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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
April 2, 2018

Dear County and District Superintendents:

California Labor Management Initiative Summer Institute

Partnership and teamwork are critical to the success of public schools and districts. Since its launch in 2015, the California Labor Management Initiative (CA LMI) has sought to make labor-management collaboration an integral part of the continuous improvement of public schools in California. The 2017 National Study on Union-Management Partnerships and Educator Collaboration in US Public Schools helps illustrate the powerful impact these collaborative partnerships can have on student achievement and staff retention.

I am very excited to invite you and your labor-management team to the 2018 CA LMI Summer Institute, June 26–27, 2018, at the San Diego Doubletree Hotel Mission Valley. June 25 will be a pre-conference opportunity for districts and team members new to CA LMI to become acquainted with the program and take initial steps toward developing labor-management partnerships in their local areas before the Institute begins. Please register your intent to attend at to receive up to four complimentary registrations.

The CA LMI convenes public school management and labor association leadership to build deep and enduring cross-sector union-administration partnerships in California public schools. By exploring and sharing evidence-based research, professional learning methodologies, and best practices through peer learning networks, the CA LMI builds support and expertise among educators and administrators for local labor-management collaborations.

The Summer Institute is an opportunity to convene with your labor-management team to learn from other districts, share insights, and plan your work for the coming school year. The conference will feature concurrent workshop sessions and presentations by school districts that have made significant strides by making labor-management collaborative partnerships a priority over the past few years. In addition, you will be joined by Carmen Medina, author of Rebels at Work—A Handbook for Leading Change from Within.

The CA LMI is proud to present the Summer Institute with a strong coalition that includes the California Department of Education, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, Association of California School Administrators, California Federation of Teachers, California School Boards Association, California School Employees Association, the California Teachers Association, and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association.

Registration Process

All interested school districts in California are invited to attend the Summer Institute, including those that have no previous experience in this work but have an interest in learning more about the benefits of labor-management partnerships. Please register by June 1, 2018. If you complete the Intent to Register form at, your team will qualify for free registration for up to four of your members.

Please forward and share this invitation with your School Board President, Certificated and Classified Union Presidents, and other key staff you would like to participate in the Summer Institute. While it is not required that all attend, we encourage a mix of representatives from labor and management to effectively participate in the team planning time.

I hope this convening will give your district team the opportunity to begin building or improving future collaborative activities and will connect you with peer districts, school board leaders, superintendents, and union leaders to share your experiences. I know that by working together we can accomplish great things for the students we serve.

If you have questions about the Summer Institute, please contact Ed Honowitz at 818-321-6741 or and sign up for the CA Labor Management Initiative email list to receive timely updates and invitations to future events at


Tom Torlakson


For more information about the work of the California Labor Management Initiative (CA LMI), visit
For the National Study on Union-Management Partnerships and Educator Collaboration in US Public Schools, see

Last Reviewed: Monday, April 2, 2018

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