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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
May 27, 2021

Dear County and District Superintendents:

California Labor-Management Initiative Summer Institute

Improving student outcomes and closing the opportunity gap in California’s schools and districts has always required partnership and teamwork among our education professionals. We need all the staff at our schools and districts—teachers, administrators, and classified employees—working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all our students as we continue to adapt and transition through this period of extraordinary challenges.

Education has been the great equalizer that allowed me to overcome humble beginnings. Ensuring a great public education for every California student requires all educators to work together in deep collaboration.Since its launch in 2015, the California Labor Management Initiative (CA LMI) ( has sought to advance continuous improvement and make labor-management collaboration an integral part of improving public schools and advancing equity in California.

The CA LMI convenes public school leaders and facilitates exploration and sharing of research and best practices through peer learning networks and training to build deep, enduring, cross-sector, union-management partnerships in California public schools.

That is why I invite you and your labor-management team to register for the California Labor Management Initiative Summer Institute, June 22–23, 2021, at

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 collaborative partnerships a priority over the past few years.

June 14 will be a pre-conference day for districts and team members new to the CA LMI to become oriented with the work and take their initial steps toward developing labor-management partnerships prior to the Summer Institute programming.

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 (ACSA), California Federation of Teachers (CFT), California School Boards Association (CSBA), California School Employees Association (CSEA), the California Teachers Association (CTA), and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).

To foster continuous improvement in public schools, the CA LMI focuses on building the collective knowledge base for supporting local labor-management collaborations in California. Research has shown the importance of collaboration in school improvement and the powerful impacts of collaborative partnerships on student achievement and staff retention.

Registration Process: All interested district and county offices in California are invited to attend the Summer Institute. If you and your colleagues have an interest in learning more about the benefits of labor-management partnerships, we hope you will attend, even if you have no prior experience with this approach. Space is limited. Please register by June 1, 2021.

Please forward this invitation to your School Board President, Certificated and Classified Union Presidents, and other key staff you would like to participate.

If you have questions about the Summer Institute, please contact Gustavo Morales at

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 create schools where all students have the support and learning environments they need to overcome challenges and accomplish great things.


Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

P.S.: If you have not done so already, please sign up on the website for the CA LMI email list to receive timely updates and invitations to future events:
Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 27, 2021

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