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.
Cost: Complimentary for All-Access (Complimentary All-Access applies to the following positions: school directors, superintendents, business managers and board secretaries).
- All-Access, Live Access (other positions from All-Access districts): $50.00
- Member, Live Access: $59.00
- Non-Member, Live Access: $79.00
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
In accordance with the School Code, School Safety and Security Coordinators are required to provide an annual report to the school board during executive session that informs the board of the school entity's current safety and security practices and identifies strategies for improvement. Attorney Vincent Champion and PSBA Director of Policy Services Heather Masshardt will present School Safety and Security Board Report - What Should I Include in 2020? to provide a refresh on legal requirements and best practices for presenting. This hour-long webinar will also address recent changes in law and timely topics to incorporate in this year’s report including:
- Incorporating pandemic planning in the Emergency Preparedness Plan in response to COVID-19 and lessons for the future
- Recent legal revisions regarding school security personnel and the impact to school entities
- Required training and the development of plans surrounding a trauma-informed approach to education
- Safe2Say Something program changes from this year and the impact on school entities
- New legal requirements pertaining to threat assessment and PSBA’s plan for implementation
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.
To access the following online resources, please visit mypsba.org.
Learn from the experiences of board leaders from across the state. In this hour-long webcast, a panel of board presidents will share their perspectives on specific challenges facing boards. Hear strategies and best practices for strong leadership and effective governance, and download a handout for continued reference.
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.
For a complete overview of training and educational opportunities for the year from PSBA, check out the Year of Learning catalog.