For this webinar series, participants will automatically be enrolled in all 5 sessions.

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Speaker

John Doherty, Ed.D.

Description

The safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority in schools. All too often, however, students are placed in unsafe situations or have their civil rights compromised when schools do not follow laws, policies, and procedures to keep our students safe. In this series, we will discuss different areas of potential liability through the lens of an educator. Through case studies, scenarios, and practical experiences we will focus on how school districts and schools can put policies, training, and supervision in place that will minimize the risk of student injury, or a student being denied their civil rights.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a quiz following Session 5. Following the live webinar, registrants will be emailed a link to view the recorded webinar. The recording will be made available for 7 days after each session.

Sessions 1 and 2 will focus on sexual harassment and abuse in our schools, both student on student and adult on student. We will discuss the importance of prevention strategies, such as staff hiring, staff and student training, and supervision of staff and students to minimize the risk of sexual harassment and abuse in our schools. We will also review current Title IX regulations and amendments and the importance of having trained individuals in the role of Title IX Coordinator conduct investigations after an incident occurred and provide proper supports to students both during and after the investigation.

Sessions 1 and 2 will focus on sexual harassment and abuse in our schools, both student on student and adult on student. We will discuss the importance of prevention strategies, such as staff hiring, staff and student training, and supervision of staff and students to minimize the risk of sexual harassment and abuse in our schools. We will also review current Title IX regulations and amendments and the importance of having trained individuals in the role of Title IX Coordinator conduct investigations after an incident occurred and provide proper supports to students both during and after the investigation.

In this session, we will look at the potential causes of school violence, including school shootings and how schools and districts can mitigate the risk of these types of incidents happening. We will also look at the use of student threat assessments as a powerful tool to support students who are in crisis.

In this session, we will review the rights of students in protected classes (Race, LGBTQIA, Students with Disabilities, etc.) and what is necessary to protect students through the lens of Section 504, Title IX, IDEA, Title VI, and Massachusetts State laws.

This session will examine the current challenges facing schools and districts including book banning, Artificial Intelligence, student speech, equity, athletics and more.

About the Speaker

John Doherty, Ed.D., is a retired educator who spent 38 years in public and private education as a teacher, principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools. John spent most of his career as an educator in the Reading Public Schools, with the last 12 years of his career serving as the Superintendent of Schools.  John is currently an education expert for the School Liability Expert Group, where he has worked on school liability issues for both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of youth organizations all over the country including public and private schools, daycare centers, camps, colleges, and universities. Since becoming an education expert in November 2021, John has worked on over 80 cases and has testified 11 times. John is also the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Safe and Supportive Schools Commission and is currently the Chair of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Professional Development Committee.

Participants must attend all 5 sessions, either live or recorded, to receive PDPs and/or CEUs. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance.

Membership Information

Most MPY webinars are available ONLY to current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must pass the quiz.

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a MPY webinar you must cancel, through Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org, one business day before the webinar.

For MPY hybrid conferences, the date in-person registration closes will be posted on MPY’s website. Virtual conference registration will close one business day before the hybrid conference. You cannot cancel or switch your registration from in-person to virtual after in-person registration closes. Please email Bonnie Mullen at bonnie@mpyinc.org with any questions regarding registration.

  • Enrollment in this course closed on 10/11/2023.

If you are seeking to receive CEUs and/or PDPs, please click Register Now. Once you complete the webinar series, you will be able to take quizzes for CEUs and/or PDPs. Upon completion of each quiz, you will receive a certificate.

All sessions are 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

  • Session 1: October 11, 2023, Sexual Harassment and Abuse – Part 1
  • Session 2: November 8, 2023, Sexual Harassment and Abuse – Part 2
  • Session 3: December 13, 2023, School Violence
  • Session 4: January 31, 2024, Standard of Care for Students in Protected Classes
  • Session 5: February 14, 2024, Current Issues in Schools and What Schools Need to Do