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Director Monken photo Welcome to the School Threat Evaluation Program (STEP) training seminar. The Illinois State Police and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency have teamed up to bring you some of the foremost experts on threat assessment in the country. Over a two-day period, participants consisting of teachers, school resource officers, counselors and administrators will be educated on the most effective techniques to identify and address students who pose a legitimate threat to themselves and others. Additionally, they will be shown techniques to better utilize information sources such as social media, mental health data and juvenile justice information to assist the assessment process. With participants from all over the state coming to learn these techniques and take them back to their districts, we hope this will be the first STEP towards the goal of improving the safety of students and faculty in our schools.

Jonathon E. Monken, Director


Conference Information

  • Due to limited space, we are encouraging registrants to attend the sessions corresponding to their Regional Office of Education Area and/or County. Session 1 is May 22-23 and Session 2 is May 23-24. Areas 1, 2, and 6 are encouraged to attend Session 1. Areas 3, 4, and 5 are encouraged to attend Session 2. Please see map to determine what ROE Area your County is in.

  • Lodging will be provided in the UIS dorms (private rooms) for a maximum of 2 nights per session: 21st & 22nd for Session 1, 22nd & 23rd for Session 2.

  • Lodging will only be provided for registrants 50+ miles from the University of Illinois-Springfield

  • Breakfast will be provided both session days for registrants and lunch will be provided on the first training day of each session

  • Conference registration deadline is May 10 for those that need lodging and May 17 for those that do not need lodging

  • Please email any general questions to:

  • 10 Continuing Professional Development Credits for Educators


Barry Spodak: For 30 years Barry Spodak has served as a training consultant to the nation's elite law enforcement agencies in the fields of threat assessment, protective intelligence, hostage negotiation and the prevention of school violence. Drawing on 25 years of service as a clinical specialist at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC, Mr. Spodak has been in the forefront of designing and leading real-time interactive behavioral simulations that allow threat assessment investigators to perfect their skills in protective intelligence investigations. He currently serves as a trainer to the U.S. Secret Service, F.B.I., U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Capitol Police. In the wake of the shooting at Columbine High School, Mr. Spodak was a member of the select training team assembled by the National Threat Assessment Center and the Department of Education to train school officials in strategies to prevent school violence.

Michael Bazzell: Michael Bazzell has been a Computer Crime Detective for the past 16 years. He has handled numerous cases involving various types of Computer Crime and Computer Forensic Analysis, including several State and Federal cases throughout the Metro-East St. Louis area. In 2005, Michael was assigned full time to the FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force, where he continues to investigate Federal cases prosecuted by the Office of the United States Attorneys. He is also a part time instructor for Lewis & Clark College teaching Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, and Computer Investigation. Since 2002 he has been an active member of the elite Technical Operations Group of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, and served five years as the Director of the Metro-East Regional Computer Crime Enforcement Group under the authority of the Illinois Attorney General. As an active member of these organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech crime investigations including online child solicitation, manufacture of child pornography, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, terrorist threats, and high level criminal intrusions.

  Tentative Conference Agenda   

  Conference Contacts  

Session 1

Tuesday, May 21st
 3:00p - 7:00p Session 1 Dorm Check-in - Founders Hall (Please use Parking Lots C or D)

Wednesday, May 22nd

 7:30a - Continental Breakfast/Event Check-in outside the Studio Theater in the Public Affairs Center (PAC)
 8:30a -  4:30pTraining in the Studio Theater
 12:00p - Lunch in the PAC lobby
4:30p - Training ends, dinner on own

Thursday, May 23rd
 7:00a - 8:00a Continental Breakfast/Dorm Check-out
 8:00a - 12:00pBreakout Session

Session 2

Wednesday, May 22nd
 3:00p - 7:00p Session 2 Dorm Check-in - Lincoln Hall

Thursday, May 23rd

 7:30a -Continental Breakfast/Event Check-in outside the Studio Theater in the Public Affairs Center (PAC)
 8:30a -  4:30pTraining in the Studio Theater
 12:00p - Lunch in the PAC lobby
4:30p - Training ends, dinner on own

Friday, May 24th
 7:00a - 8:00a Continental Breakfast/Dorm Check-out
 8:00a - 12:00pBreakout Session

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