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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.

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Upcoming, Live Webinars

Webinars are $35 unless noted. Registrants receive 2 WASB member recognition points (not available for complimentary webinars)

Sign up for any four webinars in 2017-18 for $100. To register, call WASB at 608-257-2622. Offer available to individual board members, administrators or administrative staff.


2017-18 Webinars

MARCH 7, 2018, 12-1 PM
Individual Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process
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.
Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


MARCH 28, 2018, 12:30-1:30 PM
Power-up Your District’s Policy Management with WASB’s Policy Resource Guide and BoardDocs™!
In this complimentary webinar, WASB staff will demonstrate the primary features and functions WASB’s online policy development and policy updating service, the Policy Resource Guide—including an all-new user interface that was launched in 2017. Subscribers to the Policy Resource Guide (PRG) also have the option to integrate their subscription with the BoardDocs™ online policy management platform.  With BoardDocs integration, school officials can seamlessly manage the entire policy lifecycle. With just a few clicks of the mouse, a school district can transfer PRG content to their local workspace, customize their draft policies, post active policies online for public access, and manage a local library of retired policies. Together, the PRG and BoardDocs offer great content and great efficiency at a great value.  Attend the webinar at no cost to learn more!
Presenter: Dan Mallin, Legal and Policy Staff Counsel

No registration needed to access the PRG/BoardDocs webinar. Use this link: http://wasb.adobeconnect.com/prgdemo2018/ and listen via your computer or other device. The webinar will be recorded and accessible after March 28 as well.


MAY 9, 2018, 1:30-2:30 PM
Hiring Teachers
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.
Presenter: Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel


JUNE 13, 2018, 12-1 PM
Annual and Special Meetings
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.
Presenter: Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel

Previous, Recorded Legal Webinars

Administrator Contracts (Oct. 2017) – $35.00

This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract term, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more.


Annual and Special Meetings: Notices, Procedures and Powers (June 2017) – $35.00

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. Members will receive all four parts for $35.

Part 1: Introduction, Time and Place of the Annual Meeting, and Meeting Notice (9 minutes)
Part 2: Annual Meeting Powers (15 minutes)
Part 3: Preparing for the Annual Meeting (10 minutes)
Part 4: Conducting the Annual Meeting, Meeting Minutes, Special Meetings of the Electors (12 minutes)


Complaint and Public Comment Procedures (Oct. 2014) – $35.00

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. Members will receive all four parts for $35.

Part 1: Introduction (4 minutes)
Part 2: Complaint Procedures (14 minutes)
Part 3: Public Participation, Legal Considerations (8 minutes)
Part 4: Public Participation, Policy Considerations (6 minutes)


Election Notices and Procedures (Nov. 2017) – $35.00

Communications with the public and community engagement are some of the most important responsibilities of the school board, but can Wisconsin school districts must comply with numerous statutory obligations related to elections, and this presentation will cover key deadlines, required notices, and post-election processes. This webinar will be of particular interest to school district clerks and to superintendents’ administrative assistants (who often assist with election duties).

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: November through the Ballot Access Deadline
Part 3: The Spring Election and Canvass
Part 4: Campaign Finance


Extracurricular Issues: Coaches’ Pay, Assignments, Etc. (Oct. 2013) – $35.00

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 (Oct. 2017) – $35.00

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. Members will receive all four parts for $35.

Part 1: Applicable Employers and Employees, Employer Notice Requirements (13 minutes)
Part 2: Types of Employee Leaves, Birth or Adoption (13 minutes)
Part 3: Serious Health Condition, Military Caregiver, Qualifying Exigency (20 minutes)
Part 4: Non-continuous Increments, Substitution of Paid Leave, Benefits Allowed, Reemployment (11 minutes)


Hiring Support Staff (July 2014) – $35.00

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 (March 2017) – $35.00

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.


Public Participation (Jan. 2013) – $35.00

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. 2017) – $35.00

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.

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. 2017) – $35.00

This presentation covers state and federal laws relating to the maintenance and release of pupil records. We will cover the basics of the pupil records law and focus on limitations to the release of pupil records and on recent changes in the law.


Rules of Order for Conducting School Board Meetings (April 2014) – $35.00

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) – $35.00

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 Referendums: Legal & Policy Considerations (Aug. 2017) – $35.00

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.


Title IX: It’s About Athletics and A Whole Lot More Part 1: Compliance (April 2017) – $35.00

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.


Title IX: It’s About Athletics and A Whole Lot More; Part 2: Title IX Coordinator (April 2017) – $35.00

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.

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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