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.
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WASB Policy Resource Guide Subscribers: Links to the recordings of many of the WASB legal webinars for board members (excluding trainings intended for school staff) are included in the PRG at no additional cost. A standard registration is required to attend a live webinar.
Upcoming Live Online Events
Webinars are generally 60 minutes. Online workshops and discussion forums are generally 90 minutes. All webinar registrants, whether or not they attend the event live, will receive a video recording of the webinar within two business days of the event.
Legal and Legislative Video Update: Feb. 15, 12 p.m.
Each month, WASB staff counsel and government relations staff answer the questions they most commonly receive from members. This webinar is complimentary and no registration is required.
Time: Noon, Wednesday, February 15
Link to Join: Link to come
Recorded Online Events
Recorded Online Events for Purchase
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Administrator Contracts Webinar (Nov. 2022), $60
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.
Connecting with Lawmakers Workshop (November 2022), $65
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
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. 2022), $60
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
Employee Political Speech Webinar (Sept. 2022), $60
School district officials are rightly cautious about restricting the speech rights of employees. At the same time, public employees must recognize that there are limitations on their freedom of speech. Courts have recognized that public employers may control their employees’ speech in certain instances, particularly where the speech threatens the efficiency of the employer’s operations.
School officials are often confronted with issues surrounding when employees are speaking as an employee or as a citizen. These are particularly challenging issues for school officials to address, particularly when employees are making statements related to school district affairs over social media. This presentation will review the law in this area, including the steps that courts often take in reviewing claims by employees that they are speaking as a citizen rather than as an employee. We will review various court cases in this area, address common scenarios often confronted by schools, and address best practices for addressing these issues.
FMLA: State and Federal Requirements Webinar (Dec. 2021), $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.
Governing for Excellence Online Workshop (May 2022), $65
Hiring Teachers Webinar (June 2022), $55
This webinar provides a general overview on the process for hiring teachers. It includes information on position descriptions, posting of vacancy notices, application forms, the interview process (including virtual interviews), contract provisions pertaining to layoffs, reference checks, and furloughs and the number of contract days and state and federal laws as they relate to employment discrimination
How to Plan and Conduct Effective Board Meetings Online Workshop (December 2022), $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 2022), $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. 2022), $60
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. 2022), $60
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 (Two-part) (July-Aug. 2022), $60
More and more school districts are going to referenda for funding and facilities. This two-part webinar series begins with a discussion about engaging a community around a referendum project. Community involvement in referendum planning is a critical element of securing public support and helps improve the final project. Learn about optimal timing for a referendum, gathering community feedback; soliciting input from citizens and taxpayers; and answering questions with promptness, clarity and transparency.
Part two covers the legal and policy considerations that you should consider before going to referendum. This includes detailed analysis of the different types of referenda, the procedure and timing of referenda, the use of district funds and resources during a referendum, the roles of the board, individual board members and staff during a referendum, and how districts, staff, and boards may interact with third party groups, such as “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 (June 2021), $55
The school board’s process to evaluate its superintendent should be viewed as a continuous improvement conversation. WASB Consultant Dan Nerad discusses static measures to include on checklists as well as narrative feedback. He also explains 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
Recent Complimentary Online Events
December 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Dec. 14, 2022)
Securing Your Schools Inside and Out (Dec. 7, 2022)
This WASB Insurance Plan webinar covers school safety, including preserving student safety inside the school building, preventing theft outside the school and being prepared for cyber threats.
November 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Nov. 16, 2022)
October 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Oct. 19, 2022)
September 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Sept. 14, 2022)
August 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Aug. 17, 2022)
July 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (July 20, 2022)
June 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (June 15, 2022)
May 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (May 18, 2022)
Online New School Board Member Gathering (April 28, 2022)
April 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (April 13, 2022)
March 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (March 16, 2022)
February 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Feb. 16, 2022)
January 2022 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Jan. 12, 2022)
December 2021 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Dec. 15, 2021)
The Roles and Responsibilities of School Board Members (Dec. 7, 2021)
School boards govern public schools as part of a leadership team with their local district administrator within a unique framework of authority, duties and powers that are established by state and federal laws and supplemented by local policy decisions. A WASB attorney and governance consultant discuss the basics of board service with an overview of the core functions of the school board, including the governance structure and the key laws that impact board service.
The presentation materials are available here.
November 2021 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Nov. 17, 2021)
Insurance Plan Cyber Security Webinar (Oct. 26, 2021)
This WASB Insurance Plan webinar describes the requirements to purchase cybersecurity insurance and provides guidance on meeting these requirements. We also discuss other cybersecurity prevention and response measures. Presentations from M3, Gallagher and Tricor can be found in the description under the video recording. This article can also be used as an accompanying resource.
Meeting Management Webinar Series (October 2021)
This three-part webinar series focuses on managing challenging board meetings.
In Part 1, we discuss the importance of preparing for these meetings.
In Part 2, WASB attorney and consultants offer guidance on conducting challenging board meetings.
In Part 3, we explore steps that can be taken after a school board meeting.
These events did not follow a presentation, but a guide was included with each as a resource:
Want more? Listen to a related September 2021 WASB Connection Podcast on conflict resolution.
October 2021 Legal and Legislative Video Update (Oct. 13, 2021)
WASB attorneys delve into the law and legal rulings around public comment periods as well as provide practical advice. The presentation is here.
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