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WELCOME                               BIENVENUE

51st Annual NAEN Conference

Join us for the 2020 NAEN Conference in 

Scottsdale, AZ

March 15-18, 2020!

Book room before February 21, 2020 to lock in special NAEN Rate!

NAEN Rate is $239/night!

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 51st Conference Brochure 

Conference Schedule and Speakers (link)

Sunday, March 15

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Canadian Affairs

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. US Affairs

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.  Communication in Crisis

Moderator:  Jay Worona, Esq. New York State School Boards Association

Panel: Terilyn Finders, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost and Jessica Blakeman, Education Reporter, WLRN, South Florida’s NPR

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. President’s Reception

Monday, March 16

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Responding to Student Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Speaker:  Kirsten Meyer, Special Education Director, Kent ISC, Michigan

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Effective Strategies for Addressing Current Retiree Health Care

Speakers:  David Cirillo, Esq.  West Genesee School District, New York, Dominic D’Imperio, Esq. Jefferson Lewis BOCES, New York and Mark Pettitt, OCM BOCES, NY

Canadian Legal and Arbitration Update

Speaker:  Michael Hines, Esq., Hicks Morley

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.  How to run or understand an effective Board meeting

Speaker:  Jay Worona, Esq., New York State School Boards Association

1:30-2:30 p.m.   Effective Negotiation Strategies

Speakers:  Justin Petrarca, Esq., Himes and Petrarca and Fester, Chtd. Penny Mustin, Director of Labour Relations, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

4:00-5:30 p.m. Canadian Caucus

Hosted by Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

Tuesday, March 17

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.  Coherence; Building Coherence in our School District and its effect on positive labor relations

Speaker:  Dr. Maria Suttmeier, Superintendent of Schools, Hudson City School District, New York

10:00-11:15 a.m.  Knowledge Is Power 

Speaker:  Michael Hines, Esq., Hicks Morley

11:30-1:00 p.m.  Understanding and minimizing the effects of Bias in Hiring:  Ensuring an Equity Approach

Speakers:  Linda Nicholls, Superintendent of Human Resources, Thames Valley District School Board (Ontario, Canada) and Bethany Martin, Manager of Human Resources – Thames Valley District School Board (Ontario, Canada)

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Business Meeting

2:00 p.m.  Free Evening 

Wednesday, March 18 

8:30-9:45 a.m.  Responding to Staff and Faculty Members who suffer from Mental and Substance Abuse Issues

Speakers: TBD 

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Engaging Staff and Improving their Wellbeing; National Insights and Strategies for Schools

Speaker:  Sharon Brognia, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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