Feb
2
Tue
Title IX and Board Policy: An Orientation Guide (Webinar)
Feb 2 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

After the Department of Education issued new regulations on Title IX sexual harassment in May 2020, school systems across the country were left scrambling to put policies and procedures in place to implement the new requirements. This webinar explains why NCSBA issued six new policies on discrimination, harassment, and bullying in July 2020 and what’s included in those new policies. Most importantly, the webinar will give you a working knowledge of the two new Title IX sexual harassment policies and what happens next after your school system receives a report or complaint of sexual harassment.

Presented by: Justice Warren, Staff Attorney

Feb
16
Tue
Addressing Student Mental Health Needs and State Compliance (Webinar)
Feb 16 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

This webinar will discuss how LEAs in North Carolina can address the mental health needs of students through compliance with the State Board of Education’s recently adopted School-Based Mental Health Initiative policy.

Presented by: Sam Thorp, Staff Attorney

Feb
26
Fri
Board Officers Academy @ Virtual Event
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration is open for our virtual Board Officers Academy to be held on Friday, February 26.

NCSBA’s Board Officers Academy will explore roles and responsibilities of board officers. This session is open to all board members that are currently serving in board leadership positions or aspire to serve in such capacities. All sessions will be presented live through Zoom.

The academy will be hosted by NCSBA President Amy Churchill and include presentations from NC State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis, NC State Board of Education Vice Chairman Alan Duncan, and NC State Superintendent Catherine Truitt to name a few.

A draft agenda is available here.
Cost $150 per person

Mar
2
Tue
NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members (Webinar)
Mar 2 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Compliance with the Open Meetings Law provides for transparency and accountability and is vital to good school board governance. This webinar will provide an overview of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law as it applies to local school board members and official school board meetings. Topics will include types of meetings, notice requirements, open versus closed sessions, meeting minutes, public access and attendance, electronic and remote meetings, and other current and emerging issues related to legally compliant school board meetings.

Presented by: Jim O’Rourke, Assistant Legal Counsel for Superintendent Searches
One-Hour Webinar

Mar
30
Tue
Ethics for Local School Board Members (Whole-Board Webinar Access)
Mar 30 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 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.

Webinar access is for the entire board and school district.

There will be an ethics sessions for individual school boards members available in May.

Understanding Your Legal Duties as Board Chair (Webinar)
Mar 30 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

The chair of a local board of education is responsible for presiding over meetings of the board, but what other duties does the chair have? Join this webinar for an overview of how board meetings are to be organized, scheduling and calling meetings, setting agendas, permissible reasons for closed session, and other essential topics.

Presented by: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel
One-Hour Webinar

Apr
13
Tue
Show Me the Money (and the Texts, Emails, and Facebook Posts): The Reach of North Carolina’s Public Records Law (Webinar)
Apr 13 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Are communications sent via private electronic devices and accounts public records? Can board members be held personally liable for failing to comply with the public records law? What questions should board members ask to assess their district’s compliance with the law? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, make plans to attend this webinar for a primer on North Carolina’s public records law.

Presented by: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney
One-Hour Webinar

Apr
29
Thu
2021 Spring Law Conference
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – Apr 30 @ 12:20 pm

NCSBA’s 2021 Spring Law Conference will be held April 29-30 via Zoom. This virtual conference is designed for board members, school administrators, and board attorneys. Take a look at our agenda.

The conference is $99 per day. Board members and school administrators who attend the full conference will receive 6 hours of continuing education credit. Attorneys will receive 6 hours of CLE credit. Important note: the conference will not be recorded.

How to Register

Conference registration is through the Envise membership portal. Any board members interested in attending should connect with their board assistant in order to avoid duplicate registrations.

  1. Click the registration button above.
  2. Log in using your Envise membership portal credentials.
  3. In the navigation menu, click Events>Register.
  4. Under Select a Contact, choose the attendee.
  5. Under Select an Event, choose “2021 Spring Law Conference.” Day 1 and Day 2 will appear under Session. Check the day(s) the individual plans to attend. Click Add Registration to Cart.
  6. If registering multiple people, repeat steps 4 and 5 for each attendee.
  7. Choose your payment type and click Continue. It may take a few moments to process.
  8. Review your shopping cart and click Checkout. Complete any necessary payment information.

If you need assistance, please contact Debbie Shinbara at dshinbara@ncsba.org or 919-747-6698 or Chelsea Sutton at csutton@ncsba.org or 919-747-6713.

May
1
Sat
Core Training: Leadership @ Online Course
May 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 11:00 pm

Newly and reelected board members can strengthen their core with NCSBA’s Core Training course. Core training is a self-paced, virtual training event that includes all the components of our in-person sessions. Hear our talented staff cover leadership, advocacy, the required ethics training for school board members, and more during eight hours of recorded presentations. Access will begin May 1 and participants will have 60 days to complete the training. The last day for purchase is June 30.

Core training topics include:

  • Leadership Training – basic boardsmanship dos and don’ts, board/superintendent roles and responsibilities, school finance, and school board liability.
  • Advocacy Training – board members’ advocacy work, a legislative update on current issues, NCSBA’s member-approved legislative agenda, and a how-to talk on effectively engaging legislators.
  • Required Ethics Training – School board members are required to earn two hours of ethics training within 12 months of election or reelection.

Those completing all modules of the course will earn 12 hours of training.

Course Video Lessons

    • Welcome, Now You’re a Board Member
      Ed Dunlap, NCSBA Executive Director
      1 hour
    • The Board or the Superintendent? Quiz
      Ed Dunlap, NCSBA Executive Director
      1 hour
    • Common Liability Issues for School Districts
      Donna Lynch, NCSBA Litigation Counsel
      1 hour
    • Ethics for School Board Members
      Attorneys, NCSBA Legal/Policy department
      2 hours
    • Governing the School System Through Board Policy
      Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel
      1 hour
    • Understanding Basic School Budget Issues
      Richard Bostic, NCSBA Assistant Director of Governmental Relations
      1 hour
    • Your Role as a Legislative Advocate for Public Education
      Leanne Winner, NCSBA Director of Governmental Relations
      1 hour
    • Board/Superintendent Roles and Responsibilities
      Ramona Powers, NCSBA Director of Board Development & Technology
      1 hour 

The next Core Training opportunity will be in July 2021 at the NCSBA office in Raleigh.

Ethics for Local School Board Members (Individual Member Access) @ Online course
May 1 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm
Ethics for Local School Board Members (Individual Member Access) @ Online course

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.

Webinar access is for individual board members.

There will be an ethics sessions for whole-board access available in August.

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