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Orlando Title IX Certification Training January 23rd-27th, 2017
Dec 14th, 2016 by

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World Resort
January 23rd – 27th, 2017 | Orlando, FL
Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
 
There are a lot of courses out there, and many will teach you compliance. We do more than that, preparing you for the compliance challenges of tomorrow, not just today. This is what makes earning certification with ATIXA unique:
  • ATIXA speaks OCR fluently.
  • Because of our deep involvement in litigation and OCR complaints, ATIXA trainings are designed to empower risk management for your school or college.
  • Our certifications are regularly updated to stay fresh.
  • ATIXA carefully defines and hones best practices to ensure that our attendees fully understand how to get Title IX right.
  • Our faculty members are nationally-recognized experts and field-leading practitioners who guide participants though an unparalleled professional development experience.
  • ATIXA trainings include teaching tools like case studies, Q&A and illustrative stories.
Through our unmatched understanding of the legal landscape, ATIXA is best positioned to help you provide a fair, impartial and equitable resolution of discrimination allegations that will reduce the risk of an OCR complaint or lawsuit. Our goal is to help you ensure their rights, maximize your compliance, and respect the equal dignity of all participants in your process.
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School districts ramp up training after Forest Hills sex assault lawsuit, federal investigation
Jun 18th, 2015 by

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After watching Forest Hills Public Schools undergo a federal investigation and lawsuit for its handling of a student’s campus sex assault allegations, school districts in the region are being more proactive about training employees.

“What was and is a difficult situation for Forest Hills is a learning opportunity for other school districts,” said Coni Sullivan, assistant superintendent for Human Resources and Legal Services for the Kent Intermediate School District. “We want districts to be proactive in approaching any type of harassment, not just Title IX.”

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. While most commonly known for promoting gender equality in sports participation, it protects against any type of sex-based harassment, such as sexual violence.

On Wednesday, Forest Hills Superintendent Dan Behm confirmed the district settled the federal lawsuit regarding the 2010 alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old at Forest Hills Central by a student athlete for $600,000.

Related: School pays former student $600K for sex assault, harassment claims

Under Title IX, schools districts are required to respond promptly and effectively to student-on-student sexual harassment and assault to mitigate the effects of the hostile learning environment.

This spring and summer, the Kent Intermediate School District and other ISDs, as well as individual school systems, are doing extensive Title IX compliance and investigation training. On Wednesday, Katie Broaddus, an attorney with Thrun Law Firm, trained all Byron Center schools’ administrators and directors.

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In March, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney ruled Forest Hills failed to train school workers on response to complaints of sexual assault and harassment. And the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights said the 10,000-student district failed to properly investigate claims by the girl in its report.

Related: Former Forest Hills student’s report of sex assault, harassment a challenge for families, district

Sullivan said the ISD held April and May training and one is scheduled for August that will continue to drill down on Title IX, all related laws and how to conduct thorough investigations. She said school leaders know now that OCR expects a parallel investigation to what law enforcement is engaged in if the case is criminal – and that it needs to be timely.

“When it comes to investigating alleged sexual harassment that also could be a crime, you can’t just punt to police,” said Lisa Swem, an attorney with Thrun Law Firm, who conducted Title IX training sessions for KISD.

“School officials are committed to complying with Title IX. “I think the OCR position is challenging, particularly when it involves an alleged crime. The fact of the matter is educators are not trained criminal investigators or forensic interviewers.”

Swem said Title IX cannot be looked at in a vacuum. She said there are many layers because of the different laws that can come into play, such as Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which generally prevents the disclosure of confidential information about other students.

School districts are sending more staff to be trained now, not just the designated Title IX coordinator or human resources staff,

“Once the news about Forest Hills came, I knew we had to train all our principals and directors,” said Byron Superintendent Dan Takens about Wednesday’s district training and sending staff to ISD sessions. “We all need to know what to look for and the appropriate steps to take.”

Northview Superintendent Mike Paskewicz said district administrators will undergo training in August. He said Forest Hills thought they were following appropriate procedures but everyone is aware now that OCR is expecting something more rigorous.

“Districts have to be very specific about their sexual harassment policies and be prepared to investigate,” he said.

Forest Hills said that a Kent County sheriff’s detective told them not to conduct their own investigation – a claim authorities later denied.

Swem is encouraging school leaders to be proactive and meet with their local law enforcement to better understand one another’s roles and responsibilities and to educate them on their federal responsibilities under Title IX.

The Ottawa and Muskegon ISDs will host a one-day training on June 24 to ensure that “reports and complaints are adequately, reliably and impartially investigated.”

Monica Scott is the Grand Rapids K-12 education writer. Email her atmscott2@mlive.com and follow her on Twitter @MScottGR or Facebook

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Connecticut’s Title IX Program
May 7th, 2015 by

I have received several inquiries about Connecticut’s Title IX Program. Here is how to find it.

 

Go to our main website at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/

 

On the main page go to the right side column called “QuickLinks.

 

Click on the fifth item down – Bullying and Harassment

 

On that page there are some key links –

 

Public Act No. 11-55 [pdf] – AN ACT CONCERNING DISCRIMINATION

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 –

  • “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance.”
  • Directory of CT Title IX/Equity Coordinators

 

*** near the bottom of the page click on the main Title IX website – Also see Title IX Website –

 

Click on Resources for Title IX Coordinators

 

You will see the actual PowerPoints that we use for training –

Title IX Coordinator and Investigations Training

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Title IX Workshop – November 8, 2012
Nov 1st, 2012 by

Nov. 8, 2012

Training for Title IX/Equity Coordinators
conducted by
Devi Rao, Esq.
National Women’s Law Center
at
CAS-CIAC

30 Realty Drive, Cheshire, CT
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Devi Rao is a Skadden Fellow for Educational and Employment Opportunities at the National Women’s Law Center, where she focuses on using Title IX to promote safe school environments, including preventing gender-based bullying. Devi is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to joining NWLC, Devi served as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

ABOUT TITLE IX

 Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on gender.

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Designation of responsible employee.
Each recipient shall designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under this part, including any investigation of any complaint communicated to such recipient alleging its noncompliance with this part or alleging any actions which would be prohibited by this part. … Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

 

Who Should Attend These Workshops? 

This is an ongoing project to have at least one person in each school building trained as a Title IX Coordinator. Federal law requires that each school district have at least one person designated and trained as the District Title IX Coordinator. Good practice calls for a Title IX Coordinator in each building. Training is essential.

There are no scholarships available.

Please register online at http://www.aces.org/teachers/workshops/

 

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