The New Executive Orders, Immigration, Sanctuary Schools, and the Educational Rights of Non-Citizens: What Schools Need to Know NOW

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., director of professional education and policy development, King Spry Herman Freund & Faul
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, faculty, student services, staff, counselors, legal counsel
Best For: K-12, Higher Education

President Trump has signed a number of Executive Orders regarding immigration and the rights of non-citizens to remain in and enter the U.S. What does this mean for schools? Many schools, today, face the growing issue of educating students who are new to the United States and who may, in addition to cultural and socioeconomic struggles, face challenges as English language learners. Many have also adopted policies to become “sanctuary schools,” but what does that mean with the current administration? Do schools need to change their practices?

This webinar highlights some of the key issues that schools, as both employers and educators, need to know. In this session, Ms. Gilsbach takes a look at the current legal rights of non-citizens and investigates what changes the new federal administration may effectuate with regards to the current status quo. She will explain the new Executive Orders, discuss the different visa types and the rights of visa holders to attend school in the U.S. She will also discuss best practices with regards to such topics as school participation federal immigration enforcement actions. This session is designed to provide a detailed look at the rights of non-citizen students and equip schools and school leaders with the information that they need to establish legally-compliant procedures and protect the rights of students. The session offers attendees both legal knowledge and practical solutions.

Please join Ms. Erin Gilsbach as she touches upon a variety of federal and state laws protecting non-citizens, including the newly-enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as McKinney-Vento. This training discusses the black-letter law as well as provides an analysis of the areas of the law that may be subject to change and/or differing interpretation by this administration as compared to the previous federal administration. Ms. Gilsbach discusses what schools need to do to be prepared for potential changes and provides best-practice tips and tools for schools that will enable them to establish legally-defensible policies and practices in these uncertain times.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Undocumented immigrant students
  • Non-citizen students with J-1 and F-1 visa status
  • Considerations regarding students with visa status at the post-secondary level
  • Non-English speakers/English language learners
  • Migrant and highly-mobile students
  • The requirements and applicability of McKinney-Vento
  • Privacy rights of non-citizen students
  • Legal rules, obligations, and best practices for schools regarding citizenship investigations and questions pertaining to student legal status


Your conference leader for “The Educational Rights of Non-Citizens in the Era of the New Federal Administration: Policies, Procedures and Changes to the Law” is Erin D. Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach has presented on this topic at the National School Boards Association annual conference, the Education Law Association annual conference, and the North Dakota School Boards Association annual conference. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on this issue as well as many other issues regarding education and education law. She currently serves as the director of professional and policy development and an attorney with the PA-based law firm of King Spry Herman Freund & Faul and is a founding member of the Greyfriars Institute, a nonprofit affiliate entity dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. She provides legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Ms. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by helping them to create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are developed not only upon consideration of statutory and regulatory requirements but also the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable case law.

Voted a "Rising Star Attorney" by her peers in Superlawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past four years, Ms. Gilsbach serves as president-elect of the PA School Boards Solicitors Association. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to joining King Spry and the Greyfriars Institute, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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