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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
April 10, 2024

Dear County and District Superintendents:

California Labor-Management Initiative Summer Institute

The California Labor-Management Initiative (CA LMI) Summer Institute creates safe, supportive learning environments built on trust, equity, and communication for labor-management teams to learn and work together. The Summer Institute is designed for superintendents, certificated and classified union leaders, and board members to engage in tough conversations that lead to improved communication and collaborative problem-solving. Using research-based tools and frameworks, teams can create more effective approaches to meet the needs of students and staff.

Inclusive labor-management practices and collaborative structures lead to sustainable organizational culture change. 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. Attendees should expect to interact with their labor-management team to jointly learn about strategies to increase collaborative professionalism, build stronger relationships with their team, and receive resources and tools that guide teams to build an environment of continuous learning, reflection, and discussion.

That is why I invite you and your labor-management team to register for the CA LMI Summer Institute on June 24–26, 2024, in San Diego.

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


All interested California school districts and county offices of education are invited to attend the 2024 CA LMI 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. Please register by June 3, 2024. For registration and additional information, please visit the CA LMI Summer Institute 2024 Cvent web page at

Please forward this invitation to your school board president, certificated and classified union presidents, and other key staff you would like to have participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Gustavo Morales at 818-632-6289 or

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

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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