Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New Title IX Regulations: Comprehensive Training for Title IX Coordinators, Administrators, and Relevant Personnel

September 29, 2021 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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This webinar is free of charge to all Massachusetts educators.

Speakers: Michael J. Joyce, Esq., Nuttall, MacAvoy, & Joyce, P.C; Sheila Freitas-Haley, Supervisor of Health and Wellness; Somerville Public Schools

Webinar Description
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) finalized new Title IX regulations, which went into effect on August 14, 2020. The changes in the law are significant and require all school districts to dramatically change their approach to sexual harassment investigations. Given the mandatory training requirements, the substantial changes to Title IX in these final regulations, this presentation by former OCR attorney Michael J. Joyce will provide a high-level overview of key provisions and takeaways for Superintendents, Student Services Directors, Title IX Coordinators, Principals and Assistant Principals. Please note that the new Title IX regulations have eliminated the single investigator model of sexual harassment claims and mandate training of all personnel involved in the investigation and/or resolution processing of such claims (e.g., Title IX Coordinator, investigator, decision-maker, informal resolution facilitator, and the appellate review personnel). This training is specifically designed to satisfy the OCR training requirements.

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About the Speakers
Michael J. Joyce is a former public school teacher and currently an attorney with Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C. specializing in general education and special education law in public schools. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Joyce served as a Civil Rights Attorney for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), conducting investigations and trainings throughout New England concerning a wide range of civil rights concerns arising in public schools, including the enforcement of Section 504 and the federal statutes pertaining to harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender and age. Before working for OCR, Mr. Joyce served as prosecuting attorney in the Gang Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, conducting dozens of trials and evidentiary hearings with a specialized focus on gun violence and firearms prosecution. Mr. Joyce also served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Mr. Joyce taught for three years in public elementary schools as a member of Teach for America during which time he was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Mr. Joyce graduated from Boston College Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. From 2008-2011, Mr. Joyce taught legal research and writing at Northeastern School of Law, and, since 2011, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lynch School of Education and Boston College Law School where he teaches a graduate level course on education law and policy. Mr. Joyce has conducted dozens of presentations on educational law, including presentations to local, regional and national audiences.

Sheila Freitas-Haley was the first female basketball player at BMC Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts to score 1000 points. A division 1 basketball prospect, Sheila chose to play Division III due to being diagnosed with a learning disability at a young age. Sheila went on to play at Salem State College, where she was a member of the 1995 Final Four Team.  Later Sheila transferred to Pine Manor College where she was named GNAC All-Conference in 1997. She graduated from Pine Manor College with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, she was offered a contract to play professional basketball in Luxembourg. Sheila decided that although it would have been a wonderful opportunity, she knew she had to pursue her long-term goal of being a coach and teacher. 

Sheila spent 12 years in the Fall River Public Schools system, many of which she served as a Supervisor of Attendance. She has spent the last 9 years in the Somerville Public School system and is currently the Supervisor of Physical Education and Health. She has her Master's Degree from American International College in Educational Leadership. Over the years Sheila has coached at Regis College, Pine Manor College, Bristol Community College, and is currently the Girls Varsity Basketball coach for Somerville High School.

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