Legal Compliance Training Modules

The Compliance Training modules provide up-to-date information and training on the legal requirements that must be followed to ensure that the actions of staff and the Governing Board comply with the law, protect the rights of students, and reduce the risk of potential liability.

Discipline Administrator’s Boot Camp Training Series:

Discipline Basics

This training provides participants with an overview of the Education Code disciplinary code of conduct, with a focus on examining specific code sections that regularly confuse administrators. The training also examines the legal requirements to support expulsion recommendations, including the distinction between discretionary and mandatory recommendation for expulsion and the evidentiary requirement for “secondary findings.”

Investigations and Administrative Due Process Hearings

Participants will review the process of conducting a disciplinary investigation, including the development of the expulsion packet. They will also review how to present an expulsion case, including understanding the burden of proof, introducing evidence, and questioning witnesses. Lastly, participants will discuss the role of the administrative panel and the requirement to create findings of fact for the Governing Board.

Special Education Training

This training provides participants with an understanding of the procedural safeguards that must be provided when disciplining students with special needs. Participants will learn how special education discipline works with the general education discipline process in order to ensure that the rights of the students are protected.

Searches, Surveillance, and Physical Restraint

In an era where there is increased reliance on SRO’s and technology to address school related conduct violations, school administrators continue to grapple with defining and understanding the applicable standards. This presentation will discuss the legal standards that govern searches, use of and access to surveillance footage, and when physical restraint is appropriate. We will review various scenarios to allow participants to apply the concepts to practical situations.

Creating a Culturally Competent Discipline Process

What is your district doing to pro-actively minimize the number of suspensions leading to expulsion and to ensure that students of color are not disproportionately represented in the expulsion data? This training will examine common institutional practices that perpetuate the disproportionate discipline of students of color. Participants will have the opportunity to examine a district’s discipline data, disaggregated by race, and use it as a starting point to begin an open and honest discussion about the role race plays in disciplinary actions. Participants will also be shown examples of model practices that have resulted in a reduction in the number of disciplinary referrals and increased academic achievement for students of color. The trainer will discuss ways to minimize the potential disparate disciplinary treatment of students based on race.

Mock Expulsion Hearing

When students are recommended for expulsion, it is often the responsibility of the site administrator to present the case before the Administrative Panel or Governing Board. The quasi-judicial nature of the expulsion hearing process requires that administrators have at least a basic understanding of the required components of presenting a case, including understanding the burden of proof, how to introduce evidence, and how to question witnesses. This two hour training session provides school administrators with an opportunity to practice presenting an expulsion case. Administrators are provided a mock expulsion packet and are given 1 hour to review it, identify the witness they need to question and the elements of the charges they must prove, draft witness questions, and draft opening /closing statements. The administrator’s then present their “cases” before a mock hearing panel. At the end of the exercise, we debrief the activity and make recommendation for improved practice.

Getting More Bang For Your Buck: Guidelines for the Creative and Effective Utilization of School Resource Officers

Many school districts retain the services of School Resource Officers (“SRO”) on their campuses, usually at a high financial cost. While there is value to having an SRO available on campus, often times Districts do not have clear guidelines for utilizing SRO’s, which often results in the over-criminalization of students. This session will outline guidelines for the creative and effective utilization of SRO’s, including strategies to increase their visibility and impact as a means to decrease student conduct that results in disciplinary removals and citations.

Special Education Series:

Serving Students on 504 Plans

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a function of general education. As a result, many of the general education staff responsible for implementing the Section 504 requirements lack the specialized training typically associated with special education, even though there are comparable procedural requirements as those found in special education. This training provides an overview of the Section 504 process, including eligibility, assessment, and child find requirements. This training is ideal for Section 504 Coordinators and any staff responsible for implementing Section 504 at school sites.

Understanding the IEP Process

This training examines the IEP process, including eligibility, assessment, FAPE, child find, procedural timelines, and procedures governing the IEP meeting process. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the IEP process and the procedures that govern the process.

Special Education Discipline, Manifestation Determinations, and Emotional Disturbance

This training looks specifically at students who have been diagnosed as Emotionally Disturbed (ED) and the challenging disciplinary issues that arise when conducting manifestation determinations for this population of student.

Culturally Competent Assessments and Services

This training examines disproportionate referrals of African American students to special education based on Emotional Disturbance, the best practice recommendation to address this disproportionality, and reviews strategies to improve the cultural competency of the assessment process.

Developing Measurable Goals and Objectives That Are Culturally Competent

IDEA requires that IEP goals are measurable and reflect the amount of growth a student is reasonably anticipated to make over the course of a school year. However, there are often significant discrepancies between the quality and measurability of IEP goals of students of color, when compared to their white peers. This training provides an hands-on practical approach to creating IEP goals that are culturally competent.

Counseling:

Counseling, Confidentiality, And Mandated Reporting

This training examines the laws that govern disclosure of confidential student information obtained during the course of receiving counseling services by a staff person with a PPS credential as well as the mandated reporting requirement that may be implicated in the process.