Pre-Conference Activities

Board Presidents Workshop: Tools for Focused Leadership

Moscone West  |  Wednesday, November 28

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Register through November 8 | $299
November 9 through on-site registration | $350 
Registration at Moscone West opens at 7 a.m. 
(fee includes materials, lunch and refreshments)

The Board Presidents Workshop provides current and aspiring board presidents with tools for focused leadership. Attend and learn how to forge effective governance teams, conduct productive meetings and fulfill governance responsibilities in ways that focus all district and county office efforts on student learning and achievement. You will leave with strategies to increase your effectiveness and materials to support you as you take on this significant and complex role. Topics in this session include:
  • The Role of the School Board President
  • Using a Board Leadership Plan to Foster an Exceptional Governance Team
  • Working With New Board Members: Tips and Checklists
  • Managing Conflict: Developing Norms for Communication
  • Knowing What and When to Expect It: Utilizing the School District Governance Calendar
  • Leading the Meeting: Guiding Protocols
  • Accomplishing Your Governance Goals through Board Self-Evaluation
  • Evaluating the Superintendent: Using This Important Leadership Tool to Focus and Align District Efforts
  • Developing a Successful Advocacy Strategy That Promotes Strong Community Relationships
  • Legal Insight into Successful Board Meetings

Orientation for New Trustees: Preparation for the First 100 Days

Moscone West  |  Wednesday, November 28

Register through November 8 | $299
November 9 through on-site registration | $350 
Registration at Moscone West opens at 7 a.m. 
(fee includes materials, lunch and refreshments)

The election is over and it’s official—you’re now on the board. What’s next? CSBA’s one-day orientation for new trustees will get you through your first 100 days of service with ease. Start building your network today by meeting other newly elected board members and sharing common goals, experiences and concerns. It is crucial for the board and superintendent to work closely to provide governance leadership in support of enhanced student learning and achievement. Board presidents and superintendents are encouraged to register new board members for this vital training and to attend with them.

Legal Symposium for Experienced Board Members

Moscone West  |  Wednesday, November 28

Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. (5 MCLE hours)
Register through November 8 | $299
November 9 through on-site registration | $350 
Registration at Moscone West opens at 7 a.m. 
(fee includes materials, lunch and refreshments)

Program agenda

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks – Namita Brown, CCSA President and Partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

(1.5 hr. MCLE) Janus v. AFSCME – The panel will address complicated issues related to the US Supreme Court’s Janus decision, including impacts on collective bargaining agreement and established policies.
Presenters: Jim Romo, Partner, Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo; Lou Lozano, Partner, Lozano Smith; Greg Dannis, Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley

10:25 – 11:55 a.m.

(1.5 hr. MCLE) “Can I Say That?” Board Member Free Speech Rights – Board members are tasked with implementing and defending district policies, and constantly face polarizing issues. As a result, whether in the board room or in front of media, board members often question the boundaries of their free speech rights. Where do their First Amendment rights start and end? What rules govern board member blogs and use of other social media platforms? Can I use my personal devices to conduct school district business? This hot-button workshop assists board members with understanding free speech rights specific to politics, religion, social media, and other school district matters, as well as public record act issues relating to board member use of personal electronic devices.
Panelists: Andra Donovan, General Counsel, San Diego USD; Rob Jacobsen, CCSA Member-at-Large and General Counsel, Norwalk – La Mirada USD; Mike Smith, Partner, Lozano Smith

Noon - 1:00 p.m. 


1:10 - 2:10 p.m.

(1.0 hr. MCLE) Effective Utilization of Outside Counsel: Maximizing Your Time, Resources, and Happiness – Districts and county offices of education frequently rely upon private law firms and consortiums to provide vital legal advice on critical and time sensitive issues. With limited financial resources, both clients and attorneys desire value in return for expenditures on legal services. The panel will identify areas in which your agency can responsibly save money on legal services, ways to maximize dollars spent on legal services, and how to communicate with outside counsel to ensure you are pleased with their services.
Presenters: Namita Brown, CCSA President and Partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost; Tony De Marco, CCSA Vice President for Programs and Partner, Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo; Karen Samman, General Legal Counsel, Clovis USD 

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

(1.0 hr. MCLE) Avoiding Conflicts: Navigating the Political Reform Act & Section 1090 – Conflicts of interest can result in significant impacts on board members and their districts. Both board members and consultants are seeing increased scrutiny from the press and regulatory agencies over financial conflicts of interest. This presentation will review recent rulings and guidance on what is a “financial interest” and when does a board member have a conflict. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how the Political Reform Act and Government Code section 1090 can impact them and tips to avoid common pitfalls.
Panelists: Bill Schuetz, CCSA Treasurer/Secretary and Of Counsel, Dannis Woliver Kelley; William Tunick, Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelley