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Wednesday, January 22
 

7:00am AKST

Registration
Wednesday January 22, 2020 7:00am - 5:00pm AKST
Foyer

7:30am AKST

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday January 22, 2020 7:30am - 8:30am AKST
Foyer

8:30am AKST

10:15am AKST

Advocacy and Why Your Voice Matters
Why does the Legislature continue to pass laws that impact our schools when they don’t understand the impact on our district? Wondering how to read a bill in order to understand how the bill will impact you, your district, employees and students? This workshop will break-down the anatomy of a bill. You will also build a greater understanding of why your opinion is critical to the legislative process and how a relationship with your local legislator and their staff can result in gaining a greater influence on state policy.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Preston

Laura Preston

Legislative Advocate, ACSA



Wednesday January 22, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Topaz

10:15am AKST

Anatomy of a Collective Bargaining Agreement
Would you recognize your Recognition Clause? Does your Reopener Clause keep your Zipper Clause closed? If you don’t even know what these are, maybe your Hold Harmless Clause will help you! Find out what all of the “body parts” of your CBA do, and whether you need to change them.

Speakers
avatar for Dulcinea Grantham

Dulcinea Grantham

Partner, Lozano Smith



Wednesday January 22, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Diamond I

10:15am AKST

Contract Language Ideas for District Initial Proposals
This program focuses on new (and sometimes forgotten) language ideas for district negotiation proposals, and provides opportunities for discussion on language concept variation, underlying rational and related legal authorities.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Diedrich

Bill Diedrich

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo Bill Diedrich, a partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo’s Riverside and San Diego offices, focuses his practice on representing school districts, community college districts, and other public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment... Read More →
avatar for Jim Romo

Jim Romo

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
James Romo is one of the founding partners and the former Managing Partner of AALRR. Mr. Romo represents public employers in all aspects of labor relations and employment law matters. He has extensive experience handling proceedings before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing... Read More →


Wednesday January 22, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Opal

10:15am AKST

Salary Schedules: A Deep Dive
Salary schedules reside in the quieter reaches of each collective bargaining agreement, often taking a back seat to more celebrated provisions, such as employee discipline, professional development, and organizational security. Yet, as the determinant of each unit member’s wage levels, salary schedules function as the economic engine of each collective bargaining agreement. As most salary schedules largely consist of a grid containing numbers and letters, what legal issues could possibly arise? This workshop will discuss the basic legal requirements for salary schedules, court cases where salary schedules unexpectedly went awry, as well as methods for assessing the true economic value of a salary schedule beyond a single step or column. Participants are encouraged to bring their own district’s salary schedule for evaluation and scrutiny.

Speakers
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP


Wednesday January 22, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Diamond II

12:00pm AKST

Keynote Luncheon - Kevin Bracy
Born, raised, and educated in Sacramento, Kevin Bracy, AKA Coach Greatness, is a motivational entertainer, executive producer, speaking coach, and the author of "Scared Great: How to Steer Your Fear Towards Greatness," as well as two youth books, “The Top 10 Tips for Teen Success” and “Greatness Leaves Clues”. Over his 22 year career, Kevin has been privileged to speak to millions of people across America. For the past 5 years he has been actively changing the culture of Northern CA school campuses with his R.E.A.C.H. One Alliance anti-bullying/character education program. 

As Sacramento's top anti-bullying speaker and the voice of KDEE's motivational segment, "Minute To Win It!”, he has made it his mission to “dream globally, but focus locally.” These days he invests his time between his family, his community, teaching a “sold out” spin class every Friday and Saturday, and speaking several times a week to audiences ages 4 to 80, encouraging them to be the greatest version of themselves and to positively reach out to one other person every day. 

Speakers

Wednesday January 22, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AKST
Emerald Ballroom

1:15pm AKST

Building Partnerships with Unions Away from the Table
In this presentation, practitioners will discuss strategies for developing strong partnerships with labor groups and leaders outside of negotiations, ultimately improving the tone at the table. HR leaders will discuss the importance of training all managers and administrators to view labor reps as partners instead of adversaries when dealing with personnel and program issues, which often spill into negotiations. Attendees will consider the challenging role of labor leaders and look beyond the veil of their sometimes tough and adversarial outward presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gina Zietlow

Dr. Gina Zietlow

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, ABC Unified School District
avatar for Dr. Nicole Wesley

Dr. Nicole Wesley

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Redondo Beach Unified School District



Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:45pm AKST
Topaz

1:15pm AKST

Controlling Leaves Through the Contract
This workshop will assist district and county offices of education in controlling the use and abuse of illness related leaves of absence by providing sample contract language and negotiating tips.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Kannarr

Tina Kannarr

Senior Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:45pm AKST
Opal

1:15pm AKST

Creative Contract Language: How to Address Stipends, Special Schedules and Off-Schedule Payments
Finances are tightening across the state, while at the same time teachers are retiring and unemployment is low. This combination means negotiators need to be creative in determining appropriate compensation to balance district budgets and staffing needs. Learn what to consider as you develop negotiation parameters.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Villegas

Carlos Villegas

Partner, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP



Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:45pm AKST
Diamond II

1:15pm AKST

The EERA: Understanding Your Obligations Under Ever-Changing PERB Precedent
The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has been overturning its prior decisions and changing employer requirements under the EERA. This workshop will identify new changes in employer obligations to ensure legal compliance and avoid unfair labor practice charges from labor unions.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith



Wednesday January 22, 2020 1:15pm - 2:45pm AKST
Diamond I

3:00pm AKST

Deciphering the Education Code- Translating Law into Sound Bargaining Practices
It has been noted that “entry into the Education Code is painful” and “large parts of the Education Code are not meant to be understood” – and this was the California Court of Appeal speaking. This session will break down the otherwise indecipherable provisions of the Education Code as it relates to the fundamental rules of certificated and classified employment, with an eye towards providing structure and context for your district’s bargaining approach. Targeted for both emerging and advanced HR practitioners, we will cover fundamentals such as how the Education Code establishes the certificated and classified services, as well as advanced scenarios, such as the subtle yet significant distinctions in how the Education Code treats topics such as employee classifications, leaves of absences, seniority, permanent status, rehire rights, layoffs, and bumping with respect to certificated and classified personnel, as well as the interplay between Education Code rights and the collective bargaining process.

Speakers
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP


Wednesday January 22, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm AKST
Opal

3:00pm AKST

Labor Relations in a Post-Janus World: Building Capacity for Effective Collaboration with the California Labor Management Initiative
Children thrive when schools are collaborative places for staff, students, families and communities. New research shows that union-management collaboration is the key, significantly improving staff retention and educational outcomes for students and enhancing school climate and culture, particularly for high-poverty schools. By focusing on organizational culture, collaborative structures and systems change, district teams can build strong partnerships that lead to improved goal alignment and organizational coherence. In this session, we’ll explore the practical frameworks that the California Labor Management Initiative (CA LMI) uses when convening district union-management teams to build capacity and increase collaboration and collective trust. ACSA leaders will relate their experiences with the CA LMI and strategies to improve labor relations and student outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Honowitz, Sr.

Ed Honowitz, Sr.

Project Director, CA Labor Management Initiative
avatar for Gustavo Morales

Gustavo Morales

LMI Program Manager, CA Labor Management Initiative
DO

Donald Ogden

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Folsom Cordova Unified School District



Wednesday January 22, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm AKST
Topaz

3:00pm AKST

Negotiating Special Education Language
Unions all over the state are seeking to add special education articles to their collective bargaining agreements. We will discuss what to expect at the bargaining table, language to look out for, and how to use a special education article to your advantage.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Lindsey

Travis Lindsey

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
Labor and employment law - collective bargaining, workplace investigations and employee discipline.



Wednesday January 22, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm AKST
Diamond I

3:00pm AKST

What's the Buzz? Negotiation Noise and News on Social Media
Practical and legal issues raised when using social media and email to communicate during negotiations. Issues to be covered: responding to misinformation; disruptions to work and school; employees communicating directly with parents and students; concerns regarding open, candid conversation at the table.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Bilbeisi

Jordan Bilbeisi

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Wednesday January 22, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm AKST
Diamond II

4:30pm AKST

Network Reception
Wednesday January 22, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm AKST
Pool Deck, 3rd Floor
 
Thursday, January 23
 

7:00am AKST

Registration & Information
Thursday January 23, 2020 7:00am - 5:00pm AKST
Foyer

7:30am AKST

Continental Breakfast
Thursday January 23, 2020 7:30am - 8:30am AKST
Foyer

8:30am AKST

How to get things done when the union and district can’t seem to agree?
How do effective negotiators energize the pace and substance of negotiations? When everything seems to take forever without getting anywhere, what can be done? What if the pace is quick, but the answer always seem to be no or status quo? It may not always be one team’s fault. We will offer tips and best practice during this practical and interactive participation.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Nakamura

Marie Nakamura

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Daniel McElhinney

Daniel McElhinney

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday January 23, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am AKST
Topaz

8:30am AKST

Interest-Based Bargaining: A District’s Journey to Developing Healthy Culture in Negotiations
By its very nature, negotiations is wrought with conflict.  However, what sets healthy organizations apart from unhealthy organizations is how it deals with conflict.  In this session, participants will learn how Arcadia Unified School District utilized Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) as a tool to transform negotiations into a healthy culture of healthy problem solving.  The presentation will give a brief overview of IBB practices and focus on Arcadia’s successful implementation.  

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Hryciw

Kevin Hryciw

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Arcadia Unified School District
Dr. Kevin Hryciw is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Services for Arcadia Unified School District overseeing Human Resources, Special Education and Health Services. He has served in education for 20+ years in Washington, Oregon and California in a range of positions... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am AKST
Opal

8:30am AKST

Negotiation and Effective Documentation of Disciplinary Issues
The certificated employee discipline and dismissal procedure has been the subject of widespread notoriety, as well as one high-profile legal challenge (the Vergara case). Although these procedures are dictated by the Education Code, there are disciplinary and dismissal processes that are subject to collective bargaining. Districts can bargain causes and procedures for disciplinary action for certificated employees (except for dismissal), including suspensions of up to 15 days, and with classified employee unions as well. We will cover legal concepts and best practices in bargaining the causes and procedures for discipline, including grounds for discipline, progressive discipline, due process, Skelly hearings, and hearing procedures.

Speakers
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP


Thursday January 23, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am AKST
Diamond II

8:30am AKST

Negotiations 101
Every Human Resources administrator should have a working understanding of the collective bargaining process under the EERA (Rodda Act). This presentation will provide an overview of the entire labor negotiations process from sunshine proposals to negotiations methodologies to ratification (with an off the road detour midway to address impasse procedures and communications strategies).

Speakers
avatar for Travis Lindsey

Travis Lindsey

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
Labor and employment law - collective bargaining, workplace investigations and employee discipline.



Thursday January 23, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am AKST
Diamond I

10:15am AKST

Building and Maintaining Strong Labor Relations
The relationship between a district and a union is like a marriage, except divorce is not an option. So improving and maintaining that relationship is critical to meeting your objectives. Whether you have a great relationship with your union and want to maintain it, or things are a little prickly and you want to smooth it out, this workshop will give you the tools you need.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith



Thursday January 23, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Diamond I

10:15am AKST

CalPERS and CalSTRS – Bargaining Issues and Other Best Practices
Changing laws and regulations have altered CalSTRS’ and CalPERS’ views on reportable compensation, salary schedules, and spiking. CalPERS and CalSTRS have strictly applied the law and regulations when reviewing contract language in employment agreements, collective bargaining agreements and salary schedules. This session will provide guidance on the requirements, offer tips and pointers, and provide best practices to help you avoid audit findings of misreported compensation.

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Wu

Ellen Wu

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for William Tunick

William Tunick

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday January 23, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Topaz

10:15am AKST

Countering Strike Threats and Other High Pressure Tactics
When negotiations get tough, unions get tougher. Boards and administrators that identify and prepare for the most coercive union tactics are more successful in weathering and surviving contentious negotiations. Learn about the hard-line approach encountered and how best to minimize their impact on Districts’ bargaining positions.

Speakers
avatar for John Dietrich

John Dietrich

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Opal

10:15am AKST

Say What? Communications Before, During and After Negotiations
Communicating about negotiations should begin long before teams are at the table. Learn how to develop a plan to tell your story, provide facts and put information into context. This plan will help build confidence in good times and help support management if negotiations get rocky. Whether a contract is achieved quickly or with difficulty, a communication plan to conclude negotiations and move forward will allow the district to refocus on teaching and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Terilyn Finders

Terilyn Finders

Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Thursday January 23, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am AKST
Diamond II

12:00pm AKST

Keynote Luncheon
In Search of A Clear, Bright-Line Rule: My Visit to the California Supreme Court

Last November, after 28 years of practicing law, our keynote speaker argued his first case before the California Supreme Court. Hear the questions the justices asked the attorneys during oral argument, and how those questions about the rights of school districts and their employees shed light on best practices to pursue during the collective bargaining process.

Speakers
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP


Thursday January 23, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm AKST
Emerald Ballroom

1:30pm AKST

Negotiations 201
Building on the working understanding of the negotiations process, this presentation will provide practical advice and strategies to help navigate through each step of the bargaining process. Join our presenters as they discuss the internal formulation of negotiations goals and strategies, how to communicate interests at the table, and ways to move through negotiations roadblocks and difficulties. The discussion will also include recent trends and challenges observed at the table over the past year.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith



Thursday January 23, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm AKST
Diamond I

1:30pm AKST

Show Me the Money! How to Negotiate Compensation Issues
More districts are characterizing proposals within the framework of a “total compensation” analysis.
Come and learn what total compensation looks like and what needs to be taken into consideration when negotiating. Is it just dollars and cents?

Speakers
avatar for John Dietrich

John Dietrich

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo


Thursday January 23, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm AKST
Opal

1:30pm AKST

Strategies for Difficult Negotiations
As school district’s throughout the state tighten their belts in preparation for the next economic downturn, many negotiators worry that they will face contentious negotiations.

Speakers
DO

Donald Ogden

Folsom Cordova Unified School District
KK

Kim Kingsley Bogard

Kingsley Bogard LLP



Thursday January 23, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm AKST
Diamond II

1:30pm AKST

Successful Negotiations for Beginners and Experienced Negotiators
No two school districts or unions negotiate the same way. Styles, methods, interests, strategies, ground rules, and approaches will vary widely. Whether you are a novice or experienced negotiator at District A or District B, we will focus on key elements of negotiations that will allow attendees to achieve success during negotiations with classified and certificated employee groups. Be prepared to participate in this interactive presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Dannis

Greg Dannis

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Keith Bray

Keith Bray

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday January 23, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm AKST
Topaz

3:15pm AKST

Get Your Board on Board - Building Strong Support for Negotiations
Setting and maintaining clear, positive direction is crucial for successful bargaining, but it takes work and time. Learn how to ensure board members are clear on the district's goals and spending priorities and how negotiations align with them. Get tips on board dynamics, union strategies, and community engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Terilyn Finders

Terilyn Finders

Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
avatar for Elizabeth (Lisa) Mori

Elizabeth (Lisa) Mori

Attorney, F3 Law



Thursday January 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AKST
Diamond II

3:15pm AKST

Hot Topics
We will discuss cutting edge negotiation issues school districts will face in the coming year, with insights related to new laws and recent decisions from the courts and PERB.

Thursday January 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AKST
Diamond I

3:15pm AKST

Negotiating in a High Tech World
The duties of an educator and education support professional are ever changing. Technology is playing an ever increasing role in instruction and the overall management of a school district. Each new technological advance implicates potential issues for the bargaining table. This presentation will analyze the negotiable aspects of technology implementation, and will provide a game plan for negotiators who are tasked with implementing new technology. Additionally, this presentation will address how technology has impacted the mechanics of negotiations.

Speakers
avatar for Paul McGlocklin

Paul McGlocklin

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Paul McGlocklin is a partner in the Pasadena office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Mr. McGlocklin represents California school districts, community college districts and county offices of education in education law, including labor and employment and facilities matters... Read More →


Thursday January 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AKST
Opal

3:15pm AKST

The Importance of Communications in Negotiations
Governing boards and more specifically their negotiations teams need to communicate more (in writing, on line, at meetings) with stakeholders, the public and employees about labor negotiations. We’ll clear up confusion about what can and can’t be said about ongoing negotiations, and offer high impact, practical communications strategies to help your agency do better in this area.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Dannis

Greg Dannis

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley
avatar for Keith Bray

Keith Bray

Attorney, Dannis Woliver Kelley



Thursday January 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AKST
Topaz

4:45pm AKST

Network Reception
Thursday January 23, 2020 4:45pm - 6:30pm AKST
Pool Deck, 3rd Floor
 
Friday, January 24
 

8:00am AKST

Breakfast & Keynote: John Gray
John Gray, President and CEO, contributes tremendous practical experience to the management consulting team and serves SSC’s clients by conducting fiscal health analyses, providing collective bargaining assistance, preparing multiyear financial projections, performing school district efficiency studies, conducting internal control reviews, conducting district office organization reviews, and directing executive search services.


Friday January 24, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am AKST
Emerald Ballroom

9:30am AKST

Interest Based Approach to Problem Solving
The Interest Based Bargaining approach to negotiations is a non-adversarial means of collaboratively working together in an effort to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes in the bargaining process. By using this methodology, bargaining teams can:

  1.  Learn key techniques to build trust
  2. Learn problem solving strategies that can lead to lasting outcomes
  3. Learn how to build and maintain lasting positive and professional relationships between labor and management that can lead to true collaboration and results can lead to a positive shift in culture
     

Speakers
avatar for Rich Montgomery

Rich Montgomery

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Capistrano Unified School District
avatar for Robert Miller

Robert Miller

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Capistrano Unified School District
avatar for Tim Brooks

Tim Brooks

Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Capistrano Unified School District


Friday January 24, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am AKST
Diamond I

9:30am AKST

Special Ed Impact on Negotiations
Special Education departments sometimes works in a silo, but negotiators should be well-versed in the impact of their work. Considerations of workload, workday, adaptive technology, para-educators, and legal settlement conditions all need to be included in negotiation preparation and contract settlement.

Speakers
avatar for Summer Dalessandro

Summer Dalessandro

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
avatar for Namita Brown

Namita Brown

Attorney, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP


Friday January 24, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am AKST
Diamond II

9:30am AKST

The Collective Bargaining Landscape
The current economic and political environment have intensified the already daunting task of negotiating with employee associations. Maintain positive labor relations and communicating with stakeholders is more important than ever. This session will focus on the economic and legislative landscape, communicating with stakeholders, bargaining trends throughout the state, and the collective bargaining process.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Phillips, CPA

Matt Phillips, CPA

Director, Management Consulting Services, School Services of California Inc.
avatar for Danyel Conolley

Danyel Conolley

Director, Management Consulting Services, School Services of California Inc.



Friday January 24, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am AKST
Emerald Ballroom