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Immediate Personal Response Options to Survive a Terrorist or Active Shooter Attack
June 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Steve Haynes
Schools are one of the safest places in America, but they are not void of violent incidents. Is your school district prepared to keep everyone safe should a terroristic threat arise in your district?

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. Keys to surviving a terrorist assault and minimizing casualties
2. How to plan and train to facilitate early recognition of violent threats
3. What information armed officers may need in the event of a firearms and weapons attack.
4. The formula for surviving a violent incident

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask questions about best practices for keeping their schools safe.

About the Presenter
Steven E. Haynes, ARM, is the founder and Managing Director of Specialized Risk, a security consulting and investigations company based in North Texas. He completed a 20 year career in the United States Navy as a Weapons Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer and was Honorably Discharged in 1996. Steve served as the Division Officer and Chief Instructor for a Navy basic and advanced counter-terrorism training school providing instruction in counter-terrorism tactical operations and combat shooting courses for shipboard security teams. During his active duty military career, Steve also served as a state certified commissioned Reserve Police Officer for over nine years with the Newport News, Virginia Police Department.

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Title IX: Sexual Violence Issues in Schools
July 18, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Terry Harmon
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 we created to protect individuals in federally funded educational programs from sex-based discrimination. Over the past few years, lawsuits and federal investigations under Title IX involving sexual violence have drawn attention, particularly in cases involving institutional policies and responses to Title IX complaints.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. How the Office for Civil Rights has started enforcing Title IX
2. Guidance on how to ensure your district is Title IX compliant
3. Responsibilities and obligations of school districts
4. What elements your school’s Title IX investigation should include

Plus, attendees to the live webinar will have the opportunity to ask district specific questions about Title IX.

About the Presenter
Terry J. Harmon, Shareholder at Sniffen & Spellman, practices in the areas of Education Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Commercial Litigation. Mr. Harmon is one of only 51 attorneys Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Education Law (as of February 2017) and has represented educational institutions before the Florida Department of Education, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, Florida State Circuit Courts, and various Federal Court). Mr. Harmon devotes a substantial portion of his practice to providing assistance to public and private educational institutions (K-12 and post-secondary) in a wide array of matters, including litigation and transactional issues.

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Do Not Pass Go: What To Do When an Employee Gets Arrested
July 27, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Mike Coffey
Are you aware of the legal limitations your company may face if one of your employees gets arrested? Since your employee is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, there are policies your company should have in place well ahead of time, or you may end up in hot water, too. Many companies do not have the proper steps in place, or worse yet, they have them in place, but management and employees aren’t properly trained on the right steps in place before taking discipline action.

Is your company prepared to protect your assets from an employee with an arrest record who has yet to be convicted?

In this hour-long webinar, you will learn:
1. What issues you must consider while investigating an employee’s arrest
2. How to appropriately responded when an employee is arrested
3. Which policies you should have in place to
4. Why it is best practice to ensure employees self-report arrests
5. How often to schedule background checks on current employees

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar about writing policies related to employee arrests, and receive a copy of the ebook, “Seven Steps to Making Confident Hiring Decisions.”

About the Presenter:
Mike Coffey is president of Imperative, an employment background investigations firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. An experienced HR professional with roots in aerospace, healthcare, and the service industry, Mike is a District Director for Texas SHRM and a board member of the Texas Association of Business (TAB). Mike has been a licensed private investigator since 1998, and has served the investigative community as a past director of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI) and the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI).
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Creating Diversity in the School Workplace
August 17, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Denny Coughlin
Creating a campus environments, where students, teachers, and administrators feel safe and included, regardless of their race, religion, background, or socioeconomic level is more important today than ever before. Diversity training is one way school districts are teaching their employees how to treat people with different backgrounds.

This webinar will guide attendees through some basic action items school districts should take to ensure all aspects across their campuses are diverse and inclusive.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What diversity training is and how can it benefit your school district
2. How to recognize unconscious bias and why it is important
3. How school administrators can develop a more strategic approach to diversity
4. What interventions educators can use to effectively address diversity issues

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about diversity training in their school district.

About the Presenter:
Denny Coughlin is a nationally recognized school bus expert and owner of School Bus Training Company. With almost four decades in the transportation industry, he has toured every major school bus manufacturing plant in the country, and some in Canada. For more than 25 years, he was the fleet manager over 400 buses, where he was responsible for purchasing, maintenance, and disposal of the fleet. During his tenure, his annual state school bus inspection scores were among the best in the state. He has successfully instructed over 14,000 Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and EMTs on the characteristics and Safety of School Buses and has worked with the Minnesota legislation concerning school buses for many years.
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Section 504: Vital Information to Protect Your School District
September 19, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Michael McKeon
Can I be personally sued? What are your school district’s responsibilities for providing disabled students with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports? What constitutes ‘reasonable accommodations’ for field trips? How are discipline and behavioral issues handled with a student eligible under Section 504, as compared/contrasted with a student eligible under IDEA?

Join us for a free webinar where we’ll explore the answers to these questions and more with an overview of Section 504 regulations and recent case law and other essential information for schools.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. How have the ADA Amendments and federal regulations changed the eligibility criteria under Section 504?
2. Is your school district under or over identifying students?
3. When is an individual medical plan not sufficient?
4. How do you ensure equal access and equal treatment with emerging technologies?

Plus we’ll delve into some of the most pressing questions your district is facing today on ADA compliance.

About the Presenter:
Michael P. McKeon is an attorney at Pullman & Comley, LLC. He represents boards of education, municipalities and private-sector employers across Connecticut in both federal and state courts on both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. Mike is a member of the School Law Section of the firm’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department. He has established new case law in Connecticut in the areas of special education and Title IX, and the favorable decisions he has obtained have been cited by courts across the country and have been reported in The Hartford Courant, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Connecticut Law Tribune, as well as in television news reports.
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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
September 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Greg McAllister
Sometimes even the most well-meaning of intentions can make employees feel as though they are the subject of sexual harassment. Awareness and prevention training on sexual harassment is critical to ensuring managers and employees understand what is, and what is not, professional conduct in the workplace. Ensuring your managers have an understanding of the law and your company policies can help your company establish a good faith defense if you end up in the middle of a harassment claim.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. What is and is not considered sexual harassment in the workplace
2. Employer and personal liability for unlawful harassment
3. Best practices for investigating sexual harassment complaints
4. How to train your managers and employees on your company’s harassment policies

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about unique issues their company faces surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace.

About the Presenter:
Greg McAllister practices for Littler Mendelson in Dallas, Texas, where he advises employers regarding overtime, noncompetition/nonsolicitation, trade secrets, independent contractor classification, and executive compensation. He has been successful in responding to charges by the EEOC and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), including winning reversals. Among his many accomplishments, he has also obtained two unanimous defense jury verdicts in class/collective action lawsuits regarding overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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How to Handle Bullying, Discipline & Other Student Issues in a World of Social Media
October 24, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Rebecca Bailey

About the Presenter:
Rebecca Bailey is an attorney at Thompson & Horton, where she represents and counsels public school districts, junior and community colleges, universities and other governmental entities concerning all areas of education and government law including labor and employment matters, special education law, student discipline concerns, employee grievances and terminations, contracts and service agreements, governmental immunity, civil rights matters, and state and federal litigation. She advocates for her clients before the Texas Education Agency, the EEOC, the Office for Civil Rights, and other administrative and regulatory agencies. Ms. Bailey also handles employment discrimination and civil rights cases, including claims brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Workplace Investigations
October 26, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Dustin Paschal

Every HR professional must know how to conduct an investigation. In this webinar, attendees will be presetned with a step-by-step guide for conducting workplace investigations and leave with the know-how and information to create investigation files and conduct effective and through workplace investigations.

About the Presenter:
Dustin Paschal is an attorney at Simon & Paschal. He has always had a passion for employment law Dallas TX. He attended Baylor University where he graduated in 2002 with a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management. While at Baylor, Dustin interned with the Vice President of Human Resources at a national manufacturing company where he experienced first-hand the employment issues facing companies and individuals today. After graduating from Baylor, Dustin attended Baylor School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 2005. Since graduating, Dustin has practiced exclusively in the area of Employment Law and Business Law.

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When School Staff Go Viral – Balancing First Amendment Rights
December 12, 2017 | 10 a.m. CST

About the Webinar:
Les Black

A member of your faculty or staff posts a seemingly innocuous online expression, and all of a sudden you have a PR nightmare on your hands when the community finds out about it. Balancing your school district’s efficacy against the First Amendment Rights of faculty and staff in the age of social media can be a daunting task. Should you ask your staff not to post images of them holding wine and beer or posing in what may seem like immoral outfits? These are just two of the many questions school administrators must answer on a daily basis.

In this hour long webinar, you will learn:
1. How does Pickering v. Board of Education impact Freedom of Speech for employees in public education?
2. When can a school district take adverse employment action against staff on the basis of speech
that is posted online, and under what circumstances is that speech protected?
3. How can public school administrators reach legally and ethically defensible
decisions in widely divergent cases?
4. How can school districts protect the efficacy of their school systems while still respecting the First Amendment rights of their employees?

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their district’s policies on what faculty and staff can and cannot post on social media.

About the Presenter:
Les Black, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining the SMU faculty, Les had a 26-year career in public schools, beginning as a foreign language teacher and culminating with an 8-year tenure as principal at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Dr. Black joined SMU as an adjunct professor in 2009, teaching campus level law and ethics. Since that time, his teaching role within both the Accelerated School Leadership Program and the Educational Entrepreneurial Center has slowly expanded

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