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TikTok!! It's 10 p.m.! Do You Know What Apps Your Kids and Teachers Are Using?

Educator licensing professionals and investigators are painfully aware of the challenges posed by digital communication tools. The arrival of email was bad enough; now investigators need to contend with an ever-changing ecosystem of social media apps. This presentation will review digital communications platforms that have managed to thrive in the insanely competitive competition for teens’ attention. Some big players will be familiar— TikTok, WhatsApp, Snapchat—but others may not have crossed your radar. This presentation will 1) introduce you to leading newcomers in social media; 2) provide examples of how educators may be misusing these platforms; and 3) offer suggestions and recommendations on how to conduct effective investigations involving both new and established social media services.
Fred Lane, J.D., Author, Attorney, Expert Witness, and Professional Speaker on the Legal and Cultural Implications of Emerging Technology

 
Defining Boundaries for Educators
Case studies and scenarios will be utilized to examine how professional ethics, along with an understanding of policy, create a standard-of-practice that is both defensible and aligns to professional norms – making boundaries far easier to articulate!
Troy Hutchings, Ed.D., NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification)

Embracing the Gray
By the nature of their jobs, educators face a series of gray areas with only personal experiences as a guide. Research indicates that few educators have been prepared in professional ethics, and the profession as a whole has not adopted a unified code of ethics to guide decision making. Yet, educators are expected to address student academic, personal and social needs in a setting that allows little distance between the practitioner and those they serve.
Troy Hutchings, Ed.D., NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification)

Leveraging Kentucky's Alternative Pathways to Address the Teacher Shortage
This important session will address serious challenges confronting school districts with teacher certification emerging from the pandemic. Emphasis will be placed on properly filling critical shortages for regular positions and certified and non-certified substitute teachers.
Crystal Hord, KY Department of Education Division of Educator Licensure & Quality
 
How to Explain the New Retirement System to Staff
The KY General Assembly enacted significant changes to the Teacher Retirement System in 2021. This session will provide guidance on how to share information regarding the new system to future certified hires. Tim Abrams, Executive Director of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and Paul Arvin from American Fidelity will provide resources and guidance on informing your employees on what to expect and how to properly prepare for retirement under the new guidelines.
Tim Abrams, KRTA and Paul Arvin, American Fidelity
 
Collective Q&A: Human Resources
This session is designed for those with interest or direct responsibility for HR or personnel. Submit your issues or questions using the Q&A cards provided for a chance to win prizes at the end of the session.
Jon Ballard and Wayne Young, KASA
 
KASA's School HR Leadership Program
In operation since 2018, KASA's School Human Resources Leadership program provides one of the few opportunities for collaborative professional learning and networking for school personnel directors. Hear about the content of the program and how it can become an important resource as you maneuver the most legally perilous responsibilities facing school districts today.
Jon Ballard and Owens Saylor, KASA
 
Corruption in Frankfort: The Embezzlement Case
For years Lesley Wade used her position as Finance Director of the Franklin County Board of Education for personal gain as she embezzled over a million dollars of government funds. Join Special Agent Holliday as she provides insights on how to avoid this all-too-common tragedy that always results in profound impacts for all involved.
Special Agents TJ Hanna and Chelsea Holliday, FBI
 
ESSER: Six Mistakes to Avoid
Districts continue to face new and challenging budget decisions due to the economic downturn. In this session we’ll examine dilemmas facing districts across the country and share trends we’re seeing in our tracking of district spending decisions. We’ll discuss how to weigh strategic financial trade-offs when deciding how to spend federal relief funds, address learning loss, cope with shifting enrollments, and plan amidst uncertain revenues.
Jessica Swanson, Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University
 
Collective Q&A: Finance
This session is designed for those with interest or direct responsibility for school finance. Submit your issues or questions using the Q&A cards provided for a chance to win prizes at the end of the session.
Susan Barkley, Shelby County Schools 

Basic Finance for Principals
Two of Kentucky's most respected leaders discuss the most important rules and common errors made by principals as they manage the fiduciary health of their schools. This session is especially important for new principals or those looking to step into a principal's role in the near future.
Rodney Jackson, Fayette County Schools and Bob Bennett, Middlesboro Ind. Schools
 
ESSER and Facilities
Discussion of the types of capital projects for which ESSER funds may be spent, project cost ramifications and cashflow timing concerns. Additionally, Randy Brookshire will provide an understanding of the lead time required for design and project approvals, which is also essential to utilizing ESSER funds for qualifying projects.  Learn about the design and approvals process and how much time your project will require to meet federal deadlines for ESSER funding.
Mark Rawlings, Baird Financial Services and Randy Brookshire, RossTarrant Architects
 
KHSAA Update
KHSAA's General Counsel shares the most updated information about upcoming events, new regulations, and current legal issues regarding Kentucky interscholastic sports.
Chad Collins, J.D., KHSAA General Counsel
 
Collective Q&A: Operations
This session is designed for those with interest or direct responsibility for student service and school operations. Submit your issues or questions using the Q&A cards provided for a chance to win prizes at the end of the session.
Chad Mason, Owsley County Schools and Nick Boling, Hancock County Schools
 
Title IX Compliance
In light of heightened awareness, shifting guidance, and a rise in investigations, school districts are faced with challenges resolving alleged incidents of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and gender equity. This program will use case studies and court actions to discuss the applicable regulations, as well complex issues or "gray areas" of Title IX.
English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
 
State and Federal Law Update
Join Wayne and Justin as they present their annual update on recent state and federal court cases impacting Kentucky schools. Always a lively session, come with questions to pose and ideas to share with your colleagues.
Justin Bathon, J.D., Ph.D., University of Kentucky and Wayne Young, J.D., KASA
 
Federal Update
In this session, The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) top policy analyst provides her compelling overview of ever changing education matters confronting Congress and the Biden administration and how policies being considered could impact your school. Anyone with compliance and accountability responsibilities for federal programs should attend this session!
Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA
 
Get the Latest on Kentucky's 2022 Legislative Session
Hear from Your KASA Team Your KASA Advocacy Team is tracking all the legislative activity in Frankfort. Hear from the team on key bills of interest, legislative dynamics, and what to expect as lawmakers finish out this historic budget session.
KASA Advocacy Team
 
Collective Q&A: Law
This session is designed for those with interest or direct responsibility for school law and policy development. Submit your issues or questions using the Q&A cards provided for a chance to win prizes at the end of the session.
Jeff Walther, J.D., Walther, Roark & Gay and Wayne Young, J.D., KASA
 
Encouraging the Heart in the Mean Season
Description Forthcoming
Rhonda Caldwell, Ed.D. and the KASA Team