Educator Misconduct in K-12 Schools: A Practical and Legal Guide to Investigating, Reporting, Documenting and Disciplining

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, attorneys representing schools, faculty, principals, HR
Best For: K-12

Educator misconduct allegations can be highly publicized, and investigations are among a school’s most sensitive, highly-regulated, and emotionally-wrought procedures. What is legally required when educator misconduct is suspected? What federal and/or state laws apply to actual and suspected educator misconduct cases? What procedures and protocols should schools have in place to handle allegations of educator misconduct? At what point should schools involve law enforcement and/or their state education officials? What right do educators have throughout the investigation and disciplinary process?

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. as she addresses the serious and liability-riddled issue of dealing with educator misconduct allegations, investigations, and discipline. She provides practical policy and procedural tips as well as a thorough but easy-to-understand summary of the many potentially applicable laws related to this topic.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Legal, ethical, and professional consequences for educator misconduct
  • Types of misconduct and the long-term impact on an educator’s ability to return to the classroom
  • Child abuse and mandated reporter obligations
  • State professional educator disciplinary laws and their importance
  • The role of the state and federal governments in educator misconduct cases
  • Investigating suspected educator misconduct
  • Interim protective procedures pending the outcome of an investigation
  • Transparency, notice requirements, and a school’s obligation to alert students, staff, parents, and the community
  • Handling complaints and allegations of misconduct
  • The importance of documentation in educator misconduct cases
  • Policy and procedural tips for handling educator misconduct allegations and investigations


Your conference leader for “Educator Misconduct in K-12 Schools: A Practical and Legal Guide to Investigating, Reporting, Documenting and Disciplining” is Erin D. Gilsbach, Esquire. An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law, Erin Gilsbach is an attorney with the Pennsylvania-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp and the president of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She is dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. Throughout her career, she has provided legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Atty. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by providing engaging and high-quality professional development trainings for educators and school leaders in the area of school law. In addition, she helps schools create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are not only compliant with statutory and regulatory requirements but that also anticipate the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable caselaw.

Erin Gilsbach has been voted a Rising Star Attorney by her peers in Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past five years, and she is a frequent presenter with the National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and at numerous conferences held at universities throughout the state. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to private practice, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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