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PACE Day 2022

April 14, 2022

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Join us for PACE Day, April 14 2022!

In-person and virtual

We have decided to make PACE Day an in-person and virtual event this year, so that you can come network and connect in Salem, Oregon or attend virtually from anywhere in the state! And we know this has been another difficult year for members, so PACE Day is free for everyone!

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PACE Day Key Note Speaker

Erin Merryn

Childhood sexual abuse survivor turned author, speaker, child advocate and activist. Erin Merryn is the founder and president of Erin's Law.

Erin's Law requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program that teaches:

  1. Students in grades preK through 12th grade age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and how to tell a trusted adult.
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse.
  3. Parents and guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families.


For PACE Day, Erin will share her journey of experiencing abuse, the warning signs missed both at home and in school, overcoming abuse, and her mission with Erin's Law across America. The importance of personal body safety education to students who might otherwise never get it outside of school. Merryn will be touching on the process of getting Erin's Law passed in Oregon and its success. 

She will be both our keynote speaker and will also be doing a break out session with our Sexual Abuse and Molestation Prevention Specialist McKenzie Nix.


Bio: Erin is now on a mission to persuade all 50 states to pass Erin's Law, which mandates that all public schools use age-appropriate curricula to teach students how to tell on anyone who touches or attempts to touch their private parts.

 In 2013 Governor Quinn signed Erin's Law mandating child sexual abuse education in all Illinois public schools. In just a few short years, she has already persuaded half the country to pass similar versions of the law. In 2009, Texas passed a similar law but it was only a task force which did not mandate students be taught personal body safety, making Illinois the first state to require personal body safety education by law. She has now dedicated her life to protecting our nation's children. She was honored for her efforts in 2012 as one of Glamour Magazine's 2021 Women of the Year. In 2014 People Magazine named her one of fifteen women changing the world along with Oprah and Hillary Clinton.


Our Keynote Speaker is graciously sponsored by:

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Recordings will be available soon!

PACE Day Recordings

Recordings are now posted! Any materials shared with us will also be posted here.

8 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
Dave Harvey, PACE Administrator, Property & Casualty Coverage for Education

8:15 - 9:15am

Keynote Session

Speaker: Erin Merryn, Founder of Erin's Law

 9:30am Workshop Session 1

Managing Contentious Board Meetings

Presenters: Rebekah Jacobson and Paul Dakopolos, shareholders, Garrett Hemann Robertson P.C.; Vince Adams, Board Development specialist, OSBA

Presenters will provide legal and practical advice for handling contentious board meetings, including tips on managing public comments, the complaint process at the board level and making difficult board decisions.   


Uncovering the Mystery of the Litigation Process

Presenters: Michael Porter, partner, Miller Nash LLP

Attorneys will explain the litigation process using role play to illustrate what to expect if you find yourself in a deposition or in front of a judge or jury.


Charter Schools - Risk Management 101

Presenters: Troy DeYoung, risk management consultant, PACE

In this dedicated charter school session, we will discuss risk management basics. We will share the process to identify, analyze and mitigate risks. Bring your questions to this interactive session and be prepared to discuss what keeps you up at night.


Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center*

Learn about the services and resources offered by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center, including an in-depth look at the SITE ASSESS mobile application.

*Please note that part of this recording got corrupted or doesn't show the presentation the entire time.

10:45am Workshop Session 2

Contracting with Third Parties

Presenters: Haley Percell, chief legal counsel, and Leslie Howell, senior assistant legal counsel, OSBA

During the pandemic, many schools realized they did not have the contract provisions in place to terminate or modify existing contracts or to address third-party facility use liabilities. Attorneys will cover contracting best practices to protect schools from liability and how to plan for the unexpected.  


Parental Rights

Presenter: Melinda Thomas, High Desert ESD

Complaints from parents and requests to opt out of curriculum pertaining to critical race theory, sexuality and gender identity are on the rise. We will discuss required curriculum in Oregon, parental rights in the educational process and applicable school policies.


OEM - Property

Presenter: Stanton Thomas, Deputy Director of Mitigation and Recovery Services Section, Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Get an expert view of the "two weeks ready" mentality, general OEM preparedness tips,  an update on recovery operations for 2020 wildfires and the rebuilding of those cities, a review of Public Assistance and Individual Assistance programs and more. 


Sexual Abuse and Molestation Prevention Toolkit Survey Results*

Presenters: McKenzie Nix, sexual abuse and molestation prevention specialist, PACE; Erin Merryn, founder, Erin’s Law

Presenters will share survey results from the sexual abuse and molestation prevention toolkit and discuss next steps.

*Please note that this recording got corrupted so the first few minutes are gone, but the majority is available.


Lunch: Safety Awards and Business Meeting


1:30pm Workshop Session 3

Complaint Policy and Processing

Presenters: Spencer Lewis, Policy Services director, Callen Sterling, assistant legal counsel, and Vince Adams, Board Development specialist, OSBA

Complaints involving students, parents, staff, community members and board members are on the rise. OSBA staff will review complaint policies and processes.  


Conducting Employment Investigations

Presenter: Liani Reeves, attorney, Bullard Law

Attorneys will highlight the key components of an investigation into staff member conduct.


Restraint and seclusion risks

Presenter: Lisa Joy Bateman,  education specialist,  Oregon Department of Education Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities

Although legally allowed, restraint and seclusion carry many risks. Gaining a firm understanding of the law and implementing best practices for prevention, intervention and de-escalation can limit the use of these reactive practices. Session participants will learn the equity and risk issues associated with using restraint and seclusion, high-leverage prevention practices to positively support students and staff, and requirements and best practices.


How to avoid getting sued

Presenter: Brett Mersereau, The Law Office of Brett Merserau

Join this session for strategies on minimizing the impact of litigation on your district's operations.




Hotel Reservations

Make hotel reservations directly with The Grand Hotel in Salem. You may call the hotel or book online:

  • Call the hotel, 877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800, and specify you are attending the OSBA PACE Day 2022, or book online:

Book your room here! (First come, first served.)

Group Code: OSBA PACE 2022


Questions about lodging? Email

$139-$149 single/double occupancy/night ($20 for each additional person) + 10% tax

For the first attendee per member entity:  Make your hotel reservations directly with the hotel and we'll take care of picking up Wednesday night April 13, 2022 only with the hotel. You will be responsible to pay for additional guests and incidental and if you cancel less than 72 hours prior to your stay or do not show up.

The group rate is guaranteed through April 4, 2022. All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

If hotel rooms are not available, contact Sarah Herb at 503-400-3047 or for additional options. We will not reimburse your hotel cost unless you book your room through the group block at the Grand Hotel or through one of the additional options.

Information about The Grand Hotel's room types and amenities is available on the hotel website or by calling the hotel at 877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800.

Salem Convention Center

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Salem Convention Center Parking

We encourage you to carpool if you are attending with others from your organization. There is parking beneath the Conference Center; the entrance is on Liberty Street by the Grand Hotel.

If the parking lot is full, there is overflow parking nearby at Pringle Plaza. Be sure to park on the top level for free, all-day parking. Click here for a map for your reference.