Aug
17
Tue
Back to School Videos
Aug 17 – Aug 20 all-day

NCSBA’s back-to-school legal webinars are designed to help school system staff prepare for the new year by providing the latest information on issues that affect them. Each webinar is just $250 per school system, making it affordable and convenient to support your staff with excellent professional development.

  • Student Discipline Law: An Overview of State Policy and Procedural Rights (replay from May 2021), available August 17 and 19
    This webinar will provide an overview of the constitutional and state law requirements related to student discipline, focusing exclusively on discipline for on-campus misconduct. Listeners will gain an understanding of short-term suspensions, long-term suspensions, 365-day suspensions, and expulsions, as well as the due process rights of students under North Carolina student discipline law. Video runtime is 55 minutes. Use the links below to register for the desired date.

    Student Discipline Law – August 17
    Student Discipline Law – August 19

  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media:  A Guide for School Employees, available August 18 and 20
    Using stories ripped from the headlines, this webinar highlights the potential pitfalls associated with communicating on social media and provides guidelines for employees to assess their own online behavior.  The target audience is primarily teachers and other instructional employees, but school administrators and board members also can benefit from this essential information. Video runtime is approximately one hour. Use the links below to register for the desired date.

    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media – August 18
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Media – August 20

Jan
27
Thu
Students’ Religious Rights Webinar
Jan 27 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Does a student have a First Amendment right to pray at school? Can a student be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Do students have a right to organize extracurricular religious clubs? This webinar will answer these and other questions related to the extent of a student’s right to engage in religious speech and activity at school.

Presenter: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel
Runtime: 1 hour

The registrant will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar and accompanying handouts. Please share this information with anyone in your school system who may benefit from the training. Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on January 27.

Feb
24
Thu
Sixty Minutes on Minutes Webinar
Feb 24 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

What is the difference between “full and accurate” minutes required for regular meetings and closed sessions, and the “general account” required for closed sessions? What should be included in each? What other statutory requirements pertain to minutes? When are minutes “official” and when do they become public records? Get the answers to these questions and more in this comprehensive review of the legal requirements related to minutes.

Presenter: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney
Runtime: 1 hour

The registrant will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar and accompanying handouts. Please share this information with anyone in your school system who may benefit from the training. Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on February 24.

Mar
1
Tue
March Video Library @ Videos
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day

Our library of training videos for March is below. Each video is one hour. The cost is $250 per teaching hour and includes access for all board members and staff in your school district. Click the desired date below the title/description to register.

Legal: Public Records – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for March 7-9

Legal: Common Liability Issues for School Boards – $250
Learn about the liability issues facing school boards.
Click here to purchase for March 7-9

Legal: Understanding Your Legal Duties as Board Chair – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for March 7-9

Legal: NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members– $250                     
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.
Click here to purchase for March 7-9

Legal: Students’ Religious Rights– $250                     
Does a student have a First Amendment right to pray at school? Can a student be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Do students have a right to organize extracurricular religious clubs? This webinar will answer these and other questions related to the extent of a student’s right to engage in religious speech and activity at school.
Click here to purchase for March 7-9

Legal: Sixty Minutes on Minutes– $250
What is the difference between “full and accurate” minutes required for regular meetings and closed sessions, and the “general account” required for closed sessions? What should be included in each? What other statutory requirements pertain to minutes? When are minutes “official” and when do they become public records? Get the answers to these questions and more in this comprehensive review of the legal requirements related to minutes.
Click here to purchase for March 7-9

Legal: Ethics for Local Board Members (Whole-Board Version) – $500, available March 28-30
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.
Click here to purchase for March 28-30

Finance: Understanding Basic School Budget Finance – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for March 16-18

Finance: Pension Spiking and QEBA – $250
As a board, you are responsible for considering pension spiking and QEBA in your finance planning. Join this webinar to make sure you have a plan for the future of all your employees.
Click here to purchase for March 16-18

Finance: LEA & Charter School Funding – $250
North Carolina public school funding is discussed during this one-hour video where you will understand the relationship between LEAs and charter schools.
Click here to purchase for March 16-18

Governance: Governing the System Through Board Policy – $250
School boards are tasked with creating the vision, mission, and goals of a district and then adopting policies that help staff bring the vision to life. During this webinar, you will explore the board’s role in policy.
Click here to purchase for March 22-24

Governance: Your Role as a Legislative Advocate – $250
Explore your advocacy role at the state level during this one-hour video.
Click here to purchase for March 22-24

Mar
24
Thu
Student Search and Seizure Webinar
Mar 24 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

In recent months, many school systems have experienced a worrisome increase in the number of firearms found on school grounds and school buses. Under what circumstances may school officials search a student’s person, personal belongings, or vehicle to locate firearms or other weapons? When may school officials conduct locker searches or use metal detectors? To what extent are school officials allowed to search a student suspected of possessing illegal drugs or other contraband? This webinar will discuss the Fourth Amendment standards that apply when searches are required in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment.

Presenter: Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel
Runtime: 1 hour

The registrant will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar and accompanying handouts. Please share this information with anyone in your school system who may benefit from the training. Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on March 24.

Apr
1
Fri
April Video Library @ Videos
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

Our library of training videos for April is below. Each video is one hour. The cost is $250 per teaching hour and includes access for all board members and staff in your school district. Click the desired date below the title/description to register.

Legal: Public Records – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Common Liability Issues for School Boards – $250
Learn about the liability issues facing school boards.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Legal Duties as Board Chair – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: NC Open Meetings Law for School Board Members– $250                     
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.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Students’ Religious Rights– $250                     
Does a student have a First Amendment right to pray at school? Can a student be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? Do students have a right to organize extracurricular religious clubs? This webinar will answer these and other questions related to the extent of a student’s right to engage in religious speech and activity at school.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Sixty Minutes on Minutes – $250
What is the difference between “full and accurate” minutes required for regular meetings and closed sessions, and the “general account” required for closed sessions? What should be included in each? What other statutory requirements pertain to minutes? When are minutes “official” and when do they become public records? Get the answers to these questions and more in this comprehensive review of the legal requirements related to minutes.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Legal: Ethics for Local Board Members (Whole-Board Version) – $500
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.
Click here to purchase for April 25-27

Legal: Student Search and Seizure – $250
In recent months, many school systems have experienced a worrisome increase in the number of firearms found on school grounds and school buses. Under what circumstances may school officials search a student’s person, personal belongings, or vehicle to locate firearms or other weapons? When may school officials conduct locker searches or use metal detectors? To what extent are school officials allowed to search a student suspected of possessing illegal drugs or other contraband? This webinar will discuss the Fourth Amendment standards that apply when searches are required in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment.
Click here to purchase for April 6-8

Finance: Understanding Basic School Budget Finance – $250
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.
Click here to purchase for April 12-14

Finance: Pension Spiking and QEBA – $250
As a board, you are responsible for considering pension spiking and QEBA in your finance planning. Join this webinar to make sure you have a plan for the future of all your employees.
Click here to purchase for April 12-14

Finance: LEA & Charter School Funding – $250
North Carolina public school funding is discussed during this one-hour video where you will understand the relationship between LEAs and charter schools.
Click here to purchase for April 12-14

Governance: Governing the System Through Board Policy – $250
School boards are tasked with creating the vision, mission, and goals of a district and then adopting policies that help staff bring the vision to life. During this webinar, you will explore the board’s role in policy.
Click here to purchase for April 18-20

Governance: Your Role as a Legislative Advocate – $250
Explore your advocacy role at the state level during this one-hour video.
Click here to purchase for April 18-20

May
26
Thu
Federal Employment Law Webinar
May 26 @ 7:00 am – 11:59 pm

Learn about four significant federal laws that apply to school system employees. This webinar will provide board members with an overview of the leave provisions in the Family and Medical Leave Act and the compensation and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We will also review the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Presenter: Nancy Black, NCSBA Staff Attorney
Runtime: 1 hour

The registrant will receive email instructions for accessing the webinar and accompanying handouts. Please share this information with anyone in your school system who may benefit from the training. Participants will have unlimited access to the webinar between 7 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on May 26.

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