Be the Go-To Resource on Crisis Training for Your Districts

Amplify your value to districts by providing crisis response training that’s consistent across your entire ESD region. Draw from the greater regional catastrophic response team for expert support following mass casualty events.

Join the CMI Community

  • Swift Response: Highly trained regional catastrophic flight team for immediate support during mass casualty events.
  • Unified Preparedness: Member districts equipped through annual flight team facilitator, district flight teams, and all-staff crisis response training.
  • Community Reliance: Leaders leverage community relationships for shared crisis response experiences.
  • Continuous Improvement: Each school’s experience informs ongoing modification of training and support.
  • Essential Resources: Member districts receive vital training videos aligned with the crisis management manual.
  • Leadership Readiness: Prepare school administrators for effective crisis leadership and media/community communication.
  • Board Education: Educate school board members on crisis response and their crucial roles during events.
  • Strengthened Community: Include community college partners as member districts for a more robust response network.
  • Philanthropic Impact: 10% of your annual payment invested in a non-profit foundation supporting catastrophic event response
  • Affordable Preparedness: A dollar per student ensures comprehensive crisis readiness for your district.

Overview of the ESD Training  & Resources

Coordinate and Mobilize ESD

The ESD package provides:

  • Annual access to training for new Facilitators
  • Access to videos/materials used to train districts
  • Checklists and clear guidelines for getting through crises
  • Membership in a community of colleagues with response experience for support during difficult responses
  • Special training for administrators and team leaders
  • Invitation to send attendees to the State Catastrophic Team training

Overview of ESD Resources for Districts

Your CMI-certified Facilitators will be prepared to lead training for your districts, including:

  • Annual Flight Team training for team members
    • 20 hours presented in 10 two-hour sessions
  • Access to the All Staff Preparedness video series
  • Specific training for administrators, board and other leadership
  • Real time access to experts during overwhelming events
  • ESD coordination for regional collaborative teams and responses

Resources ESD

Training Overview

  • Facilitators attend a three-day academy offered each fall
    • Completing the three-day Flight Team training is a pre-requisite to being trained as a Facilitator
  • Administrative and board video training used throughout the year
  • All Staff Preparedness videos used throughout the year
  • Continued learning opportunities for Facilitators and Team Leaders

This is the foundation for participation in training for a state-wide team to be ready to respond to mass-casualty and overwhelming events.


    Who Should Attend the Academy

    We encourage each ESD or region to have at least three trained Facilitators to assure teaching is always co-led and there is adequate back-up.

    Capacity of the state-wide mass-casualty response team will depend on ESD and district participation.

    What's Included

    • A three-day on-site training with Cheri Lovre
    • Handouts and materials for use in future trainings
    • Access to a private forum with all other trained facilitators
    • Direct access to Cheri and other experts during “Office Hours” and during responses to high-level incidents

    Expert Crisis Response

    In the face of a mass casualty event, our Crisis Management Community stands ready to mobilize a regional catastrophic flight team composed of highly trained members, providing swift and effective support to your school and community during moments of greatest need. As member districts, you’ll not only benefit from this responsive network but also foster knowledge and understanding through annual flight team facilitator training, district flight teams training, and comprehensive all-staff crisis response training. This collaborative approach ensures that each district is well-prepared and can confidently respond to any crisis with shared experiences and knowledge.

    Community Relationships

    Leaders within the Crisis Management Community understand the value of community relationships in crisis response. By relying on these connections, leaders draw upon similar experiences during crises, creating a stronger and more resilient response network. The collective experiences of each school within the community contribute to a continuous improvement cycle, modifying and enhancing training and support protocols as we learn and adapt to new challenges.

    Training Resources

    Member districts gain access to essential training resources, including vital videos aligned with the crisis management manual provided to every school. This equips school administrators with the necessary skills to effectively lead during times of crisis and communicate confidently with the media and their community. Simultaneously, school board members are educated on their role in crisis response, fostering a unified and resilient district response.

    Extend Community Partnerships

    Extending the strength of the Crisis Management Community, we invite you to include your community college partners as member districts. This collaborative expansion ensures a more robust and interconnected response community, enriching the overall preparedness and resilience of the educational institutions within our network.

    Contribute to a Greater Cause

    Finally, your commitment to the Crisis Management Community not only ensures the safety of your district but also contributes to a greater cause. Ten percent of your annual payment will be invested in a non-profit foundation supporting catastrophic event responses within our community. With just a dollar per student, you guarantee the preparedness of your district for any crisis, emphasizing your dedication to the safety and well-being of your educational community.

    The worst – a school shooting – brought Cheri into our midst.

    Without Cheri, I know we would have been overwhelmed and ineffective in those early days. Her follow-up and continued support in the weeks and months afterward enabled us to continue our efforts of support and comfort to a grieving community. I cannot speak highly enough about the impact she had on us personally and professionally in our darkest time.

    Marty Hudacs, Retired Supt. Solanco SD

    Ready to get started?


    New cohorts Fall 2024.

    Facilitator Trainings will be held for ESA clusters in regions based on participation. 

    Material Covered

    Orientation to Crisis Response

    Overview of Crisis Response
    Flow Chart of Crisis Day


    Tasks of Grief
    Developmental Stages of Grief


    Garlinghouse Theory
    Impact of Suicide on a Response


    Trauma in the Individual
    Trauma – Impact on a Response

    Life Tribute,

    Holding Life Tributes – Value and Issues

    Belongings, The Empty Desk

    What to do with Student Belongings

    What to do with the Empty Desk


    Roles of Staff, Flight Team, ESD

    Roles of Staff and Flight Team
    ESD – Regional Coordiation, Collaboration

    Safe Room

    Safe Room Organization
    Safe Room Process
    Safe Room Activities

    Life Tribute & Student Belongings, The Empty Desk

    Life Tribute
    Student Belongings and the Empty Desk

    Media & Communications

    Student Announcements
    Media and Communications

    Needs of Staff

    Needs of Administration
    Needs of Staff

    Next Steps

    Organizational Options, Implementation

    Supporting Materials

    Crisis Resource Manual

    The Crisis Resource Manual is your “go to” guide for critical decisions and actions on crisis day. Content which is crucial on crisis day is in the front, making for quick access and ease of use when crisis strikes. The back of the book contains material helpful in planning for crisis response.

    Training Manual, Recommended

    This discounted price for attendees only at time of training.  We highly recommend that this resource for Facilitators. Each chapter covers a specific content area.  Some chapters have exercises designed to help participants become more aware of their own issues from past experiences. 

    The Safe Room book by CheriLovre

    Safe Room Book

    This book covers all dimensions of facilitating Safe Rooms — those nurturing spaces set aside for students who are in more profound grief following the death of a peer. Topics include philosophy, room set-up, rules and behavior management, activities and much more. 

    Let’s Do This!

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