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Thursday, February 1
 

12:00pm

Registration
Registration will be open for participants to check in, pay any outstanding registration fees, get directions, and/or ask questions.

Thursday February 1, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Lobby

1:00pm

Discrimination in Personnel Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

The recent increase in racially and religiously charged comments and other prejudicial dialogue in today’s media has resulted in a corresponding increase in discriminatory conduct in schools.  This presentation will analyze the anti-discrimination requirements that relate to school districts, including those concerning transgender individuals, and provide practical and creative suggestions to meeting those obligations while fostering an inclusive and respectful environment for all.  We will also analyze how to respond to discrimination claims through the uniform complaint process, DFEH, and EEOC and discuss proactive practices to avoid and defend against such claims.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Adams

Dean Adams

Attorney, Adams, McNally & Silva
Mr. Adams is a founding member of Adams Silva & McNally LLP. As an education law attorney since his graduation from law school, Mr. Adams has served school districts in the areas of labor and employment, student issues, special education, governance, litigation and business and facilities... Read More →


Thursday February 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Pacific B

1:00pm

Mini Merit Academy - Merit System 101
Limited Capacity seats available

A brief overview of the following topics will be presented:  history of the Merit System; roles of Board, Personnel Commission, and Director; pertinent sections of the Education Code; Parliamentary Procedure; Brown Act; and Hearings and Appeals.

Speakers
avatar for Anil Muhammed

Anil Muhammed

Director, Classified Human Resources, Huntington Beach Union High School District
Dr. Anil S. Muhammed has over 10 years of combined experience in public education, technology, and leadership. His experience ranges from serving as a Human Resources Director, college instructor, and software consultant to an entrepreneur. In addition, he earned a Doctor of Education... Read More →


Thursday February 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Coast Ballroom (East/West Coast)

2:30pm

Classification and Compensation: An Introduction
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Fred Corn

Fred Corn

CEO, EMS
Fred Corn is a former School HR Administrator and is currently CEO of Educational Management Solutions.  Fred has more than 20 years of experience in human resource management with specialization in job description design, staffing structures and compensation. Mr. Corn, in addition... Read More →
avatar for Larry Hunn

Larry Hunn

Founder, EMS
Larry Hunn has extensive experience in personnel management and workers compensation administration in both the public and private sectors.  As a former educator and counselor, Mr. Hunn developed innovative approaches to assist students with special needs in transitioning from school... Read More →


Thursday February 1, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Pacific B

2:30pm

Mini Merit Academy - Merit System 102
Limited Capacity seats available

A brief overview of the following topics will be presented:  classification and compensation; recruitment and selection; and collective bargaining.

Speakers
avatar for Suzy Seymour

Suzy Seymour

Director, Classified Personnel, Garden Grove Unified School District
Suzy Seymour serves as the Director of Classified Personnel for the Garden Grove Unified School District, overseeing a comprehensive human resources operation for 2300 employees.  She began her HR career in private industry, and gained experience in merit districts as a Personnel... Read More →


Thursday February 1, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Coast Ballroom (East/West Coast)

4:15pm

Assessing and Developing Leadership Talent
Limited Capacity filling up

With mass retirements of many long-term employees there is great concern about how we build our leadership bench. How do we assess leadership potential and then how do we help our people develop stronger leadership skills if they are struggling?  In this session we’ll discuss innovative approaches to leadership assessment and development. You have the chance to take an online work preferences questionnaire prior to the session, called the Harrison Assessment, and receive your personalized report at the session itself. The questionnaire takes only 25 minutes to complete and provides rich data on leadership suitability including exceptional strengths and possible gaps. No one but you will see your report; no charge (retail value = $150) for those who attend the session. Contact Anne for a link to take the questionnaire by Jan. 25th at the latest: annesandberg@predictsuccess.com

Speakers
avatar for Anne Sandberg

Anne Sandberg

Managing Director, Predict Success
Anne Sandberg is the Managing Director of Predict Success® a Southern California-based consulting firm specializing in leadership development, talent management and the use of employee assessments in industry (www.PredictSuccess.com). Anne began her career in the public sector with... Read More →


Thursday February 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Pacific B

4:15pm

Test Development and Item Analysis
Limited Capacity seats available

With the number of different classifications in public organizations, developing job-specific examinations based on legally-defensible principles can often seem like an overwhelming task.  This session will provide tips on how to best determine what test components are needed for a solid exam plan, whether it be multiple-choice tests, interviews, performance, situational exercises or writing exercises. In addition, this session will include an often overlooked piece of the process - the item analysis. We will briefly address what is an item analysis and how to the use the exam data to further enhance the reliability and validity of your assessment process. 

Speakers
avatar for Ana Aguilar

Ana Aguilar

Selection Supervisor, CODESP
Ana Aguilar is a HR Professional with over 17 years of experience, to include the full cycle Talent Management process such as Recruitment and Selection, Training and Development, Workforce Planning and Performance Management.  Ana has worked at a variety of public sector agencies... Read More →


Thursday February 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Coast Ballroom (East/West Coast)

6:00pm

Meet & Greet at Claim Jumper
An opportunity to gather for food and drinks as well as network with conference attendees.
No Host, Pre-selected Dinner Menu or your choice of appetizers and desserts (see other side for options).
Conveniently located within the Wyndham!



Thursday February 1, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Claim Jumper Restaurant 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
 
Friday, February 2
 

7:00am

Breakfast/Oracle Professional Demo
Breakfast is sponsored by Oracle. The Oracle Professional Demo will be held from 7:40 am to 8:10 am in the Harborside Room.

Friday February 2, 2018 7:00am - 8:15am
Harborside

7:00am

Registration/Exhibitor Hall Open
Registration will be open in the hallway for participants to check in, pay any outstanding registration fees, get directions, and/or ask questions. The Exhibitor Hall is located in Pacific A.

Friday February 2, 2018 7:00am - 8:15am
Pacific A

8:15am

Opening Ceremonies and Welcoming Remarks
Welcoming Remarks, Victor Garcia, CSPCA President
Presentation of Flag, San Diego Unified School District ROTC

Speakers
avatar for Victor Garcia

Victor Garcia

Personnel Commissioner, Cajon Valley Union School District


Friday February 2, 2018 8:15am - 8:45am
Harborside

8:45am

Keynote Session: Building a Culture of Employee Engagement in Government Employment
Building a Culture of Employee Engagement in Government
Bob Lavigna
Director, Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement
CPS HR Consulting
This session is based on Lavigna’s book, Engaging Government Employees:  Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance (American Management Association, now in its second printing). Governing magazine selected the book as “one of the six that public sector managers and staff should read.”
Research has clearly shown that improving employee engagement will drive higher levels of organizational performance, including in the public sector. The session will focus on:
  • What employee engagement is and why it matters;
  • Why measuring employee engagement is critically important, how to measure and analyze the level of engagement, and how to act on the results;
  • The results of a national benchmark survey on employee engagement in the public and private sectors;
  • What public sector organizations have done to improve – and sustain – engagement;
  • Building a culture of engagement; and
  • The role of HR in improving engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Lavigna

Robert Lavigna

Director, Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, CPS HR Services
Bob Lavigna is an award-winning public sector leader and innovator with more than 30 years of experience leading human resources organizations and programs in the public sector.  He is currently the Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement, a division of CPS... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Harborside

10:00am

Break/Registration/Exhibitor Hall Open
Registration will be open in the hallway for participants to check in, pay any outstanding registration fees, get directions, and/or ask questions. The Exhibitor Hall is located in Pacific A.
Refreshments will be served for break in the Exhibitor Hall.

Friday February 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Pacific A

10:30am

Classified Professional Growth Programs
Working collaboratively with the District and Labor Association to create professional growth programs geared towards improving employee skills, morale, job satisfaction, and retention.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin

President, Poway School Employees Association
Courtney Martin is the Professional Learning Coordinator for classified staff members that work in Poway Unified School District, in addition to serving as the President of Poway School Employees Association. Courtney has spent the last three years implementing a Professional Learning... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pacific D

10:30am

Employer Branding and Social Media
Today state and local government employers are deeply concerned in how they are branding themselves online and the challenges in connecting and converting job seekers once they arrive on their employment page.  As a leading job board and career center in state and local government, Careers In Government now reaches more than 15 million users per month on its vast social media channels, using the latest strategies and tools in the marketplace. This presentation will highlight strategies, success stories, and tactics that government employers can take advantage of to find the most qualified candidates.

PRESENTATION TOPICS
  • Employer Branding
  • Online Recruitment Strategies
  • Social Media Marketing

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hurwitz

Michael Hurwitz

Co-Founder and President, Careers in Government
As Careers In Government’s Co-founder/President, Michael Hurwitz is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as leading the company’s social media and marketing efforts.  Since 1996, Careers In Government, Inc. (CIG) has been an industry leader and innovator in Local Government... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pacific B

10:30am

Strategies for Dealing with a Toxic Workplace
A dysfunctional or “toxic” workplace is often characterized by poor communication, lack of trust, gossip and cynicism, blame and scapegoating, negativity, and a leadership style that relies on shame and anger to manipulate employees, or worse – is oblivious to toxic employee behavior.  The result of this type of unhealthy and unpleasant work environment is often poor organizational performance, low morale, and high employee turnover.  This interactive session will provide attendees with a checklist that can be used to determine whether your workplace is in fact toxic, and will share effective strategies to clean up the toxins and rejuvenate the organization.

Learning objectives: 
  1. Learn and understand what a toxic workplace is
  2. Learn the symptoms of toxicity in the workplace
  3. Learn how to diagnose a toxic workplace
  4. Learn the effects and impacts of a toxic workplace
  5. Learn strategies for combatting toxicity in the workplace

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Langan

Shelley Langan

Human Resources Manager, Placer County Water Agency
Shelley Langan, SPHR has 30 years of experience within a broad range of full service HR arenas, including recruitment, testing and assessment, job analysis, workforce planning, staffing and retention, employee relations, classification and compensation, and human resource program... Read More →
avatar for Michael Willihnganz

Michael Willihnganz

Director of Administrative Services, Placer County Water Agency
Michael Willihnganz is currently the Director of Administrative Services for the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA), a water and power utility located in Auburn, California.  In this capacity, he oversees a variety of programs including human resources, payroll, information technology... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pacific C

12:00pm

Lunch/NEOGOV Award Presentation
The NEOGOV Award Presentation will be held from 1:10 pm to 1:25 pm in the Harborside Room.

Friday February 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harborside

1:30pm

Classified Leadership Development Academy
Speakers
avatar for Erin Milligan-Hill

Erin Milligan-Hill

Director, Employment and Professional Development, San Diego Community College District
Erin Milligan-Hill joined the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) several years ago, after relocating from Texas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications, and later worked as a news editor, medical photographer, and special event coordinator in the public... Read More →
avatar for Clark Wilson

Clark Wilson

Senior Human Resources Technician, San Diego Community College District
Clark Wilson has over ten years’ experience in human resources, five of those in the education sector including K-12 and higher education.  Currently, Clark serves as the Senior Human Resources Technician at San Diego Community College District.  In this role, he is the Lead for... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pacific D

1:30pm

Creating a Better Work-Life Balance
Balancing the demands of career and personal life are an ongoing challenge for most of us.  Participants will gain insight into work-life balance strategies.  They will be given tools to use to gain insight into how well they manage work and their personal lives and effective ways to make small changes to meet their individual goals.  Discussion includes defining a healthy work-life balance, time management techniques, nourishing interpersonal roles in your life, and effective tools to use each day.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Wood

Robin Wood

Health Program Manager, California's Valued Trust
Robin Wood currently serves as the Health Program Manager at California’s Valued Trust (CVT), one of California’s largest labor/management trusts specializing in healthcare benefits for the education community.  Ms. Wood is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pacific C

1:30pm

Embracing Feedback
EMBRACING FEEDBACK, EVEN IF IT HURTS
The successful journey of becoming a great leader requires that we receive feedback on how we can improve along the way. When someone gives you constructive feedback are you open to it? Do your emotions stay in check or do you get defensive? Are you missing out on feedback opportunities because people are fearful of how you may react? And when you do hear the feedback, are you able to act on it and do things differently?  This session will explore the psychology behind our emotions and reactions, and how we can get ahead of it to be open to feedback, explore and understand it, and most importantly, do something with it to become a better version of ourselves. 

This session will show you how to:
  • Seek out useful feedback.
  • Receive feedback, non-defensively, and seek to understand it.
  • Take action on the feedback and close the loop.

Speakers
avatar for Madeline Schmidt

Madeline Schmidt

Consultant, Monarch Training and Consulting
Unlocking potential. Inspiring people. Transforming Companies.For almost 20 years, Madeline Schmidt has inspired and transformed people and companies, helping them achieve their full potential through organizational development, learning, training, coaching, leadership development... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pacific B

3:00pm

Break/Registration/Exhibitor Hall Open
Registration will be open in the hallway for participants to check in, pay any outstanding registration fees, get directions, and/or ask questions. The Exhibitor Hall is located in Pacific A.
Refreshments will be served for break in the Exhibitor Hall.

Friday February 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Pacific A

3:15pm

Commissioner's Roundtable: Things Commissioners Need To Know
Personnel Commissioner’s Roundtable:Reaching Decisions Fairly, Competently and Impartially

Anita Ford, LACOE & HLPUSD 
Michael Henry, LACOE
Ann Young Havens, LACCD
Joe Paller, LAUSD

At each Personnel Commission meeting, Commissioners make decisions that impact the lives of employees; affect the efficiency, effectiveness, quality and safety of service provided to students; and impacts the School District’s scarce resources.  This panel of uniquely qualified and highly experienced commissioners will share the steps they take and questions they ask before reaching conclusions and voting.  In a question and answer format, they will discuss and address such topics as:
  • What to look for in a classification study
  • Questions to ask when reviewing eligibility lists
  • What to look for in a salary study
  • The PC’s responsibility relative to salary alignment
  • Questions to ask when responding to an exam appeal
  • What to expect from a hearing officer and his/her report 
  • How to review the PC budget
  • How to remain independent and impartial when under pressure
  • When to recuse yourself from voting
  • What you may or may not discuss in closed session
  • How to deal with emotional, angry, misinformed, disappointed and disruptive attendees
  • Requirements for telephonic meeting attendance

Speakers
avatar for Anita Ford

Anita Ford

Personnel Commissioner, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Anita Ford retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District as the Personnel Director. Prior to that position, she served as Deputy General Manager of the Personnel Department of the City of Los Angeles after 25 years of progressively responsible experience, including Assistant... Read More →
avatar for Ann Young Havens

Ann Young Havens

Commissioner, Los Angeles Community College District
Ms. Havens has worked in the public sector as a human resources professional for over 20 years for both the Los Angeles Unified School District and the County of Los Angeles. She is currently the Senior Human Resources Manager over the Countywide Talent Assessment Division (CTAD... Read More →
avatar for Michael Henry

Michael Henry

Personnel Commissioner, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Mr. Henry has served in various public sector positions for over 40 years. In 1976 he was selected to join the prestigious Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Office's (CAO) Internship program where he served progressively in various staff, management and executive positions for... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Paller

Joseph Paller

Personnel Commissioner, Los Angeles Unified School District
Joseph Paller has served on the Personnel Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2001. In his day job, Joe represents employee benefit plans, labor unions, and plaintiffs in class action litigation as managing partner of Gilbert & Sackman in Los Angeles. | Uniquely... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Pacific B

3:15pm

New Directors Roundtable
This roundtable session is geared toward individuals pursuing a director level position.  A panel of new directors will share their preparation for the Director level position as well as their successes and challenges during their first year. 

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Austin

Rachel Austin

Director, Classified Personnel, Carlsbad Unified School District
Director of Classified Personnel, Carlsbad Unified School District
avatar for Isabel Barreras

Isabel Barreras

Director, Classified Human Resources, Madera Unified School District
Director of Classified Human Resources, Madera Unified School District-Personnel Commission
avatar for Susan Dixon

Susan Dixon

Director, Classified Personnel, San Dieguito Union High School District
I have been the Director of Classified Personnel at SDUHSD for two years. I welcome the opportunity to provide information to those who are wondering if the role of Director is a good match for their career path. I am also happy to help newly appointed Directors navigate any specific... Read More →
avatar for Xavier Thomas

Xavier Thomas

Director, Personnel Commission, La Mesa Spring Valley Schools
Director, Classified Personnel at La Mesa Spring Valley School District


Friday February 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Pacific D

3:15pm

Successful Recruiting in the Public Sector
This practitioner-based presentation will discuss varying topics in the vital HR process. This presentation will cover the nuances of public sector recruiting, strategies for different job classification levels (journey level specialists, managers, and executives); traditional versus proactive methods; and a menu of strategic based recruitment methods. The main emphasis of this presentation focuses on an observed shift in trends in that a more “strategic” focus in recommended for HR staff of public agencies with some emphasis on private sector methods to attract, recruit, and retain top talent for your agency. Suggested methods for successful recruitments will be covered and discussed. 

This presentation will be interactive and audience participation is encouraged. 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Morgan

Aaron Morgan

Senior Human Resources Analyst, County of San Diego
Aaron Morgan has worked in the Human Resources field for 30 years, and has conducted recruitments on a wide variety of occupations for the last 22 years. He is currently a Senior HR Analyst with the County of San Diego, Department of Human Resources. Aaron has also served as a part... Read More →


Friday February 2, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Pacific C

5:00pm

CSPCA President's Reception - Sponsored by NEOGOV, VEBA, Oracle, Shaw HR Consulting, and Ewing-CPS HR Consulting
Speakers
avatar for Victor Garcia

Victor Garcia

Personnel Commissioner, Cajon Valley Union School District


Friday February 2, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific A
 
Saturday, February 3
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Saturday February 3, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Harborside

7:00am

Registration/Exhibitor Hall Open
Registration will be open in the hallway for participants to check in, pay any outstanding registration fees, get directions, and/or ask questions. The Exhibitor Hall is located in Pacific A.

Saturday February 3, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Pacific A

8:00am

Plenary Session Address: Cultivating Talent
Sponsored by NCCIPMA-HR

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Boucher

Christopher Boucher

Director of Human Resources, Port of Oakland
Prior to working for the Port of Oakland, Mr. Christopher Boucher served as the Human Resources and Risk Manager for the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), overseeing the operations of the District’s Human Resources, Workers’ Compensation, Risk Management and litigation support... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Harborside

9:15am

Legal Updates with Kristine Kwong
This general session for all participants will provide the latest legal information that affects all merit system school districts. Sponsored by VEBA.

Speakers
avatar for Kristine Kwong

Kristine Kwong

Partner, Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP
Kristine Kwong is a partner in the Firm's Los Angeles office and advises and counsels clients on a wide range of business, corporate, operational and employment issues, including business counseling, contract negotiation and preparation, restrictive covenant and non-compete agreements... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Harborside

10:15am

Break/Registration/Exhibitor Hall Open
Registration will be open in the hallway for participants to check in, pay any outstanding registration fees, get directions, and/or ask questions. The Exhibitor Hall is located in Pacific A.
Refreshments will be served for break in the Exhibitor Hall.

Saturday February 3, 2018 10:15am - 10:30am
Pacific A

10:30am

Deciphering the Leaves System
Coordinating leaves of absence under the various federal and state statutes, combined with District policy and collective bargaining agreements is one of the most daunting challenges faced by HR professionals. This presentation will provide an overview of the task of managing leaves of absence where several federal and state statutes overlap with negotiated agreements, preparing documentation, and what happens when an employee exhausts all leaves.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelyn Morenz

Jacquelyn Morenz

Associate, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Jacquelyn Morenz represents California school districts and county offices of education in a variety of labor and employment and general education matters, including employee disciplinary actions, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation of employee disabilities, employment discrimination... Read More →
avatar for Alaina Reede

Alaina Reede

Director, Classified Human Resources, Vista Unified School District
Alaina Reede is the Director of Classified Human Resources with the Vista Unified School District. She has twenty years of experience in merit system school districts, and was previously the Director of Classified Personnel with the Carlsbad Unified School District and Human Resources... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pacific B

10:30am

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Employee conflict is inevitable in the workplace.  The lack of "emotional intelligence" in employees may contribute to poor employee performance, employee relations issues, workplace complaints and grievances which all impact productivity.  Learn how emotional intelligence can affect an employee's ability to work with others, be flexible, listen, adjust to change and be flexible.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Schlehuber

Alicia Schlehuber

HR Consultant
Alicia Schlehuber is an HR Consultant who currently provides HR consulting services to California Association of School Business Officials and Civility Partners out of San Diego.  She has ten years of experience working in merit systems in California schools with her most recent... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pacific C

10:30am

Leading Consciously Now: Collaborating Creatively
Have you been challenged in getting others to work with you?Have you felt a sense of rejection, a sense of frustration, or just downright irritation when people don’t cooperate…collaborate in the greater good of the mission? 

If this is YOU, I’ve been there too!  Challenged in getting people to “move” over the course of my 25 years as a workplace mediator and as a business leader with teams of people, I returned to school in 2013 to advance my understanding of the science behind human behavior. 

“Persuasion is no longer just an art, it’s an out-and-out science,” said Dr. Robert Cialdini, professor emeritus of psychology and marketing at Arizona State University, speaking at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Indeed, a vast body of scientific evidence now exists on how, when, and why people say yes to influence attempts.” 

In this workshop, you’ll learn the hidden secrets for how to get people to say “yes” at your school (and, yes, at home!).
  • Uncover the SIX factors of influence critical for persuading people
  • Discover practical, time-saving tips when using the art of collaboration
  • Explore the rich outcomes when a collaborative environment is fostered…what you personally and professionally gain!
Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success." 

“We can focus too heavily on economic factors when seeking to motivate others toward our offerings and ideas,” he said. “We would do well, as well, to consider employing psychological motivators, such as those we have covered here.”

Speakers
avatar for Debra Dupree

Debra Dupree

President, Relationships at Work
Dr. Debra Dupree, the President and Founder of Relationships at Work, Inc. is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer.  She has mediated hundreds of workplace and family disputes spanning 20+ years and seen relationships at work and home damaged by poor communication and conflict... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pacific D

12:00pm

1:30pm

How to Conduct a Classification and Compensation Study
Consistent with best practices, public sector employers must perform due diligence to ensure that their classification and compensations systems are relevant and competitive within their labor market to support recruitment and retention of high quality staff.  In addition, many agencies are increasing staffing and service levels to support economic recovery.  This has impacted how agencies organize work, which may no longer align with their classification and compensation systems. Many agencies are going through a process of trying to address these changes, resulting in the need for a holistic assessment of their classification and compensation systems.  This session will cover the vital elements associated with classification and compensation studies; participants will walk away with a more secure knowledge that they are performing this critical task in a way that can be defended and implemented.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Kaneko

Katie Kaneko

President, Koff & Associates
Katie is one of two principals at Koff & Associates, a full-spectrum public sector Human Resources consulting firm located in Berkeley, CA. She brings twenty-five (25) years of management-level human resources experience to Koff & Associates, both as a human resources director and... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pacific B

1:30pm

How to Motivate Employees and Improve Performance
We all struggle with reaching an employee who may have the basic skills set to do the job, but is not a part of the team and engages in behavior that negatively impacts their performance and the performance of others.  This interactive workshop will provide you with tools to develop intervention strategies that will engage employees in the improvement process.

Speakers
avatar for Nora Roque

Nora Roque

Executive Director, Human Resources, Inglewood Unified School District
Nora is the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD), a senior management position where she directs all human resources functions for the school district.  Previously, she served as Director of Classified Personnel for the Newport-Mesa... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pacific C

1:30pm

Part 1: ADA Employee Accommodations - Unraveling the Chaos, Creating Compliant Solutions
This solutions-focused presentation will address the realities of where we are with employer accommodation obligations under Title I of the ADA/ADAAA and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Rachel Shaw is nationally known as a dynamic, enjoyable and knowledgeable expert in ADA and leave management. She will expertly guide you through creating or enhancing your disability compliance program to ensure your District is compliant, efficient and effective when dealing with your growing number of requests for workplace and leave accommodations. 

Specific topics covered during this two-part session will focus on the following, specific to Merit Districts in California:
  • ADA/FEHA and the Disability Interactive Process
  • Making Reasonable Accommodation Decisions
  • Education Code 39-Month List 
  • Strategies for Managing Excessive and Abuse of Leave Issues

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Shaw

Rachel Shaw

President, Shaw HR Consulting
Rachel Shaw is the president and principal consultant of Shaw HR Consulting. With over 15 years of executive-level Human Resources experience, Rachel is known nationally as the authority on how to implement and manage the FEHA/ADA Disability Interactive Process for candidates and... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pacific D

3:00pm

Break/Registration/Exhibitor Hall Open
Registration will be open for participants to check in, pay any outstanding registration fees, get directions, and/or ask questions.

Refreshments will be served for break.

The Exhibitor Hall (located in the West Coast/East Coast Rooms) will be open.

Saturday February 3, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Pacific A

3:15pm

Do's and Don'ts of Running PC Meetings and Hearings
In this workshop, we will highlight the essentials of what Personnel Commissioners should know to conduct effective meetings, including Brown Act basics, room set up, maintaining order and neutrality, whether to hold disciplinary hearings as a commission, or to appoint a hearing officer, and the limits on the Commission’s jurisdiction. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark R. Bresee

Mark R. Bresee

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Saturday February 3, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Pacific C

3:15pm

Part 2: ADA Employee Accommodations - Unraveling the Chaos, Creating Compliant Solutions
This solutions-focused presentation will address the realities of where we are with employer accommodation obligations under Title I of the ADA/ADAAA and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Rachel Shaw is nationally known as a dynamic, enjoyable and knowledgeable expert in ADA and leave management. She will expertly guide you through creating or enhancing your disability compliance program to ensure your District is compliant, efficient and effective when dealing with your growing number of requests for workplace and leave accommodations. 

Specific topics covered during this two-part session will focus on the following, specific to Merit Districts in California:
  • ADA/FEHA and the Disability Interactive Process
  • Making Reasonable Accommodation Decisions
  • Education Code 39-Month List 
  • Strategies for Managing Excessive and Abuse of Leave Issues

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Shaw

Rachel Shaw

President, Shaw HR Consulting
Rachel Shaw is the president and principal consultant of Shaw HR Consulting. With over 15 years of executive-level Human Resources experience, Rachel is known nationally as the authority on how to implement and manage the FEHA/ADA Disability Interactive Process for candidates and... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Pacific D

3:15pm

The Basics of Reorganization
During times of budget crisis and challenges, you may be called upon to assist with the streamlining of workflow or distribution of duties within departments.  There are so many factors to consider in a reorganization such as merit rule compliance, contract language, reclassification and/or selection procedures.  Learn how to navigate potential roadblocks during a reorganization within a merit system.  

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Schlehuber

Alicia Schlehuber

HR Consultant
Alicia Schlehuber is an HR Consultant who currently provides HR consulting services to California Association of School Business Officials and Civility Partners out of San Diego.  She has ten years of experience working in merit systems in California schools with her most recent... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Pacific B
 
Sunday, February 4
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Sunday February 4, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Harborside

8:30am

Building Peace Leadership Capacity in Personnel Leaders
Peace Leadership is an individual and collective practice of challenging aggression and violence while building positive structures and systems in our lives, communities, and organizations. In this presentation, personnel leaders will learn about the integral perspective of peace leadership, and how innerwork (such as mediation, forgiveness, and worldview), community work (such coalition building, networking, and fostering diversity), knowledge work (such as dialogue, conflict resolution, and mediation), and environment work (such as systems thinking, complexity, distributed leadership) can be utilized to build more engaged, connected, and responsive employees and organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Whitney McIntyre Miller, Ph.D.

Whitney McIntyre Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Chapman University
Whitney McIntyre Miller, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Chapman University.  She centers her research and scholarship around peace leadership and is one of the pioneering scholars of the field. Dr. McIntyre Miller also studies issues of community development... Read More →


Sunday February 4, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Harborside

9:45am

Closing Session: Creating Welcoming Schools - Classified Staff's Essential Role in Positive School Climate and Student Wellness
The presenters will provide an overview of trauma's impact on children and the importance of relationship building and positive environment on short and long term outcomes for youth.  Attendees will learn simple and effective strategies for classified staff to implement in the creation of a welcoming, engaging, and healthy school community. 

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Israel

Kimberly Israel

Coordinator of Community Outreach, Escondido Union School District
Kimberly Israel is the current Coordinator of Community Outreach for the Escondido Union School District (EUSD).  Kimberly began her career in education over 20 years ago as a middle school and high school teacher, and transitioned her role to a school social worker after obtaining... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Schmidt

Tracy Schmidt

Director of Integrated Student Supports, Escondido Union School District
Tracy Schmidt is the current Director of Integrated Student Supports for the Escondido Union School District (EUSD).  Tracy was hired as an elementary school social worker in 2005 in the Escondido Union School District.  Tracy obtained her California License in Clinical Social Work... Read More →


Sunday February 4, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Harborside

11:00am