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Thursday, March 7
 

8:30am PST

Conference Opening and Keynote with Justin Berg

Speakers
avatar for Justin Berg

Justin Berg

Chief Product Expert & Vice President of Partner Success, Edupoint Educational Systems
Vice President of Partner Success and Chief Product Expert for Edupoint Educational Systems, maker of the Synergy Education Platform.


Thursday March 7, 2024 8:30am - 10:00am PST
Embassy Suites - Columbia River Ballroom

10:00am PST

Coffee Break
Thursday March 7, 2024 10:00am - 10:45am PST
TBA

11:00am PST

Did you know Synergy could do that

Speakers
avatar for Justin Berg

Justin Berg

Chief Product Expert & Vice President of Partner Success, Edupoint Educational Systems
Vice President of Partner Success and Chief Product Expert for Edupoint Educational Systems, maker of the Synergy Education Platform.


Thursday March 7, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Hood and Willamette River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

MTSS Basics

This session will focus on the basics of using MTSS Workflow, MTSS Plans, and CICO. Users who train other staff to enter data into Synergy should attend this session. - Beginner

Speakers
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Natalia Aguilar

Special Programs Administrator - SEL/Behavior, Lincoln County School District
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Andrea Musick

Synergy SIS Specialist, Lincoln County School District


Thursday March 7, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Rogue River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

Small Schools Unite (for those who do it all)

This session will provide tips and tricks focusing on small school secretaries who "do it all" in Synergy. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and network with others who are in similar positions. It is highly encouraged to come to this session with questions! (All end users - no matter the school size - are welcome.) - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Speakers
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Kristi Moore

Synergy Support Specialist, Grant ESD


Thursday March 7, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Crooked River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

SPED: Progress Monitoring

Explore the world of Progress Monitoring and Reporting in Synergy SE. This is a new feature to be released in this year’s CE that will update the Progress Report and add Progress Monitoring functionality.

Speakers
avatar for Deniece Knoblock

Deniece Knoblock

SE Implementation Specialist, Edupoint
I am a Special Education Implementation Specialist. Before coming to Edupoint 5 years ago, I was a Synergy end user and special education teacher. I now help set up IEP processes and documents for clients across multiple states, but my largest concentration is in the state of Ore... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Sandy River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

State Reporting - Oregon

Update on State Reporting any new information - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Speakers
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Tanya Nascimento

Business Analyst Lead, Edupoint
avatar for Misty Burcham

Misty Burcham

Systems Administrator, Eagle Point School District
I am the facilitator of the SROR Group. I love all things state reporting. :)


Thursday March 7, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Umpqua River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

Synergy 101 - Reports, Checklists, and Other Tricks

In this session, we will review Synergy and its main parts. You will get tips on navigating within Synergy, using Synergy SIS screens and reports. You will learn how to run searches to find information, and create graphs, checklists, and reminders. By the end of this session, you will better understand what types of data are stored in Synergy and how to access it.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Schacher

Sheila Schacher

Customer Support Analyst, MESD/CTA



Thursday March 7, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - John Day River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

12:00pm PST

Lunch
Thursday March 7, 2024 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST
TBA

1:30pm PST

Attendance Letter V2

Participants will learn about setting up Attendance Letters, which includes Attendance Definition and Mail Merge document creation. This session will cover the basic setup required for Attendance Letters, as well as optional features such as email functionality and adding the attendance letters into ParentVUE. It will also offer a district perspective on Attendance Letters. - Beginner, Intermediate

Speakers
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Melanie Gaspro

Customer Support Analyst, Cascade Technology Alliance (Multnomah ESD)
avatar for Misty Burcham

Misty Burcham

Systems Administrator, Eagle Point School District
I am the facilitator of the SROR Group. I love all things state reporting. :)


Thursday March 7, 2024 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Embassy Suites - Rogue River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

1:30pm PST

Attendance: Daily & Period

This section covers the various ways to take attendance.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Guinn

Carl Guinn

Customer Support Analyst, CTA / MESD


Thursday March 7, 2024 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Embassy Suites - Umpqua River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

1:30pm PST

Schedule Board

Speakers
avatar for Justin Berg

Justin Berg

Chief Product Expert & Vice President of Partner Success, Edupoint Educational Systems
Vice President of Partner Success and Chief Product Expert for Edupoint Educational Systems, maker of the Synergy Education Platform.


Thursday March 7, 2024 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Embassy Suites - Hood and Willamette River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

1:30pm PST

SPED: Implementing 504

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Watters

Shannon Watters

Synergy SE Support, Bend - La Pine Schools
avatar for Deby Bryson

Deby Bryson

IT Systems Analyst, Bend-La Pine Schools


Thursday March 7, 2024 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Embassy Suites - Sandy River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

1:30pm PST

Staff Assignment in Synergy - maybe it's not so bad

School and District users that work on this collection will learn some tips and tricks to make the process easier (hopefully) - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Craig

Cheryl Craig

Business Systems Analyst, Cascade Technology Alliance


Thursday March 7, 2024 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Embassy Suites - John Day River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

1:30pm PST

Using EWS/MTSS for Attendance Work: A Small District's Story of Piloting MTSS/EWS for Chronic Absenteeism

Participants will gain insights on how MTSS/EWS can be adapted to identify chronically absent students, track interventions and monitor their progress towards goals. Presenters will share successes and challenges along the way and what they've learned in the process. Leaders, administrators and analysts would find this training beneficial or anyone supporting attendance work with data and data collection.

Speakers
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Petra Hoghova

Assessment and Accountability, Gladstone SD


Thursday March 7, 2024 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST
Embassy Suites - Crooked River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

2:30pm PST

Coffee Break
Thursday March 7, 2024 2:30pm - 3:00pm PST
TBA

3:00pm PST

Digital Hall Pass

Speakers
avatar for Justin Berg

Justin Berg

Chief Product Expert & Vice President of Partner Success, Edupoint Educational Systems
Vice President of Partner Success and Chief Product Expert for Edupoint Educational Systems, maker of the Synergy Education Platform.


Thursday March 7, 2024 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Hood and Willamette River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

3:00pm PST

Enrollment, Student Programs, Groups

This session covers adding and editing demographic, enrollment (of new and transfer students), parent, emergency contacts, and other student specific information. It also includes immunizations, programs and groups.

Speakers
avatar for Ricky Lankford

Ricky Lankford

2022 Conference Commitee, Cascade Technology Alliance


Thursday March 7, 2024 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - John Day River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

3:00pm PST

Keeping Everyone on the Same Page: Data Dictionaries and Glossaries

We'll cover the basic concept of Data Dictionaries and Glossaries--what they are and how they are used. The session will include a demonstration of a data dictionary and glossary application, Dataedo, that Clackamas ESD has started using to help us understand our Synergy data better.

Speakers
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Anne Girardelli

Data Architect, Clackamas ESD


Thursday March 7, 2024 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Crooked River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

3:00pm PST

Restraint & Seclusion Overview

Review of Restraint & Seclusion setup considerations. If time allows: examples of State Reporting CSV file output & Questions and Answers. By the time you are done, you will know all the Synergy configuration settings and how they may affect your organization. Additionally, if time allows, discussion concerning possible changes that may be coming to the R&S collections from ODE. - Beginner

Speakers
avatar for Jason Westmoreland

Jason Westmoreland

IT Data Architect, Bend-La Pine Schools


Thursday March 7, 2024 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Umpqua River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

3:00pm PST

SPED: Widgets & the Queries Behind Them

Synergy Widgets are an incredibly useful way to help your district or school specific users get metrics at a glance. This session will be referencing SPED related queries, but the concepts and the steps involved can be used for Attendance, Discipline, Health as well as Special Education.

Speakers
avatar for Deby Bryson

Deby Bryson

IT Systems Analyst, Bend-La Pine Schools


Thursday March 7, 2024 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Sandy River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

3:00pm PST

Support Student Success with MTSS

What is MTSS? It is an application with many options to support student success. I will do an overview on the different options, CICO, MTSS plans, enter Minor/Major referrals, and more in the session. All your staff can interact with MTSS to support students. It is also available on the AdminVUE mobile app.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Borninkhof

Joyce Borninkhof

Bellevue School District


Thursday March 7, 2024 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Rogue River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

4:00pm PST

Basics of Screen Customization

This session will walk users through the basics of creating a custom screen using User Defined Data, Design Configuration, and the View Change screens. - Beginner

Speakers
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Andrea Musick

Synergy SIS Specialist, Lincoln County School District


Thursday March 7, 2024 4:00pm - 4:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - John Day River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

4:00pm PST

Course History

This training covers the basics of the Course History screen for secondary schools. It includes steps on how to add course history to student's transcripts as well as how to edit course history, transferring final grades, and printing transcripts.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Gaspro

Melanie Gaspro

Customer Support Analyst, Cascade Technology Alliance (Multnomah ESD)


Thursday March 7, 2024 4:00pm - 4:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Umpqua River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

4:00pm PST

EWS Roundtable

Join a discussion with other Synergy Early Warning System (EWS) users and programmers. Ask questions, share knowledge and find out how other districts are using EWS.

Speakers
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Anne Girardelli

Data Architect, Clackamas ESD


Thursday March 7, 2024 4:00pm - 4:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Rogue River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

4:00pm PST

New Student Course Plan in Synergy

This session will explore the new student course plan in Synergy. This is an amazing new feature that allows students and staff to see the individual course plan for all 4 years of a student's high school career. - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Speakers
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Helene Douglass

Supervisor, MESD / CTA


Thursday March 7, 2024 4:00pm - 4:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Crooked River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

4:00pm PST

Registrars Best Practices

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith

Synergy Customer Support Representative, Clackamas ESD


Thursday March 7, 2024 4:00pm - 4:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Hood and Willamette River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

4:00pm PST

SPED: Enhancing your IEPs

Speakers
avatar for Deniece Knoblock

Deniece Knoblock

SE Implementation Specialist, Edupoint
I am a Special Education Implementation Specialist. Before coming to Edupoint 5 years ago, I was a Synergy end user and special education teacher. I now help set up IEP processes and documents for clients across multiple states, but my largest concentration is in the state of Ore... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Watters

Shannon Watters

Synergy SE Support, Bend - La Pine Schools


Thursday March 7, 2024 4:00pm - 4:45pm PST
Embassy Suites - Sandy River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

5:00pm PST

Networking Reception & Trivia Night (Hor doeuvers)
Let us know if you will be attending the networking event.

***Note, This event will go longer than 1 hour, but because of limitations with this site we needed to create separate event for pub trivia

Thursday March 7, 2024 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST

6:00pm PST

Networking continued - Pub Trivia

Pub Trivia with ShanRock (https://shanrockstrivia.com)

Thursday March 7, 2024 6:00pm - 8:00pm PST
 
Friday, March 8
 

8:30am PST

Second Day Open and Keynote by Kris Hagel - The School of Tomorrow: AI Meets Education

Keynote address by Kris

Title: The School of Tomorrow: AI Meets Education

Description: A comprehensive look at how AI touches every facet of education. Discover the full scope of AI’s transformative power, from adaptive learning programs to automating administrative tasks.


Friday March 8, 2024 8:30am - 9:30am PST
Embassy Suites - Columbia River Ballroom

9:30am PST

Coffee Break
Friday March 8, 2024 9:30am - 10:00am PST
TBA

10:00am PST

Homebrew Reports Part 1: Combining Data Using Google Sheets

Have you ever been unable to find a report in Synergy that fits your needs? Have you ever wished that there was one more piece of information to an already existing report? Have you ever had to cross reference multiple reports to get one pool of data? In this presentation, we will go over how to take bits and pieces of the Synergy system to create our very own "Homebrew" reports through Google Sheets!

Who should attend? Data Users, Report Users, anyone who would need to create a report for their district/school - Beginner, Intermediate - Should be comfortable Excel/Google Sheets knowledge

Speakers
avatar for Micah Tibbetts

Micah Tibbetts

Data Specialist, La Grande School District


Friday March 8, 2024 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Hood and Willamette River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

10:00am PST

Making the most of basic queries

We will go over how to take simple queries and add other fields from throughout Synergy using the Query screen

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Nitz

Anthony Nitz

Student Info Services Team, Portland Public Schools


Friday March 8, 2024 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Embassy Suites - John Day River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

10:00am PST

SPED: Entering Translations for Synergy SE

Trying to figure out how to locate fields or text to translate for SPED documents can be a challenge. In this class, we will discuss the different ways to identify where in the Translation view to find fields to translate and which SPED-related documents you are able to put translations in for.

Speakers
avatar for Deby Bryson

Deby Bryson

IT Systems Analyst, Bend-La Pine Schools


Friday March 8, 2024 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Sandy River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

10:00am PST

Synergy Analytics - Year Zero

Attend if your district is interested in implementing Synergy Analytics. Or if you just want to see how one district approached getting started and how far we have progressed in the first few months of work.  I don't write code, but Kris McFarland from CTA will be on hand if there are technical questions.

Speakers
avatar for John May

John May

Senior Data Analyst, David Douglas School district


Friday March 8, 2024 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Rogue River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

10:00am PST

Synergy Emergency Response & Reunification

An introduction to Synergy's emergency response & reunification system using the KioskVUE mobile app. This session is geared towards school & district users as well as Synergy & technical support staff. - Beginner

Speakers
avatar for Darrin King

Darrin King

Information Services Coordinator, Gresham-Barlow School District
For 2024, talk to me about Synergy Emergency Response and Reunification... Or anything else for that matter.


Friday March 8, 2024 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Umpqua River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

10:00am PST

Year in the Life of a Data Monkey

What does a year look like for district staff responsible for managing student data, including Synergy and third-party systems, state reporting, local reporting, and/or accountability? This session is intended mostly for new staff with such responsibilities. We will break the year into seasons, each with its own tasks and priorities. While time won't permit a deep dive into any of these tasks, the session will provide a calendar for data work in your district, as well as tips for making it all go smoothly.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Kim

Megan Kim

Director of Student Data & Accountability, Lake Oswego School District
My role at LOSD encompasses data management and reporting, state assessment, and technology. I've been in education since 2002 and am proud to support teachers in their critical work.


Friday March 8, 2024 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Crooked River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

Elementary Dynamic Report Card - Lessons Learned

The elementary dynamic report card is a dynamic option to use!  Participants will see an overview and hear lessons learned from the Portland Public Schools staff.  Presenters will share about all aspects of the report card: Static, Dynamic, and Addendums. This session would be beneficial to all who are interested in updating their elementary report card.  

Speakers
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Jenn Rumfield Landau

Training Coordinator, Portland Public School District
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Dan Alcantara

Student Info Services Team, Portland Public Schools
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Janet Rogers

Student Info Services Team, Portland Public Schools


Friday March 8, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Rogue River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

Homebrew Reports Part 2: Mail Merge

This presentation builds on "Homebre Reports Part 1" and will show users how to create their own Mail Merge letters/reports using Google and Microsoft.

Data Users, Report Users, Secretaries, Admin - Beginner, Intermediate

Speakers
avatar for Micah Tibbetts

Micah Tibbetts

Data Specialist, La Grande School District


Friday March 8, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Hood and Willamette River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

11:00am PST

SPED: User Defined Documents

This session will go over how to create and format a document for use in Synergy SE. Discussion of what has worked, what hasn't and common mistakes when creating user defined documents. Attendees should be responsible for configuration of Synergy SE and Synergy SE processes. - Beginner, Intermediate

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Watters

Shannon Watters

Synergy SE Support, Bend - La Pine Schools
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Gretchen Johnson

​SIS Support Specialist III, Portland Public Schools
 


Friday March 8, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Sandy River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

Synergy Analytics Roundtable Discussion

This session adopts a collaborative roundtable format, encouraging active participation and open dialogue. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences, pose questions, and contribute to the collective learning experience.

Speakers
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Shawn Conley

Lead Developer, Medford School District
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Laura Sanglas Crespi

Applications and Data Analyst, Medford School District
avatar for Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

Application & Data Manager, Medford School District
As the Manager of the Applications and Data Team for the Medford School District, I bring over 12 years of Synergy experience. Leading a dynamic team, we heavily rely on Synergy Analytics for data analysis, shaping informed decisions that enhance student outcomes. I am passionate... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - Crooked River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

11:00am PST

Walk-In Scheduling

Speakers
avatar for Ricky Lankford

Ricky Lankford

2022 Conference Commitee, Cascade Technology Alliance


Friday March 8, 2024 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Embassy Suites - John Day River 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, USA

12:00pm PST

 
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