Employee Relations Digital Conference

Thriving in the Ever-Changing Landscape of Education

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Via Zoom

School leaders are challenged with navigating their districts through changing guidance, staffing shortages exacerbated by the pandemic, and differing political viewpoints. Schools are reopening this fall with countless questions still left unanswered, particularly related to HR. We’ve got you covered.

Six weeks after reopening, we have a day-long digital conference with experts discussing the topics we believe you will need the most and ensure you are thriving in the ever-changing landscape of education:

  • Educator licensure and ethics
  • Educator preparation programs and teacher shortages
  • Employee staffing challenges
  • Title IX
  • Employee freedom of speech

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Sessions & Speakers

COVID-19 Impact on Educator Licensure and Ethics
Mike Cavin, Interim Executive Director and Darcy Hathaway, Attorney/Investigator, Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
In this session, the BOEE will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted educator licensure and ethics and what that means for districts across Iowa. The BOEE will also provide an update on legislative and rule changes that impact licensure in the state. Attendees will dig into logistics surrounding increased teacher and substitute flexibility, the praxis and licensure, ethics concerns, and more.

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Challenges & Solutions in Educator Preparation Programs During the Pandemic
Heidi Doellinger, Director of Educator Preparation & Denise Crawford, Professor, Iowa State University; Shawna Hudson, Professor of Education, Iowa Wesleyan University
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of education, including Iowa's educator preparation programs. How have local teacher colleges and universities responded to the pandemic? What does this mean for student teaching? How can the board support new teachers that are entering the profession?

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School Board Discussion Starters Handout

Overcoming Employee Staffing Challenges After Reopening Schools
Mike Fisher, Superintendent, Charles City Schools and Andy Crozier, Superintendent, Central Lee Schools
The COVID-19 pandemic has added complications to employee staffing. Hear from two districts six weeks after returning to school and learn how they are managing employee accommodations, substitute teachers, and positive cases.

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Implementing Title IX Changes in a Historic Time
Miriam Van Heukelem, Shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney, P.C
The U.S. Department of Education issued substantial changes to the Title IX rules on sexual harassment. This session will provide an overview of those changes, policy updates related to Title IX, and the impact on school boards and districts.

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You Can’t Tell Me What to Do: Managing Employee Freedom of Speech Issues in 2020
Kristy Latta, Shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
During an election year, every source of controversy becomes political. But what happens when that source of controversy comes from one of our most valuable resources? This session will address how districts can navigate the potential conflict between personal expression and professional responsibility. Discussion will include handling social media hot topics like masks, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the presidential election.

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Registration Details

Fee: Registration is now closed. Members may purchase the recording for $95.

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


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