Sessions

2021 Spring Conference Information

PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS SPRING CONFERENCES

For Connection Information please go to the Calendar of Events

 

Finance Session Descriptions:

 

Special Education Updates                          Tuesday                      3/16/2021        11:00

This presentation will provide an update of what’s new in the world of Special Education Funding. Included topics will be centered around the governor’s executive orders, maintenance of effort and an overview of the Special Ed What-if available for districts to use when estimating Special Ed revenue. This session will require you to register with a name and email prior to entering the meeting.

Presenter:  Paul Ferrin, Minnesota Department of Education

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Food and Nutrition Update                         Thursday                   3/18/2021        10:00

This session will provide an update of the Food and Nutrition Program for the 2020-2021 school year.  This session will also include highlights of requirements districts need to be aware of as a result of the COVID 19 Pandemic, including reporting requirements, timelines and much more.

            Presenter: Donna Becker, Minnesota Department of Education

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SMART Systems – Finance                          Monday                      3/22/2021        9:00

Come see what’s new with SMART Finance, review items from previous releases and get a preview of things coming soon. If you have topics that you want to be discussed, please e-mail those to SMARTSystems@erdc.k12.mn.us with the subject line “SF Questions” prior to March 5, 2021, and we will try to address as time allows.  This session is limited to 300 participants, but will be recorded and available to view at a later date.

Presenters: Stef Sylte, Smart Systems

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UFARS Hot Topics                                       Wednesday                3/24/2021        10:00

Learn about the new reporting requirements for 2020-2021 and beyond.  State Department representatives will discuss the latest UFARS changes and requirements in school finance.  This session will require you to register with a name and email prior to entering the meeting.

Presenters:  Debra Meier and Molly Koppes, Minnesota Department of Education Staff

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Upcoming GASB Standards and GASB 87 Implementation Steps         Recorded/Anytime

This Session will provide an overview of upcoming GASB Standards and a deep dive into GASB 87 implementation steps. Many GASB Standards were delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will review the calendar of upcoming GASB Standards and ensure your School District is prepared for implementation.

Presenter:  Bonnie Schwieger, CPA, Audit Manager, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP

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HR/PAYROLL SESSION DESCRIPTIONS:

 

Navigating State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws        Wednesday  3/17/2021   9:00

Speakers will provide a detailed overview of employer compliance requirements under both state and federal wage and hour laws.  Learn from use case scenarios and real world examples of implementation pitfalls and mistakes and have the chance to ask your questions.

            Presenters:  Corey Walton, Outreach Coordinator, MN Department of Labor and Industry Dave Skovholt, Labor Standards Outreach Coordinator, MN Department of Labor and Industry

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TRA Eligibility: Who to Report                  Thursday                   3/18/2021        9:00

This session will include employees who are in concurrent roles, the 50% rule, clean break from one position to another, and TRA annuitants working in a PERA related position.

Presenter: Margaret Sullivan, TRA

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Minnesota’s Wage Theft Law and Employee Notification Requirements                Friday                    3/19/2021        9:00

The Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2019 amended existing state labor laws and added new requirements for all employers.  This session will cover what districts should be doing to comply with the law and answer frequently asked questions.

Presenter: Dave Skovholt, Labor Standards Outreach Coordinator, MN Department of Labor and Industry

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SMART Systems – Payroll/HR                   Monday                      3/22/2021        1:00

Come see what’s new with SMART HR/Payroll, review items from previous releases and get a preview of things coming soon. If you have topics that you want to be discussed, please e-mail those to SMARTSystems@erdc.k12.mn.us with the subject line “HR Questions” prior to March 5, 2021, and we will try to address as time allows.  This session is limited to 300 participants, but will be recorded and available to view at a later date.

Presenters: Stef Sylte, Smart Systems

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HR Trends                                   Tuesday                      3/23/2021        2:00

This session will cover human resources trends, including HR analytics, using technology to improve accuracy and efficiency, generation differences, and shifting from work focus to employee experience.

Presenter:  Elizabeth Sullivan, SHRM-CP | Compensation & Benefits Supervisor | SWWC

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The Ins and Outs of Unemployment Insurance                         Wednesday                3/24/2021        11:00

Who is eligible to receive unemployment insurance? What events disqualify an individual from receiving unemployment insurance? How do I navigate the unemployment appeal process? This presentation will address these important questions and more regarding unemployment insurance law.

            Presenter:        Erin Benson, Ratwick, Roszak & Maloney, P.A.

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GENERAL INTEREST SESSION DESCRIPTIONS:

 

SMART Systems – eR                Monday                      3/15/2021          1:00

                Thursday                   3/25/2021        10:00

SMART eR has changed!  Come see what’s new with SMART eR., review items from previous releases and get a preview of things coming soon. If you have questions that you want to be discussed, please e-mail those to SMARTSystems@erdc.k12.mn.us with the subject line “eR Questions” prior to March 5, 2021, and we will try to address as time allows.  This session is limited to 300 participants, but will be recorded and available to view at a later date. 

Presenters: Stef Sylte, Smart Systems

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MARSS                                      Monday                      3/15/2021        10:00

This session will go over MARSS changes for FY2020 and any changes that are coming up for FY2021. This session will require you to register with a name and email prior to entering the meeting.

Presenter: Marilynn Loehr, Minnesota Department of Education

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ED-FI                                        Wednesday                3/17/2021        10:00

This session will cover a brief history of Ed-Fi in Minnesota, the current implementation status, as well as the future vision.   It will also provide a high level of overview of what it looks like to onboard to Ed-Fi. This session will require you to register with a name and email prior to entering the meeting.

Presenters: Tara Chapa and Gayra Ostgaard, Minnesota Department of Education

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MCCC 2020-2021 Updates                          Tuesday                      3/23/2021        10:00

This session will focus on MCCC data submissions, explore updates for the 2020-21 MCCC reporting year and walk through the file submission process and answer the question of “Am I done?”

            Presenter: Karen Millette, Minnesota Department of Education

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For Connection Information please go to the Calendar of Events