The Office of the Northwestern District Attorney's Safe and Healthy School Summit

Promoting Respect, Civility and Dignity

Offered by: 
Healthy Families and Communities
Professional Development
Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth

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This event is presented by the Office of the Northwestern District Attorney, David E. Sullivan. 

The conference will explore how to cultivate a respectful school climate and will be helpful to anyone interested in promoting a healthy school climate in their communities. This day will outline the legal obligations for school staff at all levels to provide a safe educational environment for their students. It will also look at the many unintended consequences of unsafe school climates and examine why creating a safe climate for all students helps every student be more receptive to learning, fostering a healthy community for the entire school population.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Administrators, School Resource Officers, Paraprofessionals, School Nurses and Counselors, Bus Drivers, Community Members and others interested in nurturing schools; Grades K - 12


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Photo of Michael Joyce

    Attorney Michael J. Joyce specializes in general education and special education law in public schools. He previously served as a civil rights attorney for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, conducting investigations and trainings around New England on civil rights concerns arising in public schools, including the federal statutes relating to harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, and age. He is a former public school teacher who is now an attorney with Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C. He graduated from Boston College Law School and earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

  • Photo of Sara Whitcomb

    Dr. Sara Whitcomb is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program at UMass. Sara is the program's Director of Clinical Training and has developed an advanced practicum experience in which she and her doctoral students provide training and support related to school-based mental health efforts and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to approximately 30 schools in surrounding school districts. Sara has authored a number of publications including journal articles and a textbook on the social-emotional and behavioral assessment of children and adolescents, and she is also a co-author on the Strong Kids social-emotional curriculum series. Sara teaches courses related to behavioral assessment and school-based consultation. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Oregon, and began her career as a special education and then classroom teacher.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981