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The California Labor Management Initiative Convenes its First Summer Institute

The California Labor Management Initiative (CA LMI) held its first Summer Institute on June 19-21, 2017 in San Diego, CA. The two-day meeting offered an opportunity for labor-management teams from across the state to convene, collaborate, and learn from national experts and local experiences. The Institute also included an optional pre-conference day for teams new to labor management collaboration.

The Institute convened 21 district teams composed of superintendents and other district staff, school board members, and teacher and classified union leaders, with seven of those teams also attending the pre-conference day. In total, over 200 people attended the institute and had the opportunity to hear from experts (including Michael Fullan and Pedro Noguera) and practitioners in the field speak about the tools and concepts integral to successful labor management collaboration.

CA LMI participants in table discussions

District teams in discussion at the 2017 CA LMI Summer Institute

The pre-conference included an overview of the CA LMI and its work to date, an introduction to collaborative structures and Michael Fullan’s Coherence Framework, and research on the positive impacts of labor management collaboration. In addition, it showcased the journey of Santa Clara Unified School District’s path to genuine labor-management collaboration.

Over the next two days, teams were welcomed by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, heard keynote presentations from Michael Fullan (see video below for Fullan’s breakout session) and Pedro Noguera, had critical time for district team discussion and planning, and attended breakout sessions on various topics (see the meeting website for a list of breakout session topics).

To learn more about the CA LMI, visit the CA LMI website, where you can find additional resources, photos, videos, and information about past convenings.

GPG is pleased to have supported this event by providing meeting design, preparation, and logistical support.