Past Conferences


NMSBA Past Conference Presentations

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2018 Annual Convention

Equity Matters Verjeana Jacobs, Chief Advocacy Officer, NSBA
NM Center on Law and Poverty Lawsuit Remedies
MALDEF Lawsuit Remedy Guide
2018 Awards Luncheon Presentation
Breakout Sessions
Strategic Planning for School Boards Dr. H. Prather, B. Gutierrez & D. Johnston, Espanola
District Equity-What is the Board’s Role Dr. D. Peercy, APS, S. Adams, Adams+Crow Law Firm
Effective Lobbying for School Board Leaders L. Ortiz, NMSBA
Implications of STEM Ready Standards  L. Light Ruidoso , Dr. D. Thrall NMSTA, T. Gilpin, Gadsden

Remaining presentations will be posted as they are received. 

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2018 Leadership Retreat

Understanding ESSA-New Mexico Rising Christopher Ruszkowski, Secretary of Education
Effective Lobbying for School Board Leaders Lilliemae Ortiz, NMSBA Legislative Liaison
School Board Legislative Advocacy Toolkit

Breakout Sessions

Colorful Communication for School Board Leaders B.Berenberg & L.Gerkey. Walsh,Gallegos,Trevino,Russo,Kyle Law Firm
Color Attributes and Test
Board Empowerment What Boards Can Legally Do Andrew Sanchez, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm
Superintendent Search Process-Doing Things Right Dr. Hugh Prather, Prather Consulting
Politics, Ethics & Social Media L.Gerkey & E.Torres Walsh,Gallegos,Trevino,Russo,Kyle Law Firm
Superintendent Contracts and Evaluations Start to Finish Tony Ortiz, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm
Overcoming Unconscious Bias-Breaking Down Barriers Tranquilino Hurtado, MBM Candidate
Guns on Campus-What School Leaders Should Know L.Trujillo & R. Gabaldon, Walsh,Gallegos,Trevino,Russo,Kyle Law Firm
How Good Leaders Manage Poor Board Superintendent Relationships Tony Ortiz, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm
Working with the Indian Educatrion Committee Carmen Moffett, Gallup McKinley Schools

Conducting Termination and Discharge Hearings Andrew Sanchez, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Understanding Ethics and Transparency Obligations G.Zamora, N.Govea, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

Improving Leadership Through Board Self Evaluation Dr. Hugh Prather, Prather Consulting

School Board President Roles and Responsibilities John Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Family Engagement is Key to Your Children’s Success Bret Wier, MBM Candidate

Family Engagement Survey

Family Engagement Graduation Checklist

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2018 School Law Conference

All NMSBA School Law Conference Presentations can be found on the Cuddy & McCarthy website or by clicking here.

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2018 Spring Region Meeting Presentations

Region I Seven Levers of Effective Leadership, Farmington Middle School Administrators

Region II Fraud, Waste and Mismanagement,  E.Gallegos and L.Trujillo – Walsh Gallegos Law Firm

Region III School Security and Safety Measures, J.Archuleta-Straehlin, L.Castille – Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

Region IV Beyond Crisis Planning, J.Archuleta-Straehlin, L.Castille – Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

Region V Social Media Use and Abuse, J.Kennedy, L.Castille – Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

Region VI Guns on Campus, G.Zamora – Ortiz Zamora Law Firm

Region VII Millennial Seminar, MS T.Ortega = Holloman Air Force Base

Region VIII School Safety and Security, J. Kennedy, D.Castille – Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

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2018 Board Institute Presentations

National School Boards Association Federal Update  by Tom Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director

Legislative Finance Committee Update by Charles Sallee, LFC Deputy Director

Breakout Sessions

A Well-Defined Process for Replacing a School Board Member by D. Peercy & B. Yager, Albuquerque Public Schools

Active Shooter Procedures-Preparing for the Unthinkable by P. Timm, Facility Engineering Associates

Benefits of Early Planning & Facility Maintenance by L. Tilotson, Public School Facilities Authority

Board Empowerment-What the Board Can Do Under It’s Authority  by A. Sanchez & John Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Board Member Ethics & Governmental Conduct Act by D. Castille & A. Salazar, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Community Campaigns-Building Support for Big Initiatives by G. Zamora, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

Competent & Professional Board Meetings by T. Ortiz, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

Criminal Minds-Managing Law Enforcement & School Relationships by E. Gallegos & B. Berenberg, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle Law Firm

Fraud Case Studies-Prevent Financial & Reputation Loss by A. Jaramillo & S. Eliason, Jaramillo Accounting Group

Guns on Campus-Managing Staff and Student Safety by G. Zamora, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm & J.Vautier, Poms & Associates

Hazing-A Practical Approach to a Common Problem by D. Castille & K. Kilgore, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Managing Superintendent Evaluations & Contracts by D. Castille & A. Sanchez, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Navigating Immigration Laws in an Increasing Global Society by R. Gabaldon & L. Churan, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle Law Firm

NM Economic Outlook & Implications for State School Finances by Dr. J. Mitchell, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Preventing & Clearing Audit Findings by A. Jaramillo & S. Eliason, Jaramillo Accounting Group

PSCOC Applications & Funding Programs by C. Cano & O. Viorica, Public School Facilities Authority

Religious Expression in Public Schools by L. Churan & R. Gabaldon, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle Law Firm

Rookie Mistakes-Common Errors by New Board Members by T. Ortiz, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

Sexual Harassment in the Advent of the #MeToo Generation by C. Helms & K. Kilgore, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

State & Federal Policy Update Including Effects of the New Tax Law by L. Sanchez & D. Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Understanding Ethics & Transparency Obligations by G. Zamora, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

What School Boards Must Do to Ensure Education Stability for Foster Care Children by Dr. K Meurer, Albuquerque Public Schools

You Have the Capacity to Sue and be Sued by b. Berenberg & E. Gallegos,  Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle Law Firm

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2017 Annual Convention Presentations

 State of Education Report – New Mexico Rising by Christopher Ruszkowski, Secretary of Education

NSBA Greetings & National Update – Vision 2030 by Kevin Ciak, NSBA President

No Time to Lose – How to Build a World Class Education System by Jeannie Oakes, Ph.D.

NCSL No Time to Lose Report Download

Breakouts

Board Empowerment-What School Boards Can Legally Do by J.Kennedy & A.Sanchez, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Collective Bargaining A Problem-Solving Model by B.Petersen APS Board Member & Dr. E. Berstein, ATF President

Fair Playing Field-Equity Under Title IX and Booster Clubs by G.Zamora & T.Ortiz, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

Immigration Issues-Sanctuary Schools and Cities by J.Kennedy & YJ.Roh, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

  Investigating Improper Relationships-Other Employee Misconduct by C.Helms & L.Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Know What You’re Approving Annual Audited Financial Statements by A.Jaramillo & S.Eliason, Jaramillo Accounting Group

Looking at Pre-K in Public Education by Dymorie Maker, Region VI President, Master Board Member Candidate, Lovington

Me Too-Competently Responding to Sexual Misconduct by T.Ortiz & J.Terrazas, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

Measuring School Climate-How Does Your Staff Feel by Dr.H.Prather, Prather Consulting; Dr.K.Steinhaus, Los Alamos Superintendent & Dr.E.Middleton, District Climate Consultant

Medicaid-Avoiding Traps and Penalties by E.Howard-Hand, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle, PC

Oh Say Can You See-Freedom Speech with Limitations by L.Churan & E.Gallegos,  Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle, PC

Protecting Students from Sexual Predators with a Boundary Policy by Dr.L.Paul, Consultant, Poms & Associates

Strategic Planning-Doing the Right Things by Dr.H.Prather, Prather Consulting, Dr.A.McIlroy, Loving Superintendent

Success Matters-Every Student Every Day by Farmington Schools Delegation, K.Rhodes, P.Valdez, N.Lambson

Sunshine Laws-Tips to Avoid OMA IPRA Complaints by L.Trujillo, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo Kyle, PC

Superintendent Contracts and Evaluations by T.Ortiz, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

The Tone at the Top-Proper Use of School Funds by Terry Dean, NMASBO Consultant

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2017 Fall Region Meeting Presentations

NMCEL Presentation

NMAA Presentation

CES Presentation

NMASBO Presentation

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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 2017 Leadership Retreat Presentations

NM Public Education Department Report by Christopher Ruszkowski, Deputy Secretary of Education

No Time to Lose – How to Build a World Class Education System by State Senator Mimi Stewart, LESC Chair

Public School Capital Outlay Council Applications & Programs by Casandra Cano & Ovidiu Viorica, Public School Facilities Authority

2017 NMSBA Leadership Survey Results by Joe Guillen and Dr. Hugh Prather

A Divided House – Managing A Split Board by Linda Trujillo & Karla Schultz, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

Numbers Don’t Lie, People Do – Economy, Education & Ethics by Audrey Jaramillo & Scott Eliason, JAG Accounting Group

In or Out- Understanding the Rules of Closed Session by Linda Trujillo & Leland Churan, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

Board President Roles Responsibilities by John Kennedy & Laura Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy LLP

Media Relations 101 Does Your District Get Bad Press by Laura Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy & Arlan Ponder, Master Board Candidate

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2017 School Law Conference Presentations

The School Law Conference was held June 2-3, 2017 at the Hotel Albuquerque.

2017 School Law Conference News Release

Kevin Ciak Presentation, NSBA President

2017 School Law Conference Compendium

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2017 Board Institute Presentations

The Board Institute was held February 23-25, 2017 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, NM.

Friday General Session Presentations:

New Mexico Educatioin Update presented by Hanna Skandera, Secetary of Education

Legislative Finance Committee Update presented by Charles Sallee, LFC Deputy Director

Friday Breakout Sessions

Overview of NMSBA Services for New Board Members presented by Joe Guillen, Executive Director

New Board Member Responsibilities, Key Work, Ethics, Relationships presented by Dr. Hugh Prather, NBMSP Coordinator and John Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

What Every New School Board Needs to Know provided by NMSBA

Understanding Ethics and Transparency Obigations presented by G.Zamora, T.Ortiz, G.Stewart, Oritz & Zamora Law Firm

School Board Members Fist Amendment Rights presented by K.Schultz & L.Churan, Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle Law Firm

2017 Legislative Watch and Policy Outlook presented by L.Sanchez-Rivet & D.Castille, Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

Saturday Breakout Sessions

Guarding Against Sexual Misconduct in Schools presented by  T.Ortiz, G.Stewart, Oritz & Zamora Law Firm

Running an Efficient and Smart Board Meeting presented by G.Zamora, T.Ortiz, G.Stewart, Oritz & Zamora Law Firm

Transitioning Districts Understanding Transgender Issuespresented by G.Zamora, T.Ortiz, G.Stewart, Oritz & Zamora Law Firm

Keeping Your Cool in a Contentious Climate presented by J.Kennedy, L.Castille, Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

Safe Schools and Secure Students presented by K.Kilgore, L.Castille, L.Sanchez-Rivert, Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

Finding and Keeping the Superintendent presented by A.Sanchez, C.Helms, Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm

Brain Education for Enhanced Learning Presented by B.Castoria, S.Gonzalez, Power Brain Education Center

The Silent Epidemic Teen Dating Violence and Abuse presented by Dr.J.Tuccker, G.DePaul, L.Montoya, C.Sanchez, Healing Voices

You’ve Been Elected to the School Board Now What presented by E.Gallegos, L.Trujillo,Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle Firm

Making Your Superintendent Evalaluation Meaningful presented by E.Gallegos, L.Trujillo,Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle Firm

Mary Jane on Campus Medical Marijuana presented by E.Gallegos, L.Trujillo,Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle Firm

Broadbank Deficiencies Corrections Program; Broadbank Deficiences Corrections Program Maps

 presented by E.Moores, NM Public School Facilities Authority

Board Self-Evalution-Building a Better Board presented by Dr. Hugh Prather & Dr. David Peercy, APS

Evaluaing Your Superintendent – A Policy Approach presented by Dr. Hugh Prather, Emily Vigil & Norma Cavazos, Jemez Mountain

How NM Public Schools Are Funded presented by Brett Wier, MBM Candidate, Cimarron School Board

Leveraging Accoplished Teachers for Systematic Improvement presented by M.Torrez, B. Belonte-Sapien, APS

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2016 Annual Conference Presentations

The Annual Convention was held December 2-3, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque, NM.

Friday General Session Presentations:

 The Power and Promise of Modeling Transformational Leadership presented Dr. Cile Chavez

Every Student Succeeds Act Update presented by Christopher Ruszkowski, Deputy Secretary NMPED

Saturday Breakout Descriptions:

8:30 AM Sessions

District Liability for Locker Room Talk presented by Elena Gallegos & Rodney Gabaldon, Walsh,Gallegos,Trevino, Russo & Kyle PC

Accomplished Teaching = Student Success presented by Bianca Belmonte-Spain, NM Network of National Board Certified Teachers

New Mexico Board Certified Teacher Network presented by Bianca Belmonte-Spain, NM Network of National Board Certified Teachers

The ABC’s of Being an Effective Board Member presented by Tony Ortiz and Gabriela Stewart, Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm

Evaluating your Superintendent presented by Hugh Prather, Prather Consulting with Larry Lindberg & Max Perez, Belen Consolidated Schools

Student Mental Health Issues & Threats of Violence presented by John Kennedy & Carol Helms, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Academic Rigor + DAP in Pre K/Kindergarten presented by Dymorie Maker, Lovington School Board President & MBM Candidate

9:45 AM Sessions

Student and Staff Safety- What you need to know presented by Evelyn Howard-Hand & Barry Berenberg, Walsh,Gallegos,Trevino, Russo & Kyle PC

Creative Funding for Capital Projects presented by Erica Velarde, NM Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources

Media Relations for School Officials presented by Arlan Ponder,Region VII President & MBM Candidate, Laura Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Transgender Update-A Moving Target presented by Patricia Ives & Carol Helms, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Heroin and Opioid Epidemic presented by Catherine Cullen, Rio Rancho School Board Vice President  & MBM Candidate

11:00 AM Sessions

Don’t Copy That! presented by Elena Gallegos & Barry Berenberg, Walsh,Gallegos,Trevino, Russo & Kyle PC

Broadband Deficiencies Correction Program  & Broadband Map presented by Ovidiu Viorica, NM Public School Facilities Authority

Teen Dating Violence & Abuse Healing Voices/Personal Stories presented by JoAnne Tucker, Glenda DePaula, Lynette Montoya & Crystal Sanchez

                                              Measuring School Climate: How Does Your Staff Really Feel? presented by Hugh Prather, Prather Consulting with Jim Hall & Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools

PTO/PTA &Booster Clubs: Their Relationship to the School District presented by Daniel Castille & John Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm

Fablab Initiative at Deming High presented by Ron Wolfe Deming School Board President & MBM Candidate with Fred Parker & Dan Lere, Deming Public Schools

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2016 Fall Region Meeting  Presentations

NMSBA Legislative Advocacy Priorities

NM Activities Association Presentation

NM Coalition of Education Leaders Presentation

NM School Business Officials Presentation

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2016 School Law Conference Presentations

School Law Conference was held June 3-4, 2016.

The New Mexico School Boards Association and the
Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm hosted the 37th Annual School Law Conference for school
board members, superintendents and school personnel from around the state at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM

General Session Presentations:

General Session I: Legislative and Judicial Update presented by John F. Kennedy, Charlotte Hetherington & R.Daniel Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

General Session I: Transgender Issues Nationally And Locally: An Overview of the Current State of Affairs presented by Sonja Trainor, COSA Director National School Boards Association

General Session II : Office of the Attorney General, School Boards & Open Meeting Act presented by Tania Maestas, Deputy Attorney General for Civil Affairs

Friday Breakout Descriptions:

School Construction ABCs presented by Charlotte Hetherington & Nancy Nieto, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Smart Policies on Smart Phones: Navigating Free Speech, Cyberbullying and Search & Seizure in the Digital Age presented by Andrew Sanchez & Laura Sanchez-Rivet, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Conducting Investigations into Employee & Student Misconduct presented by John F.Kennedy & R.Daniel Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

What’s Going on in the Back of That Bus? The Persistent Problem of Bullying and Hazing presented by John F. Kennedy, M. Karen Kilgore & Carol Helms, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Superintendent Contracts Limitations and Buyouts presented by Andrew Sanchez & R.Daniel Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

*Let the Sunshine In: The Open Meetings Act & Inspection of Public Records Act presented by John F. Kennedy, Patricia Salazar Ives & Evelyn Peyton, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Emotional Intelligence 101 for Board Members & Administrators presented by Arturo Jaramillo & Y. Jun Roh, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Emotional Intelligence 101 Handouts

Charter Schools: 17 Years Old & Growing  presented by Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin & Charlotte Hetherington, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

* Don’t Pick the Bad Apples: What Happens in Court if You Make a Bad Hiring Decision presented by M. Karen Kilgore, Evelyn Peyton & Y. Jun Roh, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Saturday Breakout Descriptions:

Laboring Through the Process of Collective Bargaining presented by John F.Kennedy & Andrew Sanchez, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Property Dispositions- Getting It Right The First Time presented by Charlotte Hetherington & Nancy Nieto, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Property Dispositions Handout

Managing your Coaches Without Letting them Manage You presented by Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin & Laura Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP and Joe Coleman, Athletic Director, Valley High School, Albuquerque

2017 Regular School Election presented by Patricia Salazar Ives & Laura Sanchez-Rivet, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

2017 Election Handouts

Title IX Complaints From Investigaton to Resolution presented by Andrew Sanchez & Carol Helms, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Alternative Sources of Revenue Generation for School Districts and Their Pitfalls presented by R. Daniel Castille & Laura Castille

* Class was repeated again on Saturday

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2016 Spring Region Meeting Presentations

Region V Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Texico- presented by Debbie Montoya- Director, Priority Schools Bureau

Striving for Excellence Impacting Teachers and Leaders  and Principals Pursuing Excellence

Region II Thursday, March 17, 2016 Espanola- presented by Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Laura Castille and Dan Castille, Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Beyond Crisis Planning Creating a Climate of Safety in your School District

Region VIII Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Lordsburg- presented by Jacque Archuleta-Staehlin and Laura Castille- Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

The Effects of PEDs Latest Directive on the Provision of Special Education Ancillary Services

Region VI Monday, March 28, 2016 Lovington

Region IV Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Bernalillo – presented by Elena Gallegos and Rodney Gabaldon- Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

Board Member Hot Topics

Region III Monday, April 18, 2016 Santa Rosa- presented by Debbie Montoya, Director, Priority Schools Bureau

Striving for Excellence Impacting Teachers and Leaders

Region I Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Central- presented by Andrew Sanchez- Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

School Board Member Misconduct – Evaluating Your Own School Board

Region VII Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Ruidoso- presented by Caron Snow – Assistant Superintendent/Finance Ruidoso Municipal Schools

The Budget Process-What Every Board Member Should Know

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