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Chett Daniel, Founder and CEO of K12 HR Solutions, shares advice and interviews with education industry leaders to aggregate strategies and resources to help school district leaders create more effective school districts through human resources and organizational effectiveness. School district superintendents and principals have tremendous responsibilities and lead busy lives. K12 HR Solutions and this podcast exists to help school leaders in the areas of leading organizational change, motivating teachers and staff, strategies to reduce teacher turnover, effective methods of performance evaluation, hiring effective teachers, building strong cultures, developing leaders, and so much more.



Each episode Chett hosts a new guest expert to share insights both inside and outside the education industry to gather strategies to help principals, superintendents, school board members, and other school district leaders run a more effective school. You can find out more about K12 HR Solutions at www.k12hrsolutions.com

K12 HR Solutions Podcast Chett Daniel: Founder of K12 HR Solutions, Solutions for Superintendents, Principals, and School District Leadership

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Chett Daniel, Founder and CEO of K12 HR Solutions, shares advice and interviews with education industry leaders to aggregate strategies and resources to help school district leaders create more effective school districts through human resources and organizational effectiveness. School district superintendents and principals have tremendous responsibilities and lead busy lives. K12 HR Solutions and this podcast exists to help school leaders in the areas of leading organizational change, motivating teachers and staff, strategies to reduce teacher turnover, effective methods of performance evaluation, hiring effective teachers, building strong cultures, developing leaders, and so much more.



Each episode Chett hosts a new guest expert to share insights both inside and outside the education industry to gather strategies to help principals, superintendents, school board members, and other school district leaders run a more effective school. You can find out more about K12 HR Solutions at www.k12hrsolutions.com

    9 Ways Micro Credentials Could Make Huge Changes in Your School District

    9 Ways Micro Credentials Could Make Huge Changes in Your School District

    This is one of the most informative podcasts we’ve recorded. This month we focus on the topic of micro credentials and feature Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Patricia Deklotz of the Kettle Moraine School District.  I was first introduced Kettle Moraine’s efforts in micro credentials in the November issue of School Administrator.

    Micro credentials may seem like the next fad in education, but Dr. Deklotz and the Kettle Moraine School District aren’t just using micro credentials as an accessory or an adornment in the latest edition of education trick ponies.  When you listen to this podcast you’ll hear how Kettle Moraine has made micro credentials the centerpiece of improving organizational learning and effectiveness in areas related not only to professional development, but also compensation, recruiting, succession planning, and employee engagement.



    In this episode of the K12 HR Solutions podcast Dr. Deklotz and I discuss:



    What are micro credentials

    How micro credentials can be integrated into teacher compensation

    The effect micro credentials may have on teacher engagement and student performance

    The change management approach Kettle Moraine used to implement micro credentials

    How micro credentials have impacted the ability to recruit and retain teachers

    Efforts to ensure the micro credential model of professional development and compensation is financially sustainable

    How micro credentials provides a viable alternative to “step and lane” salary schedules

    Ideas for developing strategic models of succession planning

    How micro credentials incentivize high quality teachers to stay in the classroom



     

    Also, because the topic of teacher engagement was a key part of this podcast, I am also providing a free copy of our ebook Ignite: A School Administrator’s Guide to Designing Districts that Motivate Teachers.  




     



     



     

    Micro Credential Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

    Here is a short video from Kettle Moraine about micro credentials shared by Dr. Deklotz

    November issue of School Administrator, featuring Dr. Deklotz and the Kettle Moraine School District

    In the podcast we discussed deeper learning as one micro credential offered by Kettle Moraine. Watch this video to see how one P.E. teacher in the district is using it to engage students in their own learning.

     

    Tools for Managing Micro Credentials.

    Bloomboard

    Digital Promise

     

    We are excited about the information Dr. Deklotz shared in this podcast and the resources we’ve provided and we hope you find them useful. Please consider sharing it on Twitter or other social media platforms you may use.

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    6 Strategies to Manage Veterans' Preference in School Districts

    6 Strategies to Manage Veterans' Preference in School Districts

    Each November school districts across the country host programs to teach students to honor veterans for their service.  For many districts, depending on their state laws, honoring and recognizing the service of veterans doesn’t wait until November.  Veterans’ Preference in school districts allows districts to recognize veterans in human resource decisions throughout the year.

    Too often though, knowledge of Veterans’ Preference in school districts remains low and it’s a topic worth discussing to ensure your district is compliant, and more importantly that it provides select veterans with employment opportunities to serve their community after they have served their country.



     





     

    We are providing a free packet of resources to help school districts design hiring processes that are more likely to be reliable, valid, and withstand challenges related to veterans’ preference.  Included in the packet are

     



    * Six Strategies to Manage Veterans’ Preference in School Districts

    * Sample Guide to Managing Perceptions of Fairness in School District Hiring Practices

    * Best Practices for Teacher Selection: From Job Posting to Job Offer

    * Sample Application and Resume Teaching Candidate Scoring Guide



     



    This is an information packed article.  If you notice at the top of the page there is a sound bar.  We were able to record a podcast interview with attorney Sean Timmons.  Mr. Timmons works with the law firm Tulley & Rinckey  and is a veterans’ preference legal expert.  We have linked to the firm and you can call them directly at (855)-248-9790. The information he shares extends well beyond the information you will find in this article.  We highly encourage you to listen to this episode after you read this month’s article.



     

     

    What is Veterans’ Preference and Why Should School Districts Care?

    Veterans’ preference was initially established as a set laws created by the United States Congress to assist veterans seeking Federal employment and to prevent them from being penalized for time spent in military service.  These laws provide preference points for employment and other human resource decisions to veterans who are disabled or who served in the Armed Forces during specified periods or in designated military campaigns.  Veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee veterans a job, nor do they give them preference in internal actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments, and reinstatements.

    It is also important to note that not every veteran is eligible to receive veterans’ preference.  Veterans’ preference laws for Federal employment and most state veterans’ preference laws only provide preference points to veterans who meet specific criteria, who are disabled, or who served during specified periods or in designated military campaigns.  Additionally, the number of points awarded to veterans depend on a number of factors.  That will be addressed later in this article.

    Beyond the obvious reasons related to recognition and honoring the service of veterans, school districts should care about veterans’ preference because many states have passed laws that require public employers to provide veterans’ preference in hiring decisions.  Veterans’ preference was initially created to provide opportunities to veterans seeking federal employment.  However, over the past few decades more and more states have adopted or modified veterans preference laws.

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    FLSA Update for School District Leaders

    FLSA Update for School District Leaders

     





     

     

    On this episode of the K12 HR Solutions Podcast I’ll discuss:



    * Changes from the Department of Labor that will take effect December 1, 2016

    * Exemptions under FLSA and which ones are more likely to affect school districts

    * How these changes will likely impact school districts

    * How school districts can prepare for new changes to FLSA

    * A free resource to help school leaders budget for the impact of FLSA changes



     

    On May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Final Rule for overtime under FLSA. The new rule will take effect December 1, 2016.   (We wrote extensively about the possible changes in this article about FLSA Changes in School Districts in case you want a more in-depth review of some of the information presented here).

    The change will entitle most salaried white collar workers to earn at least $913 per week or $47,476 per year.  The new salary requirement or test is more than twice the old salary requirement of $23,660 per year.

    Exemptions Under FLSA Reviewed



    * Classified or Non-Certified

    * Certified



    Exemptions under FLSA are:



    * Executive

    * Administrative

    * Professional

    * Outside sales

    * Computer employee

    * Highly compensated employees



    A more detailed description of FLSA exemptions can be found on the DOL website.

     

    How FLSA Changes Could Affect School Districts

    An employer can choose to classify certain employees as exempt under FLSA if they expect the position to have frequent overtime, fluctuating hours, or some other factor that makes sense financially and logistically to pay an employee salary and classify them as exempt.  If an employee is classified as exempt they must meet three criteria, or tests.

     



    * The employee must be paid on a salary basis.

    * The employee must perform very specific duties to be considered exempt.

    * The employee must also be paid (on a salary basis) a minimum salary.



     

    School District Employees Impacted by New FLSA Rules

    If a staff member is non-exempt, meaning they are paid at an hourly rate and are compensated overtime (at least 1.5 times their regular rate of pay) for all hours worked over 40, there are not likely to be impacted by the changes to FLSA.

    The new FLSA rule does not apply to bona-fide teachers.  Under the professional exemption teachers have a special exemption that excludes them from the salary test.

    The DOL clarified rules that allows some district employees within the administrative exemption to be excluded from the new salary test as well.

    The administrative exemption is also available to employees compensated on a salary or fee basis at a rate not less than $913 per week under the new rule, or on a salary basis which is at least equal to the entrance salary for teachers in the same educational establishment, and whose primary duty is performing administrative functions directly related to academic instruction or training in an educational establishment.

    What School Districts Should Do About FLSA Changes Now



    * Identify Exempt Employees, Salary,

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    Digesting Cheesecake Factory Professional Development with Guest Ross Cooper

    Digesting Cheesecake Factory Professional Development with Guest Ross Cooper

     



     



     

    Effective and meaningful professional development for school districts seldom happens by chance.  However, recent movements in professional development are relying more on choice and chance. Does your district use a “Genius Hour” or “Ed Camp” model for professional development? Find out how largely relying on these models for professional development in school districts can be masking larger issues related to effective practices in organizational change.

    This podcast episode’s guest is Ross Cooper.  Ross is a Twitter Jedi and the supervisor of instructional practice in the Salisbury Township School District in Allentown, PA.  Ross has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, and identified as one of the top education gurus to follow on Twitter.  Ross assists his district and others around the country with curriculum and unit design, inquiry-based learning, assessment and grading, and quality professional development (which is today’s topic).  You can find Ross on Twitter using the Twitter handle @RossCoops31 or at his website where he regularly provides great content related to his areas of passion in education at rosscoops31.com.  I found Ross after reading his widely read article Cheesecake Factory Professional Development that challenges the approach that many school districts are adopting related to professional development.  It reminded me of an article I wrote a few years ago on the topic of professional development for school districts titled What’s the Point of Training and Professional Development? 

    Use the media player at the top of this post to listen to this episode or you can subscribe to the K12 HR Solutions Podcast on iTunes.

    Ross and I have collaborated to provide a free resource for school leaders who want to plan meaningful and focused professional development for school districts.  This resource includes 8 Strategies for Planning Effective Professional Development and a Professional Development Planning Guide.  Use the button above to download a free copy.

     

    Topics for This Podcast Include:



    * Common mistakes many districts are making in “Genius Hour” or “Ed Camp” models of professional development.

    * An overview of Ross Cooper’s article Cheesecake Factory article.

    * Designing professional development for school districts that builds efficacy and engagement  among staff members

    * How to design professional development that is focused  and aligned to the district’s mission and core values

    * How to sort through the various professional development initiatives and clutter that is found on social media

    * Effective methods to evaluate the effectiveness of professional development for school districts efforts (beyond opinion surveys).

    * Methods to differentiate professional development among staff members with varied backgrounds and ability levels



     

    Additional resources mentioned in this podcast

    Evaluating Professional Development by Tom Guskey

    Prioritizing the Common Core by Larry Ainsworth

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    A Lapsed Anarchist's Views on School Leadership:

    A Lapsed Anarchist's Views on School Leadership:

    School leaders are often looking for effective ways to manage change and improve customer service to internal staff and to the patrons the district serves.  We decided to reach out to a small business owner who is renowned for his businesses’ performance in customer service and bottom up innovation.  In this episode of the K12 HR Solutions Podcast, I interview Ari Weinzweig, Co-Owner and Founding Partner of Zingerman’s Deli.  Ari and the Zingerman’s way has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, the New York Times, and Oprah.

    Some quick background information on Ari.  After studying anarchy and Russian history at the University of Michigan, Ari Weinzweig went to work washing dishes in a local restaurant and soon discovered that he loved the food business. Along with his partner Paul Saginaw, Ari started Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, a staff of two, a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods and a relatively short sandwich menu. Zingerman’s now has multiple business formats and is operated by unique style of leadership principles that has allowed it to become an Ann Arbor institution—that has over 500 staff members and annual sales over $55,000,000 a year.   In this episode school leaders will learn more about:

     



    * History of last names (this has nothing to do with change or leadership for school districts, but it was an interesting factoid that Ari threw in at the opening of our podcast when I struggled to pronounce his last name)





    * 12 Natural Laws of Leadership





    * How to encourage and channel innovation.





    * How Zingerman’s manages change and empowers their employees to create change themselves through the Bottom Line Change Principles



    Ari Also discusses the concept of Open Book Management.  This is a method of leading where staff members are taught how to read and understand the financials of the business to help lead in a more collaborative and transparent manner. Ari discusses a great book on that inspired his views on Open Book Management titled,  The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham.

     

    Additional resources available to brows on the Zingerman’s website are:



    * ZingTrain Zingerman’s Training Institute





    * ZXI (Zingerman’s Experience Indicator).  A metric Zingerman’s uses to measure and encourage customer service among employees.





    * Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service



     

    If you want to learn more about Ari’s 12 Natural Laws of Business, here is a keynote address he delivered in 2014 where he discusses each of the 12 Laws.

     

     

    We hope you were able to take some good information away from this episode.  Please take a moment to leave us a review on iTunes.  It is the fastest way to help us increase our number of listeners.  Also, in the comment section below, let us know what your district does to help facilitate bottom up change and how your district maintains an environment focused on customer service.  If you would like, share your ideas on the Open Book Management Philosophy and how you think it could work in your district.

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    How Changes to Overtime Laws Will Affect School Districts

    How Changes to Overtime Laws Will Affect School Districts

    On this podcast we discuss how changes to overtime laws will affect school districts.  The Department of Labor has recommended drastic changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage and hour laws and I brought on Adam Taylor, Co-Founder and Vice President at K12 HR Solutions to discuss how changes to overtime laws will affect school districts. If you prefer to read about these changes, you can read our last article on K12 HR Solutions, How School Districts Can Prepare for Upcoming Changes to FLSA.

     

     





     

    In this episode Adam provides a brief overview of FLSA, types of classifications, and most importantly the changes to how school districts classify employees that receive overtime pay.  This episode is full of information to keep you informed of proposed FLSA changes and how they affect school districts.  We are also providing a free packet of resources.

     

    Click on the link below to receive our bundle of complimentary resources to help your district get prepared for changes to FLSA for school districts.

    Here is what you will receive:



    A Budget Impact and Estimation Tool to evaluate the cost of potential changes to and possible solutions.

    5 Tips for School District Leaders to Prepare for Changes to FLSA.

    A Quick Guide to FLSA Exemptions with school district benchmark jobs

    FLSA Exemption and Overtime FAQs for School Districts

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Curtiepoo ,

Excellent info!

It's about time someone decided to do this. Our industry is definitely in need of information like this. HR in pretty much every school district could use revamping. From what I've listen to so far this is going to be a very valuable podcast. Keep up the great work!

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