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For the safety of all involved, this event is being postponed to a later date to be determined. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the KASA office at (800) 928-5272.


Education Sessions

Thursday, March 19, 2020

8:30 a.m.
The Locus of Local Control: State Versus School District Authority
Our nation has a long history of local control of public education, and both President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos repeatedly have indicated they believe that education is a “local” issue and “local control” should be restored. But where does local control ultimately reside? This presentation will dives deeper into the true meaning of local control and a number of legal issues arising between school districts and state governments across the country as they wrestle with this concept. Specifically, the discussion will address current controversies between local school boards and state officials. These areas include hotly disputed issues such as school finance, charter schools, voucher programs and accountability standards.
John Borkowski, Husch Blackwell LLP Education Group
9:30 a.m. Navigating Kentucky’s Alternative Pathways to Certification
This session will discuss the eight routes to alternative certification, as well as explore other pathways available to fill critical needs within school districts, including the Proficiency Evaluation route, the CA-HQ route, Emergency certification, and Emergency Non-Certified subs.
Crystal Hord, KY Department of Education Division of Educator Licensure & Quality
  School Design & Bullying
How the architecture of a school building can help reduce the occurrences of bullying.
Kevin Locke and Randy Brookshire, RossTarrant Architects
  Setting Employee Expectations
For principals and supervisors, this workshop provides video-based re-enactments of actual cases that model how to better manage behavioral expectations using informal and formal actions.
For HR directors, this workshop introduces a rubric-based method for
evaluating aggravating and mitigating circumstances during investigations and 
selecting responses that are fair, reasonable, and consistent across the school system. 
For superintendents, this workshop explores methods for modifying employee misconduct and underscoring expected behaviors in the school system.
Dr. Dave Braswell, Upslope Solutions
10:40 a.m. An Update from the Education Professional Standards Board
In this session we will discuss the recent reorganizations of the Education Professional Standards Board and share updates on regulatory changes and the current initiatives of the Board. EPSB attorneys will also share helpful information for districts on navigating the educator misconduct process and review the Board’s 2020 educator case decisions. 
Cassie Trueblood, Chelsea Young, EPSB 
  The Ins and Outs of Title IX: Legal Compliance and Beyond
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 discuss the changes in the applicable regulations, as well as discuss scenarios involving complex or "gray areas" of Title IX. Title IX has garnered intense media attention and scrutiny for school districts. This program will assist school leaders better understanding the nuanced issues involved. Participants will learn about, among other things:
responding to Office for Civil Rights investigations related to Title IX
addressing complaints involving consent, including teacher and student relationships
dealing with media scrutiny related to Title IX investigations and litigation
John W. Borkowski, Husch Blackwell LLP Education Group 
  Upholding Employee Expectations
For principals and supervisors, this workshop explores how an employee code of conduct inspires school leaders to justify their reasons for modifying employee behavior.
For HR directors, this workshop details:
the framework for the code
the procedures that need to be in the code for supervisors to properly handle conduct and/or productivity concerns
how to implement the code
For superintendents, this workshop blueprints the design of searchable code-related administrative guidelines using federal law, state statutes, board policies, and master agreements (where applicable).
Dr. Dave Braswell, Upslope Solutions 
12:15 p.m. Federal Education Update 
In this session, AASA’s top policy analyst will provide an overview of the latest goings on with Congress and the administration and how policies being considered could impact your school. Topics include shutdown aftermath, annual appropriations, Medicaid for schools, Higher Education Act, mental health, school safety and more. 
Noelle Ellerson Ng, American Association of School Administrators 
  Putting Funding Plans in Place for Districts, Schools and Organizations that Make Sense 
Often districts have multiple schools and organizations raising much needed funds, very few districts or schools have a funding plan.  We will discuss putting funding plans together that make sense for your school community.  From meeting with school administrators, PTO members, coaches and organizational leaders to understand their needs, to putting an action plan in place to give each the best opportunity for success are the items we will discuss in this session. 
Tim Brack, School Funding Group

  Ready, Set, Caution: Pitfalls to Avoid in Special Education
Are you ready to meet the demands in the diverse field of special education? This session will help steer administrators through the maze concerning the education of children with disabilities. Federal laws, state regulations, and district policies can be overwhelming. Understanding how to navigate the accountability system will keep your district compliant and ensure students with disabilities receive FAPE. Come join the 60-minute journey and avoid possible pitfalls of IDEA!
Kim Chevalier, Jefferson County Schools

  OEA-2020 Update
This presentation will provide an overview and update of OEA’s investigative and research activities, and information about OEA work processes. Topics will include: frequent themes in complaints, remediation, OEA’s 2019 research, and OEA’s 2020 study agenda.
David Wickersham, Legislative Research Commission Office of Education Accountability
1:30 p.m. Revised Redbook, New GASB:  Welcome to the World of School Finance!
The Kentucky Department of Education released a new version of Redbook late in 2019 and to go along with that, new GASB Standard 84 is effective for school districts for fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.  Come hear how to matriculate the changes necessary to keep your district compliant.
Steve Lyles, KY Department of Education, Office of Finance & Operations
  Safety Every Day
Safety is a shared responsibility and educators are constantly looking for better and more efficient ways to improve student safety while maintaining strong communications with families and community partners.  Join two Kentucky school administrators who will describe how they utilize an incredible technology tool to prepare and respond to emergencies - anytime, anywhere.
Chris Gaddis, Owensboro Ind. Schools and Troy Brock, Paducah Ind. Schools 

Reinforcing Employee Expectations
For principals and supervisors, this workshop provides specific steps for using progressive discipline proactively, effectively, and defensibly.
For HR directors, this workshop explores how to:
 create clear disciplinary procedures
structure documentation examples for disciplinary actions
compile and evaluate disciplinary data to reduce the potential for bias in the disciplinary process
For superintendents, this workshop explains the principles of uniformity, knowing your role, solid documentation, the docket, timeliness, and mutual respect.
Dr. Dave Braswell, Upslope Solutions 

  Vaping Session
Jesse Bacon & Staff, Bullitt County Schools 
 2:40 p.m. Keynote Address | Need to Know Law 
An update on recent court cases and other school law developments from around the country.
Justin Bathon, University of Kentucky
Wayne Young, KY Association of School Administrators

Friday, March 20, 2020

8:00 a.m. Professional Ethics for Educators: Informing a Standard-of-Care for the Profession
 Make no mistake about it, “ethics” is a loaded word. The mere mention of ethics often results in value laden discussions of what is considered right or wrong. When placed within the context of a profession, however, ethics acknowledges the complexities inherent within a practitioner’s work and is meant to serve as a guide in nuanced situations. This presentation will build a case that in our profession, like in other fiduciary professions, ethics should be a higher threshold than law. Educator decision-making is not always about right and wrong, but rather how to operate within the gray. 
Dr. Troy Hutchings, NASDTEC 
 9:15 a.m. Embrace the Gray!
Research indicates that few educators have been prepared in educator ethics, yet they are expected to address the academic, personal and social needs of society’s most vulnerable population. This not only places the educator in a place of vulnerability, it also changes the dynamic of the teacher-student dyad.  Therein lies the greatest of ironies – those educators that care the most may be the most vulnerable to missteps. This interactive session will explore the complexities of professional decision-making through lively discussion, authentic case studies, and using the Model Code of Ethics for Educators as a tool to curate ethics discussions.
Dr. Troy Hutchings, NASDTEC
  March Madness/Nickel Madness
Overview of nickel tax, history of nickels, process of levying a nickel tax, impact of nickel(s) and equalization on bonding capacity, and recent success story passing a nickel tax.
Chay Ritter, KY Department of Education, Chip Sutherland and Carrell Boyd, Baird
  Materials Matter!  A Guide to Making Informed Choices for High Quality Instructional Materials
In a world where teachers can access instructional resources with a simple Google search, how can we know what is high quality and what is not? In this session participants will learn about the barriers teachers and schools face in choosing high quality instructional resources, how EdReports is changing the way schools review and choose curriculum, and the roles and responsibility SBDM has in addressing how the school’s curriculum will be determined and developed. 
Jenni Aberli, Jefferson County Schools 
10:25 a.m. Booster Club Best Practice
Booster clubs are “external” organizations to the school district under law, but they depend on a positive working relationship with the school and school district. The conduct of their business – for better or worse – has a direct impact on students and can be a reflection on the school district. This session will offer tips and strategies for making the operation of booster clubs a benefit to the schools and students they support.
Wayne Young, KY Association of School Administrators
  Building Legally Defensible Corrective Action Plans
Corrective actions aren't just amended professional growth plans, they are personnel actions that required immediate and permanent changes and improvements. Corrective action plans should be clear, focused on a small number of expectations, and should have a documented timeline for monitoring and goal achievement. Hear an experienced based presentation based on successes and hard lessons learned and leave with tools, resources, and examples of what can be used to ensure that the employee is given every opportunity to succeed.
Owens Saylor, KY Association of School Administrators