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Monday, July 24 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Student Maltreatment: Reporting, Investigations, and Common Case Scenarios

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The Student Maltreatment Program at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is responsible for assessing and investigating reports of alleged student maltreatment in Minnesota Public Schools. This presentation will provide an overview of the Student Maltreatment Program and mandated reporting to MDE. Additionally, we will discuss what school professionals and other agencies can expect during MDE’s investigation, what MDE looks at when conducting facility investigations, and potential consequences of our determinations. Finally, we will present information on maltreatment scenarios that have increased in the past two years, and guidance on how to address those types of cases. Some of these include corporal punishment, physical injuries from the use of restrictive procedures, and mental/emotional injury.



  1. Develop an understanding of what the Student Maltreatment Program does and when and how to submit a report.
  2. Learn when and how other individuals and agencies may be involved in MDE’s investigation, including administrators, teachers, medical professionals, social workers, and law enforcement.  
  3. Gain an understanding of maltreatment trends and how to proactively address these situations.


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Jennifer Alexander

Division of Compliance and Assistance, Program Supervisor, MN Department of Education
Jennifer Alexander is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of child abuse and neglect.  Jennifer began her professional career as a medical social worker for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, MN, where she provided crisis... Read More →
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Katie Olson

Senior Investigator, Minnesota Department of Education
Katie Olson is a Senior Investigator in the Student Maltreatment Program at the Minnesota Department of Education. Along with investigating reports of alleged maltreatment in Minnesota Public Schools, Katie also serves as the program’s data practices coordinator, develops and conducts... Read More →

Monday July 24, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 203
  • Level Beginner

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