What You Will Learn

Did you know?

  • Each year 4.3 million youths 14 and younger suffer unintentional injuries requiring hospital treatment.
  • 1 in 10 teens in high school drink and drive
  • 81% of students rarely or never wear a bicycle helmet.
  • 42% of students text while driving.

Today’s students face a silent epidemic. Risk-taking behaviors, critical errors and lapses in judgment cause millions of unintentional injuries each year in North America, resulting in sometimes grueling pain for students and families, as well as lost classroom time.  In some cases, these injuries permanently alter students’ lives. And 7000 to 8000 times each year these injuries prove fatal – about one per hour.

CDC: National Estimates of the 10 Leading Causes of Nonfatal Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments, United States – 2012

We have a responsibility to our students to make sure they have the skills necessary to assess risk and reduce unintentional injuries.

In this thought-provoking 90-minute webinar, Mike Shaw will highlight how behavior-based skills such as greater awareness, attention and intention can reduce injuries, as well as other types of errors – including academic errors.

Attendees will gain key insights and lessons learned on understanding risk and knowing personal limitations from Mike’s ski coaching and performance background. He will share unique perspectives on risk vs. reward, and what dangerous sports and death-defying stunts have to do with the average student’s safety and performance. Attendees will walk away with fresh insights and practicable techniques for reducing risk and errors.

Research has shown that mental states like rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency, which most students find themselves in almost every day, cause or contribute to critical errors. These critical errors often put a student in the path of a hazard. Mr. Shaw will explain how this state-to-error risk pattern is responsible for up to 95% of student injuries, and will present skills that students – and educators -- can use to improve safety and reduce critical errors in school and all facets of their lives. Topics to be covered include:

  • Correlations between danger, mindset and student injuries
  • The effects of complacency on perception of risk
  • Decision-making and student safety
  • Rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency – and the critical errors students make.
  • Personal risk pyramid: Creating a framework that looks at skill improvement rather than luck.
  • Critical Error Reduction Techniques


  • Define the state-to-error risk pattern
  • Differentiate the three types of at-risk behavior
  • Apply the Critical Error Reduction Techniques to classroom life skills lessons
  • Identify why students’ worst injuries often don’t come from the most dangerous things they do
  • Recognize the importance of gauging risk in all areas of life
  • Describe the mental and states that lead to the errors that increase the risk of error and decrease performance.
  • Implement a simple set of techniques for increasing awareness in the moment that will contribute to a deeper sense of wellbeing, increased performance and decreased injuries.


  • Principals
  • School Safety Coordinators
  • School Resource Officers
  • Heads of School
  • Superintendents
  • Board Members
  • Risk Managers
  • Department Heads
  • Classroom Teachers

You Will Also Receive

The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant the afternoon prior to the webinar.

Benefits from Taking this Webinar
  • Valuable Information – From a nationally known speaker with a reputation for providing insightful and useful information.
  • Inexpensive – Eliminate travel arrangements and travel expenses that you would ordinarily need to expend to attend a professional seminar such as this one.
  • Efficient – No need to spend time arranging for and traveling to this seminar
  • Access PowerPoint™ Visuals – as Mike Shaw progresses through the seminar. A copy of the PowerPoint™ presentation slides will be available to you upon registration.
  • Reproducibles – Handouts and worksheets will be available to you, upon registration.

Potential Funding

Research-based, outcome-based continuing education opportunities from Developmental Resources may qualify for funding under Title 1 Part A Targeted Assistance Program Grants; Title II Part A Improving Teacher Quality Grants; Perkins Professional Technical Education Grants as well as other federal, state and local sources. Requirements vary from state to state. Contact your local administrator.

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Group Discounts

Available for attendees from the same school system or private practice.

3-5 Attendees 10% off
6-9 Attendees 15% off
10-19 Attendees 20% off
20+ Attendees 25% off
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Single User
Grade Levels: K-12

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Grade Levels: K-12

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Mike Shaw
About the Presenter

Mike Shaw is the Director of Education and Athletics for SafeStart, an organization dedicated to improving student and employee safety by reducing human risk factors using proven behavior-based skills and techniques.  He is a University of British Columbia business administration graduate with a background in freestyle skiing and high-performance coaching.  He joined SafeStart in 2014 after recovering from a traumatic skiing accident which dislocated his neck and left him paralyzed from the neck down.  Mike’s unique story of triumph embodies human resilience in its purest form and fuels his passion to help people improve their safety and performance with SafeStart. His one-of-a-kind recovery story and gracious perspective on life allow Mike to connect with audiences and provide them with an unforgettable learning experience.