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Webinar Catalog


WASB webinars focus on providing school board members and administrators with timely information and resources. To participate in a WASB webinar, you will need a computer with Internet access.  Download the Adobe Connect app in iTunes (for Apple devices) or Google Play Store (for Android devices) if you want to participate or view a webinar on your mobile device.

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.

All webinars – live and recorded – are $45 each for 2019-20.

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Upcoming, Live WASB Webinars


FMLA: State and Federal Requirements, December 11, 2019, 12-1 pm

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 members and their families. Employer notice and documentation requirements will be covered along with employer and employee rights and obligations during and after FMLA leaves.

Presenter: Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

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Individual Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process, February 12, 2020, 12-1 pm

Individual teacher contracts have changed since Act 10. This webinar will focus on the process of drafting new contractual provisions to transition from traditional contracts to contracts that meet districts’ needs. 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.

Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

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Title IX, Part 1, March 11, 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm

The federal Office for Civil Rights has been diligent in warning school leaders about the full scope of each district’s Title IX obligations. In the first of this two-part webinar series, a WASB attorney will identify how Title IX’s focus on sex discrimination and gender equity apply in key areas such as career and technical education, sex-based harassment, school discipline, employment, and athletics.  Title IX self-audits and other recommended practices will be discussed.

Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

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Title IX, Part 2, March 25, 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm

The federal Office for Civil Rights has been diligent in warning school leaders about the full scope of each district’s Title IX obligations. In the second of this two-part webinar series, a WASB attorney will address the designation, responsibilities, and training of a formal Title IX coordinator.

Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

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Board Organizational Meetings, Officer Roles and How to Orientate New Board Members, April 15, 2020, 12-1 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, the roles and responsibilities of school board officers and the orientation of new school board members.

Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

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Board Member Use of Social Media, Online Communications and Email, May 6, 2020, 12-1 pm

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.

Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

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Hiring Teachers, May 20, 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm

This presentation will provide an overview of the general hiring process of teachers, including state requirements. It includes information about the purpose of position descriptions, the posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process, reference checks, and state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination.

Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

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Recorded Webinar Catalog


Previous, Recorded Legal Webinars

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. 2018)

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 (13 minutes)
Part 4: Non-continuous Increments, Substitution of Paid Leave, Benefits Allowed, Reemployment (24 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.


Hiring Teachers (May 2018)

This presentation will inform you about the general hiring process of teachers, 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 (March 2019)

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 Board Organizational Meetings and Roles of Board Officers (April 2014)

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 roles and responsibilities of school board officers. 


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 2019)

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.


Title IX – School Districts’ Obligations (April 2019)

The federal Office for Civil Rights has been diligent in warning school leaders about the full scope of each district’s Title IX obligations. In this webinar, we’ll identify how Title IX’s focus on sex discrimination and gender equity apply in key areas, such as career and technical education, sex-based harassment, school discipline, employment and athletics. Title IX self-audits and other recommended practices will also be discussed, as well as designating, assigning responsibilities to and training a formal Title IX coordinator.

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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