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Civil Rights Training

Training for school district staff on employee and student civil rights

​To assist school district staff in understanding and implementing the numerous state and federal laws and regulations that protect the civil rights of students and staff in public education, the WASB worked with the law firm of Boardman & Clark to develop a series of training modules.

Content is organized in employee- and student-focused tracks. Details about the content is below.

Staff who are designated as authorized users by their districts have the option to have access to one or both tracks. (A human resources director, for instance, may only want to access and receive emails about the employee-focused track while a principal may want to access and receive email updates about both tracks.)

Modules include webinars recorded in July and August of 2021 and handout materials. Authorized users will be emailed the details to join the live presentations, which begin July 13.

The Civil Rights Training is available for school districts as a year-long subscription based on how many staff will be accessing the content. Authorized staff who access the training are eligible to obtain a “Certificate of Completion” (coming soon).

Contact the WASB with any questions or for assistance.

Subscribers – If you have difficulty accessing the live trainings, contact WASB Director of Member Services Ben Niehaus at 608-512-1706 or

Employee-Focused Modules

For detailed descriptions of the modules, click here.

  • Identifying Employees with Disabilities and Providing Accommodations, Part 1
  • Identifying Employees with Disabilities and Providing Accommodations, Part 2: Current Issues and Hiring Practices under the ADA and WFEA
  • Age-Based Discrimination
  • Religious-Based Discrimination and Accommodation
  • First Amendment Rights
  • Sex, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination and Harassment
  • Race-Based Employment Discrimination and Harassment
  • National Origin and Ancestry Discrimination
  • Arrest and Conviction Discrimination

Student-Focused Modules

For detailed descriptions of the modules, click here.

  • Special Education Overview
  • Section 504 and ADA Overview
  • Race-Based Discrimination
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Religious Freedom
  • Title IX Overview
    Note: Separate, in-depth training is available on Title IX.
  • Free Speech Rights
  • Rights of Homeless Students
To purchase the Civil Rights Training for your district:

The Civil Rights training is available as an annual subscription.

The cost is based on the number of individuals authorized to directly access the training modules and eligible to receive a “Certificate of Completion.”

  • $475 Package: Up to 5 employees authorized to access the training modules
  • $575 Package: Up to 10 employees authorized to access the training modules
  • $675 Package: Unlimited number of employees authorized to access the training modules

All individuals designated by a district to receive training (authorized users) receive access to all modules. During the purchasing process, districts are able to specify whether the authorized users want to receive information about one track or both. The WASB will use that information to target emails regarding the content appropriately. (For instance, a district may want to specific that a human resources director wants to receive emails about the employee-focused track only.)

For a district subscribing for the first time:

(Note: The following steps are intended for the person who has access to and is authorized to make purchases for the district. This is typically the district administrator, business official and/or district administrative assistant.)

  • Log in to the WASB website and click on “My Portal”
  • On your district’s portal page, scroll down to Subscriptions
  • Click “Subscribe to a Subscription”
  • Select the package that best suits your district’s needs

If you have questions about pricing or subscribing, contact Jessica Woodburn of the WASB at or 608-512-1704


  • The Civil Rights training materials do not include individualized local school district  policies or procedures or customized training on local policies/procedures.
  • To be most effective, districts should provide individualized training on the district’s policies and procedures. To this end, districts may elect to contact Boardman & Clark or the WASB to assist with such localized, policy-based training.

The Civil Rights training materials, including the comments of all webinar speakers who present the materials, do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon or used as legal advice. The materials will present information and commentary to facilitate a general understanding of the topics that are addressed but are not necessarily an exhaustive treatment of any legal or policy issues. If a school district requires legal advice regarding any topic, issue, situation or incident, the advice should be obtained from the school district’s designated legal counsel.

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