New to personnel? Report to HR Boot Camp for training
April 22, 2024
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.

In this three-part online workshop, co-presenters Sherri Beetz, Colleen Slattery and Jennifer Looney will provide a comprehensive overview of the myriad tasks and responsibilities of the Human Resources Office. The presentation will include a detailed calendar of events, procedures related to Human Resources and a Human Resources Self‐Assessment Instrument.
HR Boot Camp 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 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:
  • “The training was very helpful for someone just starting in the area of HR as a director. I don’t know what I don’t know and this training helped set the stage for my new position.”
  • “Jennifer, Sherri, and Colleen are absolutely wonderful facilitators! Presenting over Zoom is difficult and I appreciate their ability to engage.”
  • “I am grateful for the handouts and information that I can fall back on as I come across relevant situations.”
  • “This is the best HR PD that I have attended.”
  • “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.”
Attendees will walk away with tools they can use right away. One of the most appreciated resources is the detailed HR Monthly Calendar, which gives new, aspiring and veteran administrators a month-by-month guide to the responsibilities related to Human Resources staff.
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.
Presenters will also make themselves available to participants after each workshop session to answer specific questions about their sites. This “parking lot” time has been very well received by participants, who are able to gain personalized insights from presenters much like they would from hanging out after an in-person session.
About the presenters
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 USD. 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 master’s degree in educational administration from CSU Sacramento and earned her doctoral degree in organizational leadership at Brandman University.
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. Looney served as ACSA president in 1997-98, is a former president of ACSA’s Human Resources Council.
HR Boot Camp (Virtual Workshop Series)
What: 9-hour overview of HR during three online sessions When: June 5, 12, 26 Cost: $299 ACSA members, $399 non-members Register: onlinelearning.acsa.org/courses/hr-boot-camp
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