About the event

A place for TalentEd customers to learn, share and empower 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 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.

Kansas City

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.

Join us in Kansas City … To friends, it’s just KC.

Where to stay


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

Conference agenda
  • April 15


  • April 16


  • April 17


Session highlights

Removing geographical boundaries to combat teacher shortages

Video interviewing can expand your pipelines of promising teachers and administrative staff, and simplify your screening process. In this session, hear how schools have incorporated video interviewing into their recruiting process to expand their pools and overcome local teacher shortages.

Best practices for great instruction, a panel discussion

Keeping up with established approaches, theories, and processes around “what constitutes good instruction” is hard, and data are key to making important decisions. Interact with a panel of your peers to learn and ask about the best practices they’ve implemented to maximize teacher effectiveness and student success.

Better together: Professional development Informed by performance evaluations

Finding and onboarding great talent can be difficult, but what’s even more challenging is retaining the talent you have engaged. Learn about TalentEd’s philosophy, approach and future plans for linking performance evaluation and professional development software to help K-12 leaders invest in all employees and empower them to reach their full potential.

Identify the right candidates, ask the right behavioral-based interview questions

Imagine sitting across the table from a top candidate and already knowing their biggest strength and their biggest weakness. Now, imagine your principals have access to a handful of corresponding behavioral-based interview questions — saving timing and aiding in consistent processes. Learn how this technology works and how you can use it at your district in this fun and exciting session.

What’s new in your absence management system

Take a look at what’s new and what’s coming for SmartFind Express. In this session, we’ll showcase product updates that you can adopt immediately, helping you drive your mission to ensure every classroom is led by a great instructor every day.

Gaining insights: new visibility into managing absences

Knowledge is power, and insights into your substitute teacher pool give you the power to make better decisions about your schools’ needs, strategies and future. Join this session to see how you can easily identify strengths and areas for improvement across your absence management solution.

  • Early Bird Pricing

  • February 3 - March 2, 2018
  • A savings of $100
  • Includes all sessions and meals
  • Customer Appreciation Party
  • $500
  • Pre-conference Pricing

  • March 3 - 31, 2018
  • A savings of $50
  • Includes all sessions and meals
  • Customer Appreciation Party
  • $550

*If you participate in “Plan B” or prepaid conference registration, please request your pre-paid registration code by emailing csa@peopleadmin.com.

Become a sponsor

Our sponsorship packages are designed to elevate your brand, create relationships with conference attendees, and forge a deeper business partnership between us and your organization. Available are packaged sponsorship opportunities to accommodate a variety of budgets as well as an extensive list of add-on opportunities. More opportunities are being offered than ever before.


Download Sponsorship Guide