Thursday Workshops – 2:30 ALIGN SERVICES WITH AVAILABLE RESOURCES Room 102D Dave Bernhardson, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education; Aaron Bushberger, Director of Finance; Mike Vogel, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations; and Barbara Brown, Director of Communications; South Washington County School District During the 2012-13 school year, District 833 developed a unique approach to budgeting through a process that better aligns its financial resources to the services provided to students and the community. Based on state-required financial reporting, services (through the district’s general fund) are defined in six main areas: PK-12 Instruction, School Support Services, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, Capital and Technology, and District Support Services. Within the seven areas (with the addition of an area for Sites and Buildings outside of the general fund), administration determined the current status of services on a scale of 1-5, with one being minimum acceptable and five being the 2016 vision. The Service Level Process served as a guide for major financial decisions beginning with the 2013-14 budget cycle, with the intent to continue using it as a budgeting tool into the future. STUDENT BULLYING AND SCHOOL DISTRICT LIABILITY (ALSO PRESENTED AT 3:45) Room 102E Eric Quiring, Attorney, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A. The increased focus on bullying by the media and Legislature has corresponded with an increased risk of school district liability for student conduct. This presentation will review the differing legal standards used by courts and the Office of Civil Rights in determining school district liability. This presentation will also provide recommendations for investigating and responding to reports of bullying in order to minimize potential liability. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Room 102F Steve Lamb, Board Development Specialist, Oregon School Boards Association This session looks at the who, what, why and how of community and family engagement. We’ll touch on research and focus on the engagement continuum, as well as the benefits and expectations from both sides of the engagement experience. Come and ask questions to help you define community engagement for your school district. HISTORY OF SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES Room 201A & B John Schultz, Superintendent; Sid Voss, Director of Technology, Media & Information Services; Donna Adams, Master Teacher, Hopkins School District How many times have you wondered how and when school district boundaries were determined? Through extensive research — some of which dates back to the 1800s — the boundary questions were answered for the Hopkins School District. We also discovered how our boundaries evolved to include all or part of seven different municipalities.
SERVICE AS A STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER Room 202A & B Giancarlo Marconi, Student Representative; Jiyoon Shin, Student Representative; Angie Goetz, Board Member; and Kathy Green, MSBA Board Director and Board Member, Austin School District; Robert Slotterback, Superintendent; and Cherish Kovach, Student Representative, Richfield School District Find out the many different ways school boards around the state set up programs to put students on their boards. Learn what the experience is like for students and discuss what boards can do to make the experience meaningful. COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PROGRAMS Room 203A & B David Bambenek, Education Liaison of Career Training Concepts; Michael Bellos, Education Liaison of Career Training Concepts, Minnesota National Guard; and Jeff Sams, Board Member, Sebeka School District The National Guard offers many programs, presentations, and resources for students, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators. The resources are free and tailored to meet state curriculum requirements because they are designed by educators, delivered by certified presenters and developed to give your students the career direction they need. TECHNOLOGY AND VOTER TARGETING: nEW STRATEGIES TO IDENTIFY YOUR SUPPORT IN SCHOOL REFERENDA Room 205A Don Lifto, Senior Vice President and Director of the Public Education Group, Springsted Incorporated Technology merged with increasingly sophisticated databases provides new strategies and opportunities to hone in and target supporters when planning and executing operating, bond or technology referenda. This presentation will highlight two new strategies to identify and target your support in referendum campaigns. 20 YEARS OF STUDENT-CREATED INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION Room 205B Jill Hahn, Board Chair; Nichole Kotasek, Board Clerk/Advisor; Tristan Audus, Student; Destiny Engelby, Student; Carl Erik Young, Student; Kassee Karnes, Student; Sam Roepke, Student; and Millie Lange, Student, Minnesota New Country School Minnesota New Country School has been empowering students to design their own projects to meet state standards. Come hear and ask how students individualize their day and credit. Ask an advisor/teacher and the board chair how they know if the students are well-prepared for their futures. NOT AN OXYMORON: QUALITY ONLINE LEARNING PROGRAMS Room 205C Deborah W. Proctor, Online & Digital Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education Learn about the application process, annual reporting, and the new three-year review requirement for department-approved online learning providers. The Department is charged with oversight and implementation of a rigorous standards-based process for initial approval as well as ongoing approval of each public online learning provider. January/February 2014 21