The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools 2009 Conference

Conference Information

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) provides funds and technical assistance to States, schools, and communities for programs that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. OSDFS programs emphasize positive, disciplined, high-achieving schools; strong parent and community involvement; effective school planning and preparedness; research-based prevention and education strategies; and the effective use of data by schools and States to select and improve high-quality programs and activities.

Conference Goals

The 2009 OSDFS National Conference theme is The Power of Change: Healthy Students, Safe Schools, and Engaged Communities. Today's new economy, as well as ongoing changes in demographics and technology, require schools and communities to develop creative approaches to engage and prepare students for the roles and challenges they will face.

The goals of the 2009 National Conference are to:

  •  Highlight information from research and evaluation studies that will support State and local officials in assessing needs, establishing priorities, and selecting the most effective programs and strategies.
  • Examine new trends, innovative approaches, and comprehensive, integrated strategies that may offer new approaches to both old and emerging problems and challenges.
  • Enable participants to build upon skills and receive training from practitioners in the fields of emergency management; health, mental health, and physical education; alcohol, drug, and violence prevention; civic and character education; and other areas related to school- and community-based prevention.
  • Showcase resources and tools developed by fellow practitioners and leaders in their respective fields.

Who Should Attend?

  • OSDFS grantees
  • Education and prevention leaders
  • Representatives of Federal agencies and national associations
  • SEA, LEA representatives and Governor's staff
  • Public and private school administrators
  • Experts in the field of substance abuse and violence prevention
  • School personnel (teacher, counselors and health educators)
  • School safety and security officers, including school resources officers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Representatives from charter schools.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Research/Evaluation/Survey Findings
  • Promising Programs/Strategies
  • Training/Skills Building
  • Technology
  • New Trends
  • Resources

Local Information

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center On the Potomac in Maryland
Just minutes outside of Washington, DC, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers visitors to the Capital region everything they are looking for in a vacation, weekend getaway, business trip or just a night out.

Explore this first-class destination with fun for everyone, including fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. And for late-night excitement, an express elevator speeds you to the two-story rooftop Pose Ultra Lounge. For more information about the Gaylord National click their logo below:

National Harbor
National Harbor is a new 300-acre waterfront destination, set along a 1¼ mile panoramic stretch of the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The cornerstone of this project is the new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the largest non-gaming hotel and convention center on the Eastern Seaboard.
Retail, Dining & Entertainment:

  • 325,000 square feet of retail, dining, and entertainment will be in Phase I.
  • National Harbor will feature up to 20 white table cloth restaurants including McCormick & Schmick’s, Grace’s Mandarin, and Rosa Mexicano – Coming in 2009 are Ketchup, Redeye Grill, and Bond 45.
  • Late night entertainment features Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar – Coming in 2009 are Cadillac Ranch, Public House, Timothy Dean Jazz & Bistro and other exciting establishments yet to be announced.          

It’s DC!
You will be a quick cab or water taxi ride away from Downtown Washington, DC and can enjoy some of the city’s top attractions which include: 

  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Air & Space Museum
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Zoological Park
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • World War II Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Korean Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Rock Creek Park

DC is also home to 4 major sporting event venuesDC is also home to 4 major sporting event venues with 167,000 total seats and 8 major professional teams including the Redskins, Wizards, Mystics, Nationals, United and Capitals. There are more than 40 performing arts/theatre venues with 31,000 total seats.