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10 Sessions We Can’t Wait to See at AASPA

Human Resources


Are you ready to reach for the stars at AASPA’s 79th Annual Conference? We’re counting down the days until the conference begins, and we can’t wait to see everyone there! There’s so much we’re looking forward to: four days full of learning, the chance to hear about the innovation happening in HR districts across the country and meet some of the most brilliant minds in the field — not to mention the beautiful surroundings and sunny warmth of Phoenix, Arizona.

Needless to say, we’re really looking forward to it.

With over 100 workshops offered this year, trying to decide which sessions to attend can get little overwhelming, in the best way possible — like setting a kid loose in a candy shop. So, we thought we’d share a short (and certainly not comprehensive) list of some of the clinic and ignite sessions we’re looking forward to.
 

Making the Move to Digital Onboarding

When: Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 am
Presented by: Loraine Morazzano, Ph.D., Grand Prairie ISD
Why We Can’t Wait: It can be tough to make changes in the central office, where time is at a premium and processes tend to be set in stone. And in large districts, where the saying “big ships turn slowly” can ring particularly true, change can be even harder. So, we’re really looking forward to hearing from Grand Prairie ISD’s Senior Chief HR Officer about how she took a strategic approach to revising her department’s processes and helping her district go digital.
 

Strategies to Attract and Retain Diverse Educators

When: Wednesday, October 18 at 1:45 pm
Presented by: Dr. Robert Stewart, Denton ISD
Why We Can’t Wait: With the student population becoming more diverse, promoting staff diversity must remain a priority for every school district. We can’t wait to see how the round table discussions in this session will address ways that Human Resources professionals can be more intentional in their efforts to establish and support an effective, diverse workforce.
 

Recruitment: Are We Telling the Right Stories?

When: Wednesday, October 18 at 1:45 pm
Presented by: David Robertson, Twin Rivers Unified School District
Why We Can’t Wait: Keynote speaker Kindra Hall is right: storytelling is a powerful tool. And in these times of teacher shortages and decreased enrollment in teacher prep programs, districts need to use every strategy available to them to recruit the best educators. We’re looking forward to hearing David Robertson talk about how districts can communicate a message that truly resonates with future teachers.
 

Every Day Counts: Training Substitutes

When: Wednesday, October 18 at 1:45 pm
Presented by: Lynn Glickman, Community Consolidated School District 21
Why We Can’t Wait: Substitute shortages continue to plague districts, making it difficult to provide students with uninterrupted learning every day. But providing training can help — we know that substitutes who have been offered training often feel more prepared for the classroom and more appreciated by their district.
 

Creating Insights and Opportunities by Benchmarking Your Teacher Absence Data

When: Wednesday, October 18 at 3:15 pm
Presented by: Jim O’Halloran and Raegen T. Miller, Ed.D., FutureEd
Why We Can’t Wait: This session is going to be something special — we promise! Raegen Miller and Jim O’Halloran are teaming up to provide a session unlike any other. You can expect fresh insights and leading-edge research to be shared, alongside concrete strategies for using data and benchmarking your district’s performance. 
 

Hiring the “Right Kind of Person” (RKP): Matching Your Hiring Process to Your Values

When: Thursday, October 19 at 1:15 pm
Presented by: Jonathan Hart, Marlboro Township School District
Why We Can’t Wait: Your school’s vision and values are meaningful — do your new hires reflect these vital components of your school culture? We’re looking forward to seeing how Marlboro Township School District systematically aligned their hiring practices to their values, mission and vision.
 

Mitigating the Impact of Teacher Shortages through Retention First Staffing

When: Thursday, October 19 at 3 pm
Presented by: Lowell Ghosey, Ed.D. and Dr. Robert Stewart, Denton ISD
Why We Can’t Wait: It’s no secret that the teacher shortage continues to be a problem. But in overcoming shortages, recruiting is only part of the big picture. Professional learning, support structures and leadership development have the power to support retention and create a new narrative — one that can drive and support effective recruiting strategies. This is one session that every HR professional who has been impacted by the teacher shortage should attend.
 

How Financial Literacy Impacts Employee Recruitment and Retention Efforts

When: Friday, October 20 at 8 am
Presented by: Suzanne Zentner, Gilbert Public Schools
Why We Can’t Wait: The session title has piqued our curiosity — how does financial literacy impact employee recruitment and retention? We’re looking forward to hearing how Gilbert Public Schools developed their new strategy to attract and retain employees, and can’t wait to see what their Talent Management model looks like.
 

It’s All about Growth: Take the Stress out of Recruitment and Retention with a Top-notch Professional Learning Culture

When: Friday, October 20 at 9 am
Presented by: Juliet Correll, Marguerite Dimgba, Greece Professional Learning Center, and Elizabeth M. Bentley, Ed.D., Greece Central School District
Why We Can’t Wait: Professional learning plays a huge role in attracting and retaining high-quality educators. But fostering a strong growth culture is a team effort. We’re looking forward to hearing how Greece Central aligned their Human Resources with Professional Learning and fostered collaboration across the district.
 
Coming to AASPA’s 79th Annual Conference? Make sure you stop by our booth and pick up a copy of our Pocket Guide to HR Insights!
 

About Annie Grunwell

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Annie is a Content Marketing Specialist at Frontline Education with a deep and abiding love of learning, writing, and sharing knowledge.