2014 and Beyond-What educators need to know to be safe, secure and successful.


Presenter: Mr. Bernie Hoffman

Location: New Castle Country Club, New Castle, PA 16105

This session will provide an overview of how political views have and will influence educational decisions. Recently passed and proposed legislation will be discussed. What does this mean to educators, especially for safety, security and supervision? Just when you think you know it all, there are additional legal issues that need to be addressed on the continuum of learning. Additional topics to be presented include: the Courts, Students, and Schools, issue and answers for decision-making, and the must know items in the redefining of education. Recent happenings affecting Child Abuse, Supervision, Confidentiality, Record keeping, Custody, Obstruction of Justice, search and seizure, deliberate indifference, and State Created Danger will be discussed. Other topics include: student assistance, the internet, social networking, cyberbullying, sexting, discipline procedures for off campus actions, the new direction of the federal courts, reason for/ authority for, preponderance of evidence, need to know, observable data, handbooks and emergency card procedures, school and staff liability, new terms and meanings, bullying, discrimination, harassment, hazing and whistle blowing, review as needed on the problem solving process with key illustrations of cases that clearly explain the items above. In addition, we will discuss the review of critical incidence and how to handle them; how to identify destructive behaviors; signs of potentially violent individuals as well as avoiding liability and tips for testifying as a witness; the elements of a successful school; getting ready for change; processes and procedures you need to know. Special Education changes affecting all staff members and needed alternative education best practices will also be covered. Questions and answers as time permits. Clarification on becoming a “word-smith”, a “writing-smith”, and a “reading-smith” will be addressed. Active participation will be strongly encouraged to ensure realistic, doable and obtainable actions.

NO REGISTRATION FEE   Workshop sponsored by VALIC


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