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A place for TalentEd and Performance Matters customers to learn, share and transform K-12 talent management

From recruitment to retention, employing great educators plays a larger role in student achievement than any other decision school districts make, and TalentEdge is designed to support the human resources, absence management, professional development and administration officials who facilitate the talent life cycle to empower K-12 education.

At the inaugural TalentEdge conference, TalentEd and Performance Matters customers, employees and business partners will come together to advance and improve recruitment, hiring, onboarding, absence management, professional development and evaluation processes.

Though technology will undoubtedly play a role in achieveing that goal, TalentEdge isn’t really about the technology — it’s about the people who configure and use it every day to achieve K-12 excellence.

TalentEdge will deliver hands-on, engaging learning and networking experiences through customer-led sessions, panel discussions, best practice sharing, and “birds of a feather” round table conversations, where attendees will learn from subject matter experts and each other, and leave refreshed and inspired to pursue their unique opportunities to contribute to and advance their school and district mission.

WHY ATTEND

Why should you attend TalentEdge 2018?

Learn from the best
Hear from the best and brightest minds in the talent management field. This year’s Keynote speaker, Todd Whitaker, will lead a dynamic presentation on what specific qualities and practices elevate great educational leaders above the rest.

Improve your solution knowledge
Deepen and strengthen your solution knowledge by attending sessions, demos, and presentations by industry experts. Sign up for our training classes and become a solution expert!

Connect with peers
Spend time sharing knowledge and insights with talent management peers from all over the country with Birds of a Feather roundtables and fun evening events.

Have fun in the heart of the nation
Between our customer appreciation party and exciting Kansas City night life, you’ll get your fill of fun.

Justify your trip
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SESSIONS & AGENDA

Immerse yourself in sessions focused on human resources,
absence management, and performance and professional learning

What specific qualities and practices elevate great educational leaders above the rest?

Discover what the most effective superintendents, principals and administrators do differently than their colleagues, and why what you do each day makes a difference in so many lives.

This is a chance to understand how to get you and your entire school revitalized, re-energized and maybe even resuscitated! It’s also an opportunity to Gain the Edge and understand what great leaders do differently, why these things make them more effective, and how to identify and add each tactic to your own districts and schools.

Dr. Todd Whitaker
Todd Whitaker, best-selling author of What Great Teachers Do Differently, will deliver a dynamic keynote presentation on the habits of great leaders, what makes them effective, and how to implement strategies that improve principal and educator effectiveness — drawing from his experience with staff motivation, teacher leadership, technology, instructional improvement, and more.

Session Highlights

The looming leadership gap — and how to address it

Baby boomers are retiring in increasing numbers and half of principals leave their positions after just three years. Despite that, The Institute for Education Statistics estimates that due to enrollment growth, demand for principals will increase 6 percent within the next four years. Is your district prepared to mitigate the impending loss of institutional knowledge and experience? Learn how to prepare for this challenge now by developing the next generation of K-12 leaders.

Hiring and developing a star for every role

Everyone in your district plays a role in student success. Learn how to identify, hire and develop those who have the skills needed to make the biggest impact.

99% Paperless at Framingham Public Schools

Hear how Framingham Public Schools — an 8,700-student district — strengthened operations using paperless talent management processes. The district’s HR leadership team will share details of their transition from manual processes to using Hire, Records and Perform — including how creating a hiring handbook, updating job descriptions, adding portable hardware, attracting diverse candidates, and strengthening partnerships across district schools helped them achieve goals and operate more efficiently.

Save money by hiring the right candidate, every time

Hiring the wrong person costs both time and money … but what if every time you interviewed top candidates, you already knew their greatest strengths and weaknesses, and could tailor interview questions to elicit the most insightful responses? Learn how technology is making this scenario a reality for leading schools across the U.S. and Canada, and how much they’re saving by hiring right-fit candidates every time.

Overcoming barriers and the teacher shortage

Are you struggling to find quality teachers? In many cases, simply expanding your search beyond regional barriers can help you develop a pool of talented educators. Learn the tips and tricks leading districts use to attract, assess and hire top candidates, even when the talent pool appears scarce.

Best practices for great instruction, a panel discussion

Listen to a panel of K-12 education leaders share the strategies they’ve used to improve classroom instruction and boost student achievement.

Follow the evidence: How to evaluate and address teacher performance

To help teachers develop the skills needed to advance student achievement, begin by understanding their strengths and opportunities for improvement. Learn how Perform can help you develop actionable teacher growth plans based on meaningful performance evidence.

Meaningful change through analytics

Having the tools to know when and where evaluations have been completed not only allows leadership to drive value through the process, it’s also empowering. Discover how TalentEd’s mission-driven analytics platform can empower change today and discuss plans for future enhancements that will target evaluations and professional learning.

Are you wasting resources on professional learning?

Professional learning is a powerful tool — but only when it leads to districtwide improvements. Discover how you can use performance evaluations to create tailored professional learning plans that drive meaningful results.

Empower teaching, enhance student growth

Educator evaluations are mandatory in today’s K-12 landscape, but they’re also important coaching opportunities that can deliver student gains. Learn best practices for using Perform to enhance instruction, professional learning, and academic achievement through enriched feedback on classroom observations, performance summative evaluations and data analysis. Led by an administrator in a large urban district and Title 1 school, attendees will leave understanding how they can partner with instructors to improve student achievement.

What’s new with your SmartFind Express

SmartFind Express is evolving to better address absence management complexities. Preview the newest enhancements and learn how they can strengthen your absence management processes.

Empower users with future updates, an interactive workshop

This collaborative workshop will lay a foundation upcoming enhancements.  Together we’ll roll up our sleeves and dive in to your challenges and great ideas.

Your substitute pool tells a story. Here’s how to read it.

The data SmartFind Express collects about substitute teacher pools hold valuable insights that can help you proactively address unexpected teacher absences. Discover how our Analytics solution — released in 2017 — can help you interpret data and quickly identify high-impact improvement strategies.

Bet you never knew this about SmartFind Express…

Are you getting the most out of SmartFind Express? In this question-and-answer-style session, you will explore the solution’s lesser-known capabilities and learn tips and tricks to maximize its effectiveness.

Get your game face on

Is your substitute pool flocking to other districts in your area, leaving you scrambling to cover for teacher absences? Team up with other K-12 leaders in this moderated group discussion to develop the winning strategies needed to put a quality teacher in every classroom, every day.

  • April 15

    Sunday

  • April 16

    Monday

  • April 17

    Tuesday

  • 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
    Share best practices, brainstorm and discuss the hottest topics in education talent management. School districts will be grouped by region with similar institutions, so you can discuss issues and solutions with TalentEdge attendees who face your same challenges.

  • 6:30 - 11 p.m.
    Celebrate all that you’ve accomplished this year with dinner, drinks, dancing and live music at the historic Union Station Kansas City. Union Station is just a short walk from the Sheraton via "The Link" elevated pedestrian walkways.
    Where
    Union Station Kansas City

  • 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
    What specific qualities and practices elevate great educational leaders above the rest? Discover what the most effective superintendents, principals and administrators do differently than their colleagues, and why what you do each day makes a difference in so many lives. This is a chance to understand how to get you and your entire school revitalized, re-energized and maybe even resuscitated! It’s also an opportunity to Gain the Edge and understand what great leaders do differently, why these things make them more effective, and how to identify and add each tactic to your own districts and schools.
    Where
    Century Ballroom

LEARNING AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

ScholarLabs are hands-on product tutorials. TalentEd and Performance Matters experts are here to help you better understand your solution and gather feedback on how we can improve our products. ScholarLab is open throughout the conference.

Share best practices, brainstorm and discuss the hottest topics in education talent management. Schools and districts are grouped with similar institutions, so you can discuss issues and solutions with other attendees who face your same challenges.

Book a Face2Face meeting with your account executive
and/or your Customer Success advisor. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your solutions and services, or see a product demonstration.

Available Training Classes – Save 20%
Get the most out of your solution. To enroll in a training class, simply add the classes during the registration process.
You can also register at the conference. Space is limited.

EPI Certified Administrator

This course will provide a complete understanding of the Teacher EPI instrument, including how to interpret scores, understanding the research upon which scores are based, how to use the Teacher Interview Guide and PD Plan that are provided, and how to use the EPI within an ATS. Course will include an online exam and certificate following completion. 2 hours.

Cost: Now $440 was $550
Sunday, April 15
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Putting the Advanced Features of Perform Into Action

This course will focus on using the advanced features recently introduced to Perform, including artifacts in forms, advanced scripting, rubrics, and the evidence table. 2 hours.

Cost: Now $280 was $350
Sunday, April 15
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

SmartFind Express for New Site Administrators

This course will provide new site administrators a complete understanding for monitoring daily absences and fill status, creating and managing absences/vacancies, leveraging reporting features, and managing employee and substitute profiles. 2 hours.

Cost: Now $280 was $350
Sunday, April 15
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Getting the Most Out of Records

This course will focus on gaining efficiencies with Records and will highlight tips and tricks for managing advanced workflows, security groups, and user management. 2 hours.

Cost: Now $280 was $350
Sunday, April 15
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

  • Advanced Early Bird Pricing

  • This offer has expired
  • A savings of $200
  • Includes all sessions and meals
  • Customer Appreciation Party
  • $400
  • Early Bird Pricing

  • This offer has expired
  • A savings of $100
  • Includes all sessions and meals
  • Customer Appreciation Party
  • $500

WHERE TO STAY

Join us in Kansas City … To friends, it’s just KC.
Home of barbecue, jazz and world-famous midwestern hospitality

Kansas City has a way of surprising you. And that’s just how the locals like it. From the moment you arrive to long after you leave, the city’s cool, cultural vibe is sure to make an impression.

While visiting, be sure to:
… Indulge your tapping toes at soulful jazz clubs.
… Rekindle your imagination by experiencing the city’s burgeoning arts scene.
… Delight your appetite with sweet and spicy Kansas City barbecue.

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
Superbly situated in the heart of downtown Kansas City, The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center offers hotel guests an impeccable location from which to experience this thriving Midwestern metropolis.

The hotel connects directly to Crown Center, which features 85 acres of shops, restaurants and local attractions. Spend time exploring this inimitable entertainment destination, or venture out and experience other local attractions near the hotel, including Country Club Plaza.

TalentEdge room rate: $179

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