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October 21, 2010

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In this issue:
  • Join us on November 22 for "Bullying in the Classroom…and the Chat Room"
  • Can we protect our children from disaster?
  • "A Federal-State Partnership to Reduce Family Poverty"
  • PLTI graduate's work used in national juvenile diabetes publication
  • Commission welcomes new board members

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Kevin Jennings Join us on November 22

Bullying in the Classroom…and the Chat Room: Ensuring that Every Student is Safe to Learn

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and head of the agency's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will be the keynote speaker at this forum, which will also feature young people who've been affected by bullying, local stakeholders who've had success in attacking the problem, and state policymakers.

The forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 22, in Room 2-C of the Legislative Office Building, at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. Seating is free but limited, so register online now.

Presented by the Commission on Children and the Governor's Prevention Partnership.

Event flyer (PDF) | About Kevin Jennings | More on Bullying

'A Federal-State Partnership to Reduce Family Poverty'
Kevin Concannon, U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, spoke at an October 5 Commission event on ways the federal government can assist Connecticut in reducing family poverty. He also heard how government and nonprofit agencies already have begun working together on the problem.
Can we protect our children from disaster?
That question was the focus of a Commission forum held on September 14 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. While Connecticut hasn’t been struck by anything of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina, we nevertheless have seen our share of natural and unnatural disasters in the past year, including a tornado in Fairfield County, a power plant explosion in Middletown, and a workplace massacre in Manchester. We asked a panel of experts what lessons can be taken away from such incidents.
PLTI graduate's work used in national juvenile diabetes publication
Nanette Corriere of Danbury graduated in 2009 from the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a civic leadership initiative of the Commission on Children. For the community project required by the program, she prepared a guide on how those with Type I diabetes can request accommodations when taking standardized tests. Nanette recently learned that the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has incorporated her work into its "School Advisory Toolkit for Families," which contains a wealth of information for parents, educators, and school nurses as well as those with diabetes. Way to go, Nanette!
Commission welcomes new board members

Robert Francis
, executive director of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership, has been appointed to the Commission by Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams and Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan.

Jordan E. Grossman, Ed.D.
, principal of the Canton Intermediate School in Canton, has been appointed by Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.

Here are the other members of our board, all of whom serve as volunteers.

The Commission on Children: 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT  06106-1591.
Phone: 860.240.0290  Fax: (860) 240-0248  Website:

About the Commission:
Created in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the three branches of government--legislative, executive, and judicial--as well as the private sector to promote public policies in the best interests of children. More

Commission members (all unpaid):
M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P., Chair; George A. Coleman, Vice Chair; Mary Grace Reed, Secretary; James P. Cordier, Treasurer; Laura Lee Simon, Chair Emerita; Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann; Mary K. Fox; Robert Francis; Andrew Gibson, Ph.D.; Jordan E. Grossman, Ed.D.; Senator Jonathan Harris; Alison Hilding; Senator Andrew J. McDonald; Josh Piteo; Justine Rakich-Kelly; Barbara J. Ruhe; Representative Toni Walker; Ron Ward; and John Yrchik. Ex-officio members: commissioners of children and families, developmental services, public health, education, social services, and correction; the secretary of policy and management; the attorney general; and the chief court administrator. More information

Commission staff:
Elaine Zimmerman, executive director; Thomas R. Brooks, director of policy and research analysis; Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) director; Kevin Flood, public information officer and webmaster; Mary Kate Lowndes, director of development; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information

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