New to personnel? Report to HR Boot Camp for training
April 17, 2023
So you just got your first position in the HR office. You need to prepare for your new role — and fast.
Time to enlist in ACSA’s HR Boot Camp.
This virtual workshop was designed for administrators, classified managers and other support staff who are new to Human Resources. It’s also a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the role and function of the HR Department in preparation for potential job openings in their district.
“As we approach spring and summer, which are opportune times to move into a new and different position, this three-day workshop will help you have a better understanding of and prepare for a position in HR,” said co-presenter Sherri Beetz.
Previous attendees say the workshop is a solid introduction for newcomers and a great review for those with more experience. Here’s some of what they’ve said:
  • “I would recommend this to just about anyone, even if they aren’t in HR!”
  • “This was so helpful! As a brand new HR director, I feel that I have enough of a foundation to step into my new role next week.”
  • “The three sessions were very informative. I was able to confirm information I knew and learn so much more.”
  • “It was also good to be able to share practices with others and be able to hear how others perform certain tasks.”
  • “Appreciated the handouts and how quickly questions were answered.”
  • “I will be sharing all of the resources shared with my HR office.”
The HR administrator role is complicated, with myriad tasks and responsibilities. Co-presenters Sherri Beetz, Ed.D., Colleen Slattery, Ed.D., and Jennifer Looney bring decades of combined experience in administration and HR to this workshop.
Beetz has served in administration for more than 30 years. She is the assistant superintendent of Human Resources at Castro Valley USD, a position she has held since 2005. She was previously director of Human Resources for Pleasanton Unified. Beetz has a doctorate in education from St. Mary’s College of California and a bachelor’s degree in education from California State University, Chico.
Slattery is the assistant superintendent of Human Resources at Placer County Office of Education, where she has worked since July 2018. She previously served as the assistant superintendent of Human Resources for Rocklin USD. Slattery holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies and a master’s degree in educational administration from CSU Sacramento and earned her doctoral degree in organizational leadership at Brandman University. She was named the Personnel and Human Resources Administrator of the Year in 2010-11 for both ACSA’s Placer County Charter and ACSA Region 2.
Looney has 25 years of experience in school district personnel, including nearly 20 years as assistant superintendent of Personnel & Instruction at Selma Unified School District. Looney is currently a consultant for numerous school districts on the subject of employee evaluation and discipline. She is also director of ACSA’s Personnel Academy. Looney served as ACSA president in 1997-98, is a former president of ACSA’s Human Resources Council and has presented at dozens of ACSA events over the years. In 1993, she received ACSA’s Central Office Administrator of the Year award.
Attendees will walk away with tools they can use right away, including a detailed calendar of events and procedures related to Human Resources. Participants will also receive the Human Resources Self‐Assessment Instrument, which will help participants analyze their HR Department to determine areas that may need attention and to develop goals for their division.
This nine-hour comprehensive overview of the HR office will be held over three sessions. All sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees, should they have to miss a session or simply want to review the material.
After attending these sessions, participants will be able to:
  • Identify and understand the complexities of HR administration.
  • Describe the functions performed by the HR Office.
  • Identify the various public stakeholders with whom the HR Office must interact and what results may be expected from those interactions.
  • Become familiar with recent legislative and case law changes.
  • Identify and understand HR procedures and the monitoring of critical timelines.
  • Become familiar with an HR Office Self‐Assessment Instrument.
HR Boot Camp (Virtual Workshop Series)
What: 9-hour overview of HR during three online sessions When: June 15, 22, 29 Cost: $299 ACSA members, $399 non-members Register:
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