Upcoming Training

Sep
12
Wed
Ethics for Local Boards of Education – Video
Sep 12 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Ethics for Local Boards of Education - Video

This session is designed to fulfill the legal requirement that all school board members receive two hours of ethics education within 12 months of being elected or re-elected or appointed or reappointed to office.  The session will cover the laws and principles that govern conflicts of interest and ethical standards of conduct for board members in North Carolina.  Ms. Schafer will include practical scenarios to illustrate how the law applies to the duties and responsibilities of North Carolina school board members.

Presenter: Allison Schafer, Director of Policy/Legal Counsel, NCSBA

Sep
17
Mon
Back to School Webinars
Sep 17 – Sep 21 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 September 17, we will replay 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.

To register for Ethics for Local Boards of Education, click here.

Monday, September 17, 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, September 18, 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, September 19, 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, September 20, 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, September 21, 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.

Oct
17
Wed
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.

Click here to take a look at our agenda.

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.

Nov
11
Sun
Pre-Conference Core Training: School Law @ Sheraton Greensboro/Koury Convention Center
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you a board member looking to learn or brush up on school law? We’ve got the perfect opportunity for you!

Join us for Core Training (formerly School Board 101) Sunday, November 11, at the Sheraton Greensboro. This pre-conference event is part of the 2018 NCSBA Annual Conference and will cover ethics, open meetings law, and parliamentary procedure. Note: Participants must register for Core Training separately from the NCSBA Annual Conference.

Core Training is open to all new and veteran board members who want to strengthen their governance skills and solidify their boardsmanship foundation. This is also the next opportunity to fulfill your required ethics training. 

Registration starts at 12:30 p.m., and the event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Don’t miss it!

For topics, please see our agenda below.


Core Training Agenda

12:30-1 p.m.   Registration
1-2 p.m.          Legal Duties of School Board Members (Ethics)
Presented by: Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy
2-3 p.m.          Conflicts of Interest (Ethics)
Presented by: Janine Murphy, Assistant Legal Counsel
3-3:15 p.m.     Break
3:15-4 p.m.     Legally Compliant Board Meetings
Presented by: Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy
4-5 p.m.          Parliamentary Procedure
Presented by: Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney; Jim O’Rourke, Staff Attorney

Jan
15
Tue
Everyone Knew He Was a Troubled Kid: Limits on the Release of Student Information to Law Enforcement and Other Third Parties (Webinar)
Jan 15 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

School personnel are under increasing pressure to proactively share information about students with law enforcement officials, mental health providers, and others in the hope of preventing the next school shooting or similar tragedy. This webinar examines the limits FERPA places on the release of student information to law enforcement and other third parties and provides general guidance as to what information can be shared, with whom, and under what circumstances.

Presenter: Kathy Boyd, NCSBA Senior Staff Attorney

Feb
12
Tue
Visitor Access to School Facilities and Use of School Facilities by Outsiders (Webinar)
Feb 12 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

This webinar will include discussion of the federal and state laws that local school boards should consider when developing board policies related to: (1) allowing visitors access to students and school buildings during the school day, (2) circumstances when school officials are permitted to ban individuals from school grounds and activities, and (3) school facility rental.

Presenter: Janine Murphy, NCSBA Assistant Legal Counsel

Mar
7
Thu
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.

Mar
19
Tue
Ethics and Other Legal Duties and Responsibilities of NC School Board Members (Webinar)
Mar 19 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 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

Apr
23
Tue
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

May
14
Tue
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

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