Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions:
AM Pre-Conference Workshops: 9 am - 12 pm
1. Bargaining Skills for the 21st Century
Dr. Beth Porter, Executive Director of Human Resources, Snoqualmie Valley School District, Snoqualmie, WA
Lester “Buzz” Porter, Jr., Attorney, Porter Foster Rorick LLP, Seattle, WA
In a post-Janus, post-global pandemic labor culture, what would it look like for every school district
bargaining team member to have the foundational skills and knowledge for successful negotiations
with public school unions? Join us for a condensed course in Bargaining Law, Engineering,
Psychology, Math, English and Philosophy as we explore the groundwork and tools necessary for
public school educators to be effective public school bargainers.
2. Recruiting and Retaining High Quality and Diverse Workforce: Successes and Lessons Learned
Steve Grubb, Chief Talent Officer, Highline Public Schools, Burien, WA
Chris Larsen, Executive Director of Human Resources, Highline Public Schools,
Sara Baker, Director of Human Resources, Highline Public Schools, Burien, WA
The recruitment and retention of high-quality diverse staff in a school district is both a moral imperative and essential to organizations committed to implementing policy and practice solutions that are grounded in equity. In this session HR practitioners from Highline Public Schools will share their story as it relates to recruiting and retaining a high quality and diverse workforce. This work is grounded in our values and we have been encouraged by our successes and humbled by our failures. In this session we will share elements of both what we have experienced that works as well as painful lessons learned. Participants will leave the session with concrete policy and practice solutions that they can generalize to their own schools and districts.
3. Title IX for School Personnel Administrators
Jackie Gharapour Wernz, Attorney & Partner, Franczek P.C., Chicago, IL
Shelli Anderson., Attorney & Partner, Franczek P.C., Chicago, IL
Whether you are a personnel administrator who is also your school district’s Title IX Coordinator
or a personnel administrator who feels lost in the world of Title IX, this session will have something
for you! Title IX has never been more important for public schools, with lawsuits on the rise and
new Department of Education rules looming. Topics addressed will include fundamentals necessary for identifying and responding to Title IX complaints involving employees; recent changes to the law, with a focus on with a focus on practical application in the human resources realm; ensuring the rights of accused employees are adequately protected in cases involving staff-on-student misconduct; and ensuring Title IX training is adequately woven into staff development throughout the year, among others! Every personnel administrator has a role to play in protecting students and avoiding risk—come and make sure you know yours!
4. The Recruitment and Retention Challenge: “Will they stay or will they go?”
Renee Russ, Superintendent, Clovis Municipal Schools, Clovis, NM
Joe Strickland, Deputy Superintendent of Employee Services, Clovis Municipal Schools, Clovis, NM
Dr. Shelly Norris, Executive Director of Educator Quality, Clovis Municipal Schools, Clovis, NM
Mandy Carpenter, Executive Director of Talent Management & Development, Clovis Municipal Schools,
From the rural lands of Eastern New Mexico, Clovis Municipal Schools will share their journey in
creating an environment full of high staff morale, teacher leadership, low turnover, and the change
in vision of leadership that has put this community on the state and national map! Leaders from CMS
will share how data and surveys were administered and dis-aggregated to find the root causes of
low teacher morale and high turnover rates. From those root causes, small changes in systems lead
to growing teacher excitement and fewer vacancies. The implementation of a Teacher Leader
Network, Site-based staffing strategies grounded in student enrollment and statistical data, and a New Principal Mentor Program have led CMS to noticeable positive change. Turnover of staff has decreased by 65% in just one year! Clovis Municipal Schools has regained its prestigious place in the educational community as the district on the rise. Participants will leave with tangible, real-world examples of success that can be implemented immediately into their own system.
5. Virtual OnBoarding
PM Pre-Conference Workshops: 1 pm - 4 pm
6. 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
The complexity of the FMLA has been tripping up HR for over 25 years. Adding to the difficulty is the interplay of the FMLA with Americans with Disability Act and State Workers’ Compensation requirements. This session reviews the latest legal landscape and provides attendees with useful, practical tips and tools to navigate and manage FMLA and ADA accommodation leaves, including how to handle excessive absenteeism, how to train administrators and supervisors about the do’s and don’ts relating to FMLA leaves, how to avoid costly claims of FMLA violations and what to expect going forward from the U.S. Department of Labor.
7. The Journey toward Mental Health Supports in School HR and Self-Care Guidance for
the HR Professional
Dr. Bill Redinger, Assistant Superintendent, Parkhill School District, Kansas City, MO
Dr. Linda Kaiser, Director, Human Resource Services, Parkhill School District, Kansas City, MO
Park Hill school district will share the journey that we have been on to provide empathy, guidance
and supervision to all employees in the area of mental health. An emphasis will be placed on the
care for these staff members before, during and after acute episodes. Topics will include compliance with state and Federal statute, return to work authorization and on-going support after return to work. The second half of the session will be designed to address the specific self-care needs of Human Resource professionals.
8. Strategies for Creating Employee Experiences that Matter
Emily Douglas-McNab, Senior Director, Experience Management Institute, Delaware, OH
It is no secret that the experience an employee has in your organization drives their engagement. With labor
markets becoming more competitive, talented staffers have options and are switching jobs and careers to ones
that provide advancement opportunities and support diverse and inclusive workforce. Building an experience
that matters is not an easy task and must become a strategic priority across the organization. In this session we
will dive into creating employee experiences that support organizations strategy as well as diverse staff needs.
9. A Comprehensive Training on the "EVIDENCE Model"
Brian Bock, Senior Partner and A. Star Leal, Associate, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, San Diego, CA
This pre-conference will focuses on implementing a cohesive, thorough, and legally defensible method to conducting in-house investigations. The training will cover a methodical approach to all stages of an investigation including, but not limited to:
Corrective actions, and
Education to avoid future problems.
Additionally, attendees will receive sample forms for complaints and processes and F3 attorneys will share vignettes and real-life scenarios regarding common issues that arise during the investigative process. The sessions will include ample time for an open discussion with opportunities for attendees to ask questions freely and participate actively. This training will provide all attendees with the tools and resources to feel confident and prepared to conduct their own investigations with the assistance of the EVIDENCE Model. Each attendee will also receive a formal certificate of attendance/completion of this training module, As well as a discounted opportunity to purchase the new EVIDENCE program handbook.