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MCSS 2021 School Safety Conference

When the pandemic response shut down all in-person activities and events for most of 2020, MCSS’s annual Summer Conference had to be reimagined into virtual Summer Seminar Series on just three months notice. Now, as we look ahead to 2021, we are ready to apply lessons learned from 2020 to create a Summer 2021 School Safety Conference that harnesses the best elements of in-person and online education, professional development, engagement, and networking. And we hope you are too!

Mark your calendar for our Summer 2021 School Safety Conference, which will take place on four non-consecutive dates in July 2021 (July 13, 15, 20, and 22). We will remain flexible to see whether which, if any, parts of the conference will be able to take place in-person; yet, we are also developing hybrid format and fully online options due to potentially evolving COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Each year hundreds of school safety/security professionals including law enforcement professionals, school administrators, mental health professionals, counselors, teachers, government officials, and more attend our conference to learn new school safety information and gain exposure to the latest best practices. This wouldn’t be possible without the participation of some of our nation’s and our region’s leading school safety experts and speakers.  

Now, with just over six months until our conference we are excited to launch our official call for speakers. Our goal is to continue to present conference attendees with innovative and thoughtful speakers from diverse perspectives and disciplines; therefore, if you or someone you know is ready and able to challenge attendees’ current assumptions and provide timely, fresh, interactive, leading-edge, and engaging school safety content, please complete our 2021 School Safety Conference Call for Speakers Application no later later March 1, 2021.
Recognizing the wealth of information and expertise within our school safety community, we encourage everyone to circulate the application and related information to anyone who would be able to provide valuable information to our school safety community.  

Any questions regarding the conference or proposal submissions should be directed to our Conference Speaker Committee Chair Jim Hott at james.hott1@maryland.gov. We look forward to reviewing applications soon.

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