2019 IASB Employee Relations Conference

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona

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The Challenge:
Many school districts struggle to fill vacancies, especially in hard-to-fill positions. Rural, urban and suburban schools all face this same challenge—to find and keep teachers with adequate skills and expertise.

The Solution: Attend the IASB Employee Relations Conference on Oct. 17 to dig in to the staffing challenges your district faces and take-home solutions you can use—understanding collective bargaining, focusing on equity in HR, recruiting and supporting a quality workforce, preventing workplace violence, understanding alternative licensure pathways, and more.

Happy teachers create happy classrooms with environments where students feel supported and empowered to succeed. We all win when the focus is on improving district culture and ultimately helping students succeed.


General Sessions

Mistakes, Messaging and Mayhem: Understanding HF 291 Two Years Later
Drew Bracken, Shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney; Brett Nitzschke, Attorney, Lynch Dallas

Keeping the HR Focus on Equity
Katy Swalwell, Associate Professor, Iowa State University; Jenny Risner, Superintendent; Anthony Jones, Director of Equity; and Monic Behnken, Board Member, Ames Schools

From Theory to Practice: Recruiting and Supporting a Quality Workforce
Kingsley Botchway, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Equity, Waterloo Schools; Chris Coffelt, Superintendent, Central Decatur and Lamoni Schools

Avoid OSHA Fines: Proactive Solutions to Prevent Workplace Violence
Russell Perry, Safety and Health Consultant, Iowa OSHA

Breakout Sessions

Teacher Licensure Pathways: Understanding the Teacher Shortage
Joanne Tubbs, Board of Educational Examiners

One Size Does Not Fit All: Superintendent Search Considerations
Marty Braster, Board President; Tom Rubel, Superintendent, Centerville Schools; Harry Heiligenthal, Associate Executive Director, Board Development, IASB

All You Need is a Little TLC: Teacher Leader and Compensation’s Impact on Iowa Schools
Lora Rasey, Education Program Consultant, Iowa Department of Education; Crista Carlile, Director of Teaching and Learning, Urbandale Schools

HR Best Practices: Labor Management Committees
Susan Bolte, Iowa Public Employment Relations Board; D.T. Magee, Superintendent, Norwalk Schools; Alison Cornwell, Norwalk  and Martensdale-St. Marys Schools; Willie Stone, Superintendent, Washington Schools

Bridging the Gap: Building a Positive School Culture by Investing in People
Jessica Pape, Board President; Rick Colpitts, Superintendent;  Dan Butler, Elementary Principal; Kelly Simon, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Western Dubuque Schools

‘Grow Your Own’ Program Model: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood
Ashley Otte, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC); Stacey Cole, Superintendent, Storm Lake Schools

IASB Human Resources Tools
Eric Howard, HR Services Director; Shawn Snyder, Associate Executive Director, Government Relations & School Finance,  IASB

Registration Details

Fee: $140 per person, $170 after Oct. 9. Fee includes program, materials and lunch.

   For more information, email Marte Brightman or call (515) 247-7048.

Conference attendees earn
15 Better Boardsmanship credits!

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