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This full-day seminar is brought to you by the Support Professional Task Force to create a program that specifically meets your needs. Explore deep-dive two hour sessions and enjoy a networking opportunity during the lunch hour.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your professionalism and learn how to more effectively serve your district, community and ultimately, your students.

PD Clock Hours: 5.0

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8:30am - 8:35am | Welcome


8:35am - 9:45am | Super Sectional Session

Pandemic Woes & How You Can Improve Your Influence in Your Role

Use leadership concepts to explore the effects of the pandemic and embrace behaviors to help influence, lead and work alongside others. Life Orientations (LIFO) focuses on strengths and the behaviors around those strengths. MBTI focuses on innate personality concepts. Emotional Intelligence is about knowing yourself and what triggers you. Explore key leadership concepts and reflect on your leadership and communication style. Leadership development is self-development, we all lead.
Speaker:
Susan Bertrand, MBA, CAE Deputy Executive Director, COO, Illinois ASBO


10:00am - 12:00pm | Sessions

Business Office Best Practices

Join an interactive panel discussion covering a variety of different topics. We will discuss internal controls in the business office, cash management and cyber security. You will get to see what different school districts are doing. Bring your questions for the related topics to this session!

Speakers:
Nick Cavaliere Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Melissa Morgese Dir./Business Services, Wheeling CCSD 21
Craig Williams Dir./Infrastructure Consulting Svs., ClientFirst Consulting Group 

TRS Session - Title TBD

More information coming soon!

Speaker:
Grant Brauer Employer Services Manager, Teachers Retirement System

Googleize Your Business Office 101  

Intended for new G Suite users, get an overview of how to transition 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.  Learn the flexibility of cloud-based productivity applications and how to maximize Google Drive to "Googleize" your business office and take it to the next level!

Speaker:
R.J. Gravel, Ed.D. Associate Superintendent, Glenbrook HSD 225


12:00pm - 1:30pm | Lunch & Networking


1:30pm - 3:30pm | Breakout Sessions

What is an Audit?

Why do we need an audit? Why is our auditor asking so many questions? Is all of this really necessary? Ask our distinguished panel of auditors and former auditors turned school business officials for answers to many different types of questions. 

Speakers:
Nick Cavaliere Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Whitney Draegert Dir./Business Services, CSBO, Twp. High Sch. Dist. 113
Matt Geerdes Senior Manager, Crowe LLP
Daniel Oberg Dir./Business Services, Comm. High Sch. Dist. 94

Googleize Your Business Office 201

Intended for the experienced G Suite user, get an advanced look at how to leverage hidden features available for G Suite.  Explore available third-party add-on tools to perform routine tasks.  Learn how to maximize shared drives for team files and special projects, how to schedule facilities and resources using Google Calendar and how to create an internal website for your school district's employees using Google Sites and how to create internal shared templates. Get practical examples and resources to help take your business office to the next level with the help of G Suite.

Speaker:
R.J. Gravel, Ed.D. Associate Superintendent, Glenbrook HSD 225