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Responding to Educator Sexual Misconduct in K-12 Schools

Date: 9:00am - 11:00am PST February 22 Location: South Chapel

South Chapel

Join us for a timely, informative, and action-oriented panel discussion about the issue of educator sexual misconduct in K-12 schools.

Our panel of educational and legal professionals will provide you with an overview of this increasingly reported issue, and describe their direct experience in responding to and preventing it. Time for audience Q&A with the panel will be provided.  

Panelists Include:

  • Laura Barbour, PhD, Adjunct Professor, School Counseling, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
  • Cheyenne Montgomery, MS, MAT, Science Educator, Vancouver Public School
  • Paul Mones, JD, Sexual Abuse Attorney, Author
  • Charol Shakeshaft, MEd, PhD, Professor, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Patricia Stoneroad, JD, Complaint and Appeals Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
  • Moderated by Liza Finkel, PhD, Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

After attending this session, participants will:

  • Know the law regarding the reporting of suspected sexual abuse/harassment of students by teachers in K-12 schools
  • Be able to identify signs of sexual abuse/harassment/grooming of students by teachers
  • Know when to report, who to report to, and how to report suspected sexual abuse/harassment of students by teachers in K-12 schools

A Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) will be available at this event to support participants as needed. 

Details & Registration Rates

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9-11 a.m., Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

 $30, includes 2 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off.

Students, L&C Faculty & Staff, Clinical Supervisors of L&C Counseling Interns, L&C School-Based Mentors and Supervisors: Free (registration required)

About the Panelists

Laura Barbour, PhD has taught and counseled students from preschool through graduate school in a variety of educational and mental health settings for 30 years. She is currently a counselor educator at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling and Oregon State University. She received her PhD in Counseling from Oregon State University and her licensure in Professional School Counseling from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

For over thirty years, Paul Mones, JD has been a leading nationwide advocate for victimsof child sexual abuse, representing hundreds of people who had been sexually abused as children by their Boy Scout leaders, priests, ministers, coaches, employers, teachers, guidance counselors as well as by their parents and guardians. Paul began his child advocacy career in West Virginia in 1980 where he was the Executive Director of Juvenile Advocates Inc., vigorously litigating against the public institutions in which children and teenagers were mistreated. He has been at the forefront of representing Boy Scout victims of sexual abuse, and in 2010 he and his co-counsel obtained the largest verdict ever against the Boy Scouts of America. Paul is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law and is licensed to practice law in California, Massachusetts and Oregon. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Learn more

In 2016, Cheyenne Montgomery, MS, MAT publicly outed herself as a survivor of educator sexual misconduct that occurred during the early 1990s at Choate Rosemary Hall, a private high school in Wallingford, Connecticut. Following this revelation, she worked with the school to reform practices and policies that contribute to educator sexual misconduct. Cheyenne also teaches middle school and high school science for the Vancouver Public School District. She earned her BA in biology at Reed College, her MS in Education Policy at Portland State University, and her MAT at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education. She is currently working on a book about her experiences at Choate.

Charol Shakeshaft, MED, PhD has been studying equity in schools for over three decades. In her role as professor, Charol currently teaches graduate courses in research design, policy research methods, and gender and race equity, all in the department of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2004, Dr. Shakeshaft completed a report mandated by the U.S. Senate that presented state of the art information on the prevalence of educator sexual misconduct as well as recommendations to the Senate and House of Representatives for federal, state, and local prevention initiatives. Two earlier studies also funded by the U.S. Department of Education examined responses to reports of educator sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in middle schools. She has just published a study on the Standard of Care for the Prevention of Educator Sexual Misconduct and is completing a book on educator sexual misconduct. She received her MEd and PhD from Texas & M University. 

Patricia Stoneroad, JD, is a Complaint and Appeals Specialist with the Government and Legal Affairs Team, Investigations and Complaints Unit of the Oregon Department of Education. Among other things, the Investigations and Complaints Unit will be responsible for handling reports from public schools regarding any sexual conduct involving non-licensed personnel, contractors, agents, and volunteers under Senate Bill 155. Before joining the Oregon Department of Education, Patricia worked as a Clinical Fellow in the Willamette University College of Law’s Child and Family Advocacy Clinic where she taught and supervised law students as they represented clients in both domestic and international matters. Prior to attending law school, Patricia advocated for children and parents participating in treatment courts. In addition, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for four years, Patricia represented the best interests of abused and neglected children in dependency court.

Dr. Liza Finkel is an Associate Professor of Education in the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in the Department of Teacher Education. She earned her BS in geology from George Washington University, her MS in geology from the University of Michigan and her PhD in science education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on preparing science teachers to infuse social justice into their practice, and on increasing the participation of students from under-represented groups in science and math majors and careers.

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