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S/HE Trains Over 140 Loudoun County Public Schools PE Teachers
April 02, 2018
LCPS’s motto is “Empowering all students to make meaningful contributions to the world”, and that was the goal of S/HE’s April 2, 2018 training of middle and high school PE teachers at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA: To empower students to keep themselves and others safe from dangers like sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, dating and domestic violence, bullying, substance abuse, mental illness, and active shootings.
S/HE was fortunate to have the help of volunteer LCPS teachers Ann Vierkorn, John Destefano, John Sharples, Joel Caruso, Scott Nole, Christina Bearce, Michele Gibbons, Sarah Verdis, Bryan Smith, and Michael Spiegelberg, as well as Sheila Jones, LCPS Supervisor, Adapted Physical Education, Driver Education, Family Life Education, Health Education, and Physical Education, Vanessa Wigand, Coordinator, Health, Physical, Driver Education & Athletics for the Virginia Department of Education, and Liz Payne, K-12 Coordinator for Health, Family Life, and Physical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools. S/HE also had the chance to discuss student safety with Warren Pelton, LCPS Emergency Response Plan Facilitator, Virginia Delegates Kathleen Murphy, Vivian Watts, and Jennifer Boysko, and U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock. It was a great day! Thanks to all who gave of their time to make the training great and especially thanks to all the LCPS teachers for learning the program and helping to keep our students safe!
S/HE Thanks Delegate Jennifer Boysko for Attending S/HE Training at Loudoun County Public School District
April 02, 2018
S/HE was honored to have Delegate Jennifer Boysko attend a training session at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA for over 140 middle and high school physical education teachers fromLoudoun County Public Schools.
Delegate Boysko helped demonstrate how to escape if grabbed by a predator with an impressive display of strength and determination. “She’s amazingly strong!” exclaimed Talcott J. Franklin of S/HE, who led the training session.
After being taught the proper escape technique, Delegate Boysko became unstoppable. “I wouldn’t mess with her,” Franklin said, adding that: “Delegate Boysko has used her strength and determination as an advocate for education and to fight for those who cannot protect themselves, like when she helped found HEART (Herndon Embraces All with Respect and Tolerance). Respect and tolerance is a big part of our training.”
“Delegate Boysko was a helpful and welcome presence at our training and demonstrated how vigorously resisting a predator can save your life,” Franklin stated. “We appreciate her contributions to our training and to student safety in Virginia.”
S/HE Thanks Representative Barbara Comstock and Staff for Attending S/HE Training at Loudoun County Public School District
April 02, 2019
S/HE was honored to have Representative Barbara Comstock and her staff members Jeff Marschner and Kasha Nielsen attend a training session at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA for over 140 middle and high school physical education teachers from Loudoun County Public Schools.
Representative Comstock thanked the teachers for learning how to keep students safe. “It was important and helpful that Representative Comstock took the time to come to the training and encourage the teachers to do everything possible to keep their students safe,” Franklin said. “Her words and presence were impactful.”
“Representative Comstock’s legislative victory last fall in passing legislation to prevent sexual harassment in Congress was a watershed moment,” said Franklin. “Her presence today is indicative of her deep commitment to prevent violence against anyone, regardless of circumstance, and in particular, to protect all our children from harm.”
S/HE Thanks Delegate Kathleen Murphy for Attending S/HE Training at Loudoun County Public School District
April 02, 2019
S/HE was honored to have Delegate Kathleen Murphy attend a training session at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA for over 140 middle and high school physical education teachers from Loudoun County Public Schools.
“Delegate Murphy is a strong advocate for education and protecting children and women from violence,” said Talcott J. Franklin of S/HE, who led the training session. “It was impressive that Delegate Murphy attended, invested time in learning about the program, and spoke to several school district officials about its implementation. Student safety is clearly important to her.”
“Delegate Murphy provided us with significant inspiration in our efforts to protect students in her district from harm,” Franklin added. “We appreciate her many contributions to student safety and education.”
S/HE Thanks Delegate Vivian Watts for Attending S/HE Training at Loudoun County Public School District
April 02, 2019
S/HE was honored to have Delegate Vivian Watts attend a training session at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA for over 140 middle and high school physical education teachers from Loudoun County Public Schools.
“Delegate Watts is well known for her experience in keeping children safe, including her tenure at Fairfax CASA serving survivors of abuse and neglect,” said Talcott J. Franklin of S/HE, who led the training session. “It was tremendously helpful that Delegate Watts attended and spoke to the teachers.”
“Delegate Watts is using her experience to help keep children safe, and our program is dedicated to contributing to those efforts,” Franklin added.
Alcuin School Thanks S/HE for March 23, 2018 Safety Training
March 23, 2018
“Thank you so much for the spot on presentation about safety for children and young people. The presentation kept the students engaged and I know that they will remember the points you made. Hopefully, the lessons will help prevent a lot of bad decisions on their part or how to get out of a bad situation that they have found themselves in. Clearly, this is important work that you are doing and has and will continue to have an impact on many students…..including ours.”
Walter M. Sorensen, Head of School
National Charity League thanks S/HE for training
July 31, 2017
Virginia thanks S/HE for training PE teachers.
July 19, 2017
“You are an absolute delight! Thank YOU so much for helping our teachers share skills that will keep our students safe! I’m so thankful that our paths crossed, and look forward to collaborating with you in the future!
You are a treasure.”
Vanessa Wigand, Coordinator for Health, Physical Education, and Driver's Education at the Virginia Department of Education
S/HE conducts training at Alcuin School.
April 21, 2017
S/HE principals publish article in prestigious BYU Education & Law Journal on addressing conflicts of interest in college sexual assault programs.
April 20, 2017
S/HE to conduct Virginia teacher trainings July 9, 2017 in advance of annual Health and Physical Activity Institute.
April 11, 2017
The primary objective of the institute is to improve the quality of health and physical education instruction and provide support to implement the 2015 VDOE standards of learning for health and physical education which would enhance the wellness and educational performance of Virginia's students. The Health and Physical Activity Institute is supported by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
S/HE conducts trainings at the Hockaday School for Girls.
April 02, 2017
S/HE conducts training at Salem High School in Virginia.
March 23, 2017
Photo credits: Carrie Peters
The Gazzette-Virginian: Students learn how not to be a statistic.
September 20, 2016
Gaining knowledge from Secure Higher Education presenters Sarah Green from Lexington and Van and Tal Franklin from Dallas, Texas, teenagers learned how to defend themselves from predators and how to stay away from dangerous situations.
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