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Reimagining Human Capital Management in Today’s School Districts

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Reimagining Human Capital Management in Today’s School Districts

Presented by Tony Bagshaw, Chief Learning Officer, Battelle for Kids; Lori Ward, Chief Talent & Equity Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (OH); Jamie Wilson, Director of Human Resources, Reynoldsburg City School District (OH); and Rod Houpe, Director of Business Development, ENA
Moderated by Monica Cougan, Manager, Strategic Relationships and Initiatives, ENA

Sponsored by ENA

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Education is challenged across the board with personnel shortages. Watch this edLeader Panel with Lori Ward, Chief Talent and Equity Officer at Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and two K-12 leaders from Ohio’s Reynoldsburg City Schools to learn how they are building a comprehensive human capital management strategy in their districts.

From identifying staff needs to developing mission- and vision-centered employee recruitment and retention plans, the panelists share how they are keeping high-performing staff engaged while simultaneously supporting the education quality needs of their districts. They are joined by Tony Bagshaw, Chief Learning Officer at Battelle for Kids, and Rod Houpe, ENA Director of Business Development and former CIO of Cleveland Metropolitan School District, to discuss challenges and strategies for reimagining staffing needs for today’s school districts.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to school leaders, district leaders, and education technology leaders at all grade levels.


Tony BagshawAbout the Presenters

Tony Bagshaw has more than 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach, building administrator, central office administrator, consortia lead, state-level initiative lead, and consultant. He has been honored to work with great educators at all stops. Tony’s practices are based on the following ideas: We are human first and employees second, The Golden Rule applies (and always will), Don’t ask people to engage in the “How” unless they believe in the “Why,” Change is complex and often doesn’t travel well, Context matters.


Lori WardIn August 2016, Lori L. Ward became the Chief Talent Officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. In her role, she leads a team of 40 Human Resources staff members focused on the complete life-cycle of an employee, from recruitment/sourcing to off boarding. Ms. Ward is accountable to execute the District’s Talent-Seeking Strategy, and the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers and Principals, which is a component of the District’s Portfolio Strategy. Under Ms. Ward’s leadership, the district has created a Non-Bargaining Compensation Manual, an Employee Policies and Procedures Manual, received a 5-year $5MM grant targeted for teacher retention programming, and led a major HCMS transition. In July 2020, Ms. Ward assumed leadership of the District’s Equity and Inclusion initiative.

Ms. Ward began her public education career in Dayton Public Schools in 1995 as a teacher. From 1999 to 2010, Ms. Ward served in several Central Office positions from CIO, COO, to Deputy Superintendent. In July 2010, Ms. Ward was named as Superintendent and served until June 2016.

Having worked for IBM Corporation for 13+ years, Ms. Ward brings her leadership experience, as well as human resources knowledge, technology, and various management strategies to the position. Ms. Ward holds a B.S. from Central State University, and an M.Ed. from the University of Dayton.


Jamie WilsonJamie Wilson is the Director of Human Resources at Reynoldsburg City School District in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She is a passionate leader, dedicated to empowering youth and working to support them to reach their highest potential. She understands the importance of her role as a leader and is continuously seeking out opportunities that will allow her to have a lasting impact on the school district and the greater community.

Prior to becoming the Human Resource Director, Jamie served as a Middle School Principal for seven years and has been an educator for over 16 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. She was a member of the Women’s Basketball Team, earning the Huskie Scholastic Academic award four years in a row. She also received the MAC Academic Commissioner’s award and received various athletic awards. Jamie was captain of the Women’s team, where she began developing her leadership skills.

Jamie received her Master’s in Educational Administration from Governors State University in Chicago, Illinois and in 2020 completed the Superintendent Licensure Program at The Ohio State University. Prior to becoming an administrator, Jamie was a teacher in the Chicago area where she also coached, mentored, and served as the mathematics curriculum leader. Jamie returned to Central Ohio, her home community, to continue working with children, serving as an Assistant Principal, Principal, and now Director of Human Resources. In her new role, she is able to assist in the development of teachers, leaders, and school staff who seek to educate students.


Rod HoupeRod Houpe is the National Director of Business Development for ENA. Rod has over 30 years of experience as an IT leader in K-12 and state government, holding CIO positions at Columbus City Schools, Cleveland Public Library, and most recently Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Rod has been an active member of CoSN and the Council of Great City Schools, presenting on best practices and serving on several peer review boards. He has been the recipient of numerous state and national awards, a featured speaker at various IT conferences, and published numerous articles on technology innovation in public education.


Monica CouganAbout the Moderator

Monica Cougan is the manager of strategic relationships and initiatives at ENA, where she leverages her more than 35 years of experience in education and technology to help schools make the most of new technology. Throughout her career, Monica has been an evangelist for the adoption of technology as a transformative educational tool. She also has extensive experience helping K-12 schools implement 1:1 programs and disseminating problem-based and project-based learning methodologies that focus on helping each student develop his or her own voice. Throughout Monica’s extensive career, she has sought out the diverse experiences required to know how to implement positive changes in education: she has served as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, and education consultant for national, technology-based curriculum companies. Away from the classroom, she has served as an independent math consultant, worked in curriculum development, evaluated research on school-based programs, and developed professional learning opportunities for educators looking for a new mastery of technology.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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