Negotiations Seminar

2021 Virtual Negotiations Seminar

The 2021 Negotiations Seminar will be held virtually on February 4-5.

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Negotiations Basics + Preparation & Strategy
Friday, February 5
9-10:45 a.m.
These sessions are primers geared for first-time negotiators or those looking for a refresher. Registration for this session is included in the full Negotiations Seminar fee.

Negotiations Seminar
Friday, February 5
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration for this session is included in the full Negotiations Seminar fee.

  • 11:00 a.m.      State Budget Update
  • 11:30              2021 Legislative Update
  • 12:15 p.m.      Lunch on your own
  • 1:00                Compensating Staff Above and Beyond the Negotiated Agreement
  • 1:45                Federal New Administration Update
  • 2:30                Break
  • 2:45                New Negotiations Timeline – What Happens if SB 2215 Passes?
  • 3:30                Experienced Negotiator Panel: Negotiation Scenarios
  • 4:30                Adjourn



Refresher on Certified Staff Contracts
Thursday, February 4 ($55/$80)
8:30 – 10 a.m.
This session will start with an overview of certified staff contracts, including common provisions and considerations.  The session will then cover special circumstances that arise with contracts, such as interim contracts, partial-year contracts, leaves of absence and the like. Presented by Amy De Kok, NDSBA Legal Counsel.

Overview of Employee Leave Considerations
Thursday, February 4 ($55/$80)
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This session will cover the various types of employee leave in the K-12 setting, including employer-provided paid leave as well as job-protected leave provided by federal and state law.  There will also be a practical discussion on how to address leave issues as they arise. Presented by KrisAnn Norby-Jahner and Seth Thompson, Vogel Law Firm.

Teacher Nonrenewal
Thursday, February 4 ($105/$130)
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Amy De Kok, NDSBA Legal Counsel. This session will walk participants through teacher nonrenewal procedures and touch on the discharge process. Participants will receive a copy of NDSBA’s Nonrenewal, Resignation, and Discharge Handbook. The presentation will include:

  • Evaluation of licensed personnel
  • Nonrenewal procedures
  • Performance nonrenewals
  • First-year teacher nonrenewals
  • RIF nonrenewals
  • Resignation and contract breach
  • Pros and cons of including extracurricular assignments in contract

The 2020 Negotiations Seminar was held on February 6-7, 2020 in Bismarck, ND.

View presentations and handouts from the 2020 Negotiations Seminar here.


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