Jim Walsh loves traveling around Texas to visit with y’all, but this year you don’t even have to leave your home or office or home office!  Join us for the 15th Annual Back to School Workshop and the first ever Back to School Webinar Series.

 

The program will feature a thorough review of all the new legislation that will impact the day-to-day operations of the public school. We will have new laws to discuss regarding students, personnel, special education and the governance of our schools. On top of that, we will highlight the practical implications of court cases and provide a focus on the most recent hot issues of the day.

 

Bring your Administrators, Lead Counselors, Special Education Staff, School Board Members, and Central Office Team!

4 Live Webinars in September

Wednesdays
10 am – 11:30 am CDT

September 9
September 16
September 23
September 30

Join live or watch the recordings at your convenience through October 14th.

2020 Back to School Webinar Series

Join Jim Walsh in September!

$160/registrant

$185/registrant + printed workbook

Accreditation: This series of webinars provides 6 hours of CPE Credit (SBEC, TEA and may meet local requirements for General Management Training).

Workbooks

All registrants will receive access to digital versions of all handouts.  But if you want the printed workbook, we’ll mail it to you!  Choose it during registration or order it separately.

Handouts for the September 9th webinar will be available digitally online due to the up-to-the minute nature of the material.

The printed workbooks will begin shipping September 1st (please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery).  We aim to get them to everyone before they’re needed for the September 16th webinar.

 

This is something all educators need to experience every year.

Jakeb

Principal, Liberty-Eylau ISD

I always enjoy coming to this workshop. Jim Walsh is so entertaining – even when he is speaking about things we dread such as new laws.

Paige

Diagnostician, Tahoka ISD

These legal workshops are the most helpful for me, particularly in the area of Human Resources. I like the format, enjoy the humor, and learn something every time I attend.

Meradith

HR Director, Decatur ISD

thumb_01_60_60A SCHOOL YEAR UNLIKE ANY OTHER: HOW DO WE DO THIS?

Wednesday, September 9th
10:00 am – 11:30 am CDT

We kick off the BTS 2020 with the myriad legal issues surrounding the opening of our schools in the midst of a pandemic.  How do we serve students safely and effectively?   What to say to staff members nervous about returning to work?  We are dealing with a tangle of federal, state and local guidelines along with the policies and directions of the school board: the Law Dawg will help untangle all of that….as much as possible.

thumb_01_60_60NEW REGULATIONS FOR TITLE IX: ARE YOU READY? 

Wednesday, September 16th
10:00 am – 11:30 am CDT

The Law Dawg will be joined by Sarah Orman, a Lead Attorney with TASB Legal Services, for a review of the new regulations implementing Title IX.  The new regulations define sexual harassment and lay out the specifics of how districts are expected to respond to reports of such behavior by staff or students.  These regulations will require significant changes in district practices.  The emphasis in this presentation will be on policy (coming from TASB) as well as practice. Title IX Coordinators, superintendents, HR Directors, and campus administrators are encouraged to attend.

thumb_01_60_60THE MOST IMPORTANT CASES OF THE PAST YEAR AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR TEXAS EDUCATORS.

Wednesday, September 23rd
10:00 am – 11:30 am CDT

We have important rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court, the 5th Circuit and elsewhere that will have a direct impact on the day-to-day operation of your public school.  In this lively and informative presentation, the Law Dawg will explain the judicial rulings with an emphasis on practical application.  Topics to be addressed include student free speech, student discipline, liability of educators, and the latest on gay, lesbian, and transgender employees and students. 

thumb_01_60_60OUR ANNUAL REVIEW OF CASES INVOLVING SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SECTION 504. 

Wednesday, September 30th
10:00 am – 11:30 am CDT

High level courts continue to issue important rulings interpreting IDEA and Section 504.  This presentation will feature the Law Dawg providing a review of the most important cases and their implications for day-to-day school operations.  The emphasis will be on the practical aspects of student discipline, ARD Meetings, evaluations, serving students with dyslexia, the meaning of “FAPE”, and other issues, including potential areas of liability.

Presenters

JIM WALSH is a founding partner of Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle, P.C. and practices education law in the firm’s Austin office.  He is the editor of This Just In, a monthly publication on special education law and the author of the Daily Dawg blog at www.edlawdawg.com.  He also is co-author of The Educator’s Guide to Texas School Law and The Common Sense Guide to Special Education Law.  Mr. Walsh has taught education law at Southwest Texas State University, St. Edwards University, and Baylor University.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the national Council of School Attorneys and in 2017 was a recipient of the Kelly Frels Lifetime Achievement Award given by the School Law Section of the State Bar.

SARAH ORMAN is a Senior Attorney at TASB Legal Services, advising school district officials on a variety of legal issues. Sarah is also a frequent presenter at state and national conferences regarding school law topics, including Title IX, school safety, student privacy, special education, and student discipline. She also happens to be Jim Walsh’s daughter! Sarah will be co-presenting with Jim on 9/16/20.

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors!