On August 21, 2019, over 150 attendees participated in the CSTAG training presented by Dewey Cornell of Virginia Tech who developed the guidelines. School staff from 23 districts from across Arizona were present for the 6.5 hour training, The comprehensive school threat assessment guidelines were initially released in 2006 and became an evidence-based practice widely shared throughout the U.S. and Canada since 2013. In the one-day workshop, Dr. Cornell presented the rationale for a threat assessment, how to conduct a threat assessment, who is involved in a threat assessment team, and provided case studies and research to demonstrate the effective of the program. For more information about CSTAG, click HERE.
From August 22-23, 2019, a group of twenty-seven selected individuals from around the state attended a ‘training of trainers’ workshop under the guidance of Dr. Cornell. In the two-day span, the members received in-depth training of the materials presented on Monday, and a chance to discuss any components of the guidelines with Dr. Cornell. The trainers will soon be disseminating the CSTAG training to schools throughout Arizona. A website is currently being constructed so that schools may collaborate with a trainer to bring the CSTAG training to their district. Check out: http://www.azed.gov/shs/schoolthreatassessment/ to stay up to date.
AZCSTAG Cadre Training, August 2019