Training Topics

SEAC provides staff development, workshops, and training sessions for districts upon request. These trainings are tailored in focus, length, and location to meet district needs. The following is a list of common topics requested by district. Districts are encouraged to contact SEAC if they seek additional training topics not listed. SEAC presenters are experienced, respected experts in their fields.  Contact Olivia Mata, Executive Assistant, for more information.


  • Advocacy Campaigns
  • Best Practices of School District Negotiators
  • Board-Superintendent Functions
  • Brown Act
  • Collective Bargaining for School Boards
  • Communications
  • Coordinated Planning for Collective Bargaining
  • Interest Based Bargaining Steps and Techniques
  • Impasse Procedures
  • Issues Management
  • Planning for Negotiations
  • Preparing for Negotiations
  • Problem Solving 101
  • Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Serving on the Board of Education
  • Strengthening Employer-Employee Relationships

Strengthening Employer-Employee Relations

This two-hour workshop provides an outline of key considerations for district administrators in addressing the multitude of problems faced in daily school district life. Too often hasty, reactive solutions create more and greater problems. This training offers a “checklist” to guide administrators through effective problem solving, and provides time to apply the approach.

Districts must rely on a wide variety of people and positions to help students learn and thrive. So… they must all work together to ensure student success. This workshop helps district and school leaders identify strategies to build positive working relationships and instill a climate of trust, respect, and collaboration. Build to meet district needs, this training can approach employer-employee relations from a broad perspective, narrow to the collective bargaining arena, or provide a combination.


Team Building

This workshop provides opportunity for participants to explore team dynamics and to gain understanding of team member perspectives. This can help solidify a team – the Board of Education, Cabinet, an Administration Team, or a Negotiation Team among other groups. Tailored to meet the team interests and needs, this can be offered in 2 hours or become a 6-hour workshop.


Ten Union Tactics and Responses

This is a 2-hour interactive workshop that allows the participants to analyze and plan for difficult situations at the negotiating table. The SEAC Philosophy is to be proactive and supportive of positive employer-employee relations regardless of the situation or the approach taken by the other parties.