PUBLICATIONS: HOW DO CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS OF A FREE PRESS APPLY?
What are the rights and obligations of students, advisors, and site and district administrators pertaining to official student publications? How do we protect the learning environment without standing the Constitution on it's head? This presentation outlines the responsibilities of all stakeholders to foster free student expression. Participants are invited to learn about the court cases pertaining to the student press and share their individual classroom "what if's."
IN CLASS...TLK 2 U L8R
This presentation will explain the evolution of educational law regarding cell phones, present relevant concerns of those for and against cell phone bans, as well as detailing the legal ramifications schools face in regard to developing cell phone capabilities. Viable alternatives to a complete ban on cell phones will also be explored. Discussion will be focused on understanding the difficulty of developing a cell phone policy that protects teachers’ right to teach, students’ right to learn, and student safety.
Religious Liberties of Students and Teachers
In just 30 minutes, an aspiring education leader will present an often taboo subject: the religious rights of students and teachers in the California public school system. This PowerPoint presentation will describe the limits and freedoms students and teachers possess while at school and within the classroom. The presentation will conclude with hypothetical cases that the audience will respond to using the information presented.
STUDENT SEARCH AND SEIZURE: WHO HAS THE RIGHT?
Student search and seizure is a delicate legal topic. Fundamental knowledge of student and school personnel rights regarding the subject is essential to effective classroom and campus-wide practices. This presentation will highlight prominent legal decisions and precedents, provide specific examples of each party’s rights, and culminate with an interactive review of proper school search and seizure procedure.
a High School Student’s Rite of Passage; What are their Rights?
This presentation will highlight court trends regarding, dress, dance, and inclusion of students at one of the most treasured senior activities, prom. How does school law address dance styles, who may attend prom; i.e. may students come as same sex couples, or in drag? Although prom is the focus, laws discussed in the presentation have a broader application. Participants will be asked to share their school’s policy and how to effectively enforce it.
GET OUT OF MY CLASS: THE LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS OF QUESTIONABLE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT POLICIES
Have you ever kicked a student out of class? Marched them in line to teach them how to walk quietly? Verbally abused a student away from other listeners? Come and learn why these questionable classroom management policies leave teachers vulnerable to suspension, firing, and even civil litigation. Learn what the Ed Code says and how to develop a classroom management plan that adheres to the law.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INTIATIVE: WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON? NATIONAL CONTENT STANDARDS FOR ALL!
This presentation will discuss states’ adoption of national standards. The following questions will be addressed. What does the law say about each state adopting these standards? Who is making the decisions for the state of California? What will happen to the current testing system? Will every district be forced to adopt the new core curriculum standards? Participants will examine and compare the national standards for English/Language Arts and Math, with the current standards.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES: NECESSARY OR NEEDLESSLY HARSH?
This presentation will discuss the laws surrounding zero tolerance polices and zero tolerance expulsions in California and the rest of the country. It will also discuss the overall effectiveness of such policies as well as recent revisualizations of what zero tolerance really means and how to utilize such policies more effectively in today’s schools.
SCHOOL WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT (SWPBS): ALTERNATIVE TO ZERO TOLERANCE
This presentation will discuss what is Zero Tolerance, prevalence of Zero Tolerance and practices, problems associated with Board Zero Tolerance Policies, and alternatives to Zero Tolerance policies (SWPBS).
SUCCESS FOR EVERY STUDENT: THE LAWS EVERY SCHOOL SITE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT TESTING IEP STUDENTS
Are you really helping every student in your school be successful when it comes to the CSTs? Administrators, certificated, and classified staff all have unique responsibilities when it comes to testing students with IEPs in California. Explore why students need extra assistance in testing, while you help train your staff with this straight-forward set of regulations that will not only be handy at test-time, but also in preparing students for the test all year long.
SHOULD STUDENTS ENTER KINDERGARTEN?
What are the facts and details of SB 1381, the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010? How will it modify California Education Code? Learn how this new legislation will affect children and schools in California. Participants will also learn what the affects will be on their local school districts.
IDENTIFYING THE GIFTED CHILD
This presentation will address the laws and regulations related to GATE programs including what Ed Code, Assembly Bill 2313, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5 has to say. It will also explore the gifted child, including identifying and nominating the student, and outlining programs available to them. Participants will learn about underrepresented groups, personal characteristics, motivation, and developing the gifted student. GATE students need “lagniappe”… come and discover just how to provide it.
THE RACE TO THE TOP: WHO’S LEFT BEHIND?
This informative and interactive presentation focuses on the widely-felt implications, its plausible effects and the ramifications of how it is currently driving California Educational law. The design of this presentation clearly illustrates the intent and stipulations of this highly controversial $4.35 billion education reform program. Inter-active student scenarios and “easy-to-follow”, yet thought provoking commentary, guarantees to ignite lively conversation. If you are concerned about the direction of public education, this presentation is for you!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO ATTEND 60 IEP MEETINGS? TIPS FOR THE NEW PRINCIPAL
Being a new principal is challenging enough. Throw in a few special education teachers, some difficult parents, and several dozen students with IEPs and the job gets insanely challenging. This presentation is designed to give new principals the information they need to successfully navigate the
DO YOU KNOW YOUR STUDENT’S RIGHTS REGARDING SEARCH AND SEIZURE? (With special emphasis on legal consequences if drugs or alcohol are found) This Powerpoint presentation will discuss the law of search and seizure that administrators follow in regards to student belongings, locker, car, etc. Participants will learn about current practice in accordance to law as well as consequences that may follow, including information regarding optional prevention program referrals. Presentation will be offered in Spanish.
INSTRUCTIONAL MINUTES AFFECTED BY FURLOUGH DAYS?
With the recent budget crisis affecting public education many school districts have reduced the number of days in school by adding furlough days. California Law requires students, depending on their grade level, to be taught for a minimum amount of instructional minutes. With furlough days on the school calendar how can schools meet their instructional minutes? Teachers will be informed about the laws pertaining to school instructional minutes and how they relate to furlough days.
MANDATED REPORTERS OF CHILD ABUSE: WHAT IS OUR LEGAL OBLIGATION?
This presentation will cover the protocol for those who are legally mandated to report both suspected abuse or neglect of children. To authenticate this reporting procedure, participants will learn what abuse or neglect looks like while experiencing an interactive rehearsal of personally filling out an actual report.
TECHNOLOGY: THE LEGAL BOUNDARIES OF USE FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
This short presentation will outline the legal boundaries for both students and teachers in the fair use of technology in education. Included is a discussion about the right way and wrong way to follow copyright laws complete with interactive quiz. In addition the rights of the district and user in the proper use of the internet are detailed as well as a brief history of disciplinary action taken by its misuse.
COMPULSORY EDUCATION: PARENTS - WHAT IS A VALID EXCUSE?
When is a student allowed to miss school? This presentation will educate parents about the laws that govern compulsory education. Parents will be informed of their rights, responsibilities and possible consequences in regards to their children’s daily school attendance. By the end of the presentation, parents will be well-informed about what is an excusable absence according to California Education Code(s).
IS IT BENEFICIAL TO
DELAY THE AGE AT WHICH CHILDREN BEGIN KINDERGARTEN?
Aiming to give children a better chance to succeed from their first day of school, the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 increases the age for entering kindergarten from 5 years old by December 2 to 5 years old by September 1. This presentation will explore the advantages and disadvantages of this senate bill becoming law.
IMMIGRANT STUDENT’S RIGHTS TO AN EDUCATION
All students have the right to a public education regardless of immigrant status. This presentation will inform parents about the laws that allow students to receive a public education in the United States. It will also inform parents of laws that permit students to continue their studies in college. The presentation will conclude with a game of Jeopardy in which parents will be prompted to answer questions on the subject just covered.
DISCIPLINE AND THE LAW: STUDENTS’ RIGHTS
This presentation will discuss the rights of students when a discipline problem arises at school. Participants will learn how students’ rights, including privacy, are protected under the law and how the details of the California Education Code have been established because of decisions by the courts. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the merits of several court cases.
WILLIAMS SETTLEMENT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Administrators are usually proud to announce and publicize visits by county officials to their parents. When it’s a Williams Settlement visit to check on textbooks and restrooms, informing parents about the reasons and purpose of the visits will require a nuanced honesty. Especially difficult, how do you frame this experience in a positive light when the reason for being visited is that the school’s test scores are in the bottom third of the state?
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
This presentation will provide an overview of the evolution of special education law. Participants will learn about the important court cases in the field of special education, and the impact these cases have on free and appropriate public education and the legal rights of students and families.
PARENT'S RIGHTS: MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF PAPER
Has a parent ever taken you up on your offer to review their rights before an IEP? If they haven't yet, someone will. Let's just hope you are ready when an advocate or lawyer is sitting at the other end of the table. This presentation is designed for new administrators and other professionals who may be asked to serve as administrators of an IEP. Participants will review the reasons to know parental rights and will be provided a user friendly guide to reviewing those rights.
When it Comes to Hazing, Where is the Line Between Team-Building and Violating Student-Athletes’ Rights?
As a coach, building team unity is a critical element of success, but are initiation rituals part of this and how can the coach control things that happen when he or she is not around? Participants will learn about current laws regarding hazing and the coach’s accountability and responsibility as interpreted by the judicial system.
THE POSTERS-WOULD YOUR SCHOOL PASS A WILLIAMS COMPLIANCE AUDIT?
This easy to follow presentation will clarify classroom, school site and district responsibilities in achieving Williams Compliance. Topics will include digital textbooks, special ed classrooms and use of Title I funds to achieve readiness.
Students’ Rights to a Free and Clear Education: Is your child required to purchase that uniform?
This presentation will discuss the rights and responsibilities of both parents and schools regarding which expenses should be considered the responsibility of the parents and which should be considered the responsibility of the school. Participants will learn about the foundational laws of a free education as it applies to general and special education, including current cases in litigation and the laws that are being challenged by these cases.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: WHAT RIGHTS DO TEACHERS HAVE?
Every district has its own policy regarding discipline, but all teachers have certain rights. This presentation highlights those rights that found under the education code, U.S., and California constitution. Both educators and parents need to be informed about the rights of classroom teachers.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR ELL (English Language Learner)
What are the legal issues that surround California’s growing subgroup? Looking to better understand your ELL population under the California Ed code? The presentation will guide parents, school staff and administrators through this increasingly complex system to make informed choices and understand the rights and processes of California’s school system regarding ELLs.
PARENTS AS OUR PARTNERS
If we really believe that parents are our partners then we need to know what the law says about parental rights! This presentation will 1) Give insight on how to work with Hispanic parents from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds where English NOT the primary language, 2) Share what the law says about parental rights.
CAN LEAD TO SUCCESS
Many high school students fail to see the importance behind attending school on a regular basis. Many parents work during the day or have
other obligations that prevent them from ensuring that their child is at school. Parents will be held accountable if their child has a truancy problem. This presentation will briefly review the state attendance laws and consequences that may follow if a child has several missed days of school.
Court Rulings That Have
School Inspired Policy on Pregnant Students in School
Schools constantly make decisions with the basis of preserving the safety of the student population which they service. However, when the populations that they service become pregnant teenage mothers, what rules govern the school’s action? The participants will learn what laws dictate the appropriate school policy and action with students who become pregnant.
SART/SARB: What role can you play in
mandating school attendance?
This presentation will briefly outline mandated school attendance laws and how schools can successfully promote students consistently attending school. This presentation is primarily aimed towards teachers and other certificated staff. A strong SART/SARB program can actually help increase a school's ADA!
Minor Offences and Major Infractions-Equality in School Discipline
This presentation will discuss circumstances under which a student may be suspended(Ed Code 48900) from class and/or a school site, looking at the balancing act of the spirit and letter of the law.
OROZCO, PH.D. Lorozco@fullerton.edu
Professor, Educational Leadership
Dr. Orozco received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Minnesota; her M.A. from Calif. State University, Long Beach; and her B.A. from Whittier College. She is Full Professor of Educational Leadership. Her experience includes over 27 years in educational leadership including both public and private educational settings, district and county offices of education, and higher education administration. Major research and publication endeavors include technology in education and administration, educating diverse populations, as well as effective interagency collaboration. She continues to conduct research & teach internationally, particularly in Brazil and Thailand. She is an avid surfer and runner.