The Personnel Institute – coming Sept. 19-21 in Orange County/Costa Mesa – is one of the longest-running professional development opportunities offered by ACSA. The conference is designed to appeal to those in all areas of human resources, as well as those who are aspiring to HR.
The presenters are a well-chosen mix of practitioners, consultants and attorneys. This three-day event offers interactive sessions and workshops that provide information on a variety of current issues that confront human resources departments, as well as the opportunity to network in both sessions and social settings.
Human Resources Council Past President Tanya Krause, assistant superintendent, human resources for Campbell Union HSD, will be presenting Budget 101 for New HR Administrators, along with co-presenter Brett McFadden, CBO for Pajaro Valley USD. Krause noted that her HR perspective works well with McFadden’s business expertise.
“Brett and I enjoy presenting together – we are able to present information from both the human resources and business perspectives and the importance of having both departments in a district work well together,” Krause said.
In Budget 101, McFadden presents basic knowledge that should be known by HR practitioners working closely with the business department on finances, staffing, benefits and more through such mechanisms as position control, negotiations and staffing projections.
“It is critical that these two departments work well together and understand some of the financial information that HR folks don’t traditionally receive in their HR training,” Krause said. “I bring in the perspective of the HR department and how we can utilize the financial information.”
Some of the other sessions on tap for this year’s institute include Newcomer Wading In; HR Toolbox; CalSTRS Update; Negotiating Teacher Evaluations Using Student Data; Proving Just Cause in Discipline Cases; eMatters in HR: Friend or Foe; Legal Trends; A Strategic Plan in Preparation for Negotiations; Superintendents Expectations of HR; Cyberspace Issues: Staff on Social Networks and Digital Citizenship; HR Legislative Update; Recognizing HR Responsibility in Charter Schools; ADA Accommodations; Employee Absenteeism, Managing Attendance Issues; Building, Maintaining and Repairing Trust in the Workplace; Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations; Play Ball! Hiring and Supervising Athletic Coaches; Will the Real Probationary Employees Please Stand Up?; and CTC Update.
Krause said the Personnel Institute has always provided a wealth of information for those working in the HR field.
“As an HR practitioner who has been in this field for quite some time, I still learn new information at each Institute,” she said. “The information is timely and invaluable. The planning committee selects current topics or updates to topics we have learned in the past. We also receive survey feedback with topic requests. It is the best opportunity that I know of to network with other HR folks in the entire state.
“I have made invaluable connections and a confidential networking community. For example, when in a hiring process, if I need to contact someone in the state for a reference, I have several folks I can contact. The Institute offers sessions from legal counsel as well as seasoned practitioners – there is always something new to learn that is applicable in our daily jobs. I strongly encourage HR folks as well as those interested in entering this field to attend the Personnel Institute.”
For more information, on the 2012 ACSA Personnel Institute, contact ACSA’s Educational Services Department at (800) 608-ACSA. Registration materials can also be downloaded by going to www.acsa.org/personnelinstitute.