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Webinars and Online Workshops


WASB webinars and online workshops focus on providing school board members and administrators with timely information and resources.  

  • To register for a live, upcoming webinar or online workshop, go to the WASB registration system.
  • To purchase a recorded webinar or online workshop, go to the WASB store.
  • If the webinar or online workshop is complimentary, the link will be listed below one or two days before the event is scheduled and included in that week’s eConnection newsletter.

Note to WASB Policy Resource Guide Subscribers: Links to the recordings of all WASB legal webinars are included in the Policy Resource Guide at no additional cost. If subscribers want to participate in a live webinar, a standard registration is required.

The WASB will also be offering a series of training packages geared to help districts adapt to new Title IX regulations regarding sexual harassment in public schools. Find the details and register on our Title IX Training website.

Webinars are generally 60 minutes. Online workshops and discussion forums are generally 90 minutes.

Upcoming, Live WASB Webinars and Online Workshops


 

Webinar: Administrator Contracts, Oct. 28, 10 am

This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract terms, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more. State and federal court decisions on administrator contracts, including the Klaus v. Eau Claire School District case, will be covered.

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10 am

Registration Required: $55

Webinar: Insurance Plan Guidance on Child Care and Health Care, Oct. 29, 12 pm

The school year has started. Challenges have appeared, lessons have been learned and opportunities have been exposed and taken. In this complimentary WASB Insurance Plan Webinar. the WASB IP endorsed agencies of Gallagher, M3 and Tricor will discuss the implementation of a consistent process for identifying and assessing risk and making decisions, liability and worker’s compensation issues arising from the provision of child care and day care during the pandemic and liability, worker’s compensation and leave issues when districts provide health care services on site (in particular the school nurse). We will also have a question and answer period where common questions will be addressed by our panelists.

Time: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12 pm

No registration required.

Webinar: School Board Elections, Part 1 - Election Procedures, Nov. 5, 1 pm (approx. 75 minutes)

Wisconsin school districts must comply with numerous statutory obligations related to elections. This presentation will cover key deadlines, required notices and post-election processes. It will be of particular interest to school district clerks and to superintendents’ administrative assistants (who often assist with election duties). 

Time: Thursday, Nov. 5 at 1 pm (approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Registration Required: $55 (Registration includes both Part 1 and Part 2 of the School Board Elections webinar series.)

Webinar: School Board Elections, Part 2 - Campaign Finance, Nov. 10, 1 pm (approx. 1 hour)

This webinar will address campaign finance rules from the perspective of the local filing officer.  It will cover the campaign finance reporting process, reporting exemptions, and touch on topics such as “paid for by” attribution statements on campaign materials.

Time: Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 1 pm (approx. 1 hour)

Registration Required: $55 (Registration includes both Part 1 and Part 2 of the School Board Elections webinar series.)

Online Discussion Forum: A Conversation with New Board Members, Nov. 12, 7-8:30 pm

Are you a new school board member? Take advantage of this opportunity to pose questions to several of the experienced WASB consultants who will lead this interactive, online discussion.  

Time: Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm

Registration Required: $15

Online Workshop: Leadership Coaching, Nov. 19, 7-8:30 pm

School board members have a unique leadership role in the school district. In addition to making significant decisions on district policy, there is relationship building with many stakeholders, working through conflict among members and engaging community input, plus many other responsibilities. Leadership coaching is a process that explores the strengths of the board member as a leader and enhances one’s effectiveness by learning new techniques. 

 Coaching research has provided evidence on how this method can create a dramatic shift in organizational culture. This workshop will explore the benefits of leadership coaching and explain the method by which leadership skills can be improved. Examples of coaching techniques will be described with the goal of supporting the board member in developing and maintaining quality leadership skills while serving on the school board. 

Time: Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm

Registration Required – $65 per member/$195 per member

If registering an individual board member, use the standard registration process. If registering a full board (district administrator included as well), contact the WASB by email or phone.

Online Workshop: Dealing with Conflict, Dec. 2, 7 pm

Effectively dealing with conflict helps school boards stay focused on the core goals they are tasked with achieving. Louise Blankenheim and Cheryl Stinski, WASB organizational consultants, will discuss what causes differences to escalate into destructive conflict and share good practices to help you manage conflict in ways that keep people working together productively.

Time: Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm

Registration Required – $65 per member/$195 per member

If registering an individual board member, use the standard registration process. If registering a full board (district administrator included as well), contact the WASB by email or phone.

Online Workshop: School Finance 101: 10 Things Every Board Member Should Know, Dec. 9, 7 pm

New board members are asked to learn new jargon while making million-dollar decisions that impact school children, buildings and infrastructure and the local taxpayers’ money. Get a handle on school finance by covering 10 topics that are essential to a better understanding so that you can talk finances with your constituents and feel more confident in your decisions.   

Time: Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 pm

Registration Required – $65 per member/$195 per member

If registering an individual board member, use the standard registration process. If registering a full board (district administrator included as well), contact the WASB by email or phone.

Online Workshop: Strategic Planning: What Does Quality Planning Look Like and Why Should You Do It Now?, Dec. 17, 7 pm

In a time of great educational upheaval, this is precisely the right time to plan for changing our schools for the better. As anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

This online workshop is designed to address: what quality strategic planning and strategic thinking looks like; strategic frameworks; how strategic planning addresses major issues in schools, such as racial justice, equity and the pandemic; the differences between strategic planning and tactical planning; and how to monitor progress toward goals and outcomes.

Time: Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 pm

Registration Required – $65 per member/$195 per member

If registering an individual board member, use the standard registration process. If registering a full board (district administrator included as well), contact the WASB by email or phone.

Recorded WASB Webinars and Online Workshops


 

Recorded WASB Webinars and Online Workshops for Purchase

 

Administrator Contracts (Oct. 2019)

This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract terms, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more. State and federal court decisions on administrator contracts, including the Klaus v. Eau Claire School District case, will be covered.


Annual and Special Meetings: Notices, Procedures and Powers (June 2019)

This presentation will review the notice requirements for annual and special meetings, cover meeting agendas and procedures and discuss the division of powers between the annual meeting and the school board in common school districts. The webinar was recorded in four parts.

Part 1: Introduction, Time and Place of the Annual Meeting, and Meeting Notice
Part 2: Annual Meeting Powers
Part 3: Preparing for the Annual Meeting
Part 4: Conducting the Annual Meeting, Meeting Minutes, Special Meetings of the Electors


Complaint and Public Comment Procedures (Oct. 2014)

Communications with the public and community engagement are some of the most important responsibilities of the school board, but can also interfere with the efficient conduct of business at board meetings. This webinar will review legal and policy issues relating to public participation at board meetings and the processing of complaints from the public. .

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Complaint Procedures
Part 3: Public Participation, Legal Considerations
Part 4: Public Participation, Policy Considerations


Election Notices and Procedures (Nov. 2019)

Wisconsin school districts must comply with numerous statutory obligations related to elections. This presentation will cover key deadlines, required notices and post-election processes. It will be of particular interest to school district clerks and to superintendents’ administrative assistants (who often assist with election duties).

The presenter has recorded this brief video outlining the webinar and explaining who it is targeted to:

Part 1: Election Notices and Procedures
Part 2: Campaign Finance


Extracurricular Issues: Coaches’ Pay, Assignments, Etc. (Oct. 2013)

Extracurricular assignments compliment the core educational mission, but pose unique issues. This presentation will address the hiring process for coaches, how to pay coaches under the fair labor standards act, who can coach for the district, the role of volunteers, the training for coaches on concussions, and implications under Title IX.


FMLA: State and Federal Requirements (Dec. 2019)

This webinar will review requirements under the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, including eligibility for leave for birth or adoption, serious health conditions of employees, parents, spouses and children and the various leaves available to military service men and women and their families. Employer notice and documentation requirements will be covered along with employer and employee rights and obligations during and after FMLA leaves.

Part 1: Applicable Employers and Employees, Employer Notice Requirements (11 minutes)
Part 2: Types of Employee Leaves, Birth or Adoption (14 minutes)
Part 3: Serious Health Condition, Military Caregiver, Qualifying Exigency (10 minutes)
Part 4: Non-continuous Increments, Substitution of Paid Leave, Benefits Allowed, Reemployment (22 minutes)


Hiring Support Staff (July 2014)

This presentation will inform you about the general hiring process of support staff, including state requirements. It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process, and reference checks. You will also learn about state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination.


 

Individual Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process (February 2020)

The elimination of collective bargaining by Act 10 elevates the importance of individual teacher contracts, which may become similar in content to administrator contracts. This presentation will focus on the process of drafting new contractual provisions to transition from traditional contracts to contracts that meet districts’ needs in the post-collective bargaining world. This presentation also will review the basics of nonrenewal of teacher contracts under section 118.22 of the Wisconsin Statutes and include guidance on the application of constitutional protections and discrimination laws as well as alternatives to nonrenewal will be discussed.


Law Enforcement Interactions and School Safety Plans (September 2019)

Having safe and productive learning environments is crucial to student achievement. This webinar will cover a wide range of topics related to school safety including: how schools cooperate with law enforcement officers and avoid issues of obstruction of justice; parent notification of student interviews with outside agency personnel at school; school staff presence during an interview with outside agency personnel; law enforcement officer responsibilities related to the protection of student rights, searches and information sharing; removing a student from school; referral to law enforcement authorities; and the School Safety Act and related items.


Public Participation at Board Meetings (Oct. 2019)

Public comments at meetings can present a difficult balancing act for school boards. While providing regular opportunities for members of the public to offer input is important, the school board also needs to carefully manage its meeting time and encourage constructive discourse. This webinar will identify the relevant legal and policy considerations that a board can use as a guide when it identifies a need to refine its current approach to public participation during meetings.


Pupil Expulsions (Sept. 2019)

This webinar presentation covers state and federal laws relating to pupil expulsions. The presentation will provide a roadmap for considering the expulsion of pupils and how to avoid common pitfalls when doing so. The presentation will focus on procedures for administrators as well as for boards that conduct their own expulsion hearings. In addition, the presentation will also include an Expulsion Overview Guide with sample notifications and hearing procedures.


Pupil Records (Aug. 2019)

The maintenance and release of pupil records are dictated by state and federal laws. This presentation will cover the basics of the pupil records laws with a focus on the limitations to the release of pupil records and recent legal changes.


Rules of Order for Conducting School Board Meetings (April 2014)

In general, school board meetings are more effective when the board members’ attention is focused on the substance of their decisions, rather than on the procedures that are used to navigate the agenda and reach those decisions. A board policy that establishes a core set of “rules of order” for board meetings can provide a useful, mutually-understood framework for conducting board business. The presentation will provide an overview of areas where state law mandates certain procedures for school board meetings, and it will also identify several areas in which school boards have local flexibility.


School District Referenda: Legal & Policy Considerations (Aug. 2019)

More and more school districts are going to referenda for funding and facilities. This interactive webinar will cover the legal and policy considerations that you should consider before going to referenda. The webinar will provide detailed analysis of the different types of referenda, the procedure and timing of referenda, the use of district funds and resources during a referenda, the roles of the board, individual board members and staff during a referenda, and how districts, staff, and boards may interact with third party groups, e.g. “vote yes,” “vote no,” etc.


Social Media, Online Communications and Email Use – Implications for School Board Members (May 2020)

The use of social media, online communications and email by school board members raises legal issues for individual board members and school boards as a whole. This webinar will address the legal implications of such use in regards to the First Amendment, Wisconsin’s open meetings, public records and pupil records laws, and board member roles and responsibilities, including who speaks for the board amongst other things.


Superintendent Evaluation (October 2020)

The school board’s process to evaluate its superintendent should be viewed as a continuous improvement conversation. Guy Leavitt, director of organizational consulting services at WASB, discusses static measures to include on checklists as well as narrative feedback. He’ll discuss how shared goals can provide a source of growth in the evaluation process and talk about potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on evaluation.


 
Complimentary WASB Webinars and Online Workshops

WASB October Legal and Legislative Video Update (October 2020)

WASB attorneys and government relations staff provided an update on recent legal and legislative issues, including:

The question-and-answer document accompany the presentation can be found here.


WASB Insurance Plan Webinar: Employee Benefits Guidance on the Reopening of Schools (October 2020) (Link goes to recording)

The WASB Insurance Plan hosted a complimentary webinar with representatives from USI, M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. and Tricor Inc. regarding questions that they are receiving and guidance that they are providing to school districts regarding the start of the school year with respect to (1) managing employee stress under enhanced workloads; (2) health plan eligibility and COVID-related employment events; (3) changes to staff wellness programs and options that are being shared with schools and (4) other benefit concerns that they are impacted by the reopening of schools.

Presentation Materials:


Webinar: Interactions with Law Enforcement, Part 2: The Legal Considerations (September 2020) (Link goes to recording)

Whether or not they have a school resource officer, schools will need to worth with law enforcement. This legal webinar explores issues such as parent notification, staff presence during interviews with agency personnel, student rights, searches and more.

Handout: Interactions With Law Enforcement 2020


Legal and Legislative Video Update (September 2020) (Link goes to recording)

WASB legal and government relations staff discussed some of the most popular questions they have received about paid leave, face coverings, political activities and more. These links will take you to the point in the video where each topic is discussed:

To read the Q&A document our staff discussed, click here.


Interactions With Law Enforcement Part 1: Community Conversations (September 2020)  (Link goes to recording)

Schools and their communities are having renewed conversations about the role of law enforcement in education. On Sept. 10, 2020, the WASB convened a roundtable discussion to hear different perspectives and dialogue about ways to constructively discuss this issue.


Legal and Legislative Video Update (August 2020) (Link goes to recording, recorded Aug. 19, 2020)

WASB legal and government relations staff discussed some of the most popular questions they have received about the reopening of school, including the wearing of protective face coverings, and gave a legislative update.

Many of the questions they answered are included in this Q & A document on the reopening of schools.


Our Commitment to Equity/Racial Justice (Link goes to recording, recorded July 30, 2020)

This webinar series will feature the Sun Prairie and Brown Deer School Districts and their critically important work in these areas. Highlighted will be their equity frameworks, related policies and what they are doing to overcome disproportionality with important student outcomes. Earlier this summer, the WASB Board of Directors approved a statement about racial inequalities and related equity issues. Our strong commitment to help school boards address these issues has now led to a series of webinars that are designed to provide specific information about strategies to confront racism and address inequities for our students.

Presentations:


Reopening Schools: Perspectives from WASB Insurance Plan Members (Part 2) (Link goes to recording, recorded July 28, 2020)

The WASB Insurance Plan hosted a second complimentary webinar with representatives from USI Insurance (formerly Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting), M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. and TRICOR Inc. regarding the reopening of schools. They talked about:


Reopening Schools: Perspectives from WASB Insurance Plan Members (Part 1) (Link goes to recording, recorded July 22, 2020)

The WASB Insurance Plan hosted a complimentary webinar with representatives from Gallagher, M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc. and TRICOR Inc. regarding the reopening of schools. They discussed:

• access to facilities (presentation slides)
• unique issues for student transportation (presentation slides)
• food service and other areas with unique liability concerns (presentation slides)
• other liability concerns connected with reopening


The New Title IX Regulations: Identifying Initial Issues and Decision Points for Local Policy Development (Link goes to recording, recorded June 2020)

WASB staff teamed up with Boardman & Clark for this free webinar to help school leaders begin to understand some of the important decision-points that will come up during local policy work related to the new Title IX regulations. The presenters provided their initial thoughts on some of the potential advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.

The presentation outline/handout is available here.


Responding to COVID-19: Safely Returning to Work (Link goes to recording, recorded June 2020)

To help school districts prepare for the return to school in the fall, the WASB drafted an addendum to the WASB Employee Handbook to address COVID-19 employment-related matters. During this complimentary webinar, WASB attorneys will review the WASB Employee Handbook addendum and discuss a number of different considerations and COVID-19 mitigation measures for safely returning employees to work in schools.


Hiring Teachers During a Pandemic (May 2020)

This presentation will provide an overview of the general process of hiring teachers. It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process (including virtual interviews), reference checks, contract provisions pertaining to layoffs, furloughs and the number of contract days and state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination. This webinar will be complimentary and registration will not be required.

The recording for this webinar is online here.

The PowerPoint presentation for this webinar is available here.

Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


Organizational Meetings, Officer Roles and the Orientation of New Members (April 2020)

School boards are required to hold their organizational meeting on or within 30 days of the 4th Monday in April. This presentation reviews requirements for the organizational meeting and the roles and responsibilities of school board officers.This webinar is complimentary to members due to the public health crisis.

Presentation materials

 
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Are you a new board member?

Check out the Introduction to Board Service Program, a component of the Member Recognition Program, for assistance in selecting workshops and sessions in your first years of office.

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