AASPA 2022
Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions:

AM Pre-Conference Workshops: 9 am - 12 pm

1. One Large Urban District’s Work in Teacher Retention and Recruitment with an Update on the Interstate Compact on Teacher Licensure and How it Can Assist in Teacher Recruitment

Dr. Aimee Green-Webb, Ph.D., PHR, Chief of Human Resources, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY

This session will present data from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, KY on the District’s: 1) Retention Initiative from year one and preliminary data from the expanded year two cohort; and 2) Recruitment efforts resuming robust, data informed plan post-lockdown, the District’s “Grow Our Own” program, and university partnerships. Jimmy Adams will present current information around the Interstate Teacher Licensure Compact that was awarded to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) and is currently being developed and how it can help districts utilize programs similar to JCPS in recruiting teachers.

2. Staff, Sex & Schools: Hot Legal Issues Involving School Personnel Sexual Harassment

Jackie Gharapour Wernz, Partner, Thompson & Horton LLP., Dallas, TX

School personnel administrators are on the front lines in terms of preventing and responding sexual harassment involving school employees. The law in this area is always changing, and it can be difficult to keep up. This session will equip participants with an understanding of the legal responsibilities when school employees are alleged victims or perpetrators of sexual harassment in the school community. We will cover federal laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. We will discuss investigation techniques and interaction with law enforcement. We will also examine how certain common state law principles, such as mandatory reporting and “don’t pass the trash” laws, come into play in these matters.  Our conversation will be highly interactive, with audience members working through hypotheticals ripped from the headlines and recent case law using polling software. Participants will leave with a firm understanding of their responsibilities when a school employee is involved in a report of sexual harassment connected with the school.

3. Employee Discipline from Soup to Nuts

Stanley Eisenhammer, Senior Counsel, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP., Itasca, IL

Christopher Hoffman, Chair of Labor & Personnel Practice Group, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP. Itasca, IL

This session will share how to effectively investigate employee misconduct (both major and minor), impose fair and non-discriminatory discipline and make it stick. While at the same time you are proving all the process that is due, not violating the employee’s contractual, statutory and constitutional rights, and not adversely affecting management’s ability to impose appropriate discipline in the future.

4. 100X, Becoming a Leader that Multiplies--Maximize Your Influence and Become a Leader Worth Following:  Part One–Introduction to Leadership Tools

Dennis Pauli, Superintendent, Edgerton School District, Edgerton, WI 

Healthy school leaders make healthy school systems. Healthy school systems translate into greater academic outcomes for our students and the communities in which they live. Our districts and schools are rife with challenge, crisis and growing complexity. The job of leadership has changed precipitously over the past few years and it mandates a new standard of health and skill for those “worth following.” As a public relations leader, you wear the hats of communications director, people developer, ambassador to your community, and politician. It's a lonely job because it's the only one of its kind, right? This new standard of leadership is born out of the pain that, “what got us here, won’t get us there.” That's the manifesto and methodology from which The 100X Leader was established.  During this fast paced and interactive workshop participants will learn the essential characteristics of a 100X Leader. School leaders who live the challenges of managing today’s public sector realities and are fighting to stay healthy, hopeful and high performing across all circles of influence (self, family, team, organization and community). The 100X Leader serves as an important lever in creating better leaders for public education.

5. Shortage to Surplus: 5 Shifts to Address the National Educator Shortage

Dr. Kate Heynoski, Co-Founder & Chief, Experience Management Institute, Delaware, OH

Emily Douglas-McNab, Co-Founder & Chief, Experience Management Institute, Delaware, OH

Dr. Sara Skretta, Certification Officer, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

As the educator shortage continues to affect districts across the country, human capital leaders need to engage in strategic and coordinated action to attract new people into education and retain current staff. Join this session to unpack five key shifts to address the national educator shortage and identify targeted actions that you can bring back to your state, district, or organization aligned to the following areas:   

  1. Reducing barriers to career in education while preserving standards of excellence.

  2. Designing comprehensive human capital management systems

  3. Establishing transparent and equitable total rewards systems.

  4. Strengthening educators’ sense of purpose, belonging, and connection.

  5. Delivering exceptional employment experiences.

6. Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process

Tanisha Holland, Officer, Equity and Employee Relations (EER), Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Equity, Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, VA

In this highly interactive session, we will do the following: 

  • Examine our own unconscious biases as they relate to our individual roles and behavior in the workplace. 

  • Promote self-reflection and awareness, invoke ongoing open and honest conversations in order to cultivate a work environment that is more equitable and inclusive for all employees. 

  • Deepen understanding of the impact unconscious bias has on the hiring process​.

  • Eliminate stereotypes using research-based strategies to reduce unconscious bias.

  • Move from awareness to action​.

PM Pre-Conference Workshops: 1 pm - 4 pm

7. FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation: Untangling the Spider Web, Legal Update and Best Practices in Leave Administration

Scott Macdonald, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Managing Director, Macdonald & Associates, Middletown, CT

School systems have struggled for years with FMLA leave administration and the time-consuming process of obtaining medical certifications and tracking FMLA leaves.  Adding to the difficulty is the interplay of the Americans with Disability Act and workers’ compensation requirements.  This session reviews the latest compliance issues and court decisions relating to the FMLA, and provides attendees with useful, practical tips and tools to navigate and manage FMLA and ADA accommodation leaves.

8. 100X, Becoming a Leader that Multiplies--Maximize Your Influence and Become a Leader Worth Following: Part Two

(Part 1 is not a prerequisite to attend this session)

Dennis Pauli, Superintendent, Edgerton School District, Edgerton, WI 

Healthy school leaders make healthy school systems. Healthy school systems translate into greater academic outcomes for our students and the communities in which they live. Our districts and schools are rife with challenge, crisis and growing complexity. The job of leadership has changed precipitously over the past few years and it mandates a new standard of health and skill for those “worth following.” As a public relations leader, you wear the hats of communications director, people developer, ambassador to your community, and politician. It's a lonely job because it's the only one of its kind, right? This new standard of leadership is born out of the pain that, “what got us here, won’t get us there.” That's the manifesto and methodology from which The 100X Leader was established.  During this fast paced and interactive workshop participants will learn the essential characteristics of a 100X Leader. School leaders who live the challenges of managing today’s public sector realities and are fighting to stay healthy, hopeful and high performing across all circles of influence (self, family, team, organization and community). The 100X Leader serves as an important lever in creating better leaders for public education.

9.  Designing a Comprehensive Human Capital Management System

Dr. Kate Heynoski, Co-Founder & Chief, Experience Management Institute, Delaware, OH

Emily Douglas-McNab, Co-Founder & Chief, Experience Management Institute, Delaware, OH

Dr. Sara Skretta, Certification Officer, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Record numbers of people have quit their jobs, and all sectors of the economy are struggling to fill vacancies. Educational organizations are realizing it is time to take decisive action to attract and retain employees. In this session, districts will learn how to audit their practices and move from transactional practices to strategic actions that directly improve outcomes for staff and students. Developing a strategic HCMS will help education organizations move from The Great Resignation to the Great Attraction. 

10. Kansas Teacher Retention Initiative (2021-2022):  Understanding and Improving Teacher Engagement

and Retention

Dr. Bret Church, Associate Professor, Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Education, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

Over 20,000 Kansas educators participated in the inaugural Kansas Teacher Retention Initiative Survey, distributed in the fall of 2021. The Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas National Educators Association, and United School Administrators of Kansas partnered with Emporia State University to actively support the survey effort and increase attention and dialogue around issues related to educator retention. The survey invited and captured teacher voice in the areas of educator engagement, job satisfaction, and future intentions. It quantified that approximately 30% of respondents plan to either retire within the next 3 years or leave the profession entirely. Data collected from nearly 50% of the state’s teachers was analyzed in-depth at the state and district level to determine key insights, identify statistical drivers, and develop a deeper understanding of factors currently impacting retention. During this session we will discuss survey findings and meaningful insights, and provide updates from regional conversations held this spring, and ongoing stakeholder collaborative efforts. Participants will engage in partner and small group activities to help rethink a shared approach to engagement and retention and take new ideas back to their organizations.

11. Talent Acquisition:  Foundations for Hiring Success

Brian White, Executive Director of HR & Operations, Auburn-Washburn USD 437, Topeka, KS

This pre-conference session will explore talent acquisition through planning & preparation, recruitment, and hiring.  Attendees will experience interactive learning, engage in fun exercises, and leave with tips & tools to lead their organizations to hiring success.

12. Using Grow Your Own Programs to Recruit Teachers for Your District

Dr. Shanita Aaron, Educational Leadership Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT

A grow your own program is designed to recruit, develop, and retain teachers who are already in the community. It draws from people who are connected to the school or community but may not have considered the teaching profession. Grow your own programs typically include financial support, guidance, and the promise of a job upon graduation. The program is run by a school district, or a partnership between a school district, higher education institution, and a community organization. The goal of a grow your own program is to create teachers who are already connected to the community, and ideally, share lived experience with the students they serve.