2017 SupportCon Springfield Sessions

SupportCon - Springfield

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8:00am - 8:30am
Registration & Refreshments

8:30am - 8:40am
Welcome and Opening Remarks - Susan P. Bertrand, MBA, CAE, Deputy Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Business Officials

8:40am - 9:45am | Opening General Session

What were you thinking? critical thinking skills to get ahead in your job and your life.
In this dynamic and interactive session you’ll discover five biases that may be keeping you from making the best decisions – as well as practical techniques that will allow you to overcome these biases. You’ll also learn a valuable methodology to quickly analyze and evaluate information in order to make the best possible decision for you, your team and your organization.
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Presented by: 
Kristin Arnold, MBA, CPF, CSP, professional facilitator and award winning author.

9:55am - 10:55am | Breakout Sessions

An Overview of Employee Personnel Files
Learn what documents should (and should not) be placed in employees’ personnel files and how to respond to requests for personnel files from employees and third parties.
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Presented by: 
Chris Hoffmann, Attorney, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP

Basics of Open Meetings Act (OMA)
Planning for open meetings requires knowledge of how the Open Meetings Act and the School Code intersect. Learn how these laws affect your work in assisting school officials to prepare agendas and successfully engage in committee work, remote participation, public participation, minute drafting, verbatim recordings and more.
Presented by: 
Kimberly Small, General Counsel, Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)

Maximizing Your Medicaid Revenue
The US Government has funds for your district. Learn how to stay compliant, maximize your revenue and educate your staff in best practices.
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Presented by: 
Kathy Gavin​​, Dir./Fiscal Services, Niles Twp. Dept. of Special Ed.
Julie Jilek​​, Assistant Superintendent, CSBO, Northwest Suburban Spec. Ed. Org.

10:55am - 11:05am

11:05am - 12:05pm | Breakout Sessions

Family medical leave fundamentals
Learn the fundamentals of Family Medical Leaves including the types of leaves, common pitfalls and best practices for administering your FML program.
Presented by:
Stephen Coffman, Group Practice Leader, Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America

Maintaining the Board Policy Manual
Have you been charged with keeping the board policy manual in order? This can be a daunting task, and whether you aren’t sure where to begin or just need a refresher, this panel will demonstrate efficient processes, including accessing suggested PRESS updates, preparing the necessary materials for the board packet, updating the district’s copy of the manual and archiving past versions. We will also cover questions relating to PRESS footnotes, and the differences between policies, administrative procedures and exhibits.
Presented by:
Angie Powell, Policy Consultant, Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)

Reviewing Criminal History Record Checks for Employment in Illinois Schools
A step-by-step review of the process for conducting criminal history record checks of applicants for employment in Illinois schools.​
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Presented by:
Chris Hoffmann, Attorney, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP

12:05pm - 12:45pm
Lunch will be provided. Your opportunity to network.​

12:50pm - 2:05pm | Breakout Sessions

"Googleize" Your Business Office
Google Docs and the G Suite were first made available to schools 12 years ago, and many of us are still trying to figure out if these tools can help us with our 'real' work. This session will showcase how a large high school district updated its practices, and transformed how it does business with the help of Google's collaborative tools. Learn how support staff members transitioned from Microsoft Excel and Word to Google Docs and Sheets in preparing board of education correspondence, financial dashboards, internal forms and procedural documents and even the annual tax levy!
Presented by: 
Connie Bowman, Account Representative, Skyward, Inc.
Sherrie Erdenberg, Sr. Account Manager, RevTrak
R.J. Gravel, Asst. Supt./Business Services, Glenbrook HSD 225​

Diversity and Inclusion: THE WHAT AND THE WHY
If you are committed to a diverse and inclusive school district where every man, woman and child is valued, this panel is for YOU! Through engaging, interactive exercises participants will:

  • Create a common understanding of diversity and inclusion,
  • Discuss the impacts of exclusion in school districts and
  • Broaden the scope of diversity beyond typical race and gender issues

Presented by: 
Nesa Brauer, Trainer, Board Development, Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)
Sandra Kwasa, Dir./Board Development Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)

Claims & Accident Investigation
Attendees will learn the ABC's of how to report a claim, how to avoid the pitfalls of not reporting a claim on time and what you need to do to complete an accident investigation form.
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Presented by: 
Byron Given, Account Executive, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Ryan Doyle, Area Assistant Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

1:50pm - 2:00pm

2:15pm - 3:15pm | Breakout Sessions

HR 101
This session will provide an overview of the various aspects of HR that need to be addressed in a school district.​​
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Presented by: 
Beth Dalton​, Asst. Supt./Human Resources, Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96

getting the most from frontline education's applicant tracking
This session will highlight the most commonly underutilized features of applicant tracking, provide direction for available resources and share industry best practices to use applicant tracking in the most efficient and cost effective way for your district. 
Presented by: 
Lori Massey​, Training Coordinator, Frontline Technologies