Upcoming Training

Legally Compliant School Board Meetings
Jun 28 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm

Refresh your memory or learn anew about the law surrounding the conduct of school boards meetings. Topics will include the Open Meetings Law, public comment requirements, common parliamentary procedure issues, and other legal matters that can trip you up if you aren’t careful. Get your questions answered, and learn things that may surprise you!

Presenter: Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy


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

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.

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

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

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