Keep Kids in Classrooms

Stop the Use of Exclusionary Time Out Rooms in Schools


Join us for our virtual conference and learn from many top experts on the use of alternatives to exclusionary time out to address behavioral concerns in Massachusetts schools. At the conference, you will hear from a number of speakers, including a representative from the US Department of Justice, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint, our sponsors, as well as presentations by 10+ researchers, practitioners, teachers and leaders in preventing the use of exclusionary time-out in schools.

Friday, May 17, 2024

9 am – 5 pm


9 am – Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am – Presentation by Guy Stephens, Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint

10 am – Presentation by Emily LaMarca, Parent Perspective

10:20 – Break

10:35 am –  Introductory Comments by Barbara L’Italien, DLC Executive Director

10:45 am – Panel Discussion

James Eichner, Esq, U.S. Department of Justice

Brigid Benincasa, U.S. Department of Justice

Matthew Gillespie, U.S. Department of Justice

Dr. Michael Krezmien, University of Massachusetts, Department of Education

Liza Hirsch, Esq, MA Office of the Attorney General

12 pm – Break

1 pm – Breakout Room Presentations.

Participants will join ONE break out room to hear presentations from three providers. (For example, if you are placed in Breakout Room #4, you will be hearing from The Regulated Classroom, Think Kids, Parent/Professional Advocacy League).

Please note – all breakout room sessions will be recorded and the video will be shared with registered participants after the conference.

1 pm - 2 pm2 pm - 3 pm3 pm - 4 pm
Group OneSusan Hopkins, Introduction to Shanker Self-Reg®, The MEHRIT CentreKim Sanders, Ukeru Systems, Grafton Integrated Health NetworkSusan Driscoll, Reframing Behavior, Crisis Prevention Institute
Group Two Gareth Morewood, The LASER Program, Studio 3Dr. Lori Desautels, Applied Educational Neuroscience Revelations in EducationGuy Stephens, The Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR)
Group Three Cynthia Graton, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Lives in the BalanceCorey Meurer, Building Communities of Care (BCC), Justice Resource Institute (JRI)Connie Persike, The Why Tool Kit, Supportable Solutions
Group Four Emily Read Daniels, The Regulated ClassroomHallie Carpenter, Think Kids, Mass General Hospital (MGH)Meri Viano, Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)


4 pm – 5 pm – Closing Panel Presentation by the event sponsors

** ASL and CART will be provided **


This event is sponsored by

Logos of Disability Law Center, Ed Law Project, Federation for Children with Special Needs, TASH, Parent/Professional Advocacy League, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, and Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress



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