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Concurrent Education Sessions

Thursday, March 17  
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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

  Making the Elusive Tangible: Introducing Professional Ethics to Your School's Teachers
This session will provide tangible and engaging methods of approaching professional ethics, empowering administrators as they assist teachers in navigating the high-stakes responsibilities that are unique to the education profession. In addition, free and easy-to-use interactive videos and discussion guides will be shared with participants in this session.
Troy Hutchings, Ed.D., NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification)
  Collective Q&A: Student Services and 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 Co. Schools
Nick Boling, Hancock Co. Schools
  More than Just Numbers: School Finance for Principals, Superintendents and School Administrators
This session will focus on school finance and related topics all principals, superintendents and school administrators should be aware of to get a better understanding of the interconnectivity and accountability of how finance and academics intersect in school districts.
Rodney O. Jackson, Fayette Co. Schools
Bobby Bennett, Middlesboro High School

10:40 - 11:40 a.m.
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

  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 Co. Schools
Jody Maggard, Perry Co. Schools
  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
  Resources and Ideas for Dealing with Troubled Youth
This panel discussion including a mental health counselor, community services representative, and a practicing judge, will focus on resources, tools, cases, and solutions to the challenges of serving students demonstrate need for ongoing and intensive interventions, both at home and in the community.
Jerry L. Lucas, JourneyPure 
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Decoding the Code: Interpreting, Expanding and Applying the Model Code of Ethics for Educators
You may have heard of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE). You may even be aware that in 2018 the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board encouraged school districts to begin using the MCEE. But what is it – really? This session will provide an in-depth, yet easily accessible, examination into the profession’s first unified code of ethics.
Troy Hutchings, Ed.D., NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification)
  Corruption: A Kentucky School District Case Study
For years, the Finance Director in a Kentucky school district used the position to embezzle over a million dollars of government funds. Join Special Agents Hanna and Holliday as they provide insights on how to avoid this all-too-common tragedy that always results in profound impacts for all involved.
Special Agent TJ Hanna, FBI
Special Agent Chelsea Holliday, FBI
  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, KASA
Wayne Young, J.D., KASA
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
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
Paul Arvin, American Fidelity
  Using ESSER Funds to Finance Construction Projects
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
Randy Brookshire, RossTarrant Architects
  Collective Q&A: Legal
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
Wayne Young, J.D., KASA
  Office of the State School Security Marshals "Top Ten”
State School Security Marshal Ben Wilcox will discuss the top 10 school security issues that were a common theme in schools during the 2020-2021 risk assessment. This session will cover the 2020-2021 risk assessment report highlighting progress made by districts across the commonwealth. The session will also look at some mandates that still need to be addressed by districts and school personnel.
Ben Wilcox, State School Security Marshal
Friday, March 18  
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Stick Together Means Big Bold Moves During the 2022 Legislative Session

When 3,300 school leaders stick together, amazing things happen! Don’t miss this session for the latest developments on key bills moving through the final days of the 2022 legislative session.  Gain insight on HB9 (charter/EOAs), HB1 (budget), SB138 (CRT), and more. Learn more about the tools and resources available to assist you to engage in KASA’s year-round grass roots advocacy, and plans for our  big bold next steps.

Most importantly, learn what stick together nets. Attendees receive a copy of Jon Gordon’s book Stick Together.

Presented by KASA’s advocacy team: Ms. Abby Piper, Mr. Bob Rowland, and Dr. Rhonda Caldwell

Title IX: What You Really Need to Know
The 2020 Title IX regulations resulted in significant new requirements for school districts.  Learn where you need to be now and what you may be missing, including an update regarding student preferred names, use of bathrooms, and participation on sports teams.
Mike Owsley, J.D., English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
Lindsay Porter, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
  ESSER: Six Mistakes to Avoid
Districts continue to face new and challenging budget decisions due to pandemic-related disruptions. 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
  After the Targeted Attack … Considerations
No one ever said, "I saw it coming and we were prepared" following an unlikely incident involving targeted violence on a school. This session will invite conversation about the many considerations for school leaders following a tragic event. Experienced educators will discuss their experiences and what happened in the minutes, hours and days that followed. This session will encourage examination of essential steps to take before the unlikely occurrence in your school or district.
Dan Orman, KCSS
Patricia Greer, Marshall Co. Schools
Linda Tyree, KCSS, GRREC
10:25 - 11:30 a.m.
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

  School House Burning: Public Education and the Full-Scale Assault on American Democracy
Public school as we know it is in trouble. A declining commitment to fund public education and the well-financed agenda to legislate tax credits, expand vouchers, and fund charter schools present a major assault on Kentucky’s constitution. At a time when KY economic prospects are bustling it is imperative for school leaders to understand the constitution as it relates to non-negotiable responsibilities to our students. With an understanding that public education must be funded first, not second to other items, school leaders will be better equipped to move this conversation forward with policy makers.
Derek Black, J.D., University of South Carolina
  Federal Education Update
In this session, AASA’s 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