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Upcoming Events

2019 Legislative Update
Franczek Webinar
August 27, 2019
Franczek P.C. continues its monthly webinar series covering pressing matters facing schools. This month, John Swinney and Scott Metcalf will provide a 2019 legislative update, covering some of the key legislative changes for schools to be mindful of for the coming school year.

Join Us for Franczek's Book Talk with Emily Krone Phillips
September 19, 2019
Please join us for a facilitated conversation with Emily Krone Phillips, author of "The Make-or-Break Year: Solving the Dropout Crisis One Ninth Grader at a Time." Emily's book chronicles the transformation that took place when Chicago's public high schools changed their practices in regard to grading, discipline, and the delivery of social/emotional and academic support to their students. Grounded in research on trauma-informed practices which is endorsed by administrators and the two major teachers' unions, Emily's description of the systemic changes that had a profound impact on student lives will inspire you as we kick off the 2019-2020 school year.

Top Legal Trends and Sticky Human Resources Situations to Know in 2019
AASPA's 81st Annual Conference - New Orleans, LA
October 8, 2019
Shelli Anderson and Jackie Wernz will present "Top Legal Trends and Sticky Human Resources Situations to Know in 2019" at the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) 81st Annual Conference.

Disturbing the Peace: Handling Community Dissent in Public Schools
IASB Corn Belt Division Dinner Meeting - Fairbury, IL
October 10, 2019
Scott Metcalf presents "Disturbing the Peace: Handling Community Dissent in Public Schools" at the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) Corn Belt Division Dinner Meeting.

Educational Equity and Special Education
Dekalb County Institute - Malta, IL
October 11, 2019
Kathryn Vander Broek presents on educational equity and special education at the DeKalb County Institute. 

Title IX Today: What School Administrators Need to Know
October 11, 2019
Amy Dickerson and Jennifer Smith will present "Title IX Today: What School Administrators Need to Know" at the 2019 DeKalb County-Wide Institute.

Gender Identity and Special Education
IAASE Fall Conference - Tinley Park, IL
October 17, 2019
Jennifer Smith presents "Gender Identity and Special Education" at the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) Fall Conference. 

Technology, Privacy, and Special Education: Emerging Trends For the New Decade
IAASE Fall Conference - Tinley Park, IL
October 17, 2019

Transgender Issues in Illinois Schools
Santa Fe, NM
October 18, 2019
Jennifer Smith will present on transgender issues in Illinois schools at the 2019 School Law Practice Seminar held by the National School Boards Association (NSBA).

"Too Close For Comfort? Risky Relationships for Boards"
November 23, 2019
Franczek Partners Shelli Anderson and Dana Fattore Crumley will present “Too Close For Comfort? Risky Relationships for Boards” with Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board President Kara Caforio at the 2019 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference. The panel will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus I/J, East Tower.

The Roaring Twenties: Data Privacy Law for the New Decade
40th National Future of Education Technology Conference - Miami, FL
January 14, 2020
Nicki Bazer and Jackie Wernz present "The Roaring Twenties: Data Privacy Law for the New Decade" at the 40th National Future of Education Technology Conference.

Past Events

Title IX Fundamentals and Investigation Techniques
300 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, Suite 3400
August 15, 2019
Franczek is hosting a training on the Title IX fundamentals and investigation techniques that includes an overview of Title IX, an update on entities enforcing Title IX (OCR, state and federal courts), a summary of Title IX responsibilities for schools, a summary of procedural requirements for Title IX complaints and investigations, and case studies addressing fundamentals.

Franczek Attorneys Jackie Wernz and John Swinney Present Legal Lite for New Teachers
August 14, 2019
Jackie Wernz and John Swinney will present "Legal Lite for New Teachers" at the DuPage Regional Office of Education.

Franczek Attorneys Mike Hernandez and Emily Tulloch Present Legal Lite for New Teachers
August 6, 2019
Mike Hernandez and Emily Tulloch will present "Legal Lite for New Teachers" at the DuPage Regional Office of Education.

Bullying and Special Education in the New Decade: What You Need to Know Now
IAASE Fall Conference - Tinley Park, IL
August 6, 2019
Amy Dickerson and Kendra Yoch present "Bullying and Special Education in the New Decade: What You Need to Know Now" at the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) Fall Conference.

Legal Issue Scenarios
Illinois Association of School Administrators' Aspiring Superintendent Academy - Springfield, IL
July 18, 2019
Franczek attorneys present on legal issue scenarios at the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA)’s Aspiring Superintendent Academy in Springfield, IL.