Rick Phillips - Keynote Speaker at the National School Board Association Conference

April 11 2011


  • Geo Howard, Operations & IT Manager
    Geo Howard
    Operations & IT Manager

Rick Phillips presented a two-hour keynote on Whole School Climate at the National School Board Association (NSBA) 71st Annual Conference on Saturday, April 8, held at the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center. Over 8,000 people attended the NSBA conference which featured a world-class two-day schedule focusing on the issues that every school board member needs to understand to have safe and high-performing schools. Rick’s keynote was addressed to more than 100 board trustees and school administrators of large and urban school districts throughout the country and Canada, and associated with the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE). His message on Whole School Climate was the foundation for reducing bullying and violence and creating safe schools from the inside-out. Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director of NSBA came up to Rick following his presentation and thanked him for inspiring and informing the attendees with a very powerful message. To view his full description, click here.

On Sunday, April 10, Rick also presented a one-hour workshop entitled, “Maintaining Safe and Bully-Free Schools in Challenging Economic Times”. The attendance was impressive –exceeding workshop expectations – with more than 70 participants. Rick’s workshop introduced the “School Climate Loss and Cost Calculator” to assess actual costs and losses associated with the absenteeism, vandalism, suspensions and expulsions. It also showcased proven and best-practice bullying prevention and intervention strategies to reduce school bullying and improve school climate and academic performance for our children. Priscilla B. Godfrey, Vice Chairman, Blue Ridge District (Loudoun County in Virginia) stood up during Rick’s presentation and recognized Rick and the effectiveness of the Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program. Priscilla has witnessed the direct impact first-hand of the SSA program in 10 of the district’s 70 schools.

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