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.
31st Annual Meeting of the Nutmeg Board of Education (D, HPBAS, PAP, SOI)
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.
Anne Littlefield, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Open Doors – A Conversation About How Public Schools Can Work with the Community to Provide Program Access for Individuals with Disabilities (D, PAP, SOI)
Be prepared for a lively discussion with representatives of the Educational Opportunities for Civil Right Working Group to address civil rights violations by public and private educational institutions, afterschool programs, summer camps and day care centers. Participants will meet a representative of the Justice Department who investigates claims and brings enforcement proceedings, and discuss how school boards and administrators can work with the entire community in a collaborative fashion to remove participation barriers for individuals with mental or physical disabilities. The attorneys will present actual cases and ask participants to select the outcome. The actual ruling or resolution will be addressed. Primary focus will be on the most common complaints brought and practical advice provided to schools on creating policies and programs that facilitate an inclusive school environment that serves all community members with diverse needs.
Ndidi N. Moses, Attorney, Civil Division, United States Attorney’s Office
Bonnie Roswig, Attorney, Medical/Legal Partnership Project of the Center for children’s Advocacy
Linda L. Yoder, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin
Rights and Responsibilities with Respect to Transgender Individuals in Public School Environments (D)
Providing the latest guidance and laws concerning the provision of equal education opportunities to transgender and gender non-conforming students. The best practices for implementing policies and procedures that support this population, and the community as a whole, will be included. Presenters will address federal and state anti-discrimination laws, state and organization guidance for creating a safe school environment, recent case law and decisions from the Office of Civil Rights and best practices. We will include real-world scenarios, and allow interactive discussion of effective procedures for supporting these students. In addition, the workshop will address district’s obligations with respect to employment of transgender individuals, covering issues such as confidentiality and disclosure, community bias, and procedures for addressing discrimination complaints.
Anne H. Littlefield, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin
Gwen J. Zittoun, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin