APRIL 3-5, 2017 | JW MARRIOTT | AUSTIN, TEXAS

PeopleConnect 2017 is more than a place to learn about absence management challenges, improve use of your SmartFind solution, and network with your K-12 education peers — it’s your chance to empower possibilities in workforce planning like never before.

You’ll see and experience new ways to predict and overcome upcoming challenges, and successfully implement more efficient, strategic processes across the talent life cycle.

After three days at PeopleConnect, you’ll leave refreshed and inspired to pursue your unique opportunities to contribute to and advance the education mission.

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AGENDA OVERVIEW

FULL AGENDA

8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Registration (Fourth floor lobby)

Register for PeopleConnect or pick up your attendee materials.


4-5 p.m.

Opening session (JW Grand Ballroom, Fourth floor)


5-7:30 p.m.

Welcome reception (Fourth floor lobby)

Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking with your peers and PeopleAdmin staff and partners. Sponsored by JobElephant.


7 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Registration (Fourth floor lobby)


7-8 a.m.  

Breakfast (JW Grand Ballroom, Fourth floor) 

Sponsored by SkillSurvey.


8-8:15 a.m. Break


8:15-9:45 a.m.

SmartFind general session, customer awards, and Customer Success update (Salons 3&4)


9:45-10 a.m. Break


10-11 a.m.

K-12 Birds of a Feather sessions (Rooms 401-404)

Network with your K-12 peers and discuss the hottest topics in education talent management.


11-11:15 a.m. Break


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

K-12 industry keynote: True or false? There is power in changing your perspective (JW Grand Ballroom)

Join Nick Montgomery, Chief Research Officer at PeopleAdmin, and Peter Ianniello, Ph.D., Executive Director of HR School Support, New York City Department of Education, as they discuss a theoretical framework and real-world examples around whether or not thinking differently impacts results.


12:15-12:30 p.m. Break


12:30-1:30 p.m.  

Lunch (JW Grand Ballroom)


1:30-1:45 p.m. Break


1:45-2:45 p.m.

Get a piece of the Big Apple: Best practices from the New York City Department of Education (Room 401)

Peter Ianniello, Ph.D., executive director, human resources, New York City Department of Education

Discover how the New York City Department of Education successfully manages substitutes and fill rates daily — including understanding the diversity of the substitute population, nomination and screening processes, types and volume of disciplinary actions, unemployment fillings, and more — and learn their plans for future workforce planning initiatives.


SmartFindExpress tips and lesser-known features  (Room 402)

Connie Fennell, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin; and Lisa Vellenga, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin

In this interactive, question-and-answer style session, you’ll learn how to use the lesser-known features in SmartFindExpress and leave with new skills to improve absence management processes.


Jazzing up announcements (Room 403)

Steve Hodgin, customer success consultant, PeopleAdmin

Learn how to customize your SmartFindExpress home page and announcement pages to give your district a unique look that reflects your needs and provides substitutes and employees with all necessary information and updates after logging in.


Deep dive: Getting more out of SmartFindExpress (Room 404)

Rita Reid-Smith, enterprise customer success advisor, PeopleAdmin

Get the most out of your SmartFindExpress (SFE) platform! This interactive session features a SFE scavenger hunt where groups answer a series of questions about advanced functionality, reporting, and more.


2:45-3 p.m. Break


3-4 p.m.

Absence management and today’s substitute (Room 401)

Melva Cárdenas, strategic advisor, PeopleAdmin; and Edward Wilson, Ph.D., director of strategic planning and partnerships, PeopleAdmin

More than a “warm body in the classroom,” the right substitute can contribute to the success of your schools. Discover how leading districts are hiring daily and long-term substitutes and supporting their professional growth to empower student achievement.


Next: SmartFindExpress (Room 402)

Connie Fennell, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin; and Lisa Vellenga, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin

Watch a demo and learn about new SmartFindExpress features, including search rule changes, substitute availability settings, employee job creation limits, and many new parameters settings.


Hiring, developing, and managing substitutes: policy and practical trends from ESSA to EPI  (Room 403)

Nick Montgomery, chief research officer, PeopleAdmin; Marsha Moyer, education and leadership training director, Oregon School Personnel Administrators

Substitute quality has implications for students on a daily basis. But ensuring that every student has a qualified substitute can have substantial effects on Human Resources departments in school districts. In this session we will discuss how ESSA affects definitions of substitute quality, what we know about measuring quality at hiring time, and opportunities for developing and placing substitutes.


Hands-on with SmartFind (Room 404)

James Smolich, product manager, PeopleAdmin

Test drive the new SmartFind! During this hands-on experience, you’ll preview and get to know new SmartFind functionality.


4-4:15 p.m. Break


4:15-5:15 p.m.

Your SmartFind Community (Room 401)

Courtney Langdon, Community manager, PeopleAdmin

Learn how to access the PeopleAdmin Community — our online customer portal — to browse SmartFind tips and tricks, read product news, find PeopleAdmin information, create support tickets, and network with other SmartFind users in the U.S. and Canada.


SmartFindExpress: Coming attractions (Room 402)

Sandy Edwards, SubCentral consultant, Grant Wood AEA; and Connie Fennell, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin

Join this lively discussion of the new features coming soon to SmartFindExpress and see how one district is already using them to enhance absence management.


Birds of a Feather, Canada: Strategies for enhancing substitute pool quality (Room 403)

Katelyn Clutterbuck, human resources coordinator, Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB; Bill Smith, recruitment officer – support staff, Toronto District School Board; Sam Venneri, officer, occasional teaching, Toronto District School Board; Rita Reid-Smith, enterprise customer success advisor, PeopleAdmin; and Karim Kuperhause, strategic sales consultant, PeopleAdmin

Learn SFE best practices designed to make your solution work for you and improve fill rates! This moderated group discussion designed for Canadian customers will take an in-depth look at targeted hiring, areas of need, restrictions based on filled/unfilled, optimization of SFE parameters, efficient allocation of phone lines, and open communication with users.


Metrics that matter (Room 404)

Nick Montgomery, chief research officer, PeopleAdmin

Developing absence and substitute management programs that proactively address district needs is critical. In this session, you’ll hear how successful districts are accessing data, measuring their successes, and using metrics to overcome today’s absence management challenges.


5:15-6:30 p.m. Break


6:30-11 p.m.

Customer celebration (Speakeasy)

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast (Griffin Hall, Second floor)


8:30-8:45 a.m. Break


8:45-9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Fired up education HR professionals! (JW Grand Ballroom)

Aric Bostick, speaker and author

Working in education isn’t for the faint of heart … you must be all in, all day, every day! But like instructors, education’s human resources professionals and support staff can get burned out by the daily demands of their jobs unless a spark comes along to ignite a new passion for the school, district, college or university mission. Get fired up and see how you can inspire a passion in your organization that won’t burn out!


9:45-10 a.m. Break


10-11 a.m.

Going mobile with SmartFind (Room 401)

Mackenzie Kraft, product analyst, PeopleAdmin

If you have a smart phone or other mobile device, you probably use apps to get directions, access news, check weather, and more. Learn how you can also manage absences on the go with the SmartFind mobile app for employees, teachers, substitutes, and administrators.


SmartFindExpress tips and lesser-known features (Room 402)

Connie Fennell, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin; and Lisa Vellenga, senior customer support specialist, PeopleAdmin

In this interactive, question-and-answer style session, you’ll learn how to use the lesser-known features in SmartFindExpress and leave with new skills to improve absence management processes.


Metrics that matter (Room 403)

Nick Montgomery, chief research officer, PeopleAdmin

Developing absence and substitute management programs that proactively address district needs is critical. In this session, you’ll hear how successful districts are accessing data, measuring their successes, and using metrics to overcome today’s absence management challenges.


Deep dive: Getting more out of SmartFindExpress (Room 404)

Rita Reid-Smith, enterprise customer success advisor, PeopleAdmin

Get the most out of your SmartFindExpress (SFE) platform! This interactive session features a SFE scavenger hunt where groups answer a series of questions about advanced functionality, reporting, and more.


11-11:15 a.m. Break


11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Hello, my name is PeopleAdmin  (Room 401)

Barri Horn, product leader, PeopleAdmin

PeopleAdmin is more than a talent management solutions provider … Learn about our history, ways to engage with us, and year-round learning opportunities available to your school, district or school board. You’ll leave with an understanding of how we came to offer our current solutions, and why we’re excited about what’s to come.


Phone and IVR connections (Room 402)

Chris Delvaux, escalations engineer, PeopleAdmin

Review the key factors that influence communication quality when using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, and learn how to help substitutes troubleshoot their call connection issues.


Empowering your principals with data and insights (Room 403)

Steve Hodgin, customer success consultant, PeopleAdmin

Learn how to use SmartFindExpress tools and data to empower your principals to manage absences and staff coverage. This session will give you an opportunity to work with your peers to compare best practices for principal communication and support while exploring what new principals need to know about SmartFindExpress.


Hands-on with SmartFind (Room 404)

James Smolich, product manager, PeopleAdmin

Test drive the new SmartFind! During this hands-on experience, you’ll preview and get to know new SmartFind functionality.


12:15-12:30 p.m. Break


12:30-1:15 p.m.

Closing session (JW Grand Ballroom)


1:15-1:30 p.m.

Grab-n-go lunch (Fourth floor lobby)

CONFERENCE LOCATION

JW Marriott Austin

A great setting opens up greater possibilities for a fabulous conference … which is exactly what you’ll get at the JW Marriott Austin during PeopleConnect.

This terrific property — the largest JW Marriott in the country — is located in the heart of downtown Austin’s vibrant music and dining scene. You’ll spend each day in luxurious comfort attending PeopleConnect — learning about your solution, networking with peers, exchanging ideas with PeopleAdmin team members and partners…

…and then at night, explore all that Austin has to offer…

…from the Lady Bird Lake trail and waterfront to the famous Congress Avenue “Bat Bridge.” Or catch a show in the Live Music Capital of the world by visiting the historic Sixth Street district.

For a more restful trip, take advantage of the amenities at North America’s largest JW Marriott, including a spa, rooftop pool and various onsite restaurants.

CONFERENCE PRICING

Welcome Rate

$45000
  • Nov. 17 – Dec. 31, 2016
  • A $150 savings!

Early Bird

$50000
  • Jan. 1 – Feb. 14, 2017
  • A $100 savings!

Full Rate

$60000
  • Feb. 15 – Apr. 1, 2017
  • Time is running out!

LODGING

JW Marriott Austin

Courtyard Austin Downtown

Residence Inn Austin Downtown

Special room rate for PeopleConnect attendees

The PeopleConnect conference is at the JW Marriott Austin. Reduced room rates are available for conference attendees there
and at the Residence Inn Austin Downtown and Courtyard Austin Downtown — each about a 5- to 10-minute walk.

You can select your accommodations during the registration process.

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CUSTOMER AWARDS

PeopleConnect Customer Awards

At PeopleAdmin, we’re constantly impressed by the amazing things our customers do to positively influence education and change the world for the better.

That’s why we’re celebrating your accomplishments at PeopleConnect 2017.

The PeopleConnect Customer Awards recognize PeopleAdmin customers for their commitment to advancing the K-12 mission, solving HR challenges or using technology creatively.

Award categories include:

Innovation Award

Celebrating new, unique and creative ways schools and districts use PeopleAdmin products to overcome challenges, improve HR processes or streamline workflows.

Aligning the Stars Award

Celebrating the use of PeopleAdmin products to promote and improve interdepartmental collaboration for the benefit of staff, students or schools and districts at large.

Make It Happen Award

Acknowledging employee-led efforts to overcome obstacles and support the mission of the institution using PeopleAdmin solutions.

Award nominations are now closed.

SHARE YOUR STORY

Become a guest speaker

Do you have a great success story using your SmartFind solution? Has your district or board used SmartFind in an innovative way or built effective programs around workforce planning and absence management processes? Help inspire others and celebrate your success by leading a session at Solutions Summit at PeopleConnect 2017.

We know no one has more relevant experience than you — those who use PeopleAdmin solutions every day — so we hope you’ll lead or co-lead a breakout session. Consider how you can contribute to compelling session topics, including:

  • Your overall SmartFind experience
  • Successful workforce planning initiatives
  • Methods for overcoming absence management challenges
  • Insights on fill-rate metrics or the use of real-time actionable data
  • Custom-designed report configurations you’ve used to address your specific needs