The Rights of New Citizens, Non-Citizens, and English Language Learners in K-12 Schools: Laws, Policies and Recommendations

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CD Only                $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
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, CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides. CD subject to a $5.95 handling charge.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, principals, faculty, student services, special education, ESOL staff, counselors, district legal counsel
Best For: K-12

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. Federal and state laws, including the newly-enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as McKinney-Vento, are increasingly protective of these students and hold schools to a high standard. This session is designed to provide a detailed look at the rights of these students and equip schools and school leaders, as well as the professors who prepare future teachers and school leaders, with the information that they need to ensure the success of these students. It is designed to provide attendees with both legal knowledge and practical solutions.

Please join Erin Gilsbach for a training session designed to provide both a comprehensive look at the many existing laws designed to protect new citizens, non-citizens, English language learners and migrant students as well as provide policy and procedural recommendations for effective implementation of those laws in today’s public schools. Atty. Gilsbach will do this by not only reviewing the letter of the law, but by providing stories of practical lessons learned by other states and schools. Through this information, schools will be better equipped to make informed decisions and learn from past failures and successes of other schools and states.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Undocumented immigrant students
  • Non-citizen students with J-1 and F-1 visa status
  • Non-English speakers / English language learners
  • Migrant and highly-mobile students
  • The requirements and applicability of McKinney-Vento
  • Relevant changes made by the ESSA


Your conference leader for “The Rights of New Citizens, Non-Citizens, and English Language Learners in K-12 Schools: Laws, Policies and Recommendations” is Erin Gilsbach, An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding Education and Education Law, Erin Gilsbach is the Director of Professional and Policy Development and an attorney with the PA-based law firm of King Spry Herman Freund & Faul and 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, Atty. 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 elaw.

Voted a "Rising Star Attorney" by her peers in Superlawyers and Philadelphia magazines for the past four years, Atty. Gilsbach serves on the board 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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