Maine schools are facing the impact of two national trends that, while different, both have a significant effect on the learning environment: school shootings and the "Me Too" movement. In this seminar for superintendents, building administrators and school board members, Drummond Woodsum lawyers and consultants will explore the legal implications of these trends and provide practical guidance to school leaders to make their schools safer.
Don’t Let It Happen Here
Dr Blier will discuss threat assessments, when to conduct them and how to implement the results. In the first half of our day, we will be addressing topics such as how to identify and respond to threats from students, employees and others; securing school buildings and grounds; and emergency response planning. We will discuss legal requirements and implications, policies and best practices to address these serious issues.
"Me Too" and Schools
The "Me Too" movement started as a celebrity phenomenon, but we are seeing far-reaching implications across our society and in the schools. Sexual and other types of harassment are an intractable and widespread problem that defy easy solution. In the second half of our day, we will provide an overview of sex discrimination and harassment law, and the latest developments in this area. We will then broaden the discussion to include creative new ways in which schools can address gender inequities and implicit bias, and to create a respectful and welcoming environment for all.
Who should attend?
This program is designed primarily for superintendents, building administrators and school board members.
Presented by: Bruce W. Smith, Melissa A. Hewey, Allen L. Kropp, Michael L. Buescher and Laura J. O’Neill, with guest speaker, Dr. Heather Blier, a psychologist with extensive experience in clinical assessment and intervention in schools.