Webinars

Offered at no charge, exclusively for Fund members, webinars provide high-quality training that won't affect your budget.

Fund webinars are hosted frequently throughout the year, covering a variety of risk management topics.

On-demand webinars

Train your team when it fits your schedule with our on-demand webinars.

General risk management

Are Your School Nurse
Operations Safe and Compliant?

June 15, 2022

School nurses have served on the pandemic’s front line for the past two years while contending with stress, burnout, and an unparalleled rise in mental health concerns among staff and students.

With real-world cases and claims for context, we share insight on protecting your district by ensuring nurse operations are safe and compliant.

Topics

  • Regulations governing health service protocol and procedures
  • Best practices for responsibilities such as administering medication and documenting care
  • Administrators’ role in supporting school nurse staff

Presenter: Shealee Mitchell, ESC Region 11 Nurse Manager

Managing Risk Like a Pro
March 23, 2022

Whether you're new to risk management or you're a seasoned professional, there's always room to grow and learn:

  • What foundation should be in place for a good coverage renewal
  • Are there new risks to staff and property?
  • What steps can you take to lower the costs of incidents?

Get an insider's look at the coverage market and learn how to take the next steps toward improving your risk management programs and going beyond the basics.

Presenters: Rosa Brown, TASB Marketing Consultant and Charles Hueter, TASB Risk Solutions Consultant

How to Avoid the Regulatory Hot Seat
February 23, 2022

Public education entities are routinely inspected for compliance with major environmental health regulations. Preparation is critical if you want to avoid the regulatory hot seat. This webinar covers compliance basics on asbestos, integrated pest management, and indoor air quality. 

Key Takeaways from the 2021 Legislative Session
September 15, 2021

The pandemic was a high-priority issue when the Texas Legislature convened in January. By the time the final gavel sounded in May, lawmakers had fully funded public schools for the next biennium. The session also featured legislation affecting the accountability system and how districts approach remediation of students who fell behind during the pandemic. Your TASB Governmental Relations team provides an overview of notable bills and explain how they impact public schools.

Presenter: Dax Gonzales, Director, TASB Governmental Relations

ABCs of Managing Risk
April 28, 2021

Fund members have quickly pivoted to provide a quality education despite the pandemic’s evolving challenges. Meanwhile, perennial risks such as security breaches, severe weather, workplace accidents, and cyberattacks continue to threaten your resources and undermine your mission.

If you’re ready to proactively uncover potential causes of loss and control their impact, invest in a risk management program.

What you will learn in this webinar:

• Identify gaps in existing risk management programs
• Leverage the power of data to pinpoint improvement opportunities
• Engage management in your initiatives
• Cultivate healthy vendor relationships

As a webinar primer, read our InsideRM article titled, The Do's and Don'ts of Managing Risk in the New Year.

Presenters: Charles Hueter, Risk Prevention Consultant; and Marissa Gonzales, Marketing Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Safety and Savings: Two Reasons to Manage Chemical Inventories
April 7, 2021

Right now, expired chemicals dating back as far as the 1960s are tucked away in bus barns, classrooms, and custodial closets across the country. Sitting next them to them are unlabeled, incorrectly labeled, or improperly stored chemicals that somehow survived multiple leadership changes.

It all makes for a dangerous – and costly – formula.

Watch this webinar and get the tools you need to take charge of your chemical inventory in 2021:

  • Get an insider’s peek at chemical-related challenges the Fund uncovers in schools
  • Master strategies for maintaining appropriate chemical supplies
  • Glean tips for getting the most value when hiring chemical disposal vendors

Presenter: Nicole Callahan, Risk Solutions Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Surviving 2021 and Beyond with Trauma-Informed Care Practices
January 13, 2021

Every day, students report to your classrooms bearing emotional weight that would crush most adults. Sexual assault, domestic violence, death, and even pandemics carry the power to rob children of their sense of safety and derail their development. Let’s talk about how we can meet the needs of students who struggle with life situations beyond their control. This session will provide a primer on what educators need to know about child trauma. We will explore strategies for supporting students who need your help by weaving trauma-informed practices into the fabric of your schools.

Presenter: Karlyn Keller, PhD, Division Director, TASB Special Education

Why Leaks Matter: Unpacking Current and Future Fuel Tank Rules
October 28, 2020

Workplace hazards should never be out of sight, out of mind. Take underground fuel storage tanks, for example. Leaks can pollute the environment and spark deadly explosions. Our experts unpack current and upcoming storage tank regulations you need to know about. We help you make sense of your testing, inspection, training, and administrative obligations. 

Presenters: Nicole Callahan and Jesse Gonzales, Risk Solutions Consultants, TASB Risk Management Services

Save Time and Money with Online Training
February 12, 2020

Well-trained employees are your best defense against workplace injuries, vehicle collisions, compliance violations, and other incidents that drain budgets and productivity. Learn how to get the most value from online training package, including 24/7 access to expert-led courses developed specifically for schools and colleges—at no cost to you.

Presenter: Allie Biggs, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Vector Solutions Education

Legal liability risks

Reducing the Risk of Costly Employment Practices
May 25, 2022

High-dollar lawsuits and a tarnished reputation stemming from employee rights violations are problems no school or district wants to face. How your staff handles hiring, firing, and other employment matters will determine your organization’s liability.

Learn how to identify unlawful employment practices and ensure your employees’ rights are not violated.

Presenter: Charli Searcy, Legal Liability Risk Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

How to Cut Your Risk of Liability with Thorough Documentation
April 20, 2022

Sticky notes are great for grocery lists, motivational quotes, and reminders to take out the trash. But they’ll fall short if your investigations into sexual harassment, discrimination, or other legal liability risks are called into question.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to properly document every complaint, conversation, resolution, and appeal.

Presenters: Marcy Barker, Liability Claims Manager, TASB Risk Management Services and Meredith Prykryl Walker, attorney and shareholder, Walsh Gallegos TreviƱo Kyle & Robinson P.C.

Racial Discrimination in the Workplace: Reducing Your Liability Risk
August 11, 2021

A teacher is fired one week after reporting a co-worker who used a racial slur. A principal tells a colleague, whose second language is English, she’s impressed by how articulate he is. A qualified employee of color continues to be overlooked for promotions, seemingly with no reasonable basis.

How would these issues regarding retaliation, microaggressions, or bias be addressed in your school? Would your employees describe their work environment as racially sensitive and tolerant?

In this webinar, we:

  • Explore what racial discrimination looks like in the workplace
  • Discuss its far-reaching impact on schools and employees
  • Review strategies for promoting a fair, racially sensitive, tolerant environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported

As a primer for the webinar, read our InsideRM article titled Promoting Racial Tolerance: How to Get Started.

Presenter: Charli Searcy, Legal Liability Risk Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services 

Can Employee Sexual Misconduct Be Prevented? 6 Things to Know
October 14, 2020

Employee sexual misconduct is an ongoing issue for Texas schools. Whether staff and students are onsite or remote during the pandemic, the risk of inappropriate relationships remains as real and relevant as ever. Awareness and prompt action are necessary for preventing or reducing your organization’s risk of liability. Our expert discusses six important things to consider when enforcing boundaries, keeping your employees and students informed, and protecting students from sexual misconduct.

Presenter: Charli Searcy, Legal Liability Risk Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services 

Best Practices for Addressing Bullying in Schools
October 16, 2019

Bullying and cyberbullying are common issues that are not always easy to identify or address, especially in today’s social media-driven culture. Still, districts are responsible for safeguarding students and ensuring inappropriate behavior does not disrupt the educational process. Learn your obligations under the law, explore realistic scenarios, and share practical suggestions for addressing bullying and cyberbullying. 

Presenter: Charli Searcy, Legal Liability Risk Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

School security

Continuity of Operations Plan Fundamentals
March 30, 2022

If a natural disaster or other emergency impacted your schools, would you be ready to protect staff and students, reunite parents and kids, retrieve vital records, and update your community, all while continuing to educate students?

Our experts break down the core elements and strategies that drive strong continuity of operations plans, minimize disruptions, and enhance the resiliency of your schools and your community.

Presenters: Melanie Moss, Emergency Management and School Security Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services and Eric Leath, School Safety Readiness Specialist, Texas School Safety Center

Update on Student Discipline and School Security
October 13, 2021

In the 87th session of the Texas Legislature, state lawmakers made changes to laws affecting firearm possession, school safety, student discipline, and student well-being. This session with a TASB attorney will take a closer look at these legal changes. Find out how the new laws could affect your local decisions regarding student discipline and safety.

Presenter: Joy Baskin, Director, TASB Legal Services

Simple Ways to Optimize Emergency Operations Plans Through Effective Tabletop Exercises
June 9, 2021

Hurricanes, active shooter situations, and pandemics are not the time to discover gaps in your emergency operations plan (EOP). That is why the Fund recommends members conduct tabletop exercises. These scenario-based drills allow staff to practice your procedures, sharpen group problem-solving skills, and build the confidence they need during real emergencies. In this webinar, we will walk you through the process of developing and implementing a tabletop exercise. You will also learn how to leverage after-action exercise reviews to ensure the EOP meets your organization’s evolving needs.

Presenter: Melanie Moss, Emergency Management and School Security Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Community Colleges: 60 Minutes to a Stress-Free Security Audit
May 12, 2021

Complying with the Legislature’s sweeping safety and security mandates has been challenging for community colleges. At the same time, you are also finding innovative ways to serve students and communities during the pandemic.

It all adds up to unique circumstances heading into the 2021 Community College Safety and Security Audit.

For just 60 minutes of your time, you will:

1. Identify the key audit report components
2. Get tips for completing your audit efficiently
3. Learn how to instill safety and security as year-round priorities

Presenter: Melanie Moss, Emergency Management and School Security Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Balancing Public Health and School Security
September 16, 2020

During a school year like no other, Fund members are working hard to reduce the risk of violent incidents and keep COVID-19 off their campuses. What happens if pandemic mitigation and school security best practices do not align? Find out in this webinar led by a public health professional and a district safety and security director. Our experts will share their unique perspectives and advice on merging these two critical initiatives to provide learning environments that are not only safe and secure but also healthy.

Presenters: Jeffrey D. Yarbrough, Director of Safety and Security, Round Rock ISD; and Melanie Moss, Emergency Management and School Security Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Navigating the District Audit Report
June 17, 2020

Districts have faced multiple challenges during the past three years. You are working hard to comply with expansive, legislatively mandated changes to your safety and security program. At the same time, you are finding innovative ways to serve your students and your community during a pandemic. It all adds up to unique circumstances heading into the 2020 District Audit Report (DAR). Spend some time with us learning about key DAR components, getting tips for completing your audit, and identifying ways to leverage the process toward providing safe, secure, healthy schools.

Presenter: Melanie Moss, Emergency Management and School Security Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Online Threat Assessment: Balancing Privacy and Security
December 5, 2019

School districts proactively prepare by running fire and emergency event drills, but you can never fully anticipate when a crisis will occur. Or can you? Learn about social media threat alert platforms that claim to be able to analyze student and staff social media posts to predict and prevent acts of violence.

Presenters: Lucas Anderson, Privacy and Cyber Risk Consultant; and Melanie Moss, Emergency Management and School Security Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Workers' Compensation

Staying on the Job: How to Handle Modified Duty Challenges

December 8, 2021

When on-the-job injuries cause employees to miss work, leadership is often faced with a tough decision: pay overtime or hire temporary help. But what if you had a third option that didn’t tap into your budget?

In this webinar, our expert will show you how to minimize the costs associated with workplace injuries by offering modified-duty assignments that meet employees’ medical restrictions.

For just 60 minutes of your time, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get buy-in from the top of your org chart
  • Write a strong modified-duty policy
  • Identify assignments that contribute to productivity (no “busy work”)
  • Inform and train your team

As a primer for the webinar, read about Manor ISD’s recipe for return-to-work success.

Presenter: Laura Romaine, Workers' Compensation Program Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

Campuses, Departments: Learn How to Report Incidents in Our New Workers' Compensation System
January 14 and 15, 2021

"Reasonable reports” on campuses are required by law to ensure their employer has a record of any known or reported on-the-job injury or illness. Watch this webinar to learn how to properly file the information you have with your designated administrator on our new system.

Presenter: Laura Romaine, Workers' Compensation Program Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

FROI Administrators: Learn How to Manage Claims in Our New System
January 14 and 15, 2021

If you are a designated First Report of Injury (FROI) administrator for your organization, we designed this webinar for you. The Fund’s new online claims system empowers our members to take more control of their workers’ compensation reporting. Our expert walks you through navigating the system and show you how to find, create, and file on your incidents and claims.

Presenter: Laura Romaine, Workers' Compensation Program Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

How to Report/Record an On-the-Job Injury or Illness
October 21, 2020

A State-regulated process that carries responsibilities for employers is set in motion when an employee reports an on-the-job injury or illness. If you need expert help understanding your obligations, we designed this webinar for you. Laura Romaine brings 30 years’ experience managing workers’ compensation claims from inception to closing.  She will teach you how to respond to workplace injuries, report leave per your policy, and complete State and carrier-required claim forms.

Presenter: Laura Romaine, Workers' Compensation Program Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

How to Complete The DWC 3 SD Wage Statement for School Districts 
March 11, 2020

School districts are the only employer in the state to have their own wage statement. The wage statement is the most complicated of all required workers’ compensation forms. Find out how to complete the DWC 3SD wage statement for school districts and how to avoid the possible fines or over/underpayment of an employee’s indemnity benefits.

Presenter: Laura Romaine, Workers' Compensation Program Consultant, TASB Risk Management Services

How Telemedicine Can Work for Your Organization
January 29, 2020

A Fund member shares how they leveraged telemedicine to control workers’ compensation and employee benefit costs. The discussion led by a prominent telemedicine physician and a TASB medical director covers the benefits of incorporating telemedicine into your workers' compensation program, pulls back the curtain on the patient experience, and explains practical tips for rolling out telemedicine to your organization.

Presenters: Brian Buck, MD, Medical Director, TASB Risk Management Services; Walter Holmstein, MD, Senior Medical Director, RediMD; Lance Nauman, Director of Risk Management, Katy ISD; and Hiawatha Franks, Workers' Compensation Claims Division Director, TASB Risk Management Services

Questions?

Email Risk Solutions at fund.training@tasb.org or call 800.482.7276, x2853.