2018 Series: "Avoiding the Pitfalls"
Take a short time out of your day - and take advantage of four one-hour informational PASA webinars focused on issues important to YOU! Provided to school administrators online, this webinar series features both information and opportunity for Q & A. Learn and network with your colleagues in webinars specifically addressing concerns of school administrators!
September 24 (noon to 1 p.m.): Professional Ethics and the Educator Discipline Act
Topics include: introduction to the educator discipline system; Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and conduct for Educators; the Model Code of Ethics for Educators; duties of school entities under the Educator Discipline Act; reporting educator misconduct, including mandatory and permissive reporting under the Educator Discipline Act, how to make a report, protections for those who report, and the consequences for failing to report; and strategies for preventing educator misconduct
Presenter: Shane F. Crosby, Esq., Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Professional Standards and Practices Commission
October 10 (noon to 1 p.m.): PSERS Issues - Retirement-Covered Compensation, Rules Governing Return to Service from Annuity, and Pension Forfeitures
PSERS will provide a brief overview of the different types of payments received as a school employee that qualifies as retirement-covered compensation and from which member contributions can be deducted. The return-to-service guidelines and the approval process, which were recently modified, will also be reviewed. PSERS will then summarize the provisions of the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act and the legislative amendments currently pending before the General Assembly that are intended to broaden the scope of the Forfeiture Act.
Presenter: Jennifer Mills, Deputy Chief Counsel for PSERS
November 14 (noon to 1 p.m.): Pennsylvania Public Official and Employees Ethics Act
The State Ethics Act was enacted to strengthen the faith and confidence of state and local citizens in their government, and to ensure that the financial interests of holders, nominees and/or candidates for public offices do not conflict with the public trust. It is important to always keep in mind that public office is a public trust, and that any effort to realize personal financial gain through your public office, other than compensation provided by law, is a violation of that trust. As a currently serving public official, you are subject to the provisions of the Ethics Act. This seminar has been designed to explain the mandates of the Ethics Act as it relates to public officials and employees, and to explore and define potential conflicts of interest situations that public officials/employees should avoid. Actual case scenarios will be presented and discussed as examples of situations relevant to public positions. Substantive and administrative aspects of personal disclosure statement will also be discussed, as well as the purpose and benefit of advisory opinions.
Presenter: Brian D. Jacisin, Esq., Deputy Executive Director/Director of Investigations, State Ethics Commission
December 10 (noon to 1:30 p.m.): The Leader's Role in Guiding Board Members About Their Governance Roles As It Relates to Sunshine Law Compliance, Email Communications, and the Use of Social Media
Good governance calls for school board members to operate within an informal set of guidelines recognizing their policymaking role and, at the same time, complying with legal requirements. The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act requires agencies to deliberate and take official action on agency business in an open and public meeting. What are the implications of school board members' utilization of email or social media to conduct school district business or to communicate information about the school district? How does this interfere with both their legal and appropriate governance obligations? What guidance can school district leaders provide to their boards to prevent school board members from usurping their governance role, as well as engaging in violations using email and social media tools? Attend this webinar to learn about the rules relating to appropriate school district governance, the Sunshine Act, and use of electronic communications, as well as strategies to avoid and address potential violations.
Presenter: Jeff Sultanik, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
$39 per webinar/$120 series
$49 per webinar/$170 series
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