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
Presenter: Kathy Boyd, NCSBA Senior Staff Attorney
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.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Student Free Speech: Legal Review and Emerging Issues
Presenter: Jim O’Rourke, NCSBA Staff Attorney
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
Presenter: Scott Murray, NCSBA Staff Attorney
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
Presenter: Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel
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
Presenter: Nancy Black, NCSBA Staff Attorney
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.