Making TIES: School Safety


Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019


Grand Canyon Education Building 71, First Floor Lecture Hall
2600 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017


8:00 am - 3:15 pm

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Join us for an important event on school safety!

This school safety event, which was designed for K12 educators and support staff, offers a valuable opportunity to expand your knowledge on school safety. Through the knowledgeable speaker, Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr., and the various scheduled events, attendees will build specific strategies to improve school safety and strengthen student-teacher relationships in the classroom. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

This event costs $95 per person and attendees will earn six professional development hours. Lunch is included with registration fee.

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8 – 8:30 am: Registration
8:30 am – noon: Surviving the active lethal threat, led by Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr.
Noon – 12:45 pm: Lunch
12:45 – 1:45 pm: Building Student Leadership Skills to Enhance Relationships
1:45 – 2 pm: Break
2 – 3 pm: Connecting with Community Resources to Build Strong School Supports
3 – 3:15 pm: Concluding Activities


This year’s speaker, Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr. served as a deputy sheriff with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department for 33 years. He also began his own consulting business with a focus on school and workplace violence. Since opening his consulting business, Jesus has taught over 650,000 professionals and students about matters ranging from gangs and youth violence to school safety issues and workplace violence. He hopes that his teachings will help make our universities, schools and workplaces safer for future generations.


In this event session, Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr. will cover the importance of having a lockdown plan, as well as L.E.A.S.T. training (lockdown, evacuation and survival tactics), which he created and now teaches to students and educators across the country. Through L.E.A.S.T., educators and support staff will learn eight tactics that increase your chances for survival during an active shooter incident. You will leave this event session well-trained and confident in your ability to improve school safety.


Contact the Canyon Professional Development team at [email protected].