2018 Winter Conference Agenda

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Note: CPE Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) are offered for select sessions, and have a “CPE” designation after the title. Credits from the Minnesota Board of School Administrators will continue to be provided for the full conference.


Thursday, February 8

8:00-8:30am

Registration

8:00-8:05am

Welcome

8:05-8:30am

Legislative Update
Valerie Dosland, Director of Government Affairs – Ewald Consulting

8:30-9:45am

Keynote Session: Why Good People and Organizations Do Bad Things — CPE
David Schultz, Professor– Hamline University School of Law and the Minnesota Law School

9:45-10:00am

Break

10:00-10:50am

Breakout Sessions

Special Ed Funding Overview
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

New Teacher Licensure
Bill Kautt, Associate Director of Management Services – Minnesota School Boards Association

Avoiding the Legal and Insurance Pitfalls of Construction Contracts
David Howard, Area Executive Vice President– Arthur J. Gallagher; Jim Martin, – Booth Law Group

Testifying at the Legislature
Valerie Dosland, Director of Government Affairs – Ewald Consulting

10:50-11:00am

Break

11:00-11:50am

Breakout Sessions

Special Ed Funding Overview (Repeat Session)
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

Emerging and Continued Topics with Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEBs - GASB 75) — CPE
Jill Urdahl, President/Consulting Actuary – Hildi Inc.

Support Academic Success with Out of School Time Meals
Jenny Butcher, Lead for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and At-Risk Afterschool Meals Outreach – Minnesota Department of Education

Renewable Energy and Natural Gas
Albert Joe, Account Manager – Xcel Energy

11:50am-12:40pm

Lunch

12:40-1:30pm

General Session: PERA Update
Doug Anderson, Executive Director– MN PERA

1:30-1:40pm

Break

1:40-2:30pm

Breakout Sessions

Cooperative Purchasing: MN CPV Program
Luke Jannett – Minnesota Department of Education

Culturally Responsive Leadership
Jean Lubke, Executive Director– Equity Alliance MN; Mary Bussman, Program Manager, Professional Learning and Program Evaluation– Equity Alliance MN; Paula O'Loughlin, Program Manager for Elementary Student Programming and Professional Learning– Equity Alliance MN

The Business Side of the First Amendment
Nathan Shepherd, Attorney– Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA

Cyber Security - Personal Devices
Monique Ferraro, Counsel in HSB Insurance’s Cyber & Privacy Practice – Munich RE Insurance Co.

2:30-3:20pm

Peer Group Discussions
In this new session format you'll have the opportunity to hear ideas and solutions from other members, and share yours as well. Choose from the four topic rooms:

HR
Accounting / Budgeting/ Purchasing
Small District Business Office
Payroll

Friday, February 9

7:45-9:00am

Registration

8:00-9:00am

Resource Committee Meetings

9:00-9:30am

Welcome and MASBO Update

9:30-10:45am

Keynote: What Matters Most When Managing Millennials
Bob Brady – ActionCoach

10:45-11:00am

Break

11:00-11:40am

Breakout Sessions

Strategies for Hiring [and Retaining] Millennials
Bob Brady – ActionCoach

PTOs/PTAs/Booster Clubs
Heather Starks, President – MNPTA

UFARS 101
Deb Meier, School Finance – Minnesota Department of Education

Best Practices for Filling Teacher Vacancies
Wayne Gilman, Consultant– TeachersOnCall

11:40-12:30pm

Lunch

12:30-1:20pm

Breakout Sessions

Special Education Finance Update
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

Total Rewards in the Public Sector
Keith Friede, Area VP, Talent and Organizational Development – Gallagher Benefits Services

All-Gender Restrooms and Equitable Campus Design Considerations
DJ Heinle, VP Architecture – TKDA

Stress: Measurement & Evaluation
Maggie Helms, Senior Manager, Health Informatics – HealthPartners; Joel Spoonheim, Director of Operations, Health Promotion – HealthPartners

1:20-1:30pm

Break

1:30-2:20pm

Breakout Sessions

Special Education Finance Update (Repeat Session)
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

DON'T WAIT, INNOVATE: Creating Affordable, Transformational Spaces to Support 21st Century Learning Pedagogy NOW
Trevor Peterson, Business Services Director – Alexandria Public Schools ISD 206; Judith Hoskens, Principal and Sr. Educational Facility Planner – Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.; Heidi Neumueller, Associate – Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

Fraud Detection and Prevention — CPE
Steve Wischman, Audit Partner – Bergan KDV; Michael Bosl – Bergan KDV

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Michelle D. Kenney, Partner, Knutson Flynn & Deans P.A.

2:20-2:30pm

Break

2:30-3:20pm

Breakout Sessions

Managing School District Investments and Reporting to the School Board — CPE
Stacy Childers, Vice President – Springsted, Inc.; Kelly D. Smith, Vice President – Springsted, Inc.

Making and Rescinding Employment Offers
Jennifer Earley, Attorney – Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA

Experience MOD, The Key to Solving the Work Comp Puzzle
Mark Kraemer – Minnesota Comp Advisor

Reading Contracts - Pitfalls, What to Watch For
Amy Mace – Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, PA


Opening Session (Thursday, 8:00-9:45)

Legislative Update
Valerie Dosland, Director of Government Affairs – Ewald Consulting

Bio: Valerie Dosland is the Director of Government Affairs at Ewald Consulting, where she provides government relations and lobbying services to clients in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Valerie assists her clients in policy development, lobbying and monitoring of legislative activities as well as grassroots development and engagement. Prior to joining Ewald Consulting in 2005, she worked for nine years at the Minnesota House of Representatives as a research consultant specializing in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Valerie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA, is an alumni of the U of M’s Humphrey Policy Fellows program, and serves on the board of the YMCA Youth in Government Program.

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Why Good People and Organizations Do Bad Things — CPE
David Schultz, Professor – Hamline University School of Law and the Minnesota Law School

Why do good people and organizations act ethically? Many think, as described in a New York Times article “Stumbling Blocks on the Path of Righteousness,” that the roots of unethical behavior in law, real estate, and in other professions resides in the fact that only bad or unethical people do bad things bad things and that good or ethical people generally do not do bad things. However, the reality is that is often not the case and this class will discuss why good or ethical people often act unethically. The session will begin with a discussion of the classic Stanley Milgram punishment experiments, seeking to understand how they help explain unethical behavior. The class then uses specific case studies to provide a foundation for an analysis regarding how the fostering of ethical diversity and thinking about one’s personal ethics within organizations can prevent the slippery slopes that lead to administrative evil or unethical behavior.

Bio: David Schultz is a Hamline University professor who has taught ethics class for 15 years. He also holds appointments in the Hamline University School of Law and at the Minnesota Law School. David is regularly interviewed in the local, national, and international media about politics and ethics and his comments have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, and also on NPR, MSNBC, and CNN. Professor Schultz is the author of 25 books and over 70 articles on American politics, including his most recent book–American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief Over Research.

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Breakout Sessions (Thursday, 10:00-10:50am)

Special Ed Funding Overview
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

This presentation will give an overview of the State Special Education Funding formula and Tuition Billing system. We will then go over the numbers to use in forecasting future state aid. The presentation will focus on reports posted on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website under the Minnesota Funding Reports (MFR). The main reports we will be going over are the following: SFY 16 and 17 Comprehensive aid reports, SFY 16 and 17 Tuition Bill Rate Calculation reports, SFY 16 Tuition Bill District Calculation report, SFY 17 Historical Adj. ADM Capped at 1.0 (this is under Student on the MFR), SFY 17 District/School ADM report.

Bio: Paul Ferrin is currently the supervisor of the special education funding and data workgroup at the Minnesota Department of Education. He has worked at the department for almost 3 years in various roles including monitoring special education expenditures and providing data analytics to the special education funding workgroup.

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New Teacher Licensure
Bill Kautt, Associate Director of Management Services – Minnesota School Boards Association

This presentation will focus on the new Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, the new tiered licensure system, and the statutes and proposed rules applicable to each tier.

Bio: Bill joined the Minnesota School Boards Association staff in July of 2007 after serving 35 years as a counselor and teacher with the St. Peter Public Schools. Bill serves as an Associate Director of Management Services for MSBA, analyzing Master Agreements, facilitating strategic planning, and responding to members’ phone inquiries.

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Avoiding the Legal and Insurance Pitfalls of Construction Contracts
David Howard, Area Executive Vice President– Arthur J. Gallagher; Jim Martin – Booth Law Group

Has your district recently passed a building referendum? Are you currently in the planning stages for an upcoming construction renovation? Did you know that the language presented in a construction contract can pose a significant legal and insurance risk to a district? Come learn about the legal and insurance pitfalls within construction contracts and how to avoid them.

Bio: David's 30-year tenure at Gallagher goes above and beyond servicing clients and placing insurance. As Branch Director in the Public Entity Division, David has developed strategies for Public Entities to drive down cost, build effective and efficient programs, and bring innovative ideas to the marketplace. His clients include school districts, as well as, colleges and universities.

Bio: Jim Martin began practicing employment and labor law in 1989 where he has focused on all areas of employment and labor law. He has represented both private and public sector clients in a variety of matters and serves as general counsel for clients seeking to ensure compliance with employment and labor law. In addition, Jim serves as a hearing officer in termination cases under the Veterans Preference Act and student expulsion matters under the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act. Jim also has extensive experience in public sector employment and labor law gained through his seven years as Executive Director of Human Resources with the Bloomington, MN, Public Schools and five years as Director of Human Resources with the St. Louis Park, MN, Public Schools.

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Testifying at the Legislature
Valerie Dosland, Director of Government Affairs – Ewald Consulting

Testifying at the legislature can be intimidating. In this session, you will better understand what happens when you testify, and learn tips to help you best prepare. Whether you are asked on behalf of your district, MASBO or another organization, this session will help to demystify testifying, and help you provide input to state lawmakers.

Bio: Valerie Dosland is the Director of Government Affairs at Ewald Consulting, where she provides government relations and lobbying services to clients in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Valerie assists her clients in policy development, lobbying and monitoring of legislative activities as well as grassroots development and engagement. Prior to joining Ewald Consulting in 2005, she worked for nine years at the Minnesota House of Representatives as a research consultant specializing in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Valerie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A., is an alumni of the U of M’s Humphrey Policy Fellows program, and serves on the board of the YMCA Youth in Government Program.

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Breakout Sessions (Thursday, 11:00-11:50am)

Special Ed Funding Overview (Repeat Session)
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

This presentation will give an overview of the State Special Education Funding formula and Tuition Billing system. We will then go over the numbers to use in forecasting future state aid. The presentation will focus on reports posted on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website under the Minnesota Funding Reports (MFR). The main reports we will be going over are the following: SFY 16 and 17 Comprehensive aid reports, SFY 16 and 17 Tuition Bill Rate Calculation reports, SFY 16 Tuition Bill District Calculation report, SFY 17 Historical Adj. ADM Capped at 1.0 (this is under Student on the MFR), SFY 17 District/School ADM report.

Bio: Paul Ferrin is currently the supervisor of the special education funding and data workgroup at the Minnesota Department of Education. He has worked at the department for almost 3 years in various roles including monitoring special education expenditures and providing data analytics to the special education funding workgroup.

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Emerging and Continued Topics with Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEBs - GASB 75) — CPE
Jill Urdahl, President/Consulting Actuary – Hildi Inc.

This session will be helpful with an emerging topic and some continuing popular questions that we receive from Districts on OPEBs. We plan to cover some helpful hints and guidelines when directly calculating the implicit rate subsidy benefits at year-end, if your District is self insured for health coverage. In addition, we will cover some topics that continue to be of interest to Districts, such as the annual OPEB levy, OPEB Trust withdrawals/benefit payments, and the implementation of the new GASB disclosure statements.

Bio: Ms. Urdahl is the president of Hildi Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also serves as a retirement and other postemployment benefits (OPEB) consultant and actuary for the firm. During the past 27 years, Ms. Urdahl has been a retirement actuary and consultant. Ms. Urdahl is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), enrolled actuary (EA), and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. degree in mathematics.

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Support Academic Success with Out of School Time Meals
Jenny Butcher, Lead for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and At-Risk Afterschool Meals Outreach – Minnesota Department of Education

Research shows that hunger affects student learning. Out-of-school-time child nutrition options provide year-round nutrition to children, help increase learning, program participation and positive behavior while stretching program budgets. Join this session to learn about meal options that may support your program.

Bio: Jenny Butcher is Lead for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and At-Risk Afterschool Meals Outreach at the Minnesota Department of Education, Community Nutrition Programs. She conducts outreach and provides technical assistance to expand these child nutrition programs statewide with schools to nourish our youth outside the school day.

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Renewable Energy and Natural Gas
Albert Joe, Account Manager – Xcel Energy

The presentation will cover Renewable Energy options like wind and solar — what choices there are for customers that want to be sustainable and help reduce our carbon footprint. The presentaion will also disucss natural gas, present and future trends.

Bio: Albert graduated University of Minnesota with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He is a Certified Energy Manager(CEM), and a registered Professional Engineer in state of Minnesota. He is an energy expert with over 28 years with NSP/Xcel Energy.

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General Session (Thursday, 12:40-1:30pm)

PERA Update
Doug Anderson, Executive Director– MN PERA

Doug will present information on the past, present, and future of the Public Employees Retirement Association retirement plans. This will include historical influences on the plans, an update on the current funded status, and likely 2018 legislative initiatives. He will also address the implication of recent GASB reporting requirements and report on national public sector trends.

Bio: Doug Anderson is the Executive Director of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). PERA administers five pension plans with assets in excess of $28 billion and covers over 400,000 current and former employees of counties, cities, and schools. Prior to joining PERA, Doug had 28 years of experience working as a consulting actuary. The first 10 years of his career were spent working at Deloitte after graduating from the University of Minnesota. He then spent 18 years as the national practice leader of the retirement actuarial group for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. His experience included working with both corporate and public pension plans across the nation, specializing in helping pension plan sponsors identify and balance their benefit and cost objectives.

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Breakout Sessions (Thursday, 1:40-2:30pm)

Cooperative Purchasing: MN CPV Program
Luke Jannett – Minnesota Department of Education

The State of Minnesota’s presentation will cover the Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV). This session covers the advantages of cooperative purchasing, the solicitation/contracting process, how to register for the program, how to search available contracts, and will highlight the resources available through the Office of State Procurement.

Bio: Luke Jannett is the Acquisitions Manager for the State of Minnesota Office of State Procurement. Luke is responsible for directing the state’s procurement section that acquires goods and services. The Minnesota Office of State Procurement is charged with statutory oversight of the state’s executive branch contracting as well as manages cooperative purchasing on behalf of Minnesota’s local units of government and customers from government organizations across the country.

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Culturally Responsive Leadership
Jean Lubke, Executive Director– Equity Alliance MN; Mary Bussman, Program Manager, Professional Learning and Program Evaluation– Equity Alliance MN; Paula O'Loughlin, Program Manager for Elementary Student Programming and Professional Learning– Equity Alliance MN

Equitable school systems are built by culturally responsive leaders--individuals who pause to reflect how their actions, decisions, and leadership impact others. Participants will engage in reflection, dialogue, and listening to deepen their cultural responsiveness as leaders.

Bio: Jean Lubke is currently the Executive Director of Equity Alliance MN. She has an extensive background in education, and was previously the Executive Director of the East Metro Integration District. Prior to serving in this role, she worked as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Rochester, St. Paul, and Eden Prairie school districts. She has her PhD in Education-Curriculum Systems from the University of Minnesota, and was the recipient of the Kay E. Jacobs Outstanding Administrator award from MASA in 2013.

Bio: Mary Bussman is the Equity Consultant, Professional Learning & Program Evaluation at Equity Alliance MN. Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the College of St. Benedict, a Master’s degree in the Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, and her PhD in Organization Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota. She was a Principal at the West Metro Education Program from 2004-2006, and at Columbia Heights Schools from 2006-2014.

Bio: Paula O’Loughlin is Program Manager at Equity Alliance MN. She was the Programming Facilitator at East Metro Integration District from 2011-2017, and prior to that worked in the Office of Equity and Integration at Stillwater Schools, where she currently serves on the School Board. Paula has a BS in Elementary Education from St. Catherine University.

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The Business Side of the First Amendment
Nathan Shepherd, Attorney– Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA

What rights do businesses who advertise with schools or sponsor school activities have to speak on behalf of their commercial or other interests? What First Amendment implications exist for Districts and Charters that advertise through licensing or merchandising opportunities? This presentation will discuss how to manage this increasingly necessary part of school business.

Bio: Nathan Shepherd is an associate with Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, where he advises school and municipal clients in all areas of municipal law, school law, labor and employment law, and litigation.

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Cyber Security - Personal Devices
Monique Ferraro, Counsel in HSB Insurance’s Cyber & Privacy Practice – Munich RE Insurance Co.

Session will identify and discuss the common and emerging cyber risks associated to personal and business use of mobile devices including cell phones and tablets.

Bio: Monique is counsel in Munich RE’s US Cyber Practice at HSB. Previously, she was principal at a digital forensics, e-discovery and information security consulting firm and owner of a law firm. Ms. Ferraro is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

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Peer Group Discussions

MASBO members are one of the best sources of information and expertise. In this new session format, you will have the opportunity to hear ideas and solutions from other members, and share yours as well. Just select one topic room (HR, Accounting/Budgeting/Purchasing, Small District Business Office, or Payroll) and let the learning begin. You can participate as little or as much as you would like, but come prepared to walk away with information you can take back to your district, and connections to help you in the future.

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Keynote Session (Friday 9:30-10:45)

What Matters Most When Managing Millennials
Bob Brady – ActionCoach

Millennials, the largest generation in the U.S. population, represent one-third of the total U.S. population. Beyond their sheer numbers, at ages 20-34 in the current workforce, their preferences, habits, and lifestyles are likely to affect how we do business for decades to come. Join us as we go through myths and truths about what they expect from an owner, manager, and the work culture.

Bio: Bob Brady is a Business and Strengths Coach and part of the team at ActionCOACH MN; a group of award winning certified business coaches, global trainers, and support staff that dedicate their life to educating business owners, executives, managers, salespeople, and team members to achieve positive, measurable results in their business. Over 10,450 hours of coaching and 2179 hours of speaking, they are a resource for business owners to accelerate and have fun doing it! Education has always been the heart of their business. It’s more than shortening the learning curve, it’s about increasing the vision of what’s possible.

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Breakout Sessions (Friday, 11:00-11:40am)

Strategies for Hiring [and Retaining] Millennials
Bob Brady – ActionCoach

Millennials belong to a fast-paced, technology-focused generation that has left many companies scrambling for new engagement and recruiting strategies designed to attract them. Fierce competition for talent coupled with unprecedented knowledge about companies and their workplace culture has created a pattern of “job shopping” among millennials, only 50% of whom plan to be in their current job one year from now. This session will take you through a hiring and induction process that will help to attract and retain millennials.

Bio: Bob Brady is a Business and Strengths Coach and part of the team at ActionCOACH MN; a group of award winning certified business coaches, global trainers, and support staff that dedicate their life to educating business owners, executives, managers, salespeople, and team members to achieve positive, measurable results in their business. Over 10,450 hours of coaching and 2179 hours of speaking, they are a resource for business owners to accelerate and have fun doing it! Education has always been the heart of their business. It’s more than shortening the learning curve, it’s about increasing the vision of what’s possible.

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PTOs/PTAs/Booster Clubs
Heather Starks, President – MNPTA

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UFARS 101
Deb Meier, School Finance – Minnesota Department of Education

This session will provide an overview of UFARS, and discuss the UFARS manual chapters and how to code revenues and expenditures. It will also show how to locate the most recent UFARS manual and where to find helpful reports on the MDE website.

Bio: Deb graduated Magnu Cum Laude from Augsburg College with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and finance. Deb was an auditor for 4 1/2 years for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Deb has 16 years of experience as a Supervisor of Accounting for two different school districts. Deb has worked at MDE since December 2014 in the Division of School Finance.

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Best Practices for Filling Teacher Vacancies
Wayne Gilman, Consultant – TeachersOnCall

Struggling with teacher shortages, increased teacher absenteeism, finding, hiring and training qualified subs? Hear how other successful districts across the state have leveraged outside professional services to reduce administrative hassles, expand sub pools and improve fill rates all while lowering the costs associated with substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.

Bio: Wayne Gilman is a consultant for Teachers On Call. For the last 27 years he has worked in public education as a substitute teacher, teacher, principal. During the last 15 years he has served as a superintendent in Minnesota Public Schools (Maple River, Crookston and Pine City).

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Breakout Sessions (Friday, 12:30-1:20pm)

Special Education Finance Update
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

This presentation will provide an update of what’s new in the world of Special Education Funding. Topics will include federal allocations, state aid calculation timelines, closing out State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017, the Electronic Data Reporting System (EDRS) rewrite, the special appropriations (special pupils, out of state and court placements) along with other various funding updates.

Bio: Paul Ferrin is currently the supervisor of the special education funding and data workgroup at the Minnesota Department of Education. He has worked at the department for almost 3 years in various roles including monitoring special education expenditures and providing data analytics to the special education funding workgroup.

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Total Rewards in the Public Sector
Keith Friede, Area VP, Talent and Organizational Development – Gallagher Benefits Services

Ensuring that your District offers the most cost-effective combination of rewards that attracts, retains and engages the talent needed for organizational success. And with retirement of a large percentage of public sector employees looming large, attracting a new generation of talented and capable employees will require a dramatically different approach to compensation, benefits, and work environment management.

Bio: Keith brings more than three decades of experience to creating and delivering presentations at conferences and organizational events, conducting approximately 100 such engagements each year. Whether for a keynote/ plenary session for a large conference, or a breakout session, he challenges the intellect, influences organizational change and generates infectious enthusiasm.

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All-Gender Restrooms and Equitable Campus Design Considerations
DJ Heinle, VP Architecture – TKDA

With increasing enrollment diversity throughout Minnesota’s K12 schools, TKDA worked with Saint Paul Public Schools in 2016 to design and construct one of the first All-Gender restrooms. TKDA will present an overview of the All-Gender restroom project and share perspective on how equitable design solutions throughout school property can positively impact all-gender and multi-cultural experiences on campus. The presentation will include how the District’s “Gender Inclusion” Policy shaped the project. Attendees will take away important information regarding design considerations including Minnesota Building Code, safety, and security.

Bio: DJ is Vice President of TKDA’s Architecture Division. He leads a team of 26 staff who provide Architecture, Interior, and Landscape design services from TKDA’s Saint Paul and Duluth offices. He and his team have a passion for working with K12 and higher education clients to plan, design, and build environments that foster exceptional learning and positive experiences. Supporting his collaborative style is a well-rounded education portfolio which features large and small projects throughout Minnesota including new buildings, classroom remodels, STEM spaces, common areas, and student wellness and athletics.

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Stress: Measurement & Evaluation
Maggie Helms, Senior Manager, Health Informatics – HealthPartners; Joel Spoonheim, Director of Operations, Health Promotion – HealthPartners

The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss the financial impact that stress and emotional health have on our workforce (with a specific focus on educators). We will focus on how to measure / quantify the costs of stress, and on how to evaluate market solutions.

Bio: Maggie's work at HealthPartners is focused on purchaser solutions, marketing analytics, predictive modeling, total cost of care measurement, and network analytics. She is completing a doctorate in public policy and holds a master's degree in quantitative policy analysis from Boston University, where she taught for three years.

Bio: At HealthPartners, Joel is responsible for product innovations and operations. Previously, Joel was the Executive Director at Healthways for the Blue Zones Project. Passionate about community and organization transformation, he has worked for health care companies, city governments and non-profits directing major initiatives that require engaging stakeholders in complex problem-solving.

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Breakout Sessions (Friday, 1:30-2:20pm)

Special Education Finance Update (Repeat Session)
Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding and Data Supervisor – Minnesota Department of Education

This presentation will provide an update of what’s new in the world of Special Education Funding. Topics will include federal allocations, state aid calculation timelines, closing out State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017, the Electronic Data Reporting System (EDRS) rewrite, the special appropriations (special pupils, out of state and court placements) along with other various funding updates.

Bio: Paul Ferrin is currently the supervisor of the special education funding and data workgroup at the Minnesota Department of Education. He has worked at the department for almost 3 years in various roles including monitoring special education expenditures and providing data analytics to the special education funding workgroup.

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DON'T WAIT, INNOVATE: Creating Affordable, Transformational Spaces to Support 21st Century Learning Pedagogy NOW
Trevor Peterson, Business Services Director – Alexandria Public Schools ISD 206; Judith Hoskens, Principal and Sr. Educational Facility Planner – Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.; Heidi Neumueller, Associate – Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.

Learn how numerous school districts including Alexandria Public Schools are approaching collaboration, co-creation, innovation and prototyping on a District-wide scale – all with the ability to implement these improvements over the course of a summer. Learn about how the district reimagined how existing learning spaces can be redesigned to better serve their students, teachers, and staff.

Bio: As Director of Business Services, Trevor oversees all aspects of finance and facilities for the School District. Playing a key role in all Alexandria School District construction projects, he was intensely involved in the 2011 referendum effort, design process and construction of Alexandria Area High School, completed in 2014.

Bio: Judith Hoskens is a nationally respected thought leader in educational design. She values the unique contributions each individual brings to the design process, supporting decisions that are reached collectively. She is often asked to help redefine future learning environments, most recently with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bio: Heidi, a registered Architect at Cuningham Group, manages all phases of the design process. She collaborates with clients to determine their needs, develop projections on space requirements based on their input and ideas. Heidi transforms the visions and needs of clients and user groups into uplifting and engaging learning environments.

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Fraud Detection and Prevention — CPE
Steve Wischman, Audit Partner – Bergan KDV; Michael Bosl – Bergan KDV

Protect your district against fraud by implementing appropriate policies, setting a tone of honesty, and following through with appropriate investigations.

Bio: Steve is a partner with BerganKDV and spends his time auditing school districts and providing forensic accounting and fraud investigatipon services to local governments.

Bio: Michael is a manager with BerganKDV and spends his time auditing and providing fraud investigation services to school districts and cities.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Michelle D. Kenney, Partner, Knutson Flynn & Deans P.A.

Bio: Michelle Kenney has provided representation to school districts in the areas of labor and employment law, personnel matters, discrimination and harassment, student rights, student discipline, litigation, election recounts and contests, school district reorganization, bidding and construction issues and business matters. She has represented clients in state and federal courts and in administrative hearings.

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Breakout Sessions (Friday, 2:30-3:20pm)

Managing School District Investments and Reporting to the School Board — CPE
Stacy Childers, Vice President – Springsted, Inc.; Kelly D. Smith, Vice President – Springsted, Inc.

Have questions on managing your school district's investments and how to best report them to the Board of Education? This session will go over the basics of school district investment options, review district investment policies and provide suggestions for reporting for your school board.

Bio: Stacy Childers is a Client Representative and vice president in the Springsted's Public Education Group. Ms. Childers assists Public Education clients in the Upper Midwest and has over a decade of public finance experience. Ms. Childers' areas of expertise include assisting clients with competitive, negotiated and private placement borrowing processes, issued with a wide variety of statutory authorities.

Bio: Dr. Kelly D. Smith is a Vice President and Client Representative in Springsted's Public Education Group. He previously served for 24 years as superintendent in Minnesota in several outstate districts and is a past President of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Kelly also has experience as a school district business manager in Minnesota.

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Making and Rescinding Employment Offers
Jennifer Earley, Attorney – Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA

School districts face many legal obligations when hiring an employee such as ensuring that the applicant's rights are not violated and that the individual hired will not create liability to the school district. This presentation reviews various legal issues arising in the hiring process and how to avoid them, including how to properly rescind an offer of employment.

Bio: Jennifer K. Earley is a shareholder at Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A. she has over two decades of experience representing school districts on day-to-day matters. She is legal counsel to many school districts across the State of Minnesota, handling a wide variety of school law issues ranging from student discipline to employee termination to labor relations. She is a frequent speaker and provides training to district administrators and staff on many issues including data privacy, the Open Meeting Law, bullying, harassment, discrimination, and employee discipline. Ms. Earley graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, where she was a published author in the William Mitchell Law Review. When she is not representing school districts, she is a proud hockey mom of two boys.

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Experience MOD, The Key to Solving the Work Comp Puzzle
Mark Kraemer – Minnesota Comp Advisor

Struggles with deciphering the Experience MOD is common. But with a bit of knowledge and the right tools you can learn to put all the pieces together to get your MOD under control. This presentation will show you the best practices that keep workers injuries manageable, how the MOD is calculated and the financial pieces that you can master to work the MOD to lower levels.

Bio: Mark Kraemer, CIC, CWCA, CSRM, Certified Work Comp Advisor, is one of Minnesota’s first Certified Work Comp Advisors and named the first agency advisor council for one of the largest self-insured funds in Minnesota. One of 33 Certified School Risk Managers in Minnesota, Mark is a long time speaker and educator on the topic of workers compensation. Mark and Minnesota Comp Advisor create a teamwork approach to control and minimize the impact of claims, thus driving the experience mod down and adding to clients’ bottom lines.

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Reading Contracts - Pitfalls, What to Watch For
Amy Mace – Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, PA

This session will review the AIA agreements, and discuss what districts need to be aware of in their construction contracts.

Bio: Amy Mace is a shareholder of Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. Amy was an associate and shareholder at Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A. Amy represents school districts, charter schools, and cities in Minnesota. Her areas of practice include general municipal law, school law, labor and employment law, special education law, data practices and open meeting law, and municipal litigation. Amy frequently presents in-services to clients and speaks to professional groups in the areas of her practice. Amy provides training to charter school board members in the areas of board governance and employment.

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