23rd Annual Pre-Convention School Law Seminar

Thursday, October 24 ● 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rochester Riverside Hotel, Rochester  
(Separate Registration Fee:  $320)

Co-hosted by
New York State School Boards Association and
New York State Association of School Attorneys

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AGENDA

7:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Communication in a Crisis – Striking the Right Balance
During a school crisis, balancing what may be said to the public and press against legal privacy and safety concerns is most challenging. A panel of legal and communications experts will share their experiences and advice as to how districts can respond effectively.

9:15-9:30 a.m.
Break

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Data Privacy – How Secure Are Your Technology Systems to Properly Protect the Privacy of Students and Staff?
Legal provisions dictate that school districts ensure the protection of student and staff digital data. Becoming conversant in what constitutes appropriate technology-use policies and practices as well as contractual relationships with outside service providers is essential for every school district to strengthen its capacity to maintain effective and legally defensible technology systems.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Exemptions for Student Immunizations – Where has the Line Been Drawn
The general legal requirement that students be immunized prior to being admitted to school is designed to guard against the spread of communicable disease. Most recently, the law was amended to remove the longstanding exemption from mandatory immunizations which had been provided to parents who claimed to hold sincerely held religious beliefs. Immediately thereafter religious groups promised to litigate the constitutionality of this new legislative act. Join a discussion about what now constitutes the rules that apply.

11:15 a.m. – Noon
School Law: A Year in Review Part I – New Laws and Regulations
School district responsibilities are continuously evolving. Learn how this year’s actions by the Legislature and the State Education Department have transformed those obligations.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Legal Landscape Related to Providing Services to Students with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues
More and more of our students are in need of mental health and substance abuse services. Explore the legal framework and best practices for identifying, evaluating and properly supporting such students.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
The School Board’s Role as an Employer – Where Does the Board’s Authority Begin and End?
Questions often come up as to what constitutes the full scope of a board of education’s role in making employment decisions. Join a discussion with veteran school attorneys who have experience helping boards properly navigate this area.

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
School Law: A Year in Review Part II – New Court Cases and Other Rulings
Official judicial and administrative interpretations of law and regulations affect how school districts legally operate. Hear how your district might need to adapt to satisfy new legal changes.

4:00 p.m.
Adjourn


Registration for this event is not included as part of your registration for NYSSBA’s Annual Convention.

Online registration is now closed. If you still wish to register, you may do so on-site. Walk-ins are welcome.

As per our Convention Cancellation Policy, all cancellation requests received on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and beyond, will not be refunded.

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11th Annual Pre-Convention Communications Workshop


Leveraging Creativity and Emotional Intelligence

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Hyatt Regency
125 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY

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AGENDA

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Registration

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Effective Interpersonal Communication through Emotional Intelligence

Are personality conflicts, differences of opinion and distrust affecting your relationship with other members of your school board or administration?

In this segment, you’ll learn how to improve your interpersonal communication skills, build better relationships, and work as part of a well-functioning team.

Two experts from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, including an experienced school board member, will describe the characteristics of good interpersonal communication, as well as strategies to resolve conflict and manage emotions.

Faculty
  • Marc Brackett, Ph.D., founding director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University
  • Scott Levy, Executive Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and member, Byram Hills School District Board of Education

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – How Creative Problem Solving Can Help Your District

Does your school district face complex challenges, but your board is bogged down by conventional thinking?

Building off the interpersonal communication skills discussed in the first session, you’ll learn how to apply creative techniques for solving problems that prevent your board from providing students and staff with more opportunities.

Led by an international expert in creativity who has worked with numerous school districts, this session will help you reframe challenges, generate ideas, then select the most promising idea – and identify what distinguishes creative thinkers from ordinary thinkers.

Faculty
  • Gerard J. Puccio, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY-Buffalo State

Registration for this event is not included as part of your registration for NYSSBA’s Annual Convention.

Online registration is now closed. If you still wish to register, you may do so on-site. Walk-ins are welcome.

As per our Convention Cancellation Policy, all cancellation requests received on Saturday, October 12, 2019 and beyond, will not be refunded.

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CTLEThe convention educational sessions, pre-convention events, and featured sessions (but not including the Opening Session and the Commissioner Session) have been approved for CTLE credits.