Webinars, Workshops and Discussion Forums
- To register for a live, upcoming online event, go to the WASB registration system.
- To purchase a recorded online event, go to the WASB store.
- If the online event is complimentary, the link will be listed below one or two days before the event is scheduled.
For assistance during business hours, contact the WASB at email@example.com or 608-257-2622. If you need assistance after 5 pm for a live, online event, contact WASB Director of Communications Sheri Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-333-9075.
Note to WASB Policy Resource Guide Subscribers: Links to the recordings of all WASB legal webinars are included in the PRG at no additional cost. If subscribers want to participate in a live webinar, a standard registration is required.
Upcoming Live Online Events
Webinars are generally 60 minutes. Online workshops and discussion forums are generally 90 minutes.
Webinar: Capitol Chat, March 12, 19, 26, 12 pm
WASB government relations staff Dan Rossmiller and Chris Kulow will host a live webinar each Friday at noon to update members on the latest legislative developments and take their questions.
A recording will be posted on this webpage.
Time: Fridays at 12 pm
Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81760402921
March 5 presentation: https://wasb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/March-5-Capitol-Chat-Presentation.pdf
Registration is not required.
Webinar: WASB Legal and Legislative Video Update, March 24, April 21, 12 pm
WASB attorneys and government relations staff provide a complimentary, monthly update on recent legal and legislative issues.
No registration required.
Webinar link provided soon.
Online Discussion Forum: Lessons Learned from the 2020-21 School Year, Thursday, March 25, 7 pm (Registration required)
The 2019-2020 school year was unprecedented for school districts in many ways. School Board/Superintendent governance teams spent the summer, amidst an environment of high uncertainty, making the kinds of decisions that many had never considered before such as:
- how to begin instruction in the fall
- plans for possible shut-downs in face-to-face instruction
- modifying the facilities to make them safer for students
- whether to allow for co-curricular activities to begin if instruction was virtual
- transportation plans that would maintain safe physical distancing
- feeding students when school was not in session in the buildings
- developing mitigation plans when the students and staff were either COVID infected or exposed
- what to do if students didn’t learn to the high levels they should have
- how to meet the social and emotional needs of students and staff if instruction was virtual
In this session, school board members will talk about the decisions they made about these and other challenges that arose, how they worked out, and the lessons they learned. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and to share their experiences so those attending can learn from one another and support each other going forward.
Presenters: George Steffen, Fran Finco, Cheryl Gullicksrud, Louise Blankenheim, Dan Nerad, WASB consultants
Time: Thursday, March 25 at 7 pm
Registration Required – $65/member or $195/full board & district administrator
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.
Webinar: School Board Re-Organization Meeting, April 13, 12 pm
School boards are required to hold their organizational meeting on or within 30 days of the 4th Monday in April. This presentation will review requirements for the organizational meeting and the orientation of new school board members.
Complimentary. No registration required.
Webinar: New Board Member Online Trainings, April 20, 22, 27 and 29
New board members are invited to participate in two complimentary webinars designed specifically to help them get started in their new role. Both trainings will be recorded.
Legal Roles & Responsibilities Webinar
Tuesday, April 20 at 7-8:30 pm and repeated on Thursday, April 29 at 12-1:30 pm
To be effective leaders, school board members must be cognizant of their legal roles and responsibilities. In this webinar, an experienced WASB school attorney will take a deeper dive into the key areas of Wisconsin law, including:
• Open meetings,
• Public records,
• Conflicts of interest, and
• A board’s power and duties.
Key Work of School Boards Webinar
Thursday, April 22 at 7-8:30 pm and repeated on Tuesday, April 27 at 12-1:30 pm
Research shows that the more effective the board, the better a school district’s students perform. In every decision and every action, the school board governance role centers on improving student learning outcomes. In this webinar, learn about the five core areas school boards should focus on to be effective:
• Community Leadership
• Board/Superintendent Relationship
No registration required. Links to the webinars will be posted one or two days before the event is scheduled.
Note: The content covered in the two webinars will be similar to the content traditionally provided in the traditional April New Board Member Gatherings and May Spring Workshops.
Recorded Online Events
Recorded Online Events for Purchase
Administrator Contracts Webinar (Oct. 2020), $55
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.
Advocating Effectively With Legislators Online Workshop (August 2020), $65
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will impact 2020-21 school budgets. State school aid, which accounts for roughly one third of the state’s budget, could face devastating cuts. School leaders need to be prepared to advocate effectively to minimize the harm to schools and student learning from potential drastic cuts in state aid and revenue limits. This online workshop is designed to help you develop relationships with lawmakers and their staff that will make you better, more effective legislative advocates for your students and your schools. It prepares you to communicate about the serious challenges our state and our public schools face.
Annual and Special Meetings: Notices, Procedures and Powers Webinar (June 2019), $55
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 Webinar (Oct. 2014), $55
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
Dealing with Conflict Online Workshop (Dec. 2020)
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. A recording of this online workshop is being given complimentary to members to help them navigate the pandemic.
Election Notices and Procedures Webinar (Nov. 2020), $55
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).
Part 1: Election Notices and Procedures
Part 2: Campaign Finance
Extracurricular Issues: Coaches’ Pay, Assignments, Etc. Webinar (Oct. 2013), $55
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 Webinar (Dec. 2019), $55
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 Webinar (July 2014), $55
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.
How to Plan and Conduct Effective Board Meetings Online Workshop (May 2020), $65
All school boards conduct their business in similar meetings. However, the effectiveness of their meetings can vary widely. How a board sets its agendas and plans for and conducts its meetings can impact the board’s success in moving the needle on student achievement. In this online workshop, experienced WASB school attorneys review the legal requirements for meetings, including a closer look at the Open Meetings Law. They also review board member roles as well as how to structure meetings to achieve different purposes, conduct an effective board meeting, record meetings appropriately and accommodate public participation.
Individual Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process Webinar (February 2021), $55
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 Webinar (September 2019), $55
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.
Leadership Coaching Online Workshop (November 2020), $65
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. This online workshop explores the benefits of leadership coaching and explains the method by which leadership skills can be improved. We describe coaching techniques with the goal of supporting the board member in developing and maintaining quality leadership skills.
Leading With Certainty During Uncertain Times Online Workshop (August 2020), $65
School boards and administrators are in the midst of planning for an unpredictable future. As district leaders, you must tackle the organizational requirements of budgeting, online learning, transportation and much more. This online workshop focuses on essential leadership strategies that will guide participants in making difficult decisions, communicating with stakeholders and uniting one another. You will learn best practices to assist you in the next steps so you can lead with certainty in these uncertain times.
Onboarding New Board Members Online Workshop (Feb. 2021), $65
What kind of board member orientation are you providing newly elected school board members? This online workshop gives you an overview of best practice methods to ensure high-quality board member participation.
Participants will learn about pre-election orientation ideas and necessary post-election orientation topics. They’ll receive suggestions for ongoing, year-long options to help new board members become great board members.
Public Participation at Board Meetings Webinar (Oct. 2019), $55
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 Webinar (Sept. 2019), $55
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 Webinar (Aug. 2019), $55
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 Webinar (April 2014), $55
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 Budget Cycle Online Workshop (March 2021), $65
The school district budget is one of the primary management tools for school administrators and boards. Its primary purpose is to translate the district’s strategic initiatives into programs and services that support student learning This presentation references the WASB/WASBO Budget Cycle Handbook, and we encourage attendees to bring their copy. The presentation will discuss revenue sources and limits, budget planning and development, reconciliation and approval, budget management and reporting.
School District Referenda: Legal & Policy Considerations Webinar (Aug. 2019), $55
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.
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. Note: In recognition of an audio issue with this recording, the WASB is offering a discounted registration fee.
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.
In a time of great educational upheaval, this is precisely the right time to plan for changing our schools for the better.
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.
Superintendent Evaluation Webinar (October 2020), $55
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.
- What boards do
- Roles of the board, individual members and administrators
- How boards exercise their statutory powers and duties
- Public Records Law
- Conflicts of interest
Complimentary Online Events
February 2021 Legal and Legislative Video Update (recorded Feb. 17, 2021)
The following links jump to the point at which each topic was discussed:
- State Legislative Update
a. Non-Budget Legislation
b. The Political Back and Forth on Governor’s Authority to Issue Emergency Orders
c. Vetoed Legislation
d. Administrative Rulemaking (Including for Work Search Requirements for People on Unemployment Compensation and Pupil Discrimination Changes)
- Federal Funding Update
- State Oversight of Federal Funds
- Important School Board Election Dates
- Statewide Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings
- Leave Accommodations (Including for failing to report to work or making unpaid leave requests)
- Vaccine Requirements for Students and Staff
- Teacher Contract Renewal and Nonrenewal Timelines
- New CDC and US Department of Education Guidance on Reopening and Operating Schools
January 2021 Legal and Legislative Video Update (recorded Jan. 13, 2021)
The following links jump to the point at which each topic was discussed:
- Review of important upcoming election dates and deadlines
- State Education Convention attendance and the Open Meeting Law
- Vaccine requirements for students and staff
- The appropriateness of incentives for those receiving a vaccine
- Information and deadlines regarding nonrenewal of an administrator contract
- Updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Updates on vaccine distribution in Wisconsin and educators’ priority to receive it
- Federal COVID-19 relief package
- State COVID-19 bill
- Report on Jan. 12 State of the State talk
December 2020 Legal and Legislative Video Update (recorded Dec. 16, 2020)
The following links jump to the point at which each topic was discussed:
- Important school board election dates
- FFCRA expiration (including how to adapt to sick leave changes after the expiration)
- Quick Quits — mid-year resignations and retirements
- Upcoming deadlines for the review of administrator contracts
- New CDC Quarantine Guidelines
- Vaccinations, including potentially requiring staff to be vaccinated
- Vaccinations, including number of doses to be available and priority of educators in receiving them
- CARES Act funds
- State COVID response/proposals
- Messaging, including common political narratives regarding COVID and schools and staying in touch with legislators
- Federal COVID response/proposals
Many of these issues are also described in the latest Q&A document.
November 2020 Legal and Legislative Video Update (recorded Nov. 18, 2020)
The following links jump to the point at which each topic was discussed:
- DPI budget request highlights (DPI budget information presentation)
- Flexibility measures, including rehiring retired teachers and licensure flexibility
- Changes to federal education policy under Biden administration
- School election publications and upcoming deadlines
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including issues related to employee leave
- Executive and emergency orders
- Liability risk concerning orders or recommendations from public health departments regarding in-person education
- Off-duty employee conduct, including employee travel and socialization
- Employee lawful concerted activities, including grievances filed as a result of in-person education
Many of these issues are also described in the latest Q&A document.
In this WASB Insurance Plan Webinar. the WASB IP endorsed agencies of Gallagher, M3 and Tricor discussed 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).
WASB attorneys and government relations staff provided an update on recent legal and legislative issues, including:
- Paid leave under the FFCRA
- Securing and maintaining staff and substitutes during the pandemic
- New DHS guidance for K-12 schools updated October 2020
- May employers require that employees be vaccinated?
- What information may school administrators share with the board regarding students or staff testing positive for COVID-19?
- New requirement to provide notice about employment benefits at time of separation
- State fiscal condition/state aid update
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.
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.
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:
- Paid leave in the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Relief Act)
- Face coverings
- Political activities/speech in school
- Disclosing positive COVID-19 test results
- Legislative update
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.
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:
- COVID-19 testing and symptom tracking in the workplace (presentation slides)
- COVID-related absences, employee rights and health insurance eligibility (paid sick leave flow chart) (FMLA flow chart)
- COVID-19’s impact on short-term and long-term disability insurance eligibility and benefits (presentation slides)
- Other benefit concerns schools may address in determining how to reopen
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.
Link to Download Addendum to Staff Handbook (Word document): https://www.wasb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Addendum-to-Employee-Handbook-Concerning-Pandemic-Protocols-20201208.doc
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.
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