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This basic-to-intermediate level seminar on essential legal knowledge for school administrators is designed for: Principals and Vice-Principals, School Superintendents, School Board Members, Teachers and School Counselors, Attorneys and Paralegals

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This program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the essential laws you need to know, giving you the information you need to handle the challenging legal situations you will encounter throughout the school year. (see full course description)

 

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Stay on Top of the Laws Education Professionals Need to Know

As an education professional, you find yourself in a potentially precarious position. Tasked with carrying out a multitude of highly legal functions, how can you ensure that the actions you take respect the civil rights of students and avoid costly liability? This program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the essential laws you need to know, giving you the information you need to handle the challenging legal situations you will encounter throughout the school year. From special education and student discipline, to FERPA and employment law, our expert faculty will equip you with the tools you need to navigate the law with confidence. Register today!

  • Understand the school's legal responsibilities regarding special education and students with disabilities.
  • Conduct student discipline that addresses the issue and avoids disputes with parents.
  • Dive into employment law issues that are unique to school employees.
  • Understand free speech, due process and other protections available to students and teachers under the Constitution.
  • Learn best practices to ensure that bullying, harassment and intimidation don't result in denial of FAPE.
  • Examine how FERPA interacts with student safety and protections available to undocumented students.
  • Navigate tricky custody situations when the school gets caught in the middle.
  • Identify what services the schools must provide to English language learners and undocumented students.


  1. Special Education Law
    9:00 - 9:45, Hadley Hindmarsh
    1. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    2. Understanding the Child Find Mandate
    3. Creating Legally Defensible Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
    4. Making Section 504 Eligibility Determinations
    5. How to Handle Denials of Eligibility: Due Process and More
    6. Best Practices to Guarantee FAPE and Avoid Being Sued
  2. Student Discipline: Legal Processes and Procedures
    9:45 - 10:30, Hadley Hindmarsh
    1. Special Education vs. Non-Special Education Discipline
    2. Protections Available to Students with Special Needs
    3. Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
    4. Implementing Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs)
    5. Manifest Determination Reviews (MDRs)
    6. Documenting Progressive Discipline
    7. Pursuing Suspension or Expulsion
    8. Student Disciplinary Hearings
    9. Discipline and School Liability
  3. Employment Law for Education Professionals
    10:45 - 11:30, Douglas M. Carson
    1. The Employee's Right to Representation
    2. Free Speech Protections Available to Teachers
    3. Legal Considerations When Evaluating Teacher Performance
    4. Responding to Wrongful Termination Claims
    5. Preventing and Addressing Discrimination Under Title VII
    6. Handling Leave Requests Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    7. State Substitute Teacher Laws
  4. Constitutional Law: Student Rights and School Responsibilities
    11:30 - 12:15, Hadley Hindmarsh
    1. 1st Amendment: Free Speech vs. the Right to Discipline for Disruption, and Other Issues
    2. 4th Amendment: Search, Seizure and Students' Rights
    3. 14th Amendment: Due Process for Students
    4. Civil Rights Liability Under Section 1983
    5. Drafting Policies to Protect Students and Reduce School Liability
  5. Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation and Discrimination: Prevention and Response
    1:15 - 2:00, Jo Carson
    1. Bullying and Federal Education Law: Understanding the School's Legal Obligations
    2. State Anti-Bullying Legislation
    3. Cyberbullying, Social Media and Technology: How Schools Should Respond
    4. Transgender Issues and Protections
    5. What to Do When Bullying Results in a Denial of FAPE
    6. The School's Responsibilities Under Title IX
    7. Handling Title VI Discrimination Claims
  6. Complying with FERPA Rules
    2:00 - 2:45, Jo Carson
    1. Overview of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    2. Legal Requirements for Protecting Student Records
    3. Penalties for Non-Compliance
    4. FERPA and Student Safety: What Can be Disclosed, and to Whom?
    5. Best Practices to Maintain Confidentiality of Student Records
    6. Recent Legal Developments Around Student Privacy
  7. Child Custody: When the School is Caught in the Middle
    3:00 - 3:45, Hadley Hindmarsh
    1. Legal vs. Physical Custody: Distinctions, Rights and Limitations
    2. What School Employees Need to Know About Joint Legal Custody
    3. Interpreting and Complying with Custody Orders
    4. Maintaining Neutrality in Contentious Custody Disputes
    5. Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  8. Immigration Law: Working with English Language Learners and Undocumented Students
    3:45 - 4:30, Sol Kim

Seminar Summary:

This program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the essential laws you need to know, giving you the information you need to handle the challenging legal situations you will encounter throughout the school year. (see full course description)

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