Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

Human Resource Essentials September 2018

With as much as 90% of a district’s General Fund revenue being committed to employee compensation, local educational agencies cannot afford inefficiency in personnel management. This workshop focuses on essential human resource (HR) operations and best practices in personnel management that, if implemented, can minimize legal risks and protect scarce financial resources. Additionally, the workshop will cover recent changes in law in the area of employment and labor relations.

Conquering Budgets: Tips and Tricks for Success in School Finance September 2018

With the progression of the Local Control Funding Formula, the connection of the budget to the Local Control and Accountability Plan, and continuing changes in how we look at separate funding streams, grappling with school district and charter school budgets is more challenging than ever for business administrators—and the entire management team.

This workshop is a “must” for those who face the task of building, analyzing, and monitoring the school district or charter school budget.

Advanced Collective Bargaining Workshop October 2018

Collective bargaining in the post-recession, post-PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act, LCFF/LCAP, and post-Janus decision environment is, if not challenging, complex. In the best of times, there is no guarantee that settlements will come swiftly or that they are sure to align with the financial capability and program goals of the local educational agency (LEA). In difficult times, negotiations are often protracted and ripe with conflict. In the best and worst of times, management negotiators must be knowledgeable and skillful.

Accountability in California--The LCAP and So Much More October 2018

The State Board of Education continues to develop and refine the state’s accountability system. Smarter Balanced Assessments are in their fourth year, the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) has been implemented, and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), built upon the guiding principles of subsidiarity and transparency, continues to be the accountability system’s cornerstone. To be successful under this accountability system, local educational agencies (LEAs) must meaningfully engage with stakeholders in the thoughtful review of student needs and the development of LCAP goals and actions, be transparent regarding the achievement gaps that exist in their schools, and use the resources provided to ensure that the neediest students are receiving increased and improved services.

Hot Topics Workshop - NEW! October 2018

Introducing a new annual workshop to focus on the hottest issues that your district will need to grapple with going into the new year. The SSC Governmental Relations Team and in-the-field experts help you operationalize state and national policy changes that will affect you and your district.

Unraveling the Mystery of School Finance October 2018

Never before have educational leaders in California been provided such an opportunity to leverage our state funding for the programs and services that we value the most at the local level. Most of the categorical programs of the past have been combined into supplemental/concentration grants that can have broad application to support our children with the greatest needs. And, after several years of significant funding increases, today’s decisions are even more critical as revenues are projected to flatten and resources for ongoing programs are likely to become more scarce.

Local Control Funding Formula Workshop November 2018

We are in an environment of continuing change, with the full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and recent developments in our accountability system. In light of regulatory requirements and in concert with our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), how do we ensure that we are appropriately calculating and managing our LCFF revenues, and how does full implementation of the LCFF affect our operations?

Associated Student Body Online

NOTE: As of May 2017 the content of this workshop has been verified as current (we periodically review our online workshops to ensure relevancy and applicability to current requirements and practices).

The number one area for findings in an audit report are those in the area of Associated Student Body (ASB). It is critical that district- and site-level staff receive training in this area on a regular basis to ensure that the district, as well as the employees, are being protected.

This online format will allow school agencies to build capacity within their organizations by expanding the number of employees that receive training who are involved in the handling of ASB funds.

Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations Online

As many districts struggle with time and budget constraints, School Services of California, Inc., (SSC) has made a commitment to provide some of its foundational workshops through various modes of delivery.  SSC hopes to make these workshops more accessible and meet the varying needs of school districts across California. As such, the “Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations” workshop is now available in both a face-to-face format and as an online offering.

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