RISE 2023

The 2023 RISE Back to School Safety Summit – the CFSS’ signature event – will be held July 31-Aug. 2 at the Gastonia Conference Center. Registration is free.

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 will focus 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.

Register for RISE 2023:  When you register, be sure to select the Work Track you’re interested in.

School Resource Officers

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

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

Registration link for school resource officers/law enforcement:  When you register, be sure to select the Work Track you’re interested in.

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: Register 

Location and Accommodations

Parking decks are available at the Gastonia Conference Center, 145 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Lunch will be provided each day.

Space is limited, so register soon to reserve your spot. If you have questions, send an email to cfss@dpi.nc.gov.


Center for Safer Schools staff at the 2022 RISE School Safety Summit in Greensboro.
Center for Safer Schools staff at RISE 2022 in Greensboro.