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Monday, February 26
 

7:45am

Registration
Monday February 26, 2018 7:45am - 8:45am
Summit Commons

8:45am

Welcome
Welcome to the TIES 2018 User Conference

Speakers
SF

Shana Finnegan

Chief Operating Officer, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
Hamline Room

9:00am

Keynote - Igniting the Winner within You!
GAYE HANSON is a dynamic speaker who has a unique ability as a master storyteller to bring the audience on a ride through the joys and challenges of life that they won’t soon forget. Audiences have been brought to laughter then tears and back again as she shares personal stories of tragedy and triumph. Gaye’s motto is “IGNITING THE WINNER WITHIN YOU!” she has been described as “dynamite” and a “firecracker.” Her energy and enthusiasm super-charge every audience!

Speakers
GH

Gaye Hanson

Great Motivations


Monday February 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Hamline Room

10:10am

New Fee Notification & New Checkout
All districts have outstanding student fees.  The new Fee Notification feature is here to help.  Also learn about the improvements being made to checkout.  Are ticket purchases in your district's future?

Monday February 26, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Training Center Conference Room

10:10am

New Fee Notification & New Checkout
All districts have outstanding student fees.  The new Fee Notification feature is here to help.  Also learn about the improvements being made to checkout.  Are ticket purchases in your district's future?

Speakers
AN

Adrian Noble

TIES Staff, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Training Center Conference Room

10:10am

Data Security
Data Security - what you need to know.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Hamline Room

10:10am

MCCC 2016-17 Submission
Hear tips from MDE about successful MCCC submission

Speakers

Monday February 26, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Larpenteur Room

10:10am

Synergy Special Ed Demonstration
Are you curious about Synergy SE? Hear about it from a district who is using it!

Speakers
MT

Martha Trumble

Osseo Area Schools


Monday February 26, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Lexington Room

11:10am

Your FAQs: Asked and Answered
Hear what the most asked questions are from parents and district staff and how they are resolved.

Speakers
AN

Adrian Noble

TIES Staff, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Training Center Conference Room

11:10am

Lessons Learned: Synergy Standards-Based Reporting
Mounds View recently transitioned to standards-based reporting in their elementary schools. Learn about their processes for reporting in Synergy, the lessons learned from their first year and how they improved on this in their second year.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Herder

Susan Herder

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools
Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiat... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Hamline Room

11:10am

Making the Most of Synergy Data
This session will provide tips on organizing and retrieving your data, as well as how to maintain data integrity.

Speakers
ML

Marie Lombardo

Implementation Specialist, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Lexington Room

11:10am

MARSS
Hear MARSS tips and updates from MDE.

Speakers

Monday February 26, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Larpenteur Room

11:10am

Synergy Rules Engine Overview
This session will provide a general overview of the power of the Synergy Rules Engine. Participants will see how to use the Rules Engine to prevent entry of bad data and automate Person Notifications. 

Speakers
AW

Aaron Will

Edupoint


Monday February 26, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Grand Hall

12:10pm

Lunch and Presentation
Monday February 26, 2018 12:10pm - 1:05pm
Grand Hall

1:15pm

Utilizing Under Used Features
Learn how to improve productivity and save time!

Speakers
AN

Adrian Noble

TIES Staff, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Training Center Conference Room

1:15pm

edSpring - What's New?
Learn about edSpring, see a live demo of all the new features including an updated Student Profile Page, and new reports. If you are considering a transition from iCue to edSpring, this is a great chance to see the new product!

Speakers
KB

Kerry Bollman

Manager, edSpring, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Larpenteur Room

1:15pm

Synergy Assessment
Learn more about Synergy Assessment! Synergy Assessment is a powerful tool that enables teachers to create formative, summative, and benchmark assessments with ease, align to standards and store centrally for shared access by co-teacher or department. Students can take assessments through the StudentVUE portal using a computer or mobile device, or using paper-and-pencil. The interactive results screen updates in real time as each student completes an assessment, so teachers can immediately adapt instruction to eliminate learning gaps.

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City Public Schools
Dihanna is a mother of two sons and one four-legged genius. Dihanna is a new grandmother and will happily share pictures of her beautiful grandson! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University o... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Lexington Room

1:15pm

Synergy Customization
Learn how to use property overrides and user-defined data to customize your Synergy screens. Also, learn about something new coming soon: Feature Assist!

Speakers
AW

Aaron Will

Edupoint


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Grand Hall

1:15pm

Synergy Workflow
Learn how to use Synergy to create custom workflows for district staff to use. Once created, the workflow will guide users through the steps in a process such as suspending or enrolling a student.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Lamers

Lynn Lamers

TIES Staff, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Hamline Room

2:15pm

Going Forward with FeePay
Learn what the future of FeePay looks like and what we will be doing to improve.

Speakers
AN

Adrian Noble

TIES Staff, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Training Center Conference Room

2:15pm

Cognos Dashboards
Come and explore Cognos Dashboards! We will tour through some of our new hits along with a couple of golden oldies and why they are still on my favorites list.

Speakers
BM

Brenda Marshall

Implementation Specialist, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Larpenteur Room

2:15pm

Information is Power: Using Excel with Student Data
There are many reports in Edupoint Synergy to generate data on various aspects of students and the services they receive. Reports in Edupoint Synergy can be generated in Excel format for further manipulation and analysis. Troy Cherry and Mary Mehsikomer will offer a fun, informative, and sometimes hilarious take on some tips and tricks from Excel that can help you use your student data more efficiently and effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Cherry

Troy Cherry

Lead Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Conference Equipment Chair | Love: Googly things, Moodly things, Synergizing, iOS nerdery, blended and competency based learning.
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Technology Integration Development & Outreach Facilitator, TIES
I am passionate about learning, reading, teaching, and helping educators use technology to enhance the learning experience for students.


Monday February 26, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Lexington Room

2:15pm

Synergy Mobile Apps
This session will provide an overview of the functionality for all the Synergy mobile apps on their supported platforms. Syenrgy mobile apps include AdminVUE, TeacherVUE, CounselVUE, and HealthVUE.

Speakers
AW

Aaron Will

Edupoint


Monday February 26, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Grand Hall

2:15pm

Synergy Tips & Tricks
This session will provide several tips to increase productivity and improve your overall Synergy experience.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Lamers

Lynn Lamers

TIES Staff, TIES


Monday February 26, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Hamline Room
 
Tuesday, February 27
 

7:45am

Registration
Tuesday February 27, 2018 7:45am - 8:45am
Summit Commons

8:45am

Welcome
Welcome to the TIES 2018 User Conference

Speakers
SF

Shana Finnegan

Chief Operating Officer, TIES


Tuesday February 27, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
Hamline Room

9:00am

Keynote - Igniting the Winner within You!
GAYE HANSON is a dynamic speaker who has a unique ability as a master storyteller to bring the audience on a ride through the joys and challenges of life that they won’t soon forget. Audiences have been brought to laughter then tears and back again as she shares personal stories of tragedy and triumph. Gaye’s motto is “IGNITING THE WINNER WITHIN YOU!” she has been described as “dynamite” and a “firecracker.” Her energy and enthusiasm super-charge every audience!

Speakers
GH

Gaye Hanson

Great Motivations


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Hamline Room

10:10am

eFinancePLUS Overview
eFinancePLUS Overview

Speakers
avatar for Gable Dixon

Gable Dixon

PowerSchool


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Training Center Conference Room

10:10am

eFinancePLUS Cognos
Learn the basics of Cognos Workspace Advanced in eFinancePLUS. You’ll learn to log into Cognos and access the various tools associated with it. You’ll learn how to run reports created by TIES Staff, where data is located and how to create your own basic queries/reports in Cognos.

Speakers

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Hamline Room

10:10am

eFinancePLUS Upload Utilities
Includes uploading benefit/deduction changes in eFPLUS 5.1.

Speakers
PO

Pam Olson

Implementation Specialist, TIES
I have 12 years experience in k12 Payroll. I recently moved to TIES to work in the EFP implementation after being the payroll lead in my districts implementation. Once I went through that process I knew I would enjoy working on the software side.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Grand Hall

10:10am

PERA
This is an opportunity to learn or review information on PERA's membership eligibiltiy and reporting process. Focus will be on key features of ERIS, legislative updates and employer information.

Speakers

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Lexington Room

10:10am

Identity Theft
What you need to know to protect yourself.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Larpenteur Room

11:10am

eFinancePLUS Overview
eFinancePLUS Overview

Speakers
avatar for Gable Dixon

Gable Dixon

PowerSchool


Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Training Center Conference Room

11:10am

eFinancePLUS Cognos
Learn the basics of Cognos Workspace Advanced in eFinancePLUS.  You’ll learn to log into Cognos and access the various tools associated with it. You’ll learn how to run reports created by TIES Staff, where data is located and how to create your own basic queries/reports in Cognos.

Speakers

Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Hamline Room

11:10am

eFinancePLUS Employee Timesheet (ETS) and Employee Access Center (EAC) Demonstration
See demonstrations of the eFinancePLUS electronic timesheet and employee access systems. Learn how to log, submit and approve time and how the time management system flows into the payroll process. Also, learn how to access your paychecks, W2's , request/approve leave and more!

Speakers

Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Lexington Room

11:10am

GSuite in the School Office
Many school districts are moving to Google's GSuite apps as an alternative or supplement to Microsoft Office productivity packages. GSuite has apps that provide similar capability to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (Docs, Slides, and Sheets). Troy Cherry and Mary Mehsikomer will provide an overview to these GSuite apps, capabilities, and other Googly features to help you understand how GSuite might fit into your toolkit.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Cherry

Troy Cherry

Lead Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Conference Equipment Chair | Love: Googly things, Moodly things, Synergizing, iOS nerdery, blended and competency based learning.
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Technology Integration Development & Outreach Facilitator, TIES
I am passionate about learning, reading, teaching, and helping educators use technology to enhance the learning experience for students.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Grand Hall

11:10am

Identity Theft
What you need to know to protect yourself.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Larpenteur Room

12:10pm

Lunch and Presentation
Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:10pm - 1:05pm
Grand Hall

1:15pm

Finance-Related Topics of P-Card Processing and PunchOut
Finance-Related Topics of P-Card Processing and PunchOut

Speakers
avatar for Gable Dixon

Gable Dixon

PowerSchool


Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Training Center Conference Room

1:15pm

Auditing Potpourri
Listen to a school district auditor discuss the latest auditing findings and topics.  

Speakers

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Hamline Room

1:15pm

eFinancePLUS Reports
Maximize the capabilities of running reports by using the advanced option.

Speakers
PO

Pam Olson

Implementation Specialist, TIES
I have 12 years experience in k12 Payroll. I recently moved to TIES to work in the EFP implementation after being the payroll lead in my districts implementation. Once I went through that process I knew I would enjoy working on the software side.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Grand Hall

1:15pm

UFARS Review
New reporting requirements for 2017-2018 and the latest changes and requirements.

Speakers

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Lexington Room

1:15pm

Data Privacy
What steps should be taken to ensure data privacy in our school districts.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:05pm
Larpenteur Room

2:15pm

Payroll/HR Related Topics of ACA and Benefits Open Enrollment
Payroll/HR Related Topics of ACA and Benefits Open Enrollment

Speakers
avatar for Gable Dixon

Gable Dixon

PowerSchool


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Training Center Conference Room

2:15pm

Balancing TSA and FLEX submission files to eFinancePLUS Deduction Report
We will review the current TSA and FLEX file creation process. How to balance the Cognos created file to the eFinancePLUS detailed distribution report. We will also cover the options available to submit the files either by creating a Ticket for TIES or submitting your own files.

Speakers
CW

Carol Weber

TIES Staff, TIES


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Hamline Room

2:15pm

eFinancePLUS Agency Reporting
Overview on Regulatory reporting in eFinancePLUS, including PERA, TRA, New Hire, UIMN and STAR reporting.

Speakers
RN

Rhonda Newton

TIES Staff, TIES


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Larpenteur Room

2:15pm

Long Term Facilities Maintenance Update (LTFM)
Are you confused about Long Term Facilites Maintenance requirements? An overview ofthe LTFM application process, legal expenses, bonding and UFARS coding will be discussed. LTFM expenditure options for the new VPK will also be discussed. New requirements for FY18 will be presented.

Speakers

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Lexington Room

2:15pm

Productivity Fun with Microsoft Excel
Numbers can be fun. Join Troy Cherry and Mary Mehsikomer from TIES in an exporationof Excel tips and tricks you can use to manipulate and analyze your finance and human resources data. Participants will learn some useful functions and formulas in Excel tha ttake yo beyond order of operations to clean up your data and be able to find answers to your questions.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Cherry

Troy Cherry

Lead Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Conference Equipment Chair | Love: Googly things, Moodly things, Synergizing, iOS nerdery, blended and competency based learning.
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Technology Integration Development & Outreach Facilitator, TIES
I am passionate about learning, reading, teaching, and helping educators use technology to enhance the learning experience for students.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Grand Hall