April 16

Watch Now

Ensuring the security of students, faculty and staff at school is a primary concern for any community. However, natural disasters, cyberbullying and issues involving intruders are on the rise. Addressing these risks is paramount to make sure all of these individuals are safe.

Join the Center for Digital Education and Cisco for a thought-provoking webcast on creating safer schools. We’ll use results from a new national survey gauging how well educators coordinate with public safety agencies on school safety issues as the foundation for discussing comprehensive community-centric approaches to protecting students and campuses. Our panel of educators, public safety representatives and industry experts will examine how better cooperation and communication between schools, law enforcement and others can reduce the threat of school violence and other safety risks.

Spend an hour with us on April 16 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern to:

 Hear real-world examples of how K12 districts are improving school safety
 Understand current strengths and weaknesses of education-law enforcement cooperation and what these findings mean for your district
 Gain insight into how technology helps enable school security and stakeholder communication


Rick Robinson

Rick Robinson

Director of Technology, Safety Coordinator, Walton Central School District

Rick Robinson has served as the Director of Technology at Walton Central School District since 2015, developing the district’s long-term vision and leveraging new technology to ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff. He plans, administers, and supervises the district-wide implementations, operations, maintenance, and support of all technology.

Robinson has also served as the district’s safety coordinator since this past fall, which has allowed him to merge safety and technology to help Walton become a model in school safety.

Since being named Director of Technology in 2015, Robinson has driven the development and implementation of many district-altering changes. These include the migration of users, groups, workstations, and all servers from Novell to a Microsoft Windows platform; the addition of a door-access control system; a switch from NEC pbx phone system to a Cisco VOIP solution; and the integration of Singlewire’s Informacast as an emergency notification system.
These changes are just a few of what has made the Walton Central School District a leader in the use of technology as a key component to help with school safety.

Robinson has more than 25 years of experience in the technology field, in both private and public sectors. His diverse technical background includes technical support, network security, software development and testing, database management, and emergency notification systems.
He earned degrees from the State University of New York at Cobleskill, and Hudson Valley Community College. Robinson also holds several industry certifications, which include CompTIA IT Operations Specialist, A+ ce, Network+ ce, as well as many others. For the past 30 years, Rick has programmed for several online games and applications, and is fluent in languages such as C, C++, Java, and PHP.

Sean Burke

Sean Burke

President, School Safety Advocacy Council

Sean is currently a Lieutenant in an urban police department in Massachusetts with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Human Services from Springfield University, a Masters of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice from Western New England University, completed the FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Course, and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy-Session 239. Sean served as the first Director of Public Safety for the Lawrence Public School’s Police/Safety Department where he established all aspects of the department and managed all safety efforts, including the creation of their comprehensive school crisis plan and completion of a district wide school safety assessment program.

Sean Burke is considered one of the foremost experts in school safety, law enforcement, and youth violent behavior. He has traveled extensively and spoken before police officers and school personnel from the United States, Europe, Japan, Iceland, Canada, and the Caribbean. Sean has authored numerous articles and research papers and been interviewed and quoted as an expert source in media journals from across the nation. Sean was selected to for the cover of Time Magazine’s Guns in America Issue (2018) for his work in school safety and continues to serve as a consultant and on air expert for numerous media outlets including CBS National News and Good Morning America. Sean is the former and only two-time President of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) where he also served as a National Practitioner and a Senior Instructor for over 10 years.

Sean is considered a school safety and law enforcement expert by the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a founding member of the U.S Department of Justice School Safety Technical Working Group, and U.S Department of Homeland Security. He also served as a grant review specialist for the United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice in the area of law enforcement and school safety.

Sean Burke currently serves as the President of the School Safety Advocacy Council and continues to travel, speak and consult for many governmental and nongovernmental organizations worldwide.


Desmond Racicot

Senior Advisor for Public Safety, Cisco

Chief Desmond J. Racicot joined the Plattsburgh Police Department in 1989 at the age of 20. He has served as a patrol officer, detective, lieutenant, and captain. He was promoted to Chief of Police in 2003, becoming the youngest individual to hold that position in the history of the department, and one of the youngest in the state.

Chief Racicot is a native of Plattsburgh. He attended Clinton Community College, the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia at Quantico, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (3 Week Residential Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government).

With his experience, the city saw fit to promote the Chief in 2011 to include managing the Fire Department (36 firefighters) among his duties. For more than 18 months, while the Fire Department was in transition, Chief Racicot took on all responsibilities of Fire Chief. He ensured a seamless shift to the next leader of the Fire Department.

In addition, from 2003 to 2009, Chief Racicot has provided International and Domestic Security for high ranking members of the U.S. and European leaders. He worked in the U.S. along with overseas in Ireland, Switzerland, and Africa.

The Chief has worked tirelessly to apply modern techniques and principles of law enforcement, such as community policing with other state, local, and federal police agencies to his department. He has guided the department in the implementation of state-of-the-art technology. This technology is used to operate the office more efficiently and to bolster on-gong criminal investigations.

Dr. Tom Ryan

Dr. Tom Ryan — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education, Chief Information and Strategy Officer, Santa Fe Public Schools

Tom Ryan is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the eLearn Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming education through the effective use of digital learning tools. He is an education professional with 36+ years of experience and expertise in teaching, leadership, technology, technology integration and blended/online learning program development. He works with schools’ leadership on strategic planning and leadership, designing digital learning environments, technology infrastructure reviews, and the shift to digital tools.

Dr. Ryan has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. He was the CIO of Albuquerque Public Schools for 11 years, where he led all IT efforts for the largest public school district in New Mexico. He was also a high school principal and teacher. He has proven leadership and experience leading teams of 100+ employees and administering multi-million dollar budgets and projects. Dr. Ryan has designed and implemented innovative online and blended school models at both the state and district level.

He is engaged in leadership activities in several state and national organizations including President Elect on the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Board, iNACOL, ISTE, and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). Work with the CGCS includes: large school district IT reviews of infrastructure, strategic planning, instructional technology, and digital transformation efforts. He also helps coordinate of the Councils annual CIO conferences. Dr. Ryan presents at several state and national conferences throughout the year.