School Law for School Psychologists: Beyond Special Education

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain fluency in legal terminology necessary to discuss school law issues with supervisors, school counsel, parents, and community members.
  2. gain knowledge of legal responsibilities of educators regarding the rights of all students and apply that knowledge to practical scenarios.
  3. describe how legal practice fits into a comprehensive role as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.


This workshop will provide participants with a review of legal issues and case law in educational settings. Legal issues surrounding mindfulness programs, student homelessness, student freedom of expression in off campus/social media speech, and unanticipated bias in the use of IQ results will be presented. Attendees will apply legal principles to determine an appropriate course of action. Participants will increase knowledge of educational rights of all students and be given resources to share this knowledge.



Shirley A. Woika, PhD, Penn State University
Anne McGinnis, Harris Beach PLLC


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