PSBA offers members ongoing digital learning opportunities on relevant topics affecting Pennsylvania school entities.

Webcasts are studio-quality, live-streamed events, often held as lunch-and-learn presentations. They are geared to reach a large audience with timely learning. PSBA gathers experts and practitioners to present content and answer questions during a live Q&A session.

Webinars are designed for a smaller audience to encourage more participant/presenter interaction through video, audio and an interactive chat box. Attendees network with and learn from each other as well as the invited presenter(s). Webinars are offered throughout the year, usually to meet the training and collaboration needs of specific roles. Both webcasts and webinars are recorded and offered for all membership, accessible through myPSBA for up to three months after the live event.

The myPSBA member portal is your resource for event registrations, online learning and connecting with members statewide. Browse and view online learning courses and recorded webinars, and register for signature and featured events. Keep track of your course enrollment and your progress toward badges and certificates. Need to complete required training? Log onto myPSBA to see requirements specific to your role and to take courses.

Upcoming Webcasts & Webinars

November 2019

PA School Code requires the school board in each district to meet annually, during the first week of December to “effect a permanent organization.” In addition to the election of board officers, the organization meeting – commonly referred to as “reorganization” – also is the time and place at which newly elected or re-elected school directors formally take their seats on the board. Join our policy and legal experts to walk-through the re-organization process and to hear tips for holding a smooth and successful school board reorganization in an election year.

November 2019

The equity toolkit supports school entities as they incorporate equity into district practice. This webinar will offer a walk-through of the components of the toolkit, from the equity lens approach to the equity action plan. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share experiences throughout the webinar.

January 2020

A panel of experienced board presidents from across the state will answer a series of questions around the specific challenges facing board leadership. Attendees will be provided with various perspectives, strategies, and best practices for strong board leadership and effective board governance as well as a downloadable handout for continued reference.

February 2020

Join the PSBA government affairs team and the Pennsylvania secretary of the budget (invited) for an exclusive, complimentary member webinar on the 2020-21 state budget plan proposed by Gov. Wolf. Learn how the budget proposal could impact public education and other highlights, straight from the office that works directly on the budget. Don’t miss this live members-only event.

March 2020

Who has access to school and bus videos? If the use of the video is to address teacher misconduct, is the video “directly related” to the student? If there were bystanders who witnessed the interaction caught on video, does that make the privacy of the student and/or teacher who are the focus of the video any less private? Two Pennsylvania court cases addressed these questions – one responding to FERPA considerations only; the other applying both FERPA and the Right-to-Know Law. Tune into the webcast to learn what was decided and why, and what to consider with matters such as video maintenance policies.

March 2020

Join PSBA’s advocacy team and Advocacy Ambassadors for a webinar on the power of school board influence in the Capitol. Receive a quick briefing on the top legislative issues you need to know for the spring budget legislative session. Review tactics you and your board can use to gain influence in political advocacy work and learn how to maximize your effectiveness when meeting with legislators.

Recorded Webcasts

To access the following online resources, please visit mypsba.org.

Violence prevention is a key part of school safety. In this webinar, learn more about proactive measures your entity can take related to safety and security. Presenter Dr. Marisa R. Randazzo is a managing partner of SIGMA Threat Management Associates and an international expert on threat assessment, targeted violence and violence prevention. Hear best practices on assessing and managing threatening situations for the benefit of your students, staff and community. This webinar was sponsored by PSBA, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania Principals Association and the Pennsylvania State Education Association and is complimentary for members of these associations. The program has been underwritten by CM Regent Insurance Company.

Take an in-depth look at this year’s state budget, changes to the School Code and policy changes in this webcast recording for members, presented by PSBA’s Chief Advocacy Officer John Callahan. Note: If viewed after the December 2019 reorganization meeting, this course will also count toward the required two hours of advanced school director training for all re-elected school directors.

Removing barriers to equity opens doors for students to succeed. In this one-hour live webcast, learn how to move from conversation around equity to implementation of initiatives that impact students and communities. Compare the different equity needs in rural/suburban/urban districts and discuss the importance of administrative support for programming.

What can you do to keep your board meetings from getting ugly and out of control? How can you avoid letting disrupters turn public meetings into shouting matches that go viral on YouTube? How can boards and board leaders work together to insist on civility and respectful discourse, and keep the bullies and other trolls from taking over? Learn how boards can set and enforce proper tone and effective use of meeting time through empowered leadership and mutual accountability. Find out about the legal options that are available when all else fails. Stop the monthly rodeos and take back your meetings!

The use of cigarette alternatives has exploded among PA teens. Through juuling, vaping and e-cigarettes, teen use of tobacco, nicotine and other substances is rapidly rising. Districts are left with policies that do not address new technologies. In this webcast, a PSBA policy expert will provide an overview of these devices and the subsequent policy responses. Superintendent Michael Snell, human resources director Bobbi Billman and school director Veronica Gemma from Central York SD will share how their district addressed the problem through updating its policy as well as community outreach to parents.

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For a complete overview of training and educational opportunities for the year from PSBA, check out the Year of Learning catalog.