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GASPA Fall 2022 Conference

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November 7, 2022 1:00 pm
November 9, 2022 12:00 pm
201 Arnold Road St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522   View map

GASPA’s 2022 Fall Conference

November 7-9, 2022

The King and Prince Resort Beach & Golf Resort

The Georgia Association of Personnel Administrators is pleased to announce the 2022 GASPA Fall Conference on November 7-9, 2022 at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

Monday, November 7, 2022

7:30am-4:30pm – Conference Registration
7:30-8:30am – Continental Breakfast
8:30-12:00pm – HR 101, Alli Baxter, Bulloch County Schools; Shannon Dotsikas, Twiggs County Schools; Sean Petro, Columbia County Schools; Leandra Colley and Kristin Godwin, GaPSC This extended session is open to those who are new to the field of Human Resources as well as experienced Human Resources personnel. Topics include Best Practices in Hiring and Firing, Certification 101, developing a monthly HR calendar, conducting investigations, and more!
8:30-9:30am – Roundtable Discussion Regarding the Pros and Cons of Liquidated Damages, facilitated by Ramon Ray, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Liquidated damages, to do it or not to do it, that’s the question!
9:30-10:00am – Using Data to Support Teacher and Leader Recruitment and Retention Dr. Laine Reichert, GaDOE This interactive session will provide tools to analyze the teacher and leader pipeline data. Participants will examine their district and RESA data to understand the trends in teacher and leader retention/attrition, obtain a comprehensive look at demographic data, and understand how to predict potential vacancies. A facilitation guide that can by used district leadership teams for goal and action planning will be provided.
10:00-10:30am – Break
10:30-11:00am – Building the Bridge Between HR and Finance, James Austin, Twiggs County Schools This presentation will explore the connection between HR and Finance and how it impacts the budget. Finance is responsible for the budget, but HR is the main driver of budget impact. HR leaders can be strategic partners in the budgeting process and protect system funding.
11:00-12:00 – Workers’ Compensation, Edna Aikens, Griffin-Spalding County Schools Hear tips from a practitioner in a self-insured environment.
12:00-12:30pm – Boxed lunch provided for Pre-conference session participants.
12:30- 1:00pm – Break


Official Conference Begins

1:00-1:15pm – Official Conference Welcome and Announcements Ramon Ray, GASPA President, CHRO, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
1:15 – 2:45pm – The Power of Positivity: Behavioral Science Strategies for Human Capital Leaders, Dr. Tim Hodges, Executive Director, Clifton Strengths Institute The last two years have been challenging, to say the least! From the covid19 pandemic to political and racial unrest to wild swings in the economy and employment trends, we’ve all been challenged to rethink and reinvent the ways we lead. Ready for some good news? More than 20 years of research in the fields of positive psychology and behavioral economics has led to several tangible discoveries that we can integrate into our leadership. This session will review highlights from the behavioral science research and break it into tangible steps you can take to improve your life and the lives of those you lead and serve. The future is going to look different – let’s do all we can to make sure that it’s going to look better!
2:45-3:00pm – Break
3:00 – 3:30pm – Navigating Student Loan Forgiveness, Brenda Vaughn, Georgia Student Finance Commission Provide support and information to employees and encourage others to further their education to strengthen the teacher pipeline.
3:30-4:00pm – Advancing Teacher Recruitment & Retention, Ashely Thompson, GaDOE Review of Georgia’s Teacher Pipeline Initiatives; HB 32, HB 385, SB 88, and future initiatives.
4:00-5:00pm – What Would You Do? Erin Roberson, Director of Human Resources, Fayette County Schools This is an interactive session; conference participants will choose a “tricky” HR scenario to navigate, giving us all a chance to learn from each other.
5:00-6:00pm – GASPA Business Partners, Family and Friends Welcome Reception


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

7:15-8:00am – Breakfast Buffet
7:15-8:00am – Visit Business Partners’ Exhibits
8:00-8:30am – Introduction of Business Partners, Phillip Tremble, GASPA Business Partner Liaison, Director of Human Resources, Bulloch County Schools
8:30-9:00am – TRS Update, Dr. Buster Evans, Executive Director, Teachers Retirement System of Georgia
9:00-9:45am- Cultivating Rural Teacher Resilience for Burnout Prevention, Dr. Alissa Sasser, GaDOE Burnout and compassion fatigue are at an all-time high in the field of education. While many educators are highly skilled in the areas of content knowledge and pedagogy, they often overcommit and overhelp without understanding the nature of this behavior or the detrimental effects it can have on their professional effectiveness as well as their personal wellbeing. These challenges are compounded for rural educators who are expected to support the various non-academic challenges encountered by students but must do so with limited access to resources and support. This session will draw upon the experiences of rural educators to determine the most common stressors to inform participants not only on factors that specifically contribute to the burnout of rural teachers but will also provide participants with practical strategies to draw upon the grit and resilience of teachers to recover from and prevent burnout.
9:45-10:15am – Break/Visit Business Partners’ Exhibits
10:15-10:45am – Comments from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Matt Arthur, Executive Secretary, GaPSC
10:45 – 11:30am – Workers’ Compensation – Eric Trivett, Attorney
11:30-12:00pm – GASPA Business Meeting
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch – Visit Business Partner Exhibits
1:00-2:00pm – Growing a Culture of Belonging for Classified Staff: Culture Transformation that Retains Leaders Carroll County has implemented district learning and support structures that make classified staff more visible and integrated in the overall student experience. Our presentation team will share a content outline, facilitate a sample experience from the program, and share key practices for program success.
2:00-2:30pm – Break – Visit Business Partners
2:30-3:15pm – Exploring an Intentional Focus on Ethics for Paraprofessionals, Anne Marie Fenton and Laurin Vonada, GaPSC With the availability of the Paraprofessional Ethics Modules through each RESA, this session will focus on how school districts are using these new learning tools, as well as other innovative strategies aimed at helping paraprofessionals avoid ethical missteps.
3:15-4:15pm – Legal Requirements for Records Retention and Open Records Requests, Phil Hartley, Harben, Hartley, and Hawkins
4:15-4:30pm – Business Partner Door Prizes
4:30-4:45pm – Regional Directors Meeting


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

7:15-8:00am – Breakfast Buffet
8:00-8:45am – Certification Updates Kelli Young and Windy Fortenberry, GaPSC
8:45-9:45am- GaPSC Updates Anne Marie Fenton, Rules Management and Educator Assessment; Laurin Vonada, Ethics Division; Dr. Penney McRoy, Educator Preparation Division
9:45-10:10am – Break/Check Out
10:10-10:30am – AASPA Update, Kelly Coash Johnson, Executive Director, American Association of School Personnel Administrators
10:30-10:45 am – Interns as Teachers: Creative Ways to Staff Your Classrooms, Dr. Bobby Costlow, Evans County Schools and Dr. Michelle Fox, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
10:45-12:15pm – Legal Updates Phil Hartley, Harben, Hartley, and Hawkins, LLP
12:15pm – Meritorious Attendance Award and Conference Closing Turn in your badge for a chance to win $100! Must be present to win! Ramon Ray, GASPA President, CHRO, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

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