RISE 2023

The 2023 RISE Back to School Safety Summit – the CFSS’ signature event – was held July 31-Aug. 2 at the Gastonia Conference Center in Gastonia, N.C.

RISE training focuses on the resiliency, information, support and empowerment needed when supporting children and adolescents in schools and communities. This training offers a range of sessions covering the issues of bullying, suicide, opioid and substance use, critical incidents and other vital information about trauma and victimization among children and adolescents, and how these various dynamics impact school climate and school safety.

School Personnel

For school personnel, RISE focused on the following Work Tracks:

  • Engaging Schools and Communities – this might include effectively utilizing school and community teams for issues such as threat assessment, suicide prevention, social emotional learning, substance abuse prevention, gang reduction and basic school safety for support staff, etc.
  • School Climate and Multi-tiered Systems of Support – this might include evidenced-based social emotional curricula, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, collaborations with community-based efforts related to SB 105 or other community programs, etc.
  • Information/Intelligence Gathering – this might include how you utilize social media, information sharing and Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA), threat assessment processes, utilizing data to inform your discipline and alternatives to suspension efforts, etc.
  • Emergency Management, Crisis Response and Recovery – this might include trauma-informed guidelines for drills, recovery after an emergency at your school, dealing with the media, etc.
  • From Research/Theory to Practice – this might include brain development in youth, delinquency and violence prevention, bullying/cyberbullying evidenced-based programs, etc.

School Resource Officers

For school resource officers and law enforcement personnel, RISE focused on the following Work Tracks:

  • Behavioral Threat Assessment (all day Tuesday)
  • Educating Kids About Gun and Gang Violence (Wednesday morning)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

LivingWorks ASIST teaches participants to provide a skilled intervention and develop a collaborative safety plan to keep someone safe and alive. Trusted by professionals yet learnable by anyone, LivingWorks ASIST is the world's leading suicide intervention model.


Center for Safer Schools staff at the 2023 RISE Back to School Safety Summit in Gastonia, N.C.
Center for Safer Schools staff at the 2023 RISE Back to School Safety Summit in Gastonia, N.C.