July 26, 2017 Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda Item #7 AGREEMENT FOR CONSULTANT SERVICES - THE BREAKTHROUGH COACH: 

For those of you who are not aware- Governor Brown and the California Department of Education not only implemented the LCFF (new education funding law) and Common Core, they made the unilateral decision to model California's public education system after Michael Fullan and the Canadian Model of Education. This philosophy basically states that class sizes and differentiated learning do not matter. What matters is the Staff. The Canadian model places a great deal of emphasis on Professional Development and Staff Training to the exclusion of everything else.

Trustee Hatton- Hodson's business - InnovateEd is partners with Michael Fullan in Systems Leadership Collaborative. The Breakthrough Coach is training Administrators how to remove themselves from the PUBLIC. One Board meeting a month. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants run the school and control access to the Superintendent and the Principals. It places a buffer between District leaders and the Public they are suppose to serve. 

This may explain why not one adult in CUSD was aware of a Toll Road being graded less than 100' from Tesoro High School. Tesoro was in Trustee Hatton-Hodson's area of representation.

This model does not serve the educational interests of students as recent Canadian Court rulings have begun to demonstrate. The latest LCAP data show that this model has resulted in drastic declines in the academic performance of students across all demographics. We need to take back our Public Schools for the future of our children.

LCAP Annual Review - How did CUSD Perform

BLUE CARD - Dawn Urbanek

In August 2015, The Breakthrough Coach arranged a partnership with the District to host two professional development conferences – one two-day workshop and one one-day workshop, specifically for administrators (including site leadership) and individual direct administrative support staff (ie secretaries and/or office managers) teams. Due to overwhelming positive feedback, the District and The Breakthrough Coach entered into another contract in May 2016 to host another two sessions (one two-day and one one-day) in October 2016.

This Contract is for The Breakthrough Coach to provide a two-day management development program for school administrators and their administrative support professionals on Monday & Tuesday, October 23-24, 2017.  The cost is $3,425 out of the General Fund. 

No General Fund Money should be used for Professional Development when a district lacks sufficient funding to provide Art Music and Science to its students.

The Contract is an exchange of goods and services.

The School District agrees to provide: 

  • Conference & parking space capable of accommodating 100 participants for 2 days.
  • 1 Staff member liaison to assist in planning of training.
  • AV Equipment requested 
  • Coffee and water both days

In exchange The Breakthrough Coach will provide complementary program tuitions to CUSD. 

In 2015 CUSD agreed to provide the requested meeting space, liaison, AV equipment and drinks in exchange for complementary tickets. CUSD did not pay for any additional members to attend.

In 2016 CUSD agreed to provide the requested meeting space, liaison, AV equipment and drinks in exchange for complementary tickets. CUSD paid $4,950 for additional members to attend.

In 2017 CUSD agreed to provide the requested meeting space, liaison, AV equipment and drinks in exchange for complementary tickets. CUSD is anticipating spending $3,425 for additional members to attend.

The value of the payment to CUSD is $675 X 4 = $2,700.00

The Break Through Coach will collect $675 from 50 teams = $33,750.00

This appears to be a gifting of Public Assets.

This Agreement was executed on 1/31/17 on behalf of the School District without any statement of who executed this document on behalf of CUSD. 

Why are Trustees being asked to approve this agreement tonight- six months after-the-fact?

Paragraph 5 of the Contract on page 2: EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT


This is how CUSD gets compensated for its "cut" of the profits. 


There is some public feedback that shows that the while the results of this program may be beneficial to Administrators it does not benefit Staff and students to have limited access to their Superintendents and Principals. 

See Below: Gilbert Public Schools had issues with this training and its effect on Gilbert Schools- it made Superintendent and Principals inaccessible to parents and students - they had to do everything through the Secretary or administrative staff.



Date: Tuesday July 25, 2017

To: The Capistrano Unified School District

Re: The Breakthrough Coach


July 26, 2017 BOT Meeting Agenda Item #7 The Breakthrough Coach at page 297 of 661


CONSULTANT will reimburse SCHOOL DISTRICT for any out-of-pocket expenses related to food or materials. SCHOOL DISTRICT will bill CONSULTANT 30 days after completion of training.

Please provide documentation of any expenses that CUSD billed The Breakthrough Coach for in 2015, 2016 and 2017.



A MUST SEE PRESENTATION: https://prezi.com/cvnwnxrdhqhv/copy-of-the-breakthrough-coach-a-district-initiative/


Here is The Breakthrough Coach Calendar: http://www.the-breakthrough-coach.com/pages/calendar.php




Bad Press for Gilbert Public Schools – Coincidental? Maybe Not.


We found unexplained coincidences and confusion in the recent bad national press that Gilbert Public Schools has allowed to fester, so we began to connect some dots among unexplained elements of recent media stories.

Would it surprise you to know that Westie found some interesting correlations among what at first appeared to be unrelated data? Of course not, this is Gilbert Public Schools, where weak leadership at the superintendent and administrator level creates incessant turmoil.

A data point that intrigues us is the way GPS principals have been taught to manage their time with the proprietary coaching program, The Breakthrough Coach. This is fancy stuff! It’s research based.* It costs money! Here’s how the program is advertised, which shows what’s really important in this program:

The Breakthrough Coach (TBC) consulting team works with education leaders to adapt proven business management techniques to the educational environment at both the building and the district level.

TBC’s Management Methodology™ is a research-based program with a track record of:

•Multiplying the time instructional leaders spend in classrooms
•Raising student achievement
Decreasing total work hours

TBC’s Management Methodology™ enables educators to:

•Spend two full days each week observing classroom instruction
•Maintain a sensible workload
Achieve fulfilling professional and personal lives

It’s very important to The BreakThrough CoachBS that principals attend with their secretaries. One of the touted benefits of this program is:

Empower your secretary to run the front office – she’s much better at it than you are

That’s a dirty little secret that the GPS administration doesn’t want you to know. The secretaries (in GPS, they’re called Administrative Assistants) are running the schools. There was training for each element of this program, starting with the need for the secretaries to manage the principal’s calendar. The whole point is to allow principals to spend only 80% of their time running their schools. The priorities are 2 days for supervision of employees (observations, evaluations, etc.) and 2 days for parents (conferences, phone calls, discipline, etc).

What do principals do with that 5th day each week? That day is reserved for meetings at the district and other places. Unless you’re principal Robyn Conrad of Playa del Rey Elementary School; she is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). For the next three years she will serve as director and representative for principals in Zone IX, which covers Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, and Samoa.

Dr. Robyn Conrad also was the biggest proponent for adopting The BreakThrough CoachBS for Gilbert principals and their secretaries. She’s a busy gal. Besides, what could possibly go wrong with secretaries running the schools?

Perhaps the parent who called the television station about bullying felt like she got the brush off when she called the school (as the parent said she did). Maybe the parent called and discovered it wasn’t the principal’s day to meet with parents. Yeah…. you’re right, that’s a bit far-fetched, especially given the school where the bullying allegedly occurred. You have to wonder if such a thing could actually happen.

Wait, it DID happen! At a school where The BreakThrough CoachBS is revered as a consummate management solution! What happened was that a student was referred to the principal on February 7th for bullying in the classroom. On February 18th, the parent emailed the teacher to say that the principal’s secretary had scheduled a meeting on March 4th between the parents, the teacher and the principal. Almost a month sounds like a long wait, doesn’t it? It was, but that’s how the principal’s secretary scheduled this principal’s calendar, using The BreakThrough CoachBS principles. In the meantime, the student who was bullying became the class celebrity as she continued to bully without consequence while the teacher waited for the principal to handle the matter according to district policy.

Do you recognize these delays as the first indicators of impending doom in Sarah’s Story? These events occurred in 2011, but the same conditions exist today. Parents have to make appointments to discuss matters with their children’s principals. Teachers have to make appointments to talk to their principals. The secretary decides who gets on the principal’s calendar and who does not. No one would take these ideas to the level of absurdity, would they? As it turns out, with all those professional, highly educated people working in each and every school in the district, there’s only one person who runs the front office, and therefore, the school. The secretary.

Turns out those delays were a feature, not a bug! Seriously. Malachi Pancoast, President and Founder of The BreakThrough CoachBS actually tweeted these gems of wisdom for principals:

It’s not about doing as you like. It’s about doing what your secretary tells you to do. (Feb 20th 6:05 PM)

Where can you practice saying,”No. I am not going to do that,” today? (Feb 20th 5:02 AM)

 Here are two “success stories” about The BreakThrough CoachBS program that showcase a level of absurdity:

When I arrived at [my school], I found an office filled with junk, and even an old envelope filled with cash from some long-ago fundraiser! I emptied the office (I now have only 2 chairs, a conference table, a bookshelf, and a stand-up desk). I immediately began daily meetings with my secretary and empowered her to manage my calendar. We began using TBC’s recommended accountability log and request forms, and – most important – began regularly scheduling at least 2 coaching days out of the office each week. [Note from Westie: It seems that fundraisers with leftover money lying around the office might happen more often than we thought!]

Steps to Achieve Breakthrough: This story is about how I’ve attempted to be a principal in 40 hours a week, give or take a few hours here and there! … 2. Cleaned my office. 3. Purchased a new filing system. 4. Employed a new secretary… [Secretary] now has her own office away from the interruptions of the reception area. We now have full coverage in that area which allows [Secretary] to focus on her work. [Note from Westie: Fire one office employee and hire two in her place – what a way to achieve breakthrough!]

So, parents of students in Gilbert Public Schools, look at the principal’s office the next time you’re in your child’s school. The BreakThrough CoachBS teaches that principals should have nothing in their offices but a desk and a conference table with some chairs. That’s called “Maintain your office impeccably – there should be nothing to distract from your priorities.” There’s even additional-cost support materials you can order, such as: “Want your colleagues to better understand what you’re now doing in the front office and why?”

Is it any wonder that communications are screwed up in Gilbert Public Schools? Who sat around thinking this up, as Dave Barry would say? (Check the title of Dave Barry’s new book, Insane City. We’re talking here about “Insane School District.” Sounds like a good name for a rock band.)

Honestly, we can’t make things up that are any funnier or more inappropriate than what really happens in Gilbert Public Schools under the guise of educational endeavors led by trained professionals. In the end, educating children comes second to these wonderful features of edu-bureaucracy. We’re waiting for the Powers That Be to tell parents they can’t make an appointment to speak with an educator until the parent masters the vocabulary of edu-speak. Sheesh.

BEWARE: The BreakThrough CoachBS is coming to Phoenix on March 13-14, 2013, and they’re offering special 2-day training sessions for principals and their secretaries:

DAY 1 Administrators attend ONLY. Day 2 Administrators attend with their Secretaries. All support materials included.   Location: Paradise Valley Unified School District. Cost: $565 per team of two.

Memo to the GPS Governing Board: The BreakThrough CoachBS offers training for you, too!

* Big Fat Asterisk: When you hear “research based” in connection with any area of education, whatever it is will cost money. Lots of money. But like spycraft, if GPS told you how much, they’d have to kill you. ;>)



AGENDA DOCUMENTATION -July 26, 2017 BOT Meeting Agenda Item #7





Capistrano Unified School District Trustee Lynn Hatton- Hodson owns a company called InnovateEd along with her partner Jay Westover.


web site: http://innovateed.com/ 

InnovateEd is in a partnership called LCAPca with ACSA (the Association of California School Administrators) and Progress Advisors.

web site: http://www.lcapca.com/expert-help.cfm

InnovateEd is also part of Systems Leadership Collaborative. http://innovateed.com/systems-leadership-collaborative/


Systems Leadership Collaborative, is led by ACSA, Fullan, InnovateEd, The Flippen Group, and Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost. The Collaborative was designed to help 15 districts from around the state successfully implement their LCAP.


Trustee Hatton-Hodson failed to disclose her business interests in InnovateED, LCAPca and Systems Leadership Collaborative on her form 700. A complaint has been filed with the District Attorney for Conflict of Interest, and a complaint has been filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission for failure to disclose her business interests.

Letter to DA: http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-28-2016-letter-to-da-tony.html

Fair Political Practices Complaint: http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/09/fair-political-practices-complaint.html

InnovateEd has grown from a company doing less than $1 million in business to a $2.4 million dollar company because of Trustee Hatton-Hodson's partnerships with LCAPca, Systems Leadership Collaborative and the EdTech companies they have relationships with.

On August 30, 2016 the Capistrano Unified School District held a Special Board meeting to discuss potential conflict of interest charges alleged against Trustee Hatton-Hodson based on a $10,000.00 payment to ACSA/Foundation for Education for membership in Systems Leadership Collaborative. 

The Board Agenda can be seen at this link:  http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1455438848279/7729939247661584722.pdf

The Board Audio can be heard at the following link: http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17.html

As a Trustee, Lynn Hatton-Hodson makes decisions on curriculum and technology spending for the Capistrano Unified School District. The fact that these business relationships were not disclosed call into question some of CUSD's decisions regarding curriculum, and technology spending.