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Safety Bulletin: March 2003

Trainer Model: A Cost Effective way to Train Staff

IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. Train-the-Trainers - Houston, Texas:
      Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student

  2. PDS Training Delayed: Blessing to Many 

  3. Train-the-Trainers: Bullying--St Augustine, FL

  4. Becoming an Associate

  5. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence

  6. 1st Class of PDS Trainers is Super Success

  7. Bullying Stops when Respect Begins 

  8. Tips for Parents: Listening & Valuing your Child

  1. One liner by John Coleman - Jackson School District

  2. Tip for Teachers: Alternatives to Self-Defeating beliefs

  3. Alternative Learning Envir.(ALE): A Model Approach

  4. Everyone Else Has Aged

  5. What Others Say About Keys To Safer

  6. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area

  7. Keys Now Accepts Checks On-line  -  NEW! 

  8. And more links....

1. Train-the-Trainers: Certification in Assessing the PDS -

HOUSTON, TEXAS, JUNE 11-12, 2003 is the next training scheduled for you to become a Trainer for Certifying others in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS).

This is the training that you have asked for and have been waiting to attend.  Previously, Keys staff were the only trainers who could Train and Certify anyone in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student, but due to the increasing demand and the need to reduce costs within a district/organization Keys is making this shift. If you accept our offer to become a Trainer in this program, which features our Nationally used and highly unique scored Assessment Instrument, you will be one of the first. School Districts/Organizations across the USA have participated in Keys Facilitator PDS training and paid for every staff member who attended. This training will allow your district/organization to train you to be a trainer.  The Trainer then can train and Keys will certify the entire Assessment Team without additional training cost. The cost for this train-the-trainers event is only $260. Early bird registration is available until May 9, 2003 at just  $225. To learn more go to: or click to open flyer to print. To see a video & written recommendations from previous attendee/Trainers -> click here

Added Bonus: This training may make you eligible to become a Trainer in the Keys Associate Program and help us to reach others all over the county who need help assessing their Potentially Dangerous Students (PDS). For more information or to apply, go to:


2. Training Rescheduled: Blessing to many.

The PDS Train-the-Trainer originally scheduled for Feb 26-27 in Cabot, AR has been rescheduled for March 13-14, Thursday and Friday. The snow and ice storms that swept across the South made getting to the training unsafe. Dates two weeks later were chosen to insure that most of the winter storm season would be gone. This has turned out to be a blessing to many who were unable to register for the original training but have taken advantage of this delay to get their names on the list. If you were wanting to make this training but could not before, now is your chance. Go to:  and sign up today. Those previously signed up, you have been rescheduled and need only to show up...see you there!


3. Train-the-Trainer:  Bullying Stops When Respect Begins 

The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida will host a Multi-County training (St. Johns County School District  & Clay County Public Schools) for trainers in Bullying Stops When Respect Begins. There are a limited number of training slots open for individuals outside the these counties. This program focuses and the 4 Domains of Bullying: 

  The Bully   The Victim   The School   The Parents

To learn more about this training, go to #7 below. To register for the training go to: or click to open flyer to print. 


4. Associates of Keys To Safer -

Are you looking for a way to impact your community or society; are you a professional who wants to expand your possibilities? Keys is looking for Associates to join our team and help spread the word about the Detection and Prevention of Violence available through Keys To Safer If you are interested in helping students and schools to be safer and earning while they are learning, contact Keys today or visit our website for more information.

"I am retiring this year and I don't want my 35 years of experience to just stop and be wasted." This is quote from school counselor who recently signed on. Maybe you share this sentiment. Join the Team.


5. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence

The 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence is scheduled at the Ramada Resort Maingate (just outside a popular theme park that features a large Mouse) for June, 16-17, 2003. Plan your vacation/family travel time now. Bullying will be the central theme this year.  This training will include Trainers in the Bullying Stops When Respect Begins and the Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Training, previously trained by Keys Staff and more...   Some guest trainers will present their topics in sign language for the Deaf Community.  The Trainers will be representing the Florida School for the Deaf & Blind and the Arkansas School for the Deaf.  Additional details about these trainers will be forthcoming. This conference will provide two days of dynamic information that can be used in your schools immediately. This is an excellent opportunity to combine a family vacation with CEU credits and a Business Expense Trip. The Ramada Resort has proven to be an super host in past years and we look forward to another great time. Mark your calendars now for this summer's conference. or


6.   First Class of PDS Trainers is Super Success

St. Augustine, Florida: The first class of Train-the-Trainers in Certifying for Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) completed their training on February 7 with excitement and an eagerness to get back to work.

"The knowledge of the Trainers was tops." said a school psychologist.

The Keys staff was delighted to see professionals from across the United States lingering after the training to exchange addresses, ideas and encouragement.

Attendees in PDS Training in St. Augustine, Fl

"I liked the networking and the exposure to the Risk Assessment Model," wrote the head of security. A school principal said, "The practice in the use of the Assessment Instrument was invaluable."

Word of mouth from others in your profession is always the best endorsement, such as: "I liked the

Attendees in PDS Training in St. Augustine, Fl

 participants from all over the USA - Networking Opportunities" or "The Trainers' interpersonal skills are excellent and they left no doubt as to their wealth of knowledge and expertise with the subject material."

Attendees in PDS Training in St. Augustine, Fl

And finally, from SRO and Safe School Coordinator, Michael Henriquez of Key West, FL: "The hotel was close to training site!!  I liked the Assessing students [exercise] and group activities.  Excellent Training!  Thanks Keys!!"

And the emails are still coming in daily! To see video and other comments from members of this class of trainers, go to: .   Plan now to be in the next class -> See Calendar


7. Bullying Stops When Respect Begins - Training, Train-the-trainers, and Assemblies 

Did you know that 75% of all students in the United States have been the victims of a bully or that 25% are currently under the influence of bully? Did you know that bullying is not limited to students? Are you aware that bullying takes lives, hurts victims (students and teachers as well), grows new bullies and turns by-standers into "Stand-by-and-do-Nothingers"!  These and many other aspects of bullying are brought out in the training conducted by Keys. The title of the program also explains its primary thrust, "Bullying Stops When Respect Begins." If your school is struggling with bullying issues and you are not sure what to do, contact Keys today!  If your school does not have a bullying problem, go back to the top of this paragraph and read it again.  Download a flyer today!


8. Tip of the Month for Parents: Listening and Valuing your Child
  1. Listen to and talk with your children regularly.
  2. Find out what they're thinking on all kinds of topics.
  3. Create an opportunity for two-way conversation, which may mean forgoing judgments or pronouncements.
  4. Make it a daily habit and become your child's best friend (but don't get enmeshed - stay the Parent).

Remember: Everyone hears what your child says, friends listen to what they say. But Parents should listen to what is not said.

Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys Experts for advice


9. One-liner of the Month:


"What you believe determines how you behave."
contributed by

John Coleman

Director, Safety & Security * Jackson Public School District

Send us your favorite one-liner today and look for it in future editions.


10. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Alternatives to Self-Defeating Beliefs

A number of the beliefs our students (possibly us) commonly accept from (possibly our Administration) parents, society, peers, games and the media which keep them from functioning effectively.  These beliefs are often associated with discouragement, depression, anxiety, and the desire to control/bully other people.  Here are some of the self-defeating beliefs, along with constructive alternatives:

  Self-Defeating Belief   Alternative
1. It is necessary to have approval from everyone.   I will do that which makes me more self-confident and more responsible to self and others.
2. It is terrible and totally bad when things do not turn out the way I think they should.   It is annoying and disappointing when things don't turn out the way I'd like.  I'll try to change the things I control and accept the things I have no control over.
3. This is how we act in my family and the way I act, too.  I have no control over it and can not change it.   My behavior has a reason, and so I can influence it best by understanding it, deciding to change it and the way I react to it.


For help in changing students self-defeating beliefs, contact Keys today or check out these trainings:


11.  Alternative Learning Environment (ALE): A Model Approach

The law of the land says that schools must establish an ALE for those students who cannot remain in a mainstream classroom, most often due to behavior. Most schools across the United States have set up some type of ALE for these students with disruptive behavior but stop short of addressing the whole student. Many are struggling with meager resources and even the theories behind such alternatives. Keys To Safer has helped a number of Districts develop and operate an Alternative Learning Environment. These efforts have been successful through a MODEL APPROACH that provides for the needs of the student in 4 major areas: First and foremost is Academic, followed equally by a Behavior Component, Staff Training and Systems Elements. If you are no longer focused on academics, you are no longer a school. If Behavioral issues are not addressed and Staff are not trained specifically in managing behaviors, the students will fail in the alternative setting as surely as they failed in the mainstream. Lastly, systems elements such as policies, procedures and guidelines are absolutely essential to keep the alternative experience brief and goal oriented. To learn more about the Keys Model for Alternative Schools, go to:


12.  Everyone Else Has Aged

While waiting for my first appointment in the reception room of a new dentist, I noticed his certificate, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered that a tall, handsome boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 40 years ago.  Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was too old to have been my classmate.  After he had examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended the local high school. "Yes," he replied.  "When did you graduate?" I asked. He answered, "In 1957."   "Why, you were in my class!" I exclaimed.  He looked at me closely and then asked, "What did you teach?"

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13.  What Others Say About Keys To Safer -


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What Others Say About Us! The best advertisement is word of mouth. We truly appreciate the many kind and encouraging words said about us by those of you who have attended one of our training's or received another service from us. Those who are considering one of our services might find it helpful to review some of these comments. Please feel free to contact any of them that you recognize. If you have a comment about Keys To Safer and would like to share it with others, please email it to us and we will place it on the site. Here are just a few of the comments:

  • "This [National Conference] is GREAT!  Very practical, easy to use and very timely!
    Sabrina Steger, Paducah, Kentucky [mother of school shooting victim Kayce Steger]

  • "...All presenter were excellent and allowed time for excellent discussion".
    Linda Delaney, Memphis School District, Memphis, TN.  

  • "...The Assessment Model (of the PDS) was very interesting and with the training will be very effective"
    Janice Chiaradonna, Johnson & Wales University, LYNN, MA
  • "The Keys To Safer [International Conference] increased my confidence in managing crisis situations.
    Laura Bishop, Westminster Academy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL [International Conference]
  • "I would like to thank you for emailing me the handouts that I requested. I found all three very informative and helpful, especially the handout on ADD. I have recommended your site to some of my friends too. :)"
    Diane Attard, OASI Foundation-Prevention Officer Gozo,Malta
  • "The topics covered were very good-Exactly what we were looking for! What did you like least about the training? Too little time for so much material."
    School Counselor, IL [Bullying & Conflict Resolution Training]
  • "This is one of the BEST workshops I have attended! I would like for ALL of my teachers and Administrators to attend this. I liked the groups and interaction."
    School Alternative Teacher [Anger Management/De-escalation Training]
  • "The assessment practice exercise toward the end of the day I felt this was very beneficial."
    School Resource Officer (SRO) [Assessment Training Attendee]


14.  Co-sponsor a Training Seminar. 

Would you like to have a training event in your school or local area but fear that you do not have the participation or budget to do so? Keys has a program just for you! Co-sponsor an open training event by arranging a meeting place, supplying some equipment for the presentation and assisting us in getting the word out about the event in your area. Keys will do their part. The Co-sponsor will receive two training slots FREE!! It is a Win - Win arrangement.

If anyone has questions or desires more information about this training opportunity, go to (16.) below.


15. Keys Can Now Accept Your Check On-line

When ordering training, materials or the testers below, you can write a check on-line as simply as writing one at your local grocery store. Look for the "pay by check" option button and follow the instructions. It is easy, it is secure and it is available now. Some of the latest innovations in drug testing are available through Keys and our new check option. Check out the ones listed below.

  • Swipe test: 
    So New on the market they are not yet listed. The top four illegal drugs of abuse appear in the sweat and oils of the skin. Now Keys has a test kit that will allow you to swipe a cloth over any surface suspected of being handled by someone on drugs. Then just place the cloth in the bottle and wait 60 seconds. Computer keyboards, free weights, and other surfaces can now be tested to see if someone in your class or an employee has a drug problem. Contact Keys if this product would be of use in your organization.

  • Date Rape Drug Testers: 
    Available for the first time! Keys has made special arrangements with the manufacturer to offer these testers in non-obvious tester to teens and parents who are concerned about the increasing number of people who use drugs to take sexual advantage of others. If you are suspicious of your drink, simply spill a drop on these business cards or coasters and discover in just a few seconds if it has been spiked. Don't let anyone take advantage of you.

  • Alcohol
    Been to a party and not sure if you should drive home? Keys has a saliva based Blood Alcohol Content tester that will let you know if you need a cab.

  • Street Drugs
    Parents, your teen is having problems with illegal drugs and desires to quit or needs your help. Keys can provide you a testing device for up to 10 of the most common street drugs. You can use them in conjunction with your personal family drug policies to help teen follow through and keep their commitment.

  • Juvenile Probation
    You want your clients tested but it is so involved and there are so many rules from the Health Department about handling urine and from the Court about privacy in sample collection. Keys has a tester that uses a saliva swab rather than urine and is just as accurate.

For information or to place an order, go to:

Contact us today at (800) 504-7355 or email us at the address below to set up your account for using Purchase Orders.


16.  Contact Information....

Keys To Safer website is at
Contact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at or call local (501)847-2596, "toll free"

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