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Wednesday, September 29
 

7:30am PDT

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday September 29, 2021 7:30am - 9:00am PDT
Foyer - 2nd Floor

7:30am PDT

Registration & Information
Wednesday September 29, 2021 7:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Foyer - 2nd Floor

8:30am PDT

1st Time Attendees Workshop
Speakers
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Heather Williams

Executive Director, Personnel Services, Riverside County Office of Education
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Nicole Glentzer

Assistant Superintendent HR, Ukiah Unified School District
avatar for Kirk Skorpanich

Kirk Skorpanich

Assistant Superintendent HR, Perris Unified High School District


Wednesday September 29, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
International 1

10:15am PDT

How NOT to Conduct an Investigation
How about something like: Participants will learn about the most common mistakes/pitfalls in conducting employee investigations and how to avoid them. Key topics include assessing and processing complaints, defining the scope of the investigation, strategies for conducting effective interviews, understanding and preventing investigator bias, assessing evidence and preparing investigation reports.

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Olson-Murphy

Chelsea Olson-Murphy

Attorney, Lozano Smith
avatar for Stephanie White

Stephanie White

Attorney, Lozano Smith



Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am PDT
Pacific 1&2

10:15am PDT

Leaves Post-COVID: Where Are We Now?
The past year has seen a myriad of new and complicated leaves and other benefits aimed at helping people during the COVID pandemic.  As we enter the new school year, we will discuss which are still in effect and how we can ensure compliance with state and federal requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Litra

Jacqueline Litra

Attorney, F3 Law



Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am PDT
Atlantic 1&2

10:15am PDT

Rethinking the Student-Teaching Experience: A Practical Perspective on the Student-Teacher Placement Process
In preparing and planning for the student-teaching experience, we ponder the following questions: Is our student-teaching placement process intentional? Does our placement process have purpose?

Research shows that the student-teaching experience is one of the most important aspects of new teacher preparation (Bastian & Patterson, 2018). 30-40% of student-teachers are hired in the district they student-taught in, and 15% of student-teachers will teach in the same school at which they student-taught (Goldhaber et al., 2018). It is incumbent upon Personnel Departments to ensure intentionality in both the placement process and overall student-teaching experience.

In this session, we will share the SBCUSD and RUSD process for student-teacher placement, which sets the student and mentor teacher up for great success in the preservice teaching experience.

We are confident that we have created not only a strong student-teacher placement process but an overall student-teaching experience that will help to prepare high-quality teachers for the profession.

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Speakers
avatar for Morgan Pellettera, NBCT

Morgan Pellettera, NBCT

Demonstration Team Program Lead, San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernadino, CA
I taught high school English at Arroyo Valley High School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District for 15 years. I am a National Board Certified Teacher, certified in English Language Arts/Adolescent/Young Adulthood. I am also a California Ambassador for National Board and... Read More →
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Wilson Cuellar

Assistant Director Certificated Personnel, Riverside Unified School District, Department of Personnel District Office



Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am PDT
International 2

10:15am PDT

How to Win a Certificated Dismissal Case
This presentation will be conducted by Sharon Ormond and Kathryn Meola, two partners with the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, who are considered experts in the field of certificated dismissals and who will share tips on how they created their practice in this area and achieved successful results.

Speakers
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Sharon Ormond

Attorney, AALRR
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Kathy Meola

Attorney, AALRR



Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am PDT
International 1

12:00pm PDT

Lunch/Ray Curry Award
Wednesday September 29, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
International 3, 4, 5

1:15pm PDT

Disclosure of Personnel and Bargaining Records
As a public agency, school districts receive numerous requests for disclosure of information, including for potentially confidential and sensitive records relating to personnel and bargaining. During the COVID-19 pandemic, special interest groups and community members have demanded access to collective bargaining documents relating to COVID-19 negotiations and reopening schools, and school districts have grappled with the extent of whether these documents, including internal confidential documents relating to bargaining proposals, communications and strategies, are disclosable. This is in addition to the regular requests from the public and media for personnel and discipline records.

During this session, you will learn about how to handle these types of disclosure requests, and the parameters of what is disclosable and what may remain confidential.

Speakers
avatar for William Tunnick

William Tunnick

Attorney, DWK
avatar for Ellen C. Wu

Ellen C. Wu

Attorney, DWK



Wednesday September 29, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Atlantic 1&2

1:15pm PDT

Employee Recognition & Wellness
Building positive labor relations is one of the best ways to help your District. Labor relations are integral to every aspect of the work done by all school administrators but are especially important for human resources professionals. Participants in this workshop will gain practical ideas on building and maintaining positive labor relations that can be applied right away.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Skorpanich

Kirk Skorpanich

Assistant Superintendent HR, Perris Unified High School District
avatar for Nicole Glentzer

Nicole Glentzer

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Ukiah Unified School District
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Heather Williams

Executive Director, Personnel Services, Riverside County Office of Education
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Heidi Odom

Senior Director of Human Resources, Live Oak ESD - Santa Cruz



Wednesday September 29, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
International 2

1:15pm PDT

Workplace Investigations- 5 Tips to Manage Difficult Witnesses
As an investigator, you must determine how to best handle witnesses with different types of personalities in order to effectively complete your investigation.  Our highly experienced workplace investigators will share their tried-and-true methods to successfully interview different types of witnesses that may be encountered during investigations.

Speakers
SO

Sharon Ormond

Attorney, AALRR



Wednesday September 29, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Pacific 1&2

1:15pm PDT

Reasonable Accommodation in (Post) COVID World
Many work environments, expectations, responsibilities, and roles have changed over the past 18 months. In today’s environment, districts and employees alike are seeking guidance regarding providing reasonable accommodations. This workshop touches on the most pressing scenarios and legal considerations related to accommodations. Key topics include:
  • Remote work – employee demands and district options
  • Lessons learned from COVID
  • Redefining the interactive process
  • Long-term COVID

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Olson-Murphy

Chelsea Olson-Murphy

Attorney, Lozano Smith
avatar for Roman Muñoz

Roman Muñoz

Attorney, Lozano Smith



Wednesday September 29, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
International 1

2:30pm PDT

Snack Break
Wednesday September 29, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Promenade - 2nd Floor

3:00pm PDT

Hot Topics/Legislative Update

Wednesday September 29, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Atlantic 1&2

3:00pm PDT

Institutional Memory: How to Win When it Comes to Bargaining History and Past Practice
Sometimes unions win unfair practice cases or grievance arbitrations because their institutional memory is better.  They have every contract, MOU, TA and notes from every team member, and they know how to use them.  School districts, on the other hand, necessarily have higher turnover and current Administration may not know where to look or who to talk to in order to get the scoop.  This workshop will provide practical tips for preserving institutional memory and how to use it effectively in defending claims.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Cannon

Michelle Cannon

Attorney, Lozano Smith



Wednesday September 29, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Pacific 1&2

3:00pm PDT

The 2021 Changes to CFRA and How to Apply Them (Session repeated)
Here from expert Tina Kannarr and Michele Landenberger on the changes to CFRA and how districts should apply these changes. 

Speakers
avatar for Tina Kannarr

Tina Kannarr

Attorney, AALRR
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Michele Landenberger

Attorney, AALRR



Wednesday September 29, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
International 2

3:00pm PDT

Background Checks and Subsequent Arrests
Public schools are among the few employers who can perform criminal background checks, but the rules around using this information and how to handle subsequent arrest notices is complicated.  Can school districts really decline anyone who has a conviction on their record?  What is the best practice for when a subsequent arrest notice comes in?  What are “mandatory” offenses?  This presentation will cover these questions and more.  

Speakers
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Kara Walton

Attorney, F3 Law



Wednesday September 29, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
International 1

4:30pm PDT

Networking Reception
Wednesday September 29, 2021 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Promenade - 2nd Floor
 
Thursday, September 30
 

7:30am PDT

Continental Breakfast
Thursday September 30, 2021 7:30am - 8:30am PDT
International 3, 4, 5

7:30am PDT

Registration & Information
Thursday September 30, 2021 7:30am - 5:00pm PDT
Foyer - 2nd Floor

8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Credentialing Updates
Presenters
David is Goleta Union School District and Commission on Teacher Credentialing Commissioner; and
Michael Gabbe-Gross, Staff Services Manager 1, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Certification Division



Speakers
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Michael Gabbe-Gross

Staff Services Manager 1, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Certification Division



Thursday September 30, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Atlantic 1&2

8:30am PDT

Employee Discipline: Building an Unsatisfactory Performance Case
Key Topics: Basics on employee discipline, intersection between evaluation and discipline,  dealing with a year of COVID/remote work in the middle of a discipline case, building and maintaining documentation: how do you prove poor performance?

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie White

Stephanie White

Attorney, Lozano Smith



Thursday September 30, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
International 2

8:30am PDT

Staying Legal (Safe and Healthy, Too!) Part I
Staying Legal is fast-paced, interactive, sometimes humorous and entirely focused on providing practical, insightful and helpful lessons for HR and labor relations professionals. Greg and Jon will lead attendees on a path to best practice and legal compliance in all areas of education, labor and employment law. The newest court decisions and laws related to progressive discipline, dismissal, remediation, evaluation, discrimination/harassment, leaves, ADA, FMLA, First Amendment, collective bargaining, grievances, unfair practice charges, and the on-going pandemic, will be reviewed and discussed. No talking heads, no boring legal theories and no legalese... and some fabulous prizes!

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Dannis

Gregory Dannis

Attorney, DWK
avatar for Jonathan Pearl

Jonathan Pearl

Attorney, DWK



Thursday September 30, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
International 1

10:15am PDT

Staying Legal (Safe and Healthy, Too!) Part II
Staying Legal is fast-paced, interactive, sometimes humorous and entirely focused on providing practical, insightful and helpful lessons for HR and labor relations professionals. Greg and Jon will lead attendees on a path to best practice and legal compliance in all areas of education, labor and employment law. The newest court decisions and laws related to progressive discipline, dismissal, remediation, evaluation, discrimination/harassment, leaves, ADA, FMLA, First Amendment, collective bargaining, grievances, unfair practice charges, and the on-going pandemic, will be reviewed and discussed. No talking heads, no boring legal theories and no legalese... and some fabulous prizes!

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Dannis

Gregory Dannis

Attorney, DWK
avatar for Jonathan Pearl

Jonathan Pearl

Attorney, DWK



Thursday September 30, 2021 10:15am - 10:45am PDT
International 2

10:15am PDT

COVID Accommodations - Navigating Medical and Religious Exemptions
As employers and government agencies push for mask and vaccine mandates, we are seeing an increase in requests for accommodations (both medical and religion-based).  This presentation will outline best practices to follow and how to protect yourself from a discrimination claim.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Villegas

Carlos Villegas

Attorney, F3 Law
avatar for Jacqueline Litra

Jacqueline Litra

Attorney, F3 Law



Thursday September 30, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am PDT
Pacific 1&2

10:15am PDT

Traveling the Long Winding Road: Practical Advice for Engaging in the Interactive Process Under ADA/FEHA
Navigating the interactive process under the ADA/FEHA can feel like trying to find your way through the wilderness without a compass, even for the most experienced district personnel.  This session will break down each stage of the interactive process into recommended steps, starting with identifying when and how to begin, and continuing all the way through to our destination: deciding whether, and in what form, a reasonable accommodation will be offered.  In the course of our discussion, we will explore strategies for identifying and resolving obstructions to the interactive process, address and offer tips for avoiding common employer mistakes, and discuss relevant court and PERB rulings, as well as some unique challenges presented in the workplace due to COVID-19.

Speakers
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Katy Suttorp

Attorney, BWS



Thursday September 30, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am PDT
Atlantic 1&2

10:15am PDT

Current Negotiations Trends and What’s on the Horizon
Key topics: One-time money, Independent studies impacts negotiations,  continuing COVID impacts, TK (looking forward to universal TK)

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Cannon

Michelle Cannon

Attorney, Lozano Smith
avatar for Roman Muñoz

Roman Muñoz

Attorney, Lozano Smith



Thursday September 30, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am PDT
International 1

12:00pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
In order to maintain a cooperative and harmonious work environment, administrators and supervisors must be able to quickly and effectively address conflicts that occur between employees in the workplace.  Gain a greater understanding of the common catalysts that lead to conflict, your obligations to take action, as well as specific, appropriate protocols for diffusing, mediating, and resolving workplace conflicts. Implementing these tools in the workplace will help you to provide a better environment for all employees — one in which employees can focus on accomplishing the business of the district.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Ginsberg

Barbara Ginsberg

Attorney, AALRR



Thursday September 30, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Pacific 1&2

1:30pm PDT

Stand Tall Leadership
Developing your leaders is more than a simple promotion - you have to help them manage effectively, inspire your organization to follow them, and communicate effectively at all times.

Speakers

Thursday September 30, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
International 2

1:30pm PDT

The Human Resources Calendar - A Year at a Glance
This workshop is designed for Administrators, Classified Managers and other support staff who are new to Human Resources or interested in learning about the role and function of the Human Resources Department. The presentation will include a detailed calendar of events, procedures related to Human Resources and a Human Resources Self‐Assessment Instrument.

Speakers


Thursday September 30, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Atlantic 1&2

1:30pm PDT

COVID Mandates - Guidance from CDPH/CalOSHA
A review of the current guidance from state agencies and what this means for districts, including tips for implementation and policy implications.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Fagen

Peter Fagen

Attorney, F3 Law
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Star Leal

Attorney, F3 Law



Thursday September 30, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
International 1

2:45pm PDT

Snack Break
Thursday September 30, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Promenade - 2nd Floor

3:15pm PDT

How to Recruit for a Diverse Workforce
As personnel leaders, we are tasked with finding the highest quality employees for our organizations and our students. However, in today's job markets, it can be difficult to locate, recruit, and retain a high-quality divers workforce. In this session, we’ll explore some proactive strategies HR professionals can use to attract a wider range of candidates, make your school district more welcoming to all kinds of people, and reap the benefits of a diverse workforce.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Skorpanich

Kirk Skorpanich

Assistant Superintendent HR, Perris Unified High School District
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Francisco Arce

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Development, Temecula Valley Unified School District



Thursday September 30, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Atlantic 1&2

3:15pm PDT

Layoffs 101 - Back in the Saddle
Last school year saw a moratorium on layoffs for certificated and many classified classifications.  With the new year, we anticipate those restrictions will be lifted.  This presentation is an opportunity to refresh our recollection on the layoff process and best practices.

Speakers
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Josh Stevens

Attorney, F3 Law



Thursday September 30, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
International 2

3:15pm PDT

What is Everybody Complaining About? The How-to Guide on Dealing with the Overflowing Complaint Department In-Box where Students and Employees Issues Become Blurry
Districts have been hit with a large and increasing number of complaints which require time consuming investigations involving sexual harassment allegations, complaints against employees such as hostile work environment, student on student bullying, and race-based discrimination complaints, among others. The common theme in a lot of these complaints is that they involve a tremendous amount of cross-over between personnel and student issues including how the investigation is conducted and once completed, what required (and crucial) elements need to be included in the findings and investigation report. As students and employees return to in-person instruction and work, the educational environment will continue to see the trend of this employee/student complaint nexus. We will provide attendees with guidance on applicable Board Policies, Administrative Regulations and laws for the types of complaints brought. We will also share our direct experience with handling the investigation, interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, generating the investigation report and making the findings and recommendations necessary.  

Speakers
avatar for Matt Juhl-Darlington

Matt Juhl-Darlington

Attorney, DWK
avatar for Daniel C. Lowe

Daniel C. Lowe

Attorney, DWK



Thursday September 30, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Pacific 1&2

3:15pm PDT

Deciphering The Education Code: Translating Laws Into Sound Personnel Practices For Certificated And Classified Employees
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, 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 Yeh

John Yeh

Attorney, BWS



Thursday September 30, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
International 1

4:45pm PDT

Networking Reception
Thursday September 30, 2021 4:45pm - 6:00pm PDT
Promenade - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, October 1
 

8:00am PDT

9:30am PDT

Evaluating Psychological Fitness for Duty in School Employees
This session is designed to help school districts navigate the laws and procedures that govern psychological/mental-health fitness for duty evaluations for certificated and non-certificated employees. We will discuss common pitfalls and mistakes, including the often-overlooked Education Code Section 44942, and highlight the difference in procedures for certificated and non-certificated employees.

Speakers
avatar for John Yeh

John Yeh

Attorney, BWS
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Kate S. Im

Attorney, BWS



Friday October 1, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am PDT
International 2

9:30am PDT

Human Resources Hot Topics
This interactive session will engage participants in a discussion around the challenges confronting HR professionals around the state. The presenters will ​provide information related to recent legislative changes as well as offer operational guidance in the areas of collective bargaining, ​addressing pervasive staffing shortages, independent study, ​and other hot topics.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Speck

Suzanne Speck

Executive Vice President, School Services of California
avatar for Danyel Conolley

Danyel Conolley

Director, Management Consulting Services, School Services of California



Friday October 1, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am PDT
International 3, 4, 5

9:30am PDT

The 2021 Changes to CFRA and How to Apply Them (Repeat Session)
Here from expert Tina Kannarr and Michele Landenberger on the changes to CFRA and how districts should apply these changes. 

Speakers
avatar for Tina Kannarr

Tina Kannarr

Attorney, AALRR
ML

Michele Landenberger

Attorney, AALRR



Friday October 1, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am PDT
International 1
 
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