Dare County Schools hosted a "training of trainers" of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training® for staff members representing six regional school systems with Marvin Sharp, Professional Staff Instructor with Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. at the Outer Banks Visitor’s Center from December 2 through December 5, 2008. In addition to Dare County Schools, districts sending school personnel for training included Gates, Martin, Perquimans, Camden, and Currituck counties. This state-mandated training provided educators with skills they need to ensure the care, welfare, safety, and security of all persons involved in a potential or crisis situation.
Once these trainers are certified through this training model, they will then be qualified to return to their respective school systems to provide training to other staff members. This comprehensive training provides the principles and techniques needed to resolve potentially violent situations. This training also helps school personnel to know how to intervene more safely before aggressive behavior escalates to threaten harm to others.
This type of training is mandated by House Bill 1032, the "Deborah Greenblatt Act" in an effort to help educators to be better equipped to manage disruptive or dangerous situations involving students.
Since this type of training is offered in cities such as Greensboro, Charlotte, and Raleigh, Dare County Schools selected to host this workshop for nearby school systems in an effort to keep travel expenses at a minimum. Having the training locally for Dare and regionally for the other districts made economic sense. In the long term, it is more efficient for each school system to have their own certified trainers for local instruction as opposed to having to send local staff members to other locations to be trained.
Steve Basnight, Assistant Principal on Loan to the Central Office and Dawn Edwards, First Flight High School Exceptional Children's teacher represented Dare County Schools at the four-day training session.
Photo/edits: Sharon Sullivan