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ASA Pre-Conference June 9th

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2018 APEA Conference


Join your fellow administrators from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.



Denise Bainton, Fred Coates and Gail Zamar

  “Understanding the Student Disciplinary Process”

This session will help individuals understand the policies and procedures for student disciplinary actions. It will provide information on the legal issues and district policy connected to student discipline; explain the role of a properly training hearing officer; and discuss the process for all school staff involved with student discipline. A short mock student hearing will also be conducted.


Denise Baiton has been a member of the DeConcini, McDonald and Yetwin Law Firm since 1984.  Denise offices in Tucson and her practice currently emphasizes school law and employment. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to the late Judge William P. Copple of the United States District Court. She also taught at the Flowing Wells High School for nineyears. Denise developed the Trust’s Hearing Officer Training program manual in 2001 and provided training as a member of the Trust’s team since that time.


Fred Coates has served as the hearing officer for the Chandler Unified School District and other districts in the area for the past 12 years. He was a principal and assistant superintendent at Chandler prior to becoming their hearing officer. During his career, Fred has conducted over 2,000 student disciplinary hearings and wrote most of the Preparing District Staff for Student Disciplinary Hearings manual used in the Trust’s training program.


Gail Zamar is a retired superintendent of the Douglas Unified School District and has served as a Trust county coordinator for several years. Gail is also a highly experienced hearing officer for the Trust and conducted a number of training sessions throughout the state. Gail collaborated with Denise Bainton and Fred Coates in the writing of the Trust student disciplinary and hearing officer manuals.

Dr. Karen Burke

“Social Emotional Aspects in Elementary Literacy Learning”

Dr. Karen Burke, Vice President of Data Analysis and Academic Planning at Scholastic, has been in education for over 30 years and has served students in various capacities (teacher, Principal, Title I Director, Federal Programs Coordinator, Curriculum Director, Director of English/Language Arts, Asst. Superintendent of Schools, Distinguished Educator for the Maine State Department of Ed). She taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Saint Joseph’s College for 23 years. Currently is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Interpersonal and intrapersonal skills affect how and what students learn. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides the foundation for safe and positive learning, and increases students’ ability to succeed in school, career, and life. As educators, we need to engage students in the process of making personal and meaningful connections between classroom-based instruction, authentic text, and their lives. Learning can be enhanced by focusing on children’s strengths, as we support them in becoming confident, competent readers. Join us in exploring how social-emotional assets and academic learning can be enhanced by focusing on children’s strengths, as we support them in becoming confident, competent readers.



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June 9
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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