He spent 19 years teaching physical education and health at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins before enrolling in the principal licensure program at Colorado State University. He is now in his first year as a school leader and has enjoyed this new opportunity to work with students and teachers to maintain a positive learning environment for all students.

stason-ikenouye Stason Ikenouye is a private investigator and professional instructor with over 10 years of law enforcement, special operations, security, investigative, and instructional experience. A POST-certified firearms instructor and NRA Patrol Rifle instructor, he has served as a SWAT operator, police detective, county critical incident response team detective, field evidence technician, school resource officer, and field training officer. Ikenouye has also served as a security supervisor for a U.S. Military installation and was responsible for the physical security of the premises and personnel. His professional recognitions include a lifesaving award during a methamphetamine lab investigation, a unit citation for investigative efforts during a shooting investigation, and an award of valor for disregarding personal safety and entering a burning building and carrying an unconscious victim to safety.

We hope you will join us February 21! You can also mark your calendar for additional upcoming webinars in the series:

Wendy Fothergill is an assistant professor and coordinator of principal licensure, and Donna Cooner is a professor, at Colorado State University.

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Donna Cooner

Colorado State University

Wendy Fothergill

Colorado State University