OSSBA Employment Services Virtual HR Academy

Managing human resources is a big job. No matter the size of the district, school leaders understand the importance of recruiting, retaining and leading quality teachers and support professionals.

Join the OSSBA Employment Services Team, along with our special guests, for a four-part virtual academy where we’ll discuss best practices and legal requirements related to personnel management.

This academy will benefit administrators, human resource personnel, business managers, payroll staff and other school professionals that deal with personnel issues.

FREE for OSSBA Employment Services Members

OSSBA Member Special

$60/workshop or $120 for four-part package

Non-Member Cost

$100/workshop or $200 for four-part package

Managing Employee Leave in the COVID Era

Recorded Tues., Jan. 19

Session recording will be available on the OSSBA On-Demand Learning page upon completion of all live sessions of the Virtual HR Academy.

As school districts wrestle with increasing COVID-related absences, it can be difficult to know what types of leave employees can and should use. It’s a struggle to cover costs and classrooms, while also providing flexibility and much-needed support to employees who must quarantine or isolate. The Employment Services Team will discuss options for school districts looking for employee friendly leave alternatives now that portions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act have expired.

Handling Employee Discipline Issues/Reviewing Criminal History Background Checks

Recorded Thurs., Jan. 21

Session recording will be available on the OSSBA On-Demand Learning page upon completion of all live sessions of the Virtual HR Academy.

Part 1: When employee discipline issues arise, supervisors often have questions and concerns about how to address the situation effectively and without legal consequences. From requiring professional improvement to moving for termination, our Employment Services team will discuss the steps outlined by Oklahoma employment law, as well as best practices for employee accountability.

Part 2: Nothing is more important than providing students with a safe learning environment, and properly screening candidates is a critical step in the hiring process. The Employment Services Team and The Honorable Judge Jeff Virgin, Cleveland County District Judge, will explain how to read and understand criminal history background checks, as well as provide guidance about how screening information can (and cannot!) be used to make staffing decisions for your district.

Special Guest: The Honorable Jeff Virgin, Cleveland County District Judge

Interview Dos and Don’ts/Interviewing for Equity

Tues., Jan. 26 • 10 a.m. – Noon

Part 1: Interviewing is an effective way to vet potential employees, but certain questions must be off limits. The OSSBA Employment Services team will discuss the legal landmines school administrators should avoid when conducting interviews, as well as provide tips for making interviews a comfortable, more productive experience for all parties involved.

Part 2: A strong interview process can help your district select the best teachers and education professionals for your schools. We’ll be joined by a panel of seasoned school leaders to discuss the art of interviewing, including how to identify candidates who will meet the needs of – and promote equity for – your district’s diverse student learners.

Special Guest: Dr. Jason Perez, Deputy Superintendent/Chief Human Resources Officer for Mid-Del Public Schools and Curtis Layton, Executive Director of Human Resources for Ponca City Public Schools

Understanding Unemployment: A Mini Bootcamp

Thurs., Jan. 28 • 10 a.m. – Noon
Unemployment claims can be an expensive and time-consuming. The Employment Services Team will cover all aspects of the unemployment claims process, including techniques and strategies your district can use to potentially alleviate the costs and problems associated with unemployment claims, as well as how to address fraudulent filings. We’ll also share the many benefits of joining OSSBA’s Employment Services program.
Online registration is available through the OSSBA member portal. For information or questions about the member portal, please contact Lisa Deaton by email with your name, district, and email address or call 888.528.3571.