Upcoming Training

Back to School Webinars
Aug 20 – Aug 24 all-day

Are you on the hunt for cost-effective staff development opportunities? NCSBA’s upcoming webinar series is your answer. During the week of August 20, we will offer five webinars designed for administrators and teachers on some of the hottest topics affecting public education.

Webinars will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the appointed day.


Monday, August 20, 2018
#MeToo: Sexual Harassment Training for School Employees

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Presenter: Kathy Boyd, NCSBA Senior Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

This webinar will help school employees understand what kinds of behavior constitutes sexual harassment and who is affected by such behavior. The webinar also will inform employees how to respond if they witness such behavior and how to report sexual harassment through appropriate school channels.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Student Free Speech: Legal Review and Emerging Issues

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Presenter: Jim O’Rourke, NCSBA Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

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.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Student Search and Seizure: Fourth Amendment Limits on School Officials

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Presenter: Scott Murray, NCSBA Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

This webinar will address the major court decisions on student search and seizure. It will provide guidance on the legal parameters for different types of searches, including bag searches, strip searches, locker searches, drug testing/breathalyzers, and cell phone searches. This webinar will be especially useful for school employees and school administrators.


Thursday, August 23, 2018
Religion in the Schools: Guidelines for Teachers and School Administrators

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Presenter: Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel
Cost: $195

This webinar, aimed at teachers and school administrators, will provide an overview of the law pertaining to religion in the schools with a focus on issues most likely to arise in the day-to-day operation of the schools. While the webinar will discuss the types of activities that are not permissible under the Establishment Clause, it will also address activities that are permissible, such as an individual student’s right to pray privately or with a group of other students, the extent of a student’s right to discuss his or her religious beliefs in school assignments, students’ right to form religious clubs, and other similar topics.


Friday, August 24, 2018
Bullying and Harassment: School Employees’ Duty to Prevent It and How to Respond Appropriately When It Occurs

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Presenter: Nancy Black, NCSBA Staff Attorney
Cost: $195

Do you know a student who complains of frequent headaches, stomach aches, or unexplained injuries? Have the student’s grades dropped and parents expressed concern that he or she never wants to come to school? These are some potential warning signs that a student is being bullied. In this webinar, we will review state and federal laws that require school employees to prevent bullying and harassment to the greatest extent possible and discuss how to respond appropriately when incidents of bullying occur.

2018 Fall Law Conference @ Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 12:30 pm

The 2018 NCSBA Fall Law Conference will be held on Oct. 17-19, 2018 in Asheville.  All conference activities will be held at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city’s vibrant downtown scene.

Designed for board members, board attorneys, and school administrators alike, this year’s conference will include a variety of timely legal topics with a focus on school safety issues.

On Wednesday, October 17, registration will open at noon and the conference program will run from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.  Conference activities on Thursday and Friday will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with legal presentations beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. each day.

******New Conference and Hotel Registration Process*****

Due to the high demand for sleeping accommodations, the Renaissance Hotel room reservation process will be initiated using NCSBA’s online conference registration form.  The only way to secure a hotel room at the Renaissance at the NCSBA Fall Law Conference rate is to register for the room at the same time that you register to attend the conference on the NCSBA webpage.

  • Click the green registration button above.
  • Select an attendee and indicate the registration preference.
  • If the attendee would like to stay at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel 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.”
  • Indicate if the attendee has special requests—i.e. handicap room, lower level, etc.
  • 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 provide the contact person with a confirmation number.

NCSBA has a limited number of rooms at the Renaissance at the conference rate.  The room block fills up quickly. It is best to make your hotel reservation request at the same time that you register an attendee for the conference. We have implemented this new process to make sure the conference rate hotel rooms are available to registered participants of the Fall Law Conference.  If you have any questions about registration, please contact Debbie Shinbara at dshinbara@ncsba.org or at (919) 747-6698.

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