Apr
21
Tue
Tobacco, Vaping, CBD, and Substance Abuse: North Carolina Law and School Policies (Webinar)
Apr 21 all-day

NCSBA event registration has transitioned to a new system. Please contact us if you need assistance.

This webinar will discuss how North Carolina law and local board policies apply to students’ use of tobacco, vaporizers, and various cannabidiol (“CBD”) products, as well as the accompanying risk of developing a substance use disorder.

Presented by: Sam Thorp, Staff Attorney, NCSBA

Apr
28
Tue
Multiple Webinars
Apr 28 – May 1 all-day

These previously recorded webinars are perfect for board members, administrators, and staff. They will be available Tuesday, April 28, through Friday, May 1, at 5 p.m.

You may register for one or all of the webinars. Each webinar is $250 per school system, and board member credit is $10 per person. If you are a board member and are interested in these webinars, please connect with your board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

Boundary Invasions and Sexual Grooming: What Every School Employee Must Know About Avoiding Inappropriate Staff-Student Relationships

Most cases of sexual abuse of students by school employees are preceded by a form of “sexual grooming.” Sexual grooming often is only evident after the fact and can be quite subtle and similar to innocent behavior, which can make it difficult for school administrators to identify. On the other hand, no school employee wants his or her innocent attempts at establishing a sound and trusting relationship with students to be viewed as grooming for sexual misconduct. This webinar will discuss how to resolve this dilemma by ensuring employees and administrators understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate boundary invasions and the importance of observing and enforcing professional boundaries.

Religion in the Schools: Curriculum, Holiday Celebrations, and Students’ Right to the Free Exercise of Religion

At times school systems are sued when parents or others object to classroom assignments or school programs that address religious topics or ideas. This webinar will examine court cases that illustrate the types of situations that have stirred controversy in the past. It will also provide general guidance as to what is generally acceptable, what is not, and when to seek guidance from legal counsel.

Bullying and Sexual Harassment of Students: The Classroom Teacher’s Role in Prevention and Response

Classroom teachers play a pivotal role in preventing and responding to bullying and sexual harassment of students. Often overlooked is the teacher’s role in preventing sexual misconduct between employees and students. After a brief refresher on student-on-student bullying and sexual harassment, this webinar will focus on the teacher’s role in protecting students from sexual misconduct by adults in the school environment, including the warning signs of boundary invasions and other grooming behaviors that may progress to sexual misconduct.

Everyone Knew He Was a Troubled Kid: Limits on the Release of Student Information to Law Enforcement and Other Third Parties

School personnel are under increasing pressure to proactively share information about students with law enforcement officials, mental health providers, and others in the hope of preventing the next school shooting or similar tragedy. This webinar examines the limits FERPA places on the release of student information to law enforcement and other third parties and provides general guidance as to what information can be shared, with whom, and under what circumstances.

May
12
Tue
Financial Oversight Duties of the Board of Education (Webinar)
May 12 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

If you are a board member and are interested in this webinar, please connect with your board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

This webinar will examine the state laws that govern the role local school boards play in financial oversight. It will also discuss warning signs and strategies to prevent the misuse of funds, as well as how to address issues should they arise and possible consequences for not taking action.

Presented by: Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, NCSBA

May
19
Tue
Multiple Webinars
May 19 – May 22 all-day

These previously recorded webinars are perfect for board members, administrators, and staff. They will be available Tuesday, May 19, through Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m.

You may register for one or all of the webinars. Each webinar is $250 per school system, and board member credit is $10 per person. If you are a board member and are interested in these webinars, please connect with your board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

School Violence Prevention: Establishing an Effective Student Threat Assessment Process

Threat assessment is a proven method of early intervention that can help prevent acts of violence in school environments. This presentation will discuss evidence-based and/or evidence-informed methods for establishing an effective student threat assessment process.

Student Free Speech: Legal Review and Emerging Issues

This webinar will discuss the basic legal framework for students’ First Amendment free speech rights applicable in North Carolina’s public schools, including case law based on U.S. Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decisions. This webinar, designed for teachers and school administrators, will also discuss emerging issues related to student free speech, including student protests and student discipline when student conduct involves free speech or expression.

Challenges to the Educational Program and Instructional Materials

This webinar will explore the current federal and state legal patchwork governing challenges to the educational program and instructional materials by parents and other stakeholders. The webinar will include a discussion of recent developments and trends, an in-depth analysis of current federal and state law and policy, and an overview of NCSBA’s policy tools for navigating curriculum and textbook challenges. Additionally, the webinar will cover several policy and other recommendations for handling such challenges within your school system.

Legally Compliant School Board Meetings — Most relevant for school board members and senior administrators

Refresh your memory or learn anew about the law surrounding the conduct of school boards meetings. Topics will include the Open Meetings Law, public comment requirements, common parliamentary procedure issues, and other legal matters that can trip you up if you aren’t careful. Get your questions answered, and learn things that may surprise you.

Jun
22
Mon
Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of Students
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Since March 16, our students have been at home weathering this pandemic in isolation from friends and extended family. Some children are living in traumatic situations due to need or abuse. How can you provide the supports needed to help each child and educator move forward into the new school year?

Dr. Katie Rosanbalm, senior research scientist with the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, will lead us in an overview of the body’s stress response system, focusing on how it works, how it impacts development and learning, and how current events of the day are making their mark on our students. Dr. Rosanbalm will also discuss the challenges our students, parents, and staff are likely to be facing and will conclude the session with strategies school districts can consider as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

Thriving Communities, Thriving Schools
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

During this session, presenters will explore tools and resources to help your district address staff and family well-being and community strength. The session will include small group conversations about ways educators have responded during this crisis and how you can be part of an ongoing discussion about best practices in our state.

Leading this webinar are Dr. Kirsten Kainz, research professor in the UNC School of Social Work, fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and former Durham Public Schools Board of Education member; Dr. Sarah Rabiner Eisensmith, educator, therapist, and recent graduate of the UNC School of Social Work; and Dr. Travis Albritton, assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the UNC School of Social Work.

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

Jun
23
Tue
Aspiring Superintendents Program and Superintendent/Board Relationships
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Jack Hoke, executive director of the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA), will provide information on the NCSSA Aspiring Superintendents Program, which has 14 participants who have become superintendents. He will have a panel discussion with Tanya Turner, superintendent of Perquimans County Schools, Jeff Wallace, superintendent of Davie County Schools, and Dr. Otis Smallwood, superintendent of Bertie County Schools, regarding the program and the importance of positive superintendent/board relationships. Also, the Next Generation Superintendent Development Program and the NC District Leader Executive Coaching Program will be discussed.

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

Reopening NC Public Schools
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Representatives from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the NC Office of the Governor will share information regarding the state’s guidelines for reopening NC public schools. Joining us will be Geoff Coltrane, the governor’s senior education advisor, Dr. Beverly Emory, NCDPI deputy superintendent of district support, and Dr. David Stegall, NCDPI deputy superintendent of innovation.

The guidelines are expected to be released soon. If you have a question you would like to ask the panel, please use this form. Questions must be submitted by the end of the day on Friday, June 19.

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0

Jun
24
Wed
Preparing Your Students for the Future with STEM
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

In this session, participants will explore why they should be providing STEM teaching and learning to their students, how it combines content and skills with real-world problems, and how they can begin the transformation in their district.

Dr. Cindy Moss is a graduate of Rowan-Salisbury Schools and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. She worked as a classroom teacher in high schools in Syracuse, New York, and with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). After teaching for 20 years, she became the PreK-12 director of STEM for CMS, holding that position for 10 years.

Dr. Moss holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in science from Syracuse University. She also holds a doctorate in science curriculum and instruction from the Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. Some of her many honors include the Milken National Educator Award and the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center’s STEM Administrator Award. Currently, Dr. Moss is vice president of global STEM for Discovery Education and travels the world meeting with businesses, nonprofits, governments, and school districts to help them create a vision to prepare their students for the future.

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0

Jun
25
Thu
Conducting School Board Meetings During a Pandemic: Remote Participation at Board Meetings and Other Legal Issues
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This session will include a discussion of the May 8, 2020, revisions to Policy 2302, Remote Participation at Board Meetings, and legal issues related to conducting legally compliant school board meetings when the board meeting is fully remote, including public access to the meeting, public comment, quorum, voting, quasi-judicial hearings, and closed session.

Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, NCSBA

Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes access to a recorded version of the webinar. Registration pricing is per person.

Training Platform:

NCSBA’s live webinars will be done through Zoom. Be sure you are using the latest version of Zoom. You can click here to download Zoom 5.0.

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