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Wednesday, January 23
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Emerald Foyer Westin San Diego

8:30am

1st Time Attendee Workshop
Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Crystal I Westin San Diego

10:15am

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 Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Crystal II Westin San Diego

10:15am

Close-Up on Contract Language for 2018-2019: Pitfalls, Issues and New Ideas
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 Mark Bresee

Mark Bresee

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
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 Anthony P. De Marco

Anthony P. De Marco

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Opal Westin San Diego

10:15am

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 problem solving. The presentation will give a brief overview of IBB practices and focus on Arcadia’s successful implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Hryciw, Ed.D.

Kevin Hryciw, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Services, 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 →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Crystal I Westin San Diego

10:15am

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: Supporting schools after crisis
School and community crises have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, academic achievement, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of students. School professionals play a vital role in providing important support to students. This support promotes their understanding of the event, helps them learn coping strategies to accelerate adjustment and minimize their distress, and minimizes maladaptive coping mechanisms and behavioral difficulties. The presentation will provide practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a crisis and to promote effective coping strategies to mitigate the impact of the crisis. The presenter, David J Schonfeld, MD, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California and will draw on more than 30 years' experience responding to school and community crisis events to provide examples and answer questions from participants and will highlight free resources for supporting children, families and professionals in the aftermath of crisis and loss.


Speakers
avatar for David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Topaz Westin San Diego

12:00pm

Keynote Luncheon and Negotiator of the Year Award
Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned at the Table
We are living in uncertain bargaining times. The Janus decision, tightening budgets and a slew of union-friendly legislative actions have created new challenges, and attitudes, at the bargaining table. This has some negotiators searching for new ways to approach the bargaining relationship. But the fact is, you may already know more than you think about how to manage challenging times and people.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kaatz

Sarah Kaatz

Partner, Lozano Smith
Lozano Smith


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Emerald Ballroom Westin San Diego

1:30pm

Controlling Leaves Through Contract Language
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
avatar for Jacquelyn T. Morenz

Jacquelyn T. Morenz

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



Wednesday January 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Opal Westin San Diego

1:30pm

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. 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 (including temporary and short-term employees), leaves of absences, seniority, permanent status, 39-month rehire rights, layoffs, and bumping with respect to certificated and classified personnel. This presentation will also cover how school districts can prepare and align their bargaining strategies to achieve consistency and compliance with the Education Code.

Speakers
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Wednesday January 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Topaz Westin San Diego

1:30pm

Negotiating Good Discipline Language For Classified Employees
The primary objective of the workshop is to provide information on Negotiating discipline language for classified employees. To have good negotiated disciplinary language can help change employee behavior. This objective is accomplished (1) by bringing employee misconduct or unsatisfactory performance to the employee’s attention and informing the employee of the employer’s expectations and applicable standards of performance and (2) by providing a system of progressive penalties which are intended to encourage the employee to reform his/her conduct or performance.


Speakers
avatar for DeShawn Dickinson

DeShawn Dickinson

Director, Classified Personnel, Victor Valley Union High School District
Hello, I’m De Shawn Dickinson I currently serve as your Region 12 HR council member for the past 2 years. My day job is as Director –Classified Personnel for Victor Valley Union High School District. I was hired with the district as an Instructional Assistant Special Education... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crystal I Westin San Diego

1:30pm

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 Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith



Wednesday January 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crystal II Westin San Diego

3:15pm

Negotiation 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



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Crystal II Westin San Diego

3:15pm

Say What? Communications During Negotiations
Effective communication starts long before "sunshining," and requires careful planning. Learn how to clearly and strategically communicate with staff, parents, the community and media about negotiation priorities, updates from the bargaining table and addressing rumors and misinformation.

Speakers
avatar for Terilyn Finders

Terilyn Finders

Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Crystal I Westin San Diego

3:15pm

The Devil is in the Details – Drafting Effective Contract Language
Good labor agreements start with good contract language. These experienced labor attorneys will use examples and interactive exercises to help negotiators understand:
  • Basic principles of contract drafting/drafting tips
  • Language examples – real examples with explanation of issues and recommendations for revisions
  • Identifying issues - Recognizing potential loopholes and problem language
  • Basic rules of contract interpretation
  • Drafting practice examples – Using set agreed upon terms to try to draft effective language

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline M. Litra

Jacqueline M. Litra

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
avatar for Carlos Villegas

Carlos Villegas

Partner, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Topaz Westin San Diego

3:15pm

The Role of the Chief Negotiator Through the Eyes of the Superintendent
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 Barbara J. Ginsberg

Barbara J. Ginsberg

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Barbara J. Ginsberg represents school and community college districts, and public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment matters and education law. She serves as chief negotiator for agencies in collective bargaining with certificated, classified, and police/safety units... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Opal Westin San Diego

4:45pm

Networking Reception
Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Pool Deck, 3rd Floor Westin San Diego
 
Thursday, January 24
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday January 24, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Emerald Foyer Westin San Diego

8:30am

Highly Classified: How, When and Why of Classification Studies
Should you do a classification study? You might consider it If your district has experienced gradual changes in duties performed, changes to the org chart, or problems with recruitment and retention. Learn about the process, timelines, options and implications from this experienced labor attorney.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth (Lisa) Mori

Elizabeth (Lisa) Mori

Attorney, F3 Law



Thursday January 24, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Crystal I Westin San Diego

8:30am

It's Not About the Table: How Every Interaction Impacts Negotiations
Negotiations often isn’t about what is happening at the table. It’s about every interaction with the Administration, the Board, Human Resources, and site administrators. This workshop is about how to make every one of those encounters help you in closing the deal at the table.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriela Flowers

Gabriela Flowers

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
avatar for Sarah Kaatz

Sarah Kaatz

Partner, Lozano Smith
Lozano Smith



Thursday January 24, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Crystal II Westin San Diego

8:30am

Negotiations for HR Administrators: Total Compensation in the New Paradigm
Speakers
avatar for Todd A. Goluba

Todd A. Goluba

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
avatar for David A. Soldani

David A. Soldani

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo



Thursday January 24, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Opal Westin San Diego

8:30am

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



Thursday January 24, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Topaz Westin San Diego

10:15am

Effective Communications During Negotiations
What is effective communication during negotiations? What stops us from effectively communicating? What are the limits on employer communications during negotiations? They can’t say that…can they?! Join us to discuss how a district can effectively use communications to promote a more collaborative bargaining process.  We will address union and district communications with one another, as well as with parents, students and community members. We will also discuss specific techniques for effective communication.

Speakers
avatar for Darren C. Kameya

Darren C. Kameya

Partner, Lozano Smith
Attorney, Lozano Smith


Thursday January 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Topaz Westin San Diego

10:15am

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 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Crystal I Westin San Diego

10:15am

Integrating Community Engagement, LCAP and Collective Bargaining: It's All About Choices
The Local Control Funding Formula has pushed more decisions to local school boards and communities. Much of a school district budget is spent on the people. As such, it is important for the entire community to know how collective bargaining agreements impact school programs, and how limited LCFF base and supplemental funding can be leveraged to better support students. In this workshop, participants will learn from seasoned district leaders about strategies to effectively engage teachers, students, staff and the community in critical decisions that impact student opportunities and learning.  

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Daryl Camp

Dr. Daryl Camp

Superintendent, Riverbank USD
I have served as the superintendent of the Riverbank Unified School District since 2012. Also, I’ve had the opportunity to engage regularly with leadership levels with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Wirowek

Marcus Wirowek

Senior Director of Human Resources, Riverbank Unified School District



Thursday January 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Crystal II Westin San Diego

10:15am

Staying Current with Developments in Employee and Union Rights and Protected Activities
PERB cases demonstrate that a supervisor’s reasonable course of action with an employee is often derailed by an avoidable unfair labor practice charge resulting from a supervisor’s insufficient understanding of an employee’s right to union representation, an employee’s or a union representative’s “free speech” right in the workplace or employees’ protected activities. To complicate matters, PERB continued to expand employee rights to union representation in three new cases issued at the close of 2018. And, recent Janus-related legislation added constraints to employers’ speech. To help you avoid unfair practice charges that derail your labor relations goals, the presenter will explain PERB’s recent expansion of an employee’s right to union representation, provide guidelines for employer labor relations communications and provide practical guidelines to recognize and avoiding interfering employees’ protected speech and other activities.

Speakers
avatar for Janae H. Novotny

Janae H. Novotny

Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Thursday January 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am
Opal Westin San Diego

12:00pm

Keynote Luncheon
The Funny Thing About Stress

Speakers
avatar for Kay Frances

Kay Frances

Speaker, America's Funniest Stressbuster
I present for school personnel all over the country! My areas of expertise are stress management, peak performance and wellness. I present for all levels of a district: administrators, classified and certified. Inservices, conferences, special events! It's all done a fun, funny and... Read More →


Thursday January 24, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Emerald Ballroom Westin San Diego

1:30pm

All about the Benjamins: Stipends, Special Salary Schedules and Off Schedule Payments
As budgets get tighter, negotiators look for creative ways to target compensation. Learn how to strategically and surgically negotiate extras that won't break the bank.

Speakers
avatar for Namita Brown

Namita Brown

Attorney, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
avatar for John Gray

John Gray

President & CEO, School Services of California



Thursday January 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crystal I Westin San Diego

1:30pm

Interest Based Bargaining
How does your team negotiate? The answer may change the course of your District’s financial stability, student achievement and morale. This workshop dramatically differentiates the benefits between interest based and traditional; bargaining, and helps attendees discover strategies to enhance their unique relationships and goals. This workshop summarizes the methodologies, intricacies and legal aspects of each approach. Attendees will be equipped with the pros and cons of different methodologies, recommendations regarding best Interest Based Bargaining practices and insights into Districts that have productive and positive employer-employee relationships.

Speakers
avatar for Darren C. Kameya

Darren C. Kameya

Partner, Lozano Smith
Attorney, Lozano Smith


Thursday January 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crystal II Westin San Diego

1:30pm

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 Katy A. Suttorp

Katy A. Suttorp

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP
avatar for John R. Yeh

John R. Yeh

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP



Thursday January 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Topaz Westin San Diego

1:30pm

So Now What? Demystifying the Impasse Process
While one should never expect negotiations to reach impasse, a negotiator should always be prepared for the possibility. This session will provide an overview of the impasse process, from declaration of impasse through unilateral implementation, and will include a discussion and exploration of the applicable statutes as well as practical advice on navigating the process.

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 →
avatar for Shawna M. McKee

Shawna M. McKee

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



Thursday January 24, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Opal Westin San Diego

3:15pm

Legal Panel - Today's Reality: People, Politics & Post-JANUS Pressures at the Table
Speakers
avatar for Namita Brown

Namita Brown

Attorney, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
avatar for Darren C. Kameya

Darren C. Kameya

Partner, Lozano Smith
Attorney, Lozano Smith
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 →
avatar for Katy A. Suttorp

Katy A. Suttorp

Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP


Thursday January 24, 2019 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Emerald Ballroom Westin San Diego

4:45pm

Networking Reception
Thursday January 24, 2019 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Emerald Foyer Westin San Diego
 
Friday, January 25
 

8:00am

Breakfast Keynote
CIA, 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.

Speakers
avatar for John Gray

John Gray

President & CEO, School Services of California


Friday January 25, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Emerald Ballroom Westin San Diego

9:30am

HR Toolbox for Newcomers
Speakers
avatar for Mellissa Gallegos

Mellissa Gallegos

Attorney, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
avatar for Brooke E. Jimenez

Brooke E. Jimenez

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


Friday January 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Opal Westin San Diego

9:30am

Negotiating in a COLA-Only Environment
Now that we find ourselves at full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), local educational agencies (LEAs) will find themselves in a COLA-only environment. The increased demands on an LEA’s base funding (e.g., pension contributions, the cost of step and column increases, and increases in health benefit obligations) will outpace those COLAs. This session will focus on bargaining challenges, preparing your team, and ensuring fiscal solvency as we prepare to embark on tougher times.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Phillips, CPA

Matt Phillips, CPA

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



Friday January 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Emerald Ballroom Westin San Diego

9:30am

What's the Buzz? Negotiation Noise and News on Social Media
Communicating during tense negotiations has always been a challenge, but smartphones and social media mean that both fact and fiction travel faster than ever. This experienced labor attorney will provide guidance for navigating the gauntlet of apps like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Nextdoor.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Bilbeisi

Jordan Bilbeisi

Attorney, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost



Friday January 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
Topaz Westin San Diego