Secretaries Conference 2021

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Secretaries Conference 2021

Documentation of attendance must be provided via survey which will be open through

December 12, 2021.

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Session Details and Access Information

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December 7, 2021

7:15 am - 8:15 am

Technology Camp Registration

8:15 am - 11:00 am

Technology Camp

Powered by Technology -  Beth Ziesenis

(Montgomery 7)

Exasperated by email? Peeved about passwords? Tired of tedious tasks? You're not alone. Join Beth Ziesenis, for a research-based look of common productivity problems and the technology to solve them. Discover how to use free and bargain technology tools and apps you never knew existed. Start using these tools right away to work more efficiently, get organized, and get tasks completed. 

My 10 Favorite Gmail Tricks & Other Productivity Hacks - Frank Buck

(Montgomery 5)

Want to empty your Inbox every day? Would you like to see the important stuff together? What if your email could make scheduling meetings easier? Learn the answers to these questions and much more to make email less overwhelming and more of a powerful time saver to increase your daily productivity.

Essential Microsoft 365 Tools for Extended Productivity – Charlsie Wigley

(Montgomery 1)

Microsoft 365 provides users with new and exciting tools for productivity, organization, collaboration, and coordination. Three of the easiest tools to use are OneDrive (and the related OneDriveLive.com), OneNote, and the new Office Lens app for scanning and PDF creation. Join Instructional Technology Coach Charlsie Wigley to learn more about how to use these natural extensions to your Microsoft Outlook Tools to enhance your capacity and help move your team toward greater collaborative and coordinated success.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Secretaries Conference Registration

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Welcome

Vic Wilson, CLAS Executive Director

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Opening General Session

Do You Work with the Living Dead?

(Exhibit Hall A)

Presenter: Desi Payne

Do you work with people who suck the life out of you? Do coworkers drag their feet into work, growl, murmur, give blank stares, aren’t engaged, or poison other co-workers? Could you possibly be lifeless and not know it? In this entertaining, interactive session, Desi will teach you how to manage stress and bad attitudes. Don’t miss this opportunity to shrug off the zombies!

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Refreshment Break

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Second General Session - Panel

Best Practices for Administrative Assistants 

(Exhibit Hall A)

Presenters: Jennifer Cole, Eric Hines, Sherre McKelvey and Mary Veal

The administrative assistant’s role is not just handling phone calls and visitors. You have an entire staff to work with and a laundry list of daily tasks. It takes a winning smile, a firm yet friendly manner, and an enormous ability to calmly juggle responsibilities and people. How do you prioritize when everything’s important and everyone’s impatient? How can you stay organized when so much of your day is unpredictable? Join this interactive panel discussion with four dynamic administrators and administrative assistants and gain tips to become exceptional!

3:45 pm

Prize Drawings - Must Be Present to Win!

December 8, 2021

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

(Alabama AB)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakout Sessions (choose one)

It Takes a Village to Keep Schools Safe

(Montgomery 5)

Presenter: Dale Stripling

School safety is not just the responsibility of the principal or the SRO, it involves all stakeholders. Just as education has evolved, so has school safety. This session will look at the latest trends and statistics concerning school attacks and what precautionary steps can be taken to help avoid and be better prepared should a crisis situation occur.

Communication! Up, Down, Across, Inside and Outside the Organization

(Alabama C)

Presenter: Martha Bryan

You communicate interpersonally every time you interact with others. How well you accomplish this can influence how others view your work and your opportunity for success. This session offers practical strategies to inform and influence others no matter where they are on the organization chart. Gain tips on being honest, direct, and tactful in communicating with bosses, coworkers, employees, and the public. Learn to build cooperation and manage conflict in a positive, assertive manner.

Student Records and Confidentiality

(Alabama D)

Presenter: Melissa KcKie

Join noted attorney, Melissa McKie in this presentation focusing on your legal responsibilities regarding student records.  Learn the basics of FERPA, the federal law that governs access and confidentiality of student records. Gain additional insight into parental rights, what documents are considered students records, and how to deal with subpoenas.

PowerSchool Tips and Tricks

(Alabama E)

Presenters:  Stacy Royster and Sean Stevens

Looking to get the most of PowerSchool? Join this informative breakout and obtain information on personalization, searches, group functions, attendance, grades changes, reports, class rosters, daily bulletin, log entries, and creating personal “cheat sheets”.

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Break

9:15 - 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions Repeated

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions

 

Connecting with EL Families: Strategies for Success

(Alabama C)

Presenter:  Adriana Andrade

As American schools become more culturally and linguistically diverse, one of the biggest challenges can be reaching out to parents with limited English language skills and helping them to feel welcome. Attend this session and gain equipping strategies from Adriana Andrade to aid you as you greet the EL families who enter your building. Adriana will also share steps to enrolling new EL students, proper coding, and how to handle cumulative folders.

Your Health is Your Wealth

(Alabama D)

Presenter:  Jerri Haslem

As American schools become more culturally and linguistically diverse, one of the biggest challenges can be reaching out to parents with limited English language skills and helping them to feel welcome. Attend this session and gain equipping strategies from Adriana Andrade to aid you as you greet the EL families who enter your building. Adriana will also share steps to enrolling new EL students, proper coding, and how to handle cumulative folders.

Creating a Safe Enviroment in the Midst of COVID-19

(Montgomery 5)

Presenter:  Karen Landers

The effects of the pandemic continue to rage, and old threats are resurfacing. To ensure the overall health of staff and students, this session will address how the school staff can aid in protecting students and help create a healthy work environment. Understand the importance of mitigation strategies such as social distancing, face coverings, and other hygiene measures, as well as the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination, our most powerful strategy against this virus.

Creating a Positive Emotional Temperature

(Alabama E)

Presenter:  Mary Smith

Today's school environment demands more from office support personnel than ever before. How do you intelligently handle difficult people and prioritize demands while completing your daily tasks? Join this session and learn ways to keep calm and connect during chaos and commotion leading to a positive emotional temperature in the school office.

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Break

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Closing General Session - Lunch/Secretary of the Year Luncheon

A Positive Attitude in a Negative World

(Alabama AB)

Presenter: Matt Booth

Do you know the old saying, “Attitude is everything”? Your attitude determines your thoughts, actions and ultimately the direction and success of your organization. In the current economic environment, your attitude and the attitude of those around you NEEDS to be positive as often as possible. However, sometimes this is not easily accomplished. This upbeat closing session will help you recognize the importance of a positive attitude and provide strategies to help improve the attitude within your organization.

1:15 pm

Prize Drawings - Must be present to win!

If you need assistance, please contact help@clasleaders.org .