Topic 1: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Mandatory Reporting and the Safe2Say Program
Pennsylvania’s school employees live and work at the intersection of various reporting obligations. Most prominently, the Child Protective Services Law requires school employees to report reasonable suspicions of child abuse and the Educator Discipline Act requires certificated educators to report knowledge of sexual abuse or exploitation. In 2018, another reporting system was added to the mix, the Safe2Say Program, which focuses on harmful, dangerous, violent or criminal threats to schools and/or students. This session will review the mandatory reporting obligations for educators, provide an overview of the Safe2Say Program, discuss the uniqueness of each reporting system, and highlight their possible interactions. Educators will come away with an understanding of the reporting systems, how they are distinct, and ways in which they might sometimes overlap.
Presenter: Joseph Canamucio, Staff Attorney, PSEA; Karen M. Seivard, Staff Attorney, PSEA
Moderator: Jeffrey D. Ney, Treasurer, PSEA
Topic 2: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Welcoming Transgender People and LGBQs Too!
At the heart of public education is the fundamental idea that all people deserve equal opportunity to fully participate in their local school system. Throughout our history, we have worked to include people of different ethnicities, races, native languages, religions, special needs, disabilities and a number of other diversity identifiers. Currently the work of inclusion focuses on embracing and allowing full participation of LGBTQ individuals. At this session, participants will develop a greater level of comfort in understanding and speaking about transgender people, increase their recognition of the implicit bias inherent in themselves and others, identify best practices in their classroom, and grapple with the intricacies of school and district policymaking.
Presenter: Panelists from the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs: Todd C. Snovel, Executive Director; Jere Mahaffey, Member; Tyler Titus, Member
Moderator: Korri Brown, Vice President, PSEA