2022 School Law and Policy Symposium

Date

Sep 26 - 27 2022

Since 2011, our School Law and Policy Symposium has been a collaborative event, featuring some of NC’s top education attorneys and subject matter experts who have delivered pertinent and timely content outlining legal and policy information that affects every school district throughout our state!

McKimmon Conference & Training Center

Location

McKimmon Conference & Training Center
1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606

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It’s that time of year again! NCASA is finalizing content for this year’s School Law and Policy Symposium. NCASA’s Advocacy Team and education legal professionals from across the state will be present to discuss a wide range of how to navigate and plan for legal issues that affect your school districts each day. Join us for this enlightening and impactful event this fall!

  • Student Mental Health Obligations

  • 2022 Legislative Update

  • 2022 Budget Update

  • Federal Issues Update

  • Exceptional Children Law & Policy Update

  • Case Law Update Free Speech For School Employees

  • Academic Freedom In Publicly Funded Schools

  • School Personnel Update

  • Teacher &

  • Administrator Compensation Update

  • School Finance Overview & Hot Topics

  • Student Discipline Issues

  • Technology & Cybersecurity Issues

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW OPEN. TO REGISTER CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW:

CONFERENCE PRICES:

Early Bird rates Rates after August 23rd
NCASA Member (includes NCSSA & NCPAPA members) $ 219 $ 279
NON-MEMBER $ 319 $ 379

For questions about the symposium or to receive special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact Karen Owens at kowens@ncasa.net.

** Refunds are NOT available after August 31, 2022. The registration fee may be transferred to a
colleague in your LEA. **

Agenda

Hourly Schedule

Day 1 - September 26, 2022

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING
9:15 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Welcome and School Law & Policy Symposium Overview
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
2022 Short Session Law Changes
The NCASA Advocacy team of Executive Director Katherine Joyce and Legal Affairs and Policy Manager Elizabeth Yelverton will bring you the 2022 education law summary.
Speakers:
Elizabeth Yelverton, JD, Katherine Joyce
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
2022-2023 State Budget Update
NCDPI Chief Financial Officer Alexis Schauss will highlight the K-12 components of the 2022-23 state budget that lawmakers are drafting right now.
Speakers:
Alexis Schauss
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
LUNCH
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Federal Funding & Legislative Update
State lawmakers are not the only ones whose work impacts public schools in North Carolina. Funding and policy directives from the U.S. Congress and numerous federal agencies also heavily affect daily operations in classrooms across the state. Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA’s Associate Executive Director for Advocacy & Governance, will share funding and legislative updates from Congress. She also will discuss recent regulations and guidance issued by the U.S. Education Department as well as various federal policy issues percolating at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and many other federal agencies.
Speakers:
Noelle Ellerson Ng
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
School Personnel Hot Topics
Speakers:
Brandon McPherson, JD
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Teacher & Administrator Compensation
Speakers:
Dr. Patrick Miller, Dr. Shirley Prince, Maureen Stover
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
BREAK
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Exceptional Children Law & Policy Update
The area of special education is one of great importance to school districts and Rachel Hitch, JD, Poyner Spruill handles matters involving special education for school districts throughout North Carolina. She will deliver an update on the various laws and policies for exceptional children.
Speakers:
Rachel Hitch, JD
School Finance Hot Topics (including Weighted Student Funding & K-12 FTE Definition)
Jeff Hollamon and Mark Winters will discuss the implications of a possible move to a weighted student funding model and developing a new FTE definition for K-12. They will also address the School Business Modernization project and other timely school finance issues.
Speakers:
Jeff Hollamon, Mark Winters

Day 2 - September 27, 2022

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Student Mental Health Obligations
Speakers:
Rachel Nicholas, JD
Free Speech For Students & School Employees
Speakers:
Dionne Jenkins, JD
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
COFFEE BREAK
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Navigating Student Discipline Issues
Speakers:
Rachel Hitch, JD
Technology & Cybersecurity Issues
Speakers:
Dr. Vanessa Wrenn
10:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Academic Freedom in Publicly Funded Schools
Speakers:
Michele Delgado, JD
11:55 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
LUNCH
12:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Court Cases Affecting Public Schools
Speakers:
Brian Shaw, JD
Elizabeth Yelverton, JD
Elizabeth Yelverton, JD
Legal Affairs & Policy Manager, NCASA
Elizabeth Yelverton currently serves as the Legal Affairs & Policy Manager for the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), helping school leaders across the state navigate legal and policy issues affecting their schools, staff, and students. She obtained her law degree from Campbell University School of Law in downtown Raleigh, during which she also worked at the NC General Assembly and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Observer. Before attending law school, Elizabeth obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from NC State University. She is a licensed member of the North Carolina Bar and currently serves on the NC Bar Association Education Law Council.
Katherine Joyce
Katherine Joyce
Executive Director, NCASA
As Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA), Katherine Joyce directs daily operations in providing communications and professional development services to NC school leaders. She also leads NCASA’s advocacy efforts in the NC General Assembly and with other policymaking boards and commissions impacting public schools and their personnel. She has served as Executive Director since 2013 and as Chief Lobbyist since 2003, after beginning advocacy work for other constituencies in 1998. Katherine is a 2004 graduate of the Education Policy Fellowship Program and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, with a concentration in political science.
Alexis Schauss
Alexis Schauss
Chief Financial Officer, NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
Alexis Schauss has worked at the Department of Public Instruction as the Chief of Information Analysis and Reporting, the Director of the Division of School Business and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of NC Public Schools. In this role, she has broad responsibilities including the public-school budget and allotments; the statewide financial, salary and student data; and related policies, compliance, reporting and analysis. She provides critical costing and analysis on education initiatives to the State Budget Office and the General Assembly during the legislative sessions. She graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC with a degree in accounting and became a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Noelle Ellerson Ng
Noelle Ellerson Ng
Associate Executive Director, Advocacy & Governance, The School Superintendents Association (AASA)
Noelle Ellerson Ng joined AASA in 2007 as a policy analyst. As associate executive director, she directs the advocacy and governance efforts of AASA. In this role she spearheads the organization’s work with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education. Her team is responsible for representing the voice and priorities of the nation’s public school superintendents in all aspects of federal education policy and uses member networks, outreach, policy analysis, and surveys and research to advance their work. She is responsible for the organization’s governance work, including direct support and management for the executive committee and governing board, as well as our 49 chartered state affiliates. She speaks regularly on federal education policy to school leaders across the country. Before coming to AASA, Ellerson Ng was a high school special education teacher in Central New York. She worked in state-level advocacy for the College Board while earning her master’s degree. A native of New York, Ellerson Ng graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a degree in political science and certification in elementary and special education. She completed her master’s degree in public policy and education administration and policy at the Rockefeller College at the University of Albany (SUNY). She is an alum of the Institute for Educational Leadership Education Policy Fellowship Program (Class of 2010), the Emerging Leaders Program through PDK (Class of 2013-14), and the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University Certificate in Education Finance (2018). Ellerson Ng has published several chapters, articles and white papers covering education policy, superintendent advocacy and superintendent pathways.
Brandon McPherson, JD
Brandon McPherson, JD
Attorney, Poyner Spruill LLP
Brandon is passionate about education and is a fierce advocate for his clients. He has extensive experience assisting clients with litigation, construction, finance, personnel matters, student discipline matters and disaster relief (hurricanes, floods, etc.), and recovery. He is a frequent speaker at the local, state, and national level on various education-related topics including Open Government, Data Privacy, COVID-19, Re-opening Schools, Title IX, and many others.
Dr. Patrick Miller
Dr. Patrick Miller
Chair, Professional Educator Preparation & Standards Commission (PEPSC)
Dr. Patrick C. Miller is the superintendent of Greene County Schools, NC. He was appointed superintendent in January 2008. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993, Dr. Miller taught choral music/theater arts at Greene Central High School for 10 years before accepting the NC Principal Fellows scholarship. He graduated twice from ECU – once in 2005 with a Master of School Administration degree and again in 2011 with the Doctor of Education degree. Dr. Miller is very active in professional organizations at the state and national levels, and he has participated in numerous leadership programs while serving Greene County Schools. He has served as president of NCASCD, NCASA, NCASLD, and NCSSA. He is also a frequent presenter at conferences at both the state and national levels. He serves on numerous Boards of Directors and committees at the local, state, and national levels. Notably, he is the chair of the NC Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) and he serves on the Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education. Dr. Miller was named North Carolina’s Central Region Superintendent of the Year for 2014-15 and again in 2018-19. In November 2018, he was named the 2019 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. He was inducted into the East Carolina University Educator’s Hall of Fame in October 2015. Dr. Miller was awarded the Friday Medal of Educational Innovation in November 2017. In October 2019, Dr. Miller received the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Miller was honored by NCMEA with the Music Educator Advocate Award in November 2018 and in June 2019 was the inaugural recipient of Conn Selmer Institute’s Administrator of the Year. Dr. Miller lives in Snow Hill with his wife, Becky. They have three children: Paul, James, and Mary Amantha.
Dr. Shirley Prince
Dr. Shirley Prince
Executive Director, NCPAPA
Maureen Stover
Maureen Stover
Teacher, Cumberland International Early College High School, Cumberland County Schools
Maureen M. Stover is currently a science teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School. She is most recently known for being named the Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2020. A former intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, Stover began her teaching career 11 years ago in Florida through the federal Troops to Teachers program. Stover has been teaching Biology, Earth and Environmental Science and AVID for the last three years at the early college in Fayetteville, where she holds a number of leadership roles. With an undergraduate degree in biology from the United States Air Force Academy, Stover has gone on to earn two masters degrees in education, one in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on STEM education from Adams State University in Colorado and another last year in secondary science education from Western Governors University in North Carolina. Out of the classroom, Stover is actively engaged with students and other youth both at school and in the community. She’s the school’s Key Club advisor, Science Olympiad co-coach, Prom Committee co-advisor and a member of the School Improvement Team. Outside of school, she’s a Scouts BSA leader and has led trips to Japan, Norway, Italy and Greece.
Rachel Hitch, JD
Rachel Hitch, JD
Attorney, Poyner Spruill LLP
Rachel Hitch handles matters involving special education for school districts throughout the state, including special education grievances; rights of students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (” IDEA” ), and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Hitch was asked to participate in the working groups on both the state and national levels to provide input on state special education issues and the anticipated Congressional revision of the IDEA. She is a frequent speaker at the district, state, and national levels on many different topics dealing with education law.
Jeff Hollamon
Jeff Hollamon
Chief Financial Officer, Onslow County Schools
Jeff Hollamon has been an active advocate working to improve funding for educational opportunities for all North Carolina students and weighing in on important regulatory and policy discussions impacting school business operations," said Katherine Joyce, NCASA's Executive Director. "He has taken a leadership role in interactions with the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform, the Governor's Commission on Access to a Sound Basic Education, a working group to make recommendations on resolving school facility funding disputes, and on several key finance and personnel issues at the Departments of Public Instruction and State Treasurer. He aslo has been a strong proponent of competitive compensation and benefits for teachers, administrators, and support staff and eagerly assisted NCASA in our efforts to develop strategies for improving principals' and assistant principals' pay. He is a leader among school leaders, and we are appreciative of his dedication and involvement."
Mark Winters
Mark Winters
Chief Financial Officer, Wake County Public School System
Mark Winters became WCPSS's finance officer in 2000. His previous service to the school system's accounting department includes senior director from 1998, director from 1992, associate director in 1992, and accounting supervisor in 1991. Before joining the school system he was controller of Caroline Management Corporation.
Rachel Nicholas, JD
Rachel Nicholas, JD
Attorney, Poyner Spruill LLP
Rachel Nicholas brings her previous experience as a second-grade public school teacher and passion for the education system to her practice. She is the past president of the Education Law and Policy Society and was a member of the Holderness Moot Court Bench at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys. Rachel is a Council member of the Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is an active member of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the North Carolina Bar Association. In 2019, Rachel was one of 16 attorneys selected to participate in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.
Dionne Jenkins, JD
Dionne Jenkins, JD
General Counsel, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
As General Counsel of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (WS/FCS) Board of Education, Dionne Jenkins advises on various issues including, but no limited to, compliance, employment law, board governance, student discipline, and other education law related topics. Ms. Jenkins graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2003 and from Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 2006. Previously in private practice focusing on criminal law defense, family law, personal injury, real estate, and general civil litigation, she joined the WS/FCS School Attorney’s Office in 2013. She is a member of the Education Law Section of the NC Bar Association and both the state and national Council of School Attorneys and is a frequent presenter at school law conferences across the State.
Dr. Vanessa Wrenn
Dr. Vanessa Wrenn
Chief Information Officer, NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
Dr. Vanessa Wrenn currently serves as NC Department of Public Instruction’s Chief Information Officer. Previously, Dr. Wrenn joined the Department of Public Instruction as the director of the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) after 22 years of experience working as an educator and administrator. She is focused on innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the digital age, especially broadening equitable access to quality digital resources and also blended instruction and personalized learning. Prior to joining DPI, Wrenn served in Granville County Public Schools as the director of digital teaching and learning, chief technology officer, director of career and technical education, and online learning. During her time as director of digital teaching and learning with Granville schools, Wrenn led the implementation of the digital learning plan, device equity, infrastructure expansion, and the development of digital learning competencies for teachers and administrators. She has earned CETL and CeCTO certifications and maintains National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in career and technical education. Wrenn engaged educators at all levels in innovative models of professional learning and strategic planning to support digital age teaching and learning. A North Carolina native, Wrenn began her career as a career and technical education teacher, where she was awarded NCACTE Marketing Teacher-of- the-Year. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master of science in curriculum and instruction from North Carolina State University, and she holds a doctorate in education from Liberty University.
Michele Delgado, JD
Michele Delgado, JD
Attorney, ACLU of North Carolina
Brian Shaw, JD
Brian Shaw, JD
Attorney, Poyner Spruill LLP
Brian Shaw is a Past-Chairman of the Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He served on the Board of Directors for the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys and is a member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.
NOTE: Descriptions for event presentations are still being made at this time. Information will be updated here and on our event app as changes occur. Thank you for your patience!

PDF of the Agenda

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Event Accomodations

AC Hotel Raleigh Downtown

9 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603

Rate: $179/night while rooms are available. Reduced parking costs for NCASA guests.
Last day to book at group rate: 9/4/22

Or call the front desk at 919.803.5100 and reference group code ASA.

TownePlace Suites Raleigh - University Area
TownePlace Suites Raleigh - University Area

3771 Thistledown Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606

Rate: $135-$145/night while rooms are available. Last day to book at group rate: 9/4/22

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