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2014 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention

Public Education in 2027: Courageous Leadership Teams

November 14-15, 2014

Speakers: Kevin M. Roy, Susan C. Freedman, Leander A. Dolphin, Anne H. Littlefield, Peter J. Maher, Thomas B. Mooney

November 14-15, 2014

Mystic Marriott Hotel
Groton, CT

The most important benefit of attending the Annual CABE/CAPSS Convention is the valuable information you take home to your community. The ideas and strategies you learn through networking with fellow board members and superintendents, attending clinic sessions, workshops, roundtables, speakers, and exhibitors can be considered back home in your own district.

Schools and Public Safety: Trends and Standards in Policing Our Schools (R, PCE)
This workshop will explore the varied Connecticut models to provide school-based safety, including School Resource Officers, Security Personnel and existing board of education employees. Included in our discussion will be the current trends and laws regarding the use of armed personnel in our schools. Additionally, we will examine the legal standards applied by school officials during the conduct of investigations into student or employee misconduct and impacts and consequences of using public safety professionals during such investigations.

Presenters: Anne Littlefield, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP and Kevin Roy, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Annual Meeting of the Nutmeg Board (WDLLL, R, EOOC)
Yet again, the Nutmeg Board meets and does all the wrong things to amuse and educate you. Their actions will be analyzed from the legal perspective. This mock board meeting is patterned on the CABE Journal's "See You in Court" column.

Presenters: Thomas Mooney, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Mental Health Needs of Students: Risks, Evaluations and Response (EOOC)
Recent tragedies in schools and the rising statistics regarding mental disorder compel the attention of educators and school board members to address student mental health issues. In this workshop, presenters will provide an overview of the school district's obligations under the law to identify, evaluate and plan for students with mental disabilities. In addition, we will discuss under what circumstances a school district may utilize a risk assessment of a student who has engaged in threatening conduct, as well as students who may pose a risk assessment/management and the health and safety of students and employees. Participants will also discuss the potential liability exposure to school districts. Finally, participants will be provided with best practices for handling student mental health issues in the schools.

Presenters: Susan Freedman, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Leander Dolphin, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, and Peter Maher, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

How Boards of Education Can Create a Learning Organization (WDLLL)
Much has been written about "learning organizations" to respond to a changing environment by bringing about their own transformation. In the words of Peter Senge, "learning organizations are organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole picture." School districts, by their very design and values, must be considered learning organizations, or at least aspire to become one. The challenge of educating every child, regardless of challenges and circumstances, calls for individual employees and the organization that are committed to learning, and committed to creating an organization that is imbued with relentless culture of leaning. This workshop focuses on the role of the board of education in creating a learning organization, both for the school district that it leads, as well as how the board itself can take actions to become a learning organization; an organization committed to systems thinking, building a shared vision and team learning.

Presenter: Gary Brochu, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP & Board Chair, Berlin Board of Education

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