Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Crisis Response Team Trainings

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of School Safety has contracted with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) to provide training for school and district personnel on crisis response and critical incident stress management. 

This three-day training will address skills and concepts needed to handle small-scale crisis events as well as mass casualty events that occur within the school community. Such events could include natural or environmental disasters, fire or facility damage, transportation or on-site accidents, active attack or hostage events, sudden loss of life, and other critical incidents that affect the educational community.  Completion of the training will help districts understand how to best fill the roles and responsibilities needed in the event of a school crisis, as well as forming a multidisciplinary team that engages in crisis prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Trainings will be conducted at strategic locations around the state. Participants are welcome to attend the session that best meets their needs. Two trainings have been confirmed for fall 2022:  October 11-13, 2022 at Crowley’s Ridge Educational Cooperative in Harrisburgregister HERE;  and November 2-4, 2022 at Northwest Arkansas Educational Cooperative in Farmingtonregister HERE.  Additional opportunities will be added to the ADE ESC Works site as they are confirmed and announced through Commissioner's Memos. (Log in to the escWorks site, in the column on the left, click “Search ADE Sessions”, search for “Crisis Response Team - Basic).

Each school district is encouraged to identify two (2) or three (3) school personnel (administration, staff, and educators) to attend training and serve as members of school and district crisis response teams. Additional seats may be available if the trainings are not full. These individuals will receive basic-level training to help support efforts during a time of crisis in a school district. Advanced-level training will be offered to a smaller select group of individuals identified from the first rounds of training.  DESE will provide registration, lunch, and breaks. Participants will be reimbursed for mileage and hotel (if needed) expenses.  Evening meals (if needed) or other travel costs will be the responsibility of the participant or district.  


For more information please contact DESE at 501-683-5266.

If your district would like to arrange a local training for additional staff, please contact Suzanne Jones, NOVA Consultant for Arkansas, at 501-514-3152 or


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