NSBA hosts webinars on a range of topics, from school board governance to educational areas such as equity, safety, and COVID-19 recovery. By offering unparalleled access to information on current educational issues that matter, we help our state associations enhance the effectiveness of local school boards.

If you are a member of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA), please visit the COSA school law seminar and webinar page for more options.

Previous Webinars

Sept. 30 | Blurred Lines: A New View of Student Off-Campus Speech
Social media blurs the lines between off and on campus speech. In June, the Supreme Court decided a student’s off-campus, profane Snapchat rant was protected by the First Amendment and her public high school overreacted by removing her from the cheerleading squad. What does this mean for student discipline polices? Can schools still require extra-curricular behavior contracts? The answer is…it depends.

In this free webinar, designed for state school boards associations, school board members, and school administrators, experienced school lawyers and a veteran principal discuss school officials’ remaining authority to regulate off-campus student speech and how they should approach such cases now.

Panelists: Francisco M. Negron, Jr., Chief Legal Officer, NSBA; Joy Surratt Baskin, Director of Legal Services, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB); Bill Ziegler, Principal, Pottsgrove High School, Pottsgrove School District, Pennsylvania.

May 25, 2021 | Providing Student Supports Through Remote and Hybrid Instruction
One of the largest problems that school districts faced during the pandemic was meeting the needs of all students—especially those with special needs—in remote and hybrid environments. West Chester Area School District (PA) and Aveanna Healthcare present their success story and engage in a roundtable discussion on the topic with NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools.

Dec. 2, 2020 | Connecting Teachers and Families: Mental Health and Social and Emotional Supports in the Remote/Hybrid Classroom
In collaboration with Mental Health America and With Respect LLC, NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools focuses on the role that mental health supports play within the social-emotional development of students during remote and hybrid instruction, along with the essential need for teachers and families to have the tools to successfully communicate with each other in these settings to meet these unique needs.

Oct. 29, 2020 | Race, Trauma, Mental Health, & Education
The chairs of NSBA’s equity councils discuss the mental health needs of our school communities based on the different lived experiences of students, families and staff with a panel of experts from the National Urban League, the National Indian Education Association, and Mental Health America. The conversation explores the impact of racism and the current pandemic on mental health and highlights the role school board members play in supporting the mental health of each student in their district.

Oct. 1, 2020 | Data Driven Budgeting and Policymaking
Creating a data-driven district culture is a tremendous undertaking, but the results are well worth the work. Joined by AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech and NSBA Chief Transformation Officer Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Esq., the chairs of NSBA's equity councils investigate how boards can ensure they have high-quality data to support equitable decision-making. Access code: UCUa=5wg

Aug. 27, 2020 | A Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Curriculum and School Environment
What does it mean to provide a culturally responsive and sustaining curriculum? The chairs of NSBA’s equity councils discuss polices and practices districts should consider to support the implementation of a culturally sustaining curriculum and why doing so is a critical component of practicing equity. They are joined by Linda Lane, former superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Ed Trust's Director of P-12 Practice Tanji Reed Marshall. Access code: 4%sNMWym

Aug. 4, 2020 | Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Health: Hosted with Mental Health America
Mental Health America, an NSBA Center for Safe Schools collaborator, offers a suite of free and confidential clinically validated tools available for individuals to use to assess their mental health. In this webinar, Mental Health America shares results from assessments completed by youth to help education leaders understand their student populations and how early intervention and other programs and resources can support their communities.