Iowa Superintendents Finance & Leadership Consortium (ISFLC) February Conference

February 16–17, 2022
Day 1—Feb. 16:
7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Day 2—Feb. 17: 6:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
The Meadows Events & Conference Center

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IASB and the UNI Institute for Educational Leadership partner to offer the February ISFLC Conference, a 1.75 day professional development session for Iowa superintendents. Sessions are led by Iowa leaders with skills and expertise in identified criteria areas.

Note: Prairie Meadows (and the Meadows Events & Conference Center) is currently mandating masks at their venues. Should you forget your mask, please see IASB staff to request a mask. Additionally, Prairie Meadows has masks for sale in their gift shop and hotel pantry. Visit the Prairie Meadows website for more information on safety protocols in place.

Tracks

  • Track 1: Fundamentals of School Finance—This track covers all of the basic concepts and regulations of Iowa’s school funding system. This track is for someone who is relatively new to the profession or someone who simply wants to revisit the fundamentals of a complex funding system.

    Instructors:
    Joe Kramer, Superintendent, Pocahontas Schools
    Shonna Trudo, School Business Official, Van Meter Schools
    Craig Hansel, Program Coordinator, Iowa School Business Management Academy
     
  • Track 3-A: Preparing & Presenting Your Budget (License Renewal Credit Option—15 hours)—This track will provide a complete review of the Aid and Levy Worksheet and assist you in making critical budget decisions for FY22. The instructors will help you analyze your district's current financial position and make budget decisions based on SSA and other critical factors. Track 3-A is designed for those who are seeking superintendent renewal credit. SBO credit is available.

    Instructors:
    Brandon Hansel, School Business Official, Fort Dodge Schools
    Mike Kalvig, School Business Official, Central Rivers AEA
    Bob Olson, Retired Superintendent, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Schools
    John Parker, Director of School Finance, Iowa Department of Management
    Dennis McClain, Superintendent, Adair-Casey Community Schools
    Dani Trimble, Superintendent, Alburnett Schools
     
  • Track 3-B: Preparing & Presenting Your Budget (Non-Credit Option for Experienced Leaders)—This track will provide a complete review of the Aid and Levy Worksheet and assist you in making critical budget decisions for FY22. The instructors will help you analyze your district's current financial position and make budget decisions based on SSA and other critical factors. Track 3-B is designed for more experienced practitioners who do not need renewal credit. SBO credit is available.

    Instructors:
    Brandon Hansel, School Business Official, Fort Dodge Schools
    Mike Kalvig, School Business Official, Central Rivers AEA
    Bob Olson, Retired Superintendent, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Schools
    John Parker, Director of School Finance, Iowa Department of Management
    Dennis McClain, Superintendent, Adair-Casey Community Schools
    Dani Trimble, Superintendent, Alburnett Schools
     
  • Track 4: Leadership Camp for Evaluator Approval Renewal—This track will lead participants through a series of activities to explore components of an effective evaluation system. Using the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) as the basis of the training (with conversation and resources to understand the new Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) set to be adopted in July 2021), participants will engage in dialogue and reflection around current practices and potential areas of growth as they implement evaluation processes. The credit from this track serves as the credit needed to renew Evaluator Training as part of the administrative license.

    Instructors:
    Denise Schares, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and ISFLC Coordinator Emeritus, University of Northern Iowa
     
  • Track 14: All Things Special Education & Compliance Reporting A to Z—This recently revised track will lead participants through all special education regulations, mandates, and reporting requirements. The track is taught by Iowa Department of Education leaders who have the expertise and most up-to-date information regarding this complex area.

    Instructors:
    Kassandra Cline
    , Education Program Consultant—School Finance, Iowa Department of Education
    Bill Roeder, Special Education Finance Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
     
  • Track 40: Sharing Agreements, Communication & Social Media—This track was designed to highlight the current climate and issues faced by educators. While the specific content for Track 40 adapts to changing circumstances for each ISFLC Conference, the February 2022 session topic will focus on integrating communication strategies to effectively engage with your district along with sharing agreements. 

    Instructors:
    Darwin Lehmann, Superintendent, Forest City & Central Springs Schools
    DeWitt Jones, Former Associate Professor of Continuing Education, University of Northern Iowa
     
  • Track 41: Successful Referendums/Community Votes—This track offers strategies and provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges related to passing a Bond Referendum. Participants will be introduced to strategies and methods utilized in other school districts to promote successful bond referendums.

    Instructors:
    Pat Hocking, Superintendent, Lisbon Schools
    Marty Jimmerson, Superintendent, West Branch Schools
    Dani Trimble, Superintendent, Alburnett Schools
     
  • Track 42: Rebuilding School Culture & Mental Health Supports During the Post-Pandemic Transition—Participants will: 
    • Assess and recognize the new normal - getting a pulse on your own personal and staff self-care needs;
    • Increase awareness of the support(s) staff continue to need during the pandemic and post-pandemic to meet their wellbeing needs;
    • Increase awareness of the support(s) students and families continue to need during the pandemic and post-pandemic;
    • Learn best practices around SEL with staff, emotional safety, and physical safety.
    • Review crisis planning documents and resources available to bring back to your LEA crisis team - case study.
    • Identify and collaborate on strategies around school safety in the traditional classroom format (old way of thinking) and also with the new norm of the pandemic; and 
    • Reestablish a positive culture district-wide using building-level teams.


    Instructors:
    Amy Holst, Regional Administrator, Keystone AEA
    Shane Wahls, Superintendent, Clayton Ridge Schools

 
Agenda

Day 1—Feb. 16
7–8 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast
8–10 a.m.
Tracks 1, 3-A, 3-B, 4, 14, 40, 41 and 42
10–10:15 a.m.
Break/Sharing
10:15 a.m.–noonTracks (continued)
Noon–1:30 p.m.Lunch and General Session
1:30–3:30 p.m.
Tracks (continued)
3:30–3:45 p.m.
Break/Sharing
3:45–5 p.m.Tracks (continued)

Day 2—Feb. 17
6:45–7:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:30–9:30 a.m.Tracks (continued)
9:30–9:45 a.m.
Break/Sharing
9:45–11:30 a.m.Tracks (continued)
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.Lunch and General Session
1–2:30 p.m.
Tracks (continued)


Registration Details

Fee: $325 per person. Group Rate is $300 per person for a 2-or-more-person team if registered together. Includes training materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day. A cancellation fee of $115 per attendee will be assessed for cancellations received within 10 days of the conference or for those who fail to attend without notice.

Credits:
All tracks are eligible for Superintendent License Renewal Credit through the School Administrators of Iowa. Tracks 1, 3A, 14, 40 and 42 will carry School Business Official Authorization.
 
Ask Me icon For more information regarding UNI Graduate Credit, email Janelle Finke at UNI. For all other questions, email Kim Huckstadt.
 

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