2019 Spring Law Conference @ NCSBA Assembly Hall
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day

Interested in learning about school employment law?

The 2019 NCSBA Spring Law Conference will be held March 7 and 8 at the NCSBA office in Raleigh and will focus exclusively on employment law issues. Take a look at our draft agenda.

The conference is designed for both school board members and school administrators involved in human resources at the local level. It will provide 10 hours of continuing education credit for board members and administrators and 10 hours of CLE credit for attorneys.

Guns in Schools: A Review of Law and Policy (Webinar)
Apr 23 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

This webinar will present an overview of the federal and state laws regulating guns in schools and on school property, including the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the Gun-Free Schools Act, and applicable North Carolina criminal law and its limited exceptions. This webinar will also discuss the student disciplinary consequences mandated under federal and state law for violations, as well as the corresponding reporting requirements for these offences.

Presenter: Jim O’Rourke, NCSBA Staff Attorney

School Violence Prevention: Establishing an Effective Student Threat Assessment Process (Webinar)
May 14 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Sam Thorp, NCSBA Staff Attorney

Policy Conference @ Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm

More information coming.

Staff Development Webinars
Aug 19 – Aug 23 all-day

If you’re looking for affordable staff development opportunities for your administrators and teachers, NCSBA has the solution. We will offer five webinars in August to help keep your staff at the top of their game. Click the links below to register for each webinar.

Monday, August 19 – Suspension? Placement at an Alternative School? Expulsion? An Overview of the Law on Student Discipline

This webinar will address the U.S. constitutional provisions and the North Carolina laws that determine when students may be subject to removal from school for disciplinary reasons. The webinar will also include a discussion of the amount of due process a student is entitled to receive before various disciplinary penalties are imposed.

Tuesday, August 20 – 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.

Wednesday, August 21 – 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.

Thursday, August 22 – Teachers’ Legal Duties and Responsibilities on School Trips

In this presentation we will take a look at legal and practical considerations for teachers before and during field trips. Good planning, communication, and knowing your duties and responsibilities will go a long way towards making your adventures in learning with students a success.

Friday, August 23 – Child Abuse and Neglect: Reports and Investigations

This presentation will discuss mandatory reporting requirements for school system employees regarding abuse, neglect, dependency, and maltreatment of children. Also, this presentation will explain two relatively recent changes to North Carolina law — specifically, the expanded definition of child abuse and neglect to include child trafficking and new reporting requirements for child maltreatment in licensed child care facilities.

Each webinar is $250 per school system, and board member training credit is $10 per person.

Click here for a printable flyer with webinar details.

2019 Fall Law Conference @ Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 18 @ 12:30 pm

Join us October 16-18 for the 2019 Fall Law Conference in Asheville. Board members, administrators, and board attorneys from across the state will come together in the Blue Ridge Mountains for an update on the latest education law topics.

The conference, held at the Renaissance Asheville, will focus on helping board members better understand their role in school system operations — from working with the superintendent and board attorney to responsibilities related to school finance and the employment process.

Click here for a draft agenda.

Conference and Hotel Registration Process
**Our hotel room block is full. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please contact Debbie Shinbara at or 919-747-6698.**

Due to the high demand for sleeping accommodations, the Renaissance Asheville hotel room reservation process will, like last year, be initiated using NCSBA’s online conference registration form. In order to secure a hotel room at the conference rate, you must book the room via the NCSBA webpage at the same time that you register to attend the conference.

  1. Click here to register.
  2. Select an attendee and indicate the registration preference.
  3. If the attendee would like to stay at the Renaissance Asheville during the conference, complete the housing questions indicating the day the person wants to check in, the day the person wants to check out, and the type of room the attendee wants — i.e. either “doubles” or a “king.”
  4. Indicate if the attendee has special requests — i.e. handicap room, lower level, etc.
  5. Provide the name of the contact person for confirmation of the hotel reservation. (In most cases this will be the board assistant.)

The contact person should receive a communication from the Renaissance within 7 days from the time the online registration form is submitted. At that time, the Renaissance staff person will need appropriate credit card information to secure the reservation and will provide the contact person with a confirmation number.

Ethics and Other Legal Duties and Responsibilities of NC School Board Members (Webinar)
Oct 19 @ 7:00 am – 11:45 pm

In this two-hour webinar, we will discuss the ethical standards established by state law for school board members. The webinar will also include a discussion of state and federal laws related to conflicts of interest pertaining to making and administering contracts and possible legal consequences when these laws are violated. Finally, this webinar will review other well-established legal duties and responsibilities of school board members.

Presenter: Allison Schafer, NCSBA Legal Counsel

Pre-Conference Core Training: School Law @ Sheraton Greensboro/Koury Convention Center
Nov 17 @ 12:30 pm – 4:45 pm

New and veteran board members alike — strengthen your school law skills with Core Training.

Don’t miss this important learning opportunity on Sunday, November 17, at the Sheraton Greensboro/Koury Convention Center. This pre-conference event will precede the 2019 NCSBA Annual Conference. Note: Core Training is not included as part of your NCSBA Annual Conference registration. Participants must register for both events separately.

This training will focus on the legal roles of the board, hitting the critical topics of decision making, judicial issues, policy making and governance, and oversight. Click here to see the agenda.

Registration starts at 12 p.m., and the event will be from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

2020 Spring Law Conference @ NCSBA Assembly Hall
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am – Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm

NCSBA’s 2020 Spring Law Conference will put the focus on student services. This year’s conference will spotlight board members’ and school administrators’ legal obligations to provide a sound basic education for all students and to address barriers to student success.

Take a look at our draft agenda for more details.

The NCSBA registration is temporarily down as we transition to a new system. Service is expected to resume on March 3.

This conference will provide 11 hours of continuing education credit for board members and administrators and 11 hours of CLE credit for attorneys.

Understanding Basic School Budget Issues (Webinar)
Mar 31 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

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

This webinar will help school board members better understand the revenue sources of K-12 school funding, how state funds are allotted to LEAs, and the budget process at the state and local level.

Presenter: Richard Bostic, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations, NCSBA

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