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/ February 15, 2016 8 EDCALEdCal 8 February 15, 2016 Be inspired, build professional skills at 2016 North State Conference Kevin Bracy brings his passionate and inspirational message on the pursuit of greatness to the multi-region spring event. AB 375 Continued from page 3 12-week differential pay period per maternity/paternity leave. If a school year ends before the 12-week period is exhausted, the employee may take the balance of the 12-week period in the subsequent school year. A bonding leave does not need to be taken in one continuous period. Under California Family Rights Act regulations, the minimum duration of leave is two weeks. However, employers must grant requests for leaves of less than two weeks on two occasions and may grant additional requests for leaves lasting less than two weeks. Any leave taken must be concluded within one year of the birth or placement of the child. Section 44975 states: “To the extent that this sec- Education leaders from throughout California will descend on the Reno area April 29-May 1 for one of ACSA’s largest regional events: the North State Spring Conference. Sponsored by Regions 1-4, the event is open to all school leaders interested in honing their leadership skills. With a theme of “Learn, Collaborate, Inspire,” the program features keynote speakers as well as breakout sessions, covering all the crucial topics facing educators today: Common Core, the Every Student Succeeds Act, LCFF and LCAP, and many more. Like any ACSA event, the North State Spring Conference promises much-needed support, camaraderie and professional skill development. In addition to the learning sessions, networking events and activities are designed to renew and refresh attendees’ commitment to their students and profession. Highlights of the conference include three keynote presentations: “B.R.A.C.E. Yourself to Continue to M.A.D., by author, facilitator and coach Kevin Bracy; “How to Be Smart About Curriculum Development,” by International Center for Leadership Education President Sue Gendron; and Creating R.E.A.L. Culture That Thrives, by author tion conflicts with a provision of a collective bargaining agreement entered into by a public school employer and an exclusive representative before January 1, 2016…this section shall not apply until expiration or renewal of that collective bargaining agreement.” What constitutes a “conflict” is unclear; however, we believe certificated contracts that provide unpaid leave or a different method of calculating pay during bonding leave conflict with the new law and prevail until the contract expires. In cases of conflict, districts must update the language when the agreement expires or is renewed. If the contract is silent, it is unnecessary to update the CBA, since the district is automatically required to comply with the new law. Dannis Woliver Kelley has prepared a detailed list of FAQs and answers related to AB 375. The document is available at http://www.DWKesq.com/FAQ-AB375. and leadership consultant Keith Hawkins. Another highlight of the event is a mini pre-conference focusing on resilience in education. Presenters include ACSA Board member Rob Martinez, assistant superintendent in Fairfield-Suisun USD, who will discuss transformational resilience; and Jacqueline Kearns, principal of the Matt Garcia College and Career Academy, also in Fairfield-Suisun, who will discuss Grit Development. Following, job-alike breakouts will help show attendees how to be resil