The DOE Commissioner wrote a welcome letter in the conference booklet, but further, teachers were also able to collect professional development credits for attendance. We can't imagine that the DOE would extend professional credits for an event unless they knew the content of the workshops. Two of the instructors of the fisting workshop were DOE employees (in the "Safe Schools" program). If the DOE people knew the content, wouldn't the man in charge of the conference know too?
That would be Kevin Jennings. And the Mass. DOE "Safe Schools" program was his brainchild.
Here's the diploma, good for 6.0 hours of professional development credits: