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Teaching Through Tragedy

Making a difference, one school at a time

Through the senselessness and overwhelming grief of a school, community, state, and country - Dr. Joseph Erardi is taking many of the lessons learned in the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy to help schools across the country prevent history from repeating itself.

Dr. Erardi will be among the featured speakers at the 2020 California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) annual conference from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for additional information. 

If you're unable to attend the CASBO event, you have another opportunity to hear from Dr. Erardi himself. On October 11, 2019, Dr. Erardi visited Sourcewell headquarters in Staples, Minn., sitting down with Membership Development Administrator Rob Amundson and provided two live webinars to the school plant managers, facilities directors, administrators, and business officials.

Both webinar sessions were recorded and are available at the following links: 

Morning Session - school plant managers and facilities directors

Afternoon Session - administrators and business officials

Dr. Joseph Erardi served as Superintendent of Schools in Newtown, Connecticut, two years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Twenty children and six adults were killed that day when a shooter entered the school and opened fire, before ending his own life. Dr. Erardi helped the district, and community, in the recovery process; and, in 2014 oversaw the construction and completion of the rebuilt $50 million Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"I do what I do because I never ever ever want another administrator or school staff member have to stand in front of a crush of an international and national audience saying 'I wish I had, I wish I could've, I wish I should've. I didn't know,'" Dr. Erardi said in the morning session. 


About Sourcewell

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota’s nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 325 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.