Safe and Drug-Free Schools' National Conference

08/03/2009 (All day) to 08/05/2009 (All day)
National Harbor
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The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS)

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) provides funds and technical assistance to States, schools, and communities for programs that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. OSDFS programs emphasize positive, disciplined, high-achieving schools; strong parent and community involvement; effective school planning and preparedness; research-based prevention and education strategies; and the effective use of data by schools and States to select and improve high-quality programs and activities.

Conference Goals
The 2009 OSDFS National Conference theme is The Power of Change: Healthy Students, Safe Schools, and Engaged Communities. Today's new economy, as well as ongoing changes in demographics and technology, require schools and communities to develop creative approaches to engage and prepare students for the roles and challenges they will face.

The goals of the 2009 National Conference are to:

  • Highlight information from research and evaluation studies that will support State and local officials in assessing needs, establishing priorities, and selecting the most effective programs and strategies.
  • Examine new trends, innovative approaches, and comprehensive, integrated strategies that may offer new approaches to both old and emerging problems and challenges.
  • Enable participants to build upon skills and receive training from practitioners in the fields of emergency management; health, mental health, and physical education; alcohol, drug, and violence prevention; civic and character education; and other areas related to school- and community-based prevention.
  • Showcase resources and tools developed by fellow practitioners and leaders in their respective fields.

Who Should Attend?

  • OSDFS grantees
  • Education and prevention leaders
  • Representatives of Federal agencies and national associations
  • SEA, LEA representatives and Governor's staff
  • Public and private school administrators
  • Experts in the field of substance abuse and violence prevention
  • School personnel (teacher, counselors and health educators)
  • School safety and security officers, including school resources officers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Representatives from charter schools.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Research/Evaluation/Survey Findings
  • Promising Programs/Strategies
  • Training/Skills Building
  • Technology
  • New Trends
  • Resources
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