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Education Sessions

Thursday, March 7, 2019

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8:15 a.m.

Legal Update on School Safety: In Loco Parentis in an Age of Litigation (Keynote)
Dr. James will share a legal update on education law reform. Topics will include the authority of educators, the role of school-based law enforcement, trends in student rights litigation and emerging practices in resolving campus incidents. A look at legislative reform, both federal statutes and Kentucky law, will provide a context for discussions on affirmative duties and liability. Attendees will be asked to participate in discussions using cases, quizzes and hypotheticals presented during the session.
Presenter: Bernard James, Ph.D., Pepperdine University

 

 


 

 9:25 a.m. Making Alternative Certification Work for You

This session provides an overview of alternative routes to certification, both in statute and regulation, entrance and exit requirements, and how school districts might work with Education Preparation Providers (EPP) to assist candidates in receiving initial or additional certification. In addition to these short-term fixes for teacher vacancies, we will discuss long-term solutions like teacher residencies, the Teacher Career Pathway, and methods to remain in contact with our high school graduates as they complete their educator preparation programs.
Presenter: Jimmy Adams, Jefferson County Schools

 

     
  Assessing Benefit for District Improvement Projects

Learn about calculating the financial and non-financial benefits derived from process improvement projects. The discussion will cover financial benefit considerations as well as those tied to productivity, capacity, capability and stakeholder satisfaction. It is important to understand the beneficial impact of process improvement so your district can prioritize opportunities, understand the impact of, and communicate the value of process improvement to stakeholders.
Presenter: Dewey Dorsett, APQC

 
     
  When is Fit for Duty the Right Fit? 
During this session, we will take a look at how and when an employer should request a medical examination of an employee to ensure he or she is able to fulfill the requirements of his or her job.
Presenter: Shelley Chatfield, J.D., Fayette County Schools
 
     
  School Safety Reform: Major Legislation and Top Court Cases

This session will feature a discussion on trending 2017-2019 legislation and court cases on school safety reform.  Every educator and stakeholder should be up to date on what the law permits and what it requires on school safety.  Attendees are invited to contribute their stories on local policies that successfully maintain a safe learning environment.
Presenter: Bernard James, Ph.D., Pepperdine University

 
 


 

 10:40 a.m. Paying for Dual Credit
In this session we will be looking at different funding options for students who are taking dual credit or early college courses. We will also discuss policies around opportunities for students taking dual credit and early college courses while in high school.
Presenters: Bill Hogan, Jerry Gels, Boone County Schools; James Catchen, Northern Kentucky University; Justin Bathon, J.D., Ph.D., University of Kentucky

 

     
  Improvement Efforts in Our School District - How Focused are They? 

This session will focus on the recent work of Breckinridge County School District leadership team to increase staff attendance. Superintendent Nick Carter will share the district's focused improvement journey and how participating in the American Productivity Quality Center's (APQC) Focused Improvement Efforts training workshop hosted by KASA provided a clear path toward putting a plan in place aimed at improving the learning environment for students.
Presenter: Nick Carter, Ed.D., Breckinridge County Schools

 
     
  Creating Schools that Provide Physical and Psychological Safety for Students

In this session participants will learn how to create a school environment that addresses the physical and psychological safety of students using a researched-based framework.
Presenter: Joe Bargione, Ph.D., Emeritus Psychologist

 
     
  Ensuring an Ethical Workforce:  An EPSB Update

In this session we will discuss the recent reorganization of the Education Professional Standards Board and explore the educator misconduct process. We will also share helpful information for districts on how to file a complaint, what must be reported, the process once a complaint is received, and an update in educator ethics. We will end with a review of the Board’s 2018 educator case decisions. 
Presenters: Cassie Trueblood, J.D., and Chelsea Young, J.D., Education Professional Standards Board

 
     
 12:15 p.m. School Finance Audit Process, Key Standards, and Fraud

This session will offer an overview of school and district audit processes and provide descriptions of new key accounting standards, fraud prevention and detection.
Presenters: Brian Woosley, J.D., Stiles, Carter & Associates

 

     
  OEA: Your Partner in Compliance

This presentation will provide an overview of OEA’s investigative and research activities and will provide information about OEA’s processes and theories of action. Topics covered will include frequent themes in complaints, remediation, OEA’s 2018 research, and the 2019 study agenda. 
Presenter: David Wickersham, J.D., Officce of Education Accountability

 
     
  Bond Ratings and How They Can Impact Your District's Debt
Learn how to use bond ratings to your district's advantage. 
Presenters: Chip Sutherland and Kelly Mrsic, Hilliard Lyons
 
     
  FERPA:  Practical Advice for the School District Administrator

This session will cover key FERPA requirements and their application to the evolving issues facing school administrators in 2019 and beyond.  Since its passage 35 years ago, learn how FERPA has adapted in the era of email, video, and police presence in schools.
Presenters: Anne Coorssen, J.D., Oldham County Board of Education

 
 


 
 1:30 p.m. Personnel Law 101: Corrective Action Plans and More

This session will cover classified and certified employees including non-renewals, transfers, chronic absenteeism, being AWOL, demotions, due process hearings and disciplinary procedures. Participants will receive materials including forms, templates and sample letters for the above-mentioned personnel items.
Presenter: Tim Crawford, J.D., Tim Crawford Law

 
     
  Maximize Earnings with Procurement and Virtual Bank Cards
Maximize your district's earnings with procurement and virtual cards utilizing MUNIS and automated bank processes. 
Presenter: Amber Minor, Mercer County Schools
 
     
  Getting the Most from Your Business Partners
During this session we will discuss what characterizes a good business partner in your district.  Are your business partners aligned with your public education strategic plan or vision? Are you doing periodic business reviews with your partners to ensure your relationships are mutually beneficial?
Presenters: Tim Brack and Alex Vetsch, Lifetouch  
 
     
  2:40 p.m.  Need to Know Law
An update on recent court cases and other school law developments from around the country. 
Presenters: Justin Bathon, J.D., Ph.D., University of Kentucky; Wayne Young, J.D., Kentucky Association of School Administrators

 

     
 

 

 


Tentative Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 8, 2019

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 8:00 a.m. The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same (Keynote)
In this engaging presentation, pre-eminent school law practitioner Charles “Chuck” Cagle will share his unique perspective on recent significant changes in education law brought about by proposed Title IX regulation changes, and by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Endrew F. special education case. While these developments appear to bring dramatic change to their respective areas of the school law landscape, Chuck will challenge that notion, and suggest that the impact may not be as far-reaching as others have claimed.
Presenter: Chuck Cagle, J.D., Lewis Thomason Law Firm
   
 9:15 a.m. KDE Legal Matters
KDE attorneys will share important updates from the Department its re-organization, new and revised statutes and regulations, and other legal developments on topics ranging from high school graduation requirements to special education to charter schools to Kentucky’s accountability system.
Presenters: Deanna Durrett, J.D., and Todd Allen, J.D., Kentucky Department of Education

   
  Key Labor Rules You Need to Know
Learn how to maintain compliance with key labor and IRS rules. During this session we will discuss independent contractor vs. employee status, overtime requirements, timesheet do’s and don’ts, exempt vs. nonexempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and more.
Presenter: Susan Barkley, Shelby County Board of Education
   
  So You Want to Build a School. Now what? 
Whether your project is a minor renovation or a brand-new school, this session will teach you to navigate the facilities design and construction process from start to finish.
Presenter: Kevin Locke, Ross Tarrant Architects
   
  Federal Education Update

In this one-hour 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.
Presenter: Noelle Ellerson Ng, American Association of School Administrators

   
 10:25 a.m. Forward Without Fear: Demystifying Classified Due Process
In this session attendees will learn the history and mystery of providing effective due process procedures for classified employees. The focus will be on compliance with court precedent and board policy, along with best practice tips for simplifying the process.
Presenter: Wayne Young, J.D., Kentucky Association of School Administrators
   
  FMLA: It Doesn't Have to be a Four-Letter Word
During this session, attendees will learn the basics of implementing the Family Medical Leave Act in your district and acquire knowledge about practical approaches to help avoid common problems and pitfalls. There will be a special emphasis on the intersection of FMLA, health insurance, workers compensation, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Presenter: Tia Combs, J.D., Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder
 
  Getting the Most from Your Business Partners
During this session we will discuss what characterizes a good business partner in your district.  Are your business partners aligned with your public education strategic plan or vision? Are you doing periodic business reviews with your partners to ensure your relationships are mutually beneficial?
Presenters: Tim Brack and Alex Vetsch, Lifetouch 
   


Increasing Special Education Legal Literacy Through Professional Development Legal Lesson Plans
Description: It is essential that today’s educators and school leaders are more informed concerning the legal rights and entitlements of students with disabilities.  This session will inform participants on how to plan and implement professional development legal lesson plans related to special education legal compliance.  The legal lesson plan materials are drawn from a recent book, How to Prevent Special Education Litigation: Eight Legal Lesson Plans (2015); New York: Teachers College Press.
Presented by Dr. Kevin P. Brady, University of Arkansas
Increasing Special Education Legal Literacy Through Professional Development Legal Lesson Plans
Description: It is essential that today’s educators and school leaders are more informed concerning the legal rights and entitlements of students with disabilities.  This session will inform participants on how to plan and implement professional development legal lesson plans related to special education legal compliance.  The legal lesson plan materials are drawn from a recent book, How to Prevent Special Education Litigation: Eight Legal Lesson Plans (2015); New York: Teachers College Press.
Presented by Dr. Kevin P. Brady, University of Arkansas
Increasing Special Education Legal Literacy Through Professional Development Legal Lesson Plans
Description: It is essential that today’s educators and school leaders are more informed concerning the legal rights and entitlements of students with disabilities.  This session will inform participants on how to plan and implement professional development legal lesson plans related to special education legal compliance.  The legal lesson plan materials are drawn from a recent book, How to Prevent Special Education Litigation: Eight Legal Lesson Plans (2015); New York: Teachers College Press.
Presented by Dr. Kevin P. Brady, University of Arkansas
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