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Tuesday, January 25
 

7:30am PST

New Superintendents' Workshop
Use the link below to see the full schedule for the New Superintendents' Workshop.

https://2022acsanewsuptsworkshop.sched.com/


Tuesday January 25, 2022 7:30am - 5:00pm PST
Hibiscus

12:00pm PST

Registration
Tuesday January 25, 2022 12:00pm - 5:00pm PST
East Foyer (Conference Center)

5:00pm PST

Welcome Reception
Tuesday January 25, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST
Verbena Terrace (Hotel)
 
Wednesday, January 26
 

7:00am PST

Superintendency Council Meeting
Wednesday January 26, 2022 7:00am - 10:45am PST
Grand Salon ABC (Hotel)

7:00am PST

New Superintendents' Workshop
Use the link below to see the full schedule for the New Superintendents' Workshop.

https://2022acsanewsuptsworkshop.sched.com/

Wednesday January 26, 2022 7:00am - 11:45am PST
Hibiscus

7:00am PST

Registration & Information
Wednesday January 26, 2022 7:00am - 5:00pm PST
East Foyer (Conference Center)

9:00am PST

Exhibit Hall Open
Wednesday January 26, 2022 9:00am - 5:00pm PST
Indian Wells MNOP (Conference Center)

11:00am PST

Partner AIG - Retirement Pathfinder
Retirement Pathfinder is an interactive retirement income planning tool that can help you see your retirement plan like you’ve never seen it before. It is designed to dynamically build your retirement plan while working one-on-one with your financial professional. Retirement Pathfinder can illustrate numerous retirement scenarios and can identify potential retirement pitfalls. In just minutes, by entering a few details you can start generating the answers you may need to determine where you stand, and where you might need to make changes. This can provide clarity about your progress, choices for creating adequate retirement income and confidence in your plan.

Speakers
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Keith A. Poch

Regional Vice President, AIG
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Gary A Hersch, CFP®

Senior District Vice President South Coast District, AIG


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Desert Vista A (Conference Center)

11:00am PST

Partner AP Keenan - Bent, but not Broken; Emerging from COVID more resilient, creative and hopeful
Over the past 18 months, COVID has consumed our lives and taken us out of our comfort zone.  Yet, we have learned to adapt, learned new technology and new ways of delivering services.  This session will look how COVID has affected our resilience, our creativity and comfort levels.  You will learn positive, uplifting strategies to focus on, so we don't come out of the pandemic the way we came into the pandemic.  We are bent, but not broken.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Espinoza

Kathy Espinoza

Assistant Vice President, Ergonomics and Safety, AP Keenan
Kathy Espinoza is a board certified Professional Ergonomist with dual master’s degrees; one in Work Science/Physiology and the other in Business Administration. She has worked at Keenan for over 15 years, providing ergonomic assessments and injury prevention training to healthcare... Read More →



Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Gardenia B

11:00am PST

Partner Blackboard - Six Ways to Fund Your Stakeholder Engagement Efforts
The pandemic has made many things about education infinitely more difficult from supporting student success and retaining high-quality staff, to providing mental health support and connecting with stakeholders. Even on a good day, superintendents can be challenged to find the funding to address these key needs. However, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) provides for 15 allowabilities – that’s 15 different ways you can support students, staff and families through the use of these specially designated pandemic-related funds.

Speakers
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Lesley Bruinton, APR

Executive Vice President, Nichols Strategies


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Grand Salon DE (Hotel)

11:00am PST

Partner Capturing Kids' Hearts - The Foundation for Social Emotional Learning
Many of our students today carry unreasonable expectations, stress from home, trauma, loneliness, not to mention the deep impact that COVID-19 and social unrest have had on all of us. We know, and the research proves, the weight of these things are greatly impeding educational progress. There has never been a more critical time for Leadership to focus on Social Emotional Learning and the needs of our students and staff. We believe, “if you have a child’s heart, you have a child’s mind.” If teachers create a relational connection to students, or “Capture Kids’ Hearts®,” performance accelerates, and behaviors greatly improve because kids want to be in school. The same can be said of leadership and all staff who face challenges. When school culture is built on relationships that tend to social-emotional needs, it is proven that campuses, districts, and entire communities can be transformed.

Speakers
avatar for Vern Hazard

Vern Hazard

Senior Vice President, Solutions, Capturing Kids' Hearts


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Grand Salon FGH (Hotel)

11:00am PST

Partner ETS - Assessments in a Covid World
As districts deal with a combination of in-person and distance learning,interim assessments, ELPAC, and SBAC assessments are changing. We will discuss how these assessments can be used both remotely and in-person. The discussion will also include how interims can be used to guide instruction. Finally, the presenter will provide an update on how ETS is redesigning the methods in which we assist districts in completing state requirements.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Martin

Bob Martin

Director of Programs, ETS


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Grand Salon ABC (Hotel)

11:00am PST

Partner Forecast 5 Analytics - What is your data telling you on where you are now and where you are going
As the first half of the school year comes to a close, data and analytics are central to any district communicating to all stakeholder, where are we now and where are we going for the remainder of the school year. Learn how district leadership teams have used analytics to related to chronic absenteeism, course grades and suspensions, to communicate student performance this school year. See how districts are using Early Warning Indicators to proactively mobilize resources to support all students.

Speakers
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Dave Cash

Business Development Executive, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.
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Josh Rader

Sales Director, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Gardenia A

11:00am PST

Partner Hazel Health - Robla School District’s Integrated Health Strategy: A Model for Equitable Student Wellness
Robla School District partnered with school-based mental and physical telehealth provider, Hazel Health, to quickly address critical social and emotional needs of students during the pandemic. Hear from Robla School District Superintendent, Ruben Reyes, and Hazel Health CEO, Josh Golomb, about how this partnership delivered expanded health services district-wide.

Speakers
avatar for Ruben Reyes

Ruben Reyes

Superintendent, Robla SD
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Josh Golomb

CEO, Hazel Health


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Desert Vista B (Conference Center)

11:00am PST

Partner IQair - AIR POLLUTION The Impact on Student Health and Achievement
Every year, 7 million people die from air pollution. 600,000 of these deaths are children. IQAirand The IQAir Foundation are working to change this by bringing clean air to more than 1 million children. We operate the world’s largest real-time air quality platform –and we’re passionate about providing practical solutions for safe, healthy homes, workplaces, and schools.

Speakers
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Dr. Shannon Soto

Chief Business Officer, Compton USD
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Dr. Irella Perez

Community Outreach Specialist, IQAir Foundation
avatar for Nancy Dinella

Nancy Dinella

Community Outreach Director, IQAir Foundation
Nancy Dinella serves as the Community Outreach Director for the IQAir Foundation, which partners with community groups, environmental justice groups to bring high efficiency air filtration and air quality monitoring to schools in highly polluted areas.In her leisure time, Nancy... Read More →



Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Desert Vista D (Conference Center)

11:00am PST

Partner Navigate360 - Addressing the Rise in Challenging Student Behaviors
Reports of challenging student behaviors have significantly increased this school year. The reasons for these behaviors can range from the impacts of COVID-19 – isolation, depression, anxiety and aggression – to bullying, cyberbullying, substance abuse and lack of coping skills.The ability to identify and manage the mental health needs of students must be a top priority as we move forward. With limited staff, limited resources and the unknown of just how many students will require support, however, the idea of connecting the dots related to concerning student behavior can seem overwhelming or feel impossible.This session will address how multidisciplinary teams can identify, address and manage threats of harm to self and others within their schools.

Speakers
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Thom Jones

Senior Vice President, Threat Detection & Prevention, Navigate360


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Desert Vista E (Conference Center)

11:00am PST

Partner Thought Exchange - The Power of Scaling Conversations
Most educational leaders agree that in order to embrace decisions, constituents need to see themselves represented in the process by which those decisions are made. Few leaders however have mastered this discipline. Some are terrified to even try. Asking for input takes courage. But what's worse - hearing what everyone thinks, or hearing only from a few who claim to represent everyone? In this session, you’ll hear from district leaders as they discuss the logistics, fears, challenges and opportunities of scaling conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Krenz

Andy Krenz

Director of Education Operations, ThoughtExchange
Building widespread stakeholder ownership of your district initiatives, and building community trust in the the district administration.
avatar for Gorden Amerson

Gorden Amerson

Superintendent, Duarte USD
avatar for Leisa Winston

Leisa Winston

Superintendent, Huntington Beach City SD
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Marc Patterson

Superintendent, East Whittier City SD


Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Exhibit Hall Theatre

11:45am PST

Exhibitor Lunch
Box lunches available for exhibitors, sponsors and partners.

Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:45am - 12:45pm PST
Indian Wells MNOP (Conference Center)

11:45am PST

Networking Lunch
Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:45am - 12:45pm PST
Grove

1:00pm PST

General Session and Keynote Presentation - Sean Covey
4 Disciplines for Educators: Aligning goal achievement systems for your district
It’s one thing to set a goal.

It’s another thing to achieve it.

Join 4 Disciplines of Execution bestselling author and FranklinCovey Education President Sean Covey as he shares the simple formula for educators and administrators to make a real difference in the lives of their students. Tested, refined, and proven by thousands of schools and districts around the world, the 4 Disciplines enables classroom teachers, school principals, and district superintendents to achieve their highest priorities.

Wednesday January 26, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
Indian Wells IJKL (Conference Center)

2:00pm PST

3:00pm PST

Break
Wednesday January 26, 2022 3:00pm - 3:30pm PST
Indian Wells MNOP (Conference Center)

3:30pm PST

Explore How ST Math Creates Meaningful Learning in Any Context
Are your students developing mathematical understanding at a deep conceptual level? Whether your students have returned to the classroom, are distance learning, or some combination of both—we know many students are behind, and their needs are more varied than ever. Learning models need to incorporate instructional resources that are flexible, accessible, and can differentiate learning to allow students to succeed on grade-level content, regardless of where they start.
 
Join us to explore how ST Math enables meaningful math learning that meets the individual needs of students in any environment. Let's discuss how to facilitate effective math discourse both in the classroom and remotely.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Sbar

Eric Sbar

Regional VP, Partnerships, MIND Research Institute


Wednesday January 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm PST
Exhibit Hall Theatre

3:30pm PST

Effective Practices for Utilizing State and Federal Funds on Staffing Needs
Speakers
LA

Leilani Aguinaldo

School Services of California
DC

Danyel Conolley

School Services of California


Wednesday January 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:45pm PST
Grand Salon FGH (Hotel)

3:30pm PST

3:30pm PST

Managing Public Debate in an Age of Political Divide
The current era of political division have placed school boards and superintendents in the middle of polarized public debate. This session is focused on the lessons three experienced superintendents from different areas of the State have learned to help address the challenges districts face from issues such as Critical Race Theory, required face masks and COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Bowers

Kelly Bowers

Superintendent, Livermore Valley Jt. USD
avatar for Ron Carruth

Ron Carruth

Superintendent, El Dorado Union High School District


Wednesday January 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:45pm PST
Gardenia AB

3:30pm PST

Superintendent Contracts
Each year, the ACSA Member Assistance & Legal Support Team reviews approximately 100 Superintendent contracts. Some of these reviews are for new Superintendents who ask us to review their “proposed” contract, while other reviews are requested by experienced Superintendents who may simply be moving to another Superintendent’s position or seeking to revise their existing contract. In the course of conducting these reviews, the Advocates often find language that is problematic at best and potentially disastrous at worst. We, as Advocates, then send recommendations to the Superintendent for his/her consideration coupled with replacement language when appropriate. Our goal is always to provide each and every Superintendent with recommended contract language that provides the Superintendent with appropriate protections to which they are entitled. In addition, The Advocates will also share common issues for which Superintendents often call the MALST team for advice, including Board/Superintendent Relations and, when necessary, how to maneuver through a settlement agreement.

Speakers
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Janet Morey

Member Assistance Team, ACSA
avatar for Lloyd Wamhof

Lloyd Wamhof

Member Assistance & Legal Support Team, ACSA
avatar for John Almond

John Almond

Member Assistance & Legal Support Team, ACSA
I am a retired superintendent from Northern California, and I have been working for ACSA for the past eight years as an Advocate for The Member Assistance and Legal Support Team.
avatar for Gary Rutherford

Gary Rutherford

Member Assistance Team, ACSA


Wednesday January 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:45pm PST
Grand Salon ABC (Hotel)

3:30pm PST

The Uncivil Debate: Communication in an Era of Outrage
For two years, public schools have been trying to navigate through a “Perfect Storm” of controversies, catastrophes, and critical situations. Pandemic pandemonium, Critical Race Theory, natural disasters, mean-spirited politics, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion), unlevel economic playing fields, declining enrollment, workforce turnover, sexual harassment and abuse, homelessness, immigration, learning loss, and parental choice. Public schools have become the battleground for an increasingly uncivil debate as these issues collide. In this session, veteran communicator Tom DeLapp will share his views about where we are and where we are headed when it comes to public engagement in education. He will also lead a collaborative discussion about practices, pitfalls, and possibilities for isolating and containing the negativity virus in our schools. Presenter: Tom DeLapp and Stephen Nichols

Speakers
avatar for Tom DeLapp

Tom DeLapp

Communications Resources for Schools
A veteran of the communications industry with over 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Tom DeLapp draws on a wealth of expertise and a national reputation as one of the premier school public relations professionals in the country. Mr. DeLapp is a highly... Read More →


Wednesday January 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:45pm PST
Grand Salon DE (Hotel)

3:30pm PST

What’s New with the Legislature, CDE, Governor’s Office, and WASC
Dr. Edgar Zazueta, ACSA Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations, Dr. Greg Franklin, Superintendent of Tustin Unified School District and Dr. Barry Groves, President of The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, will present a policy and legislative update from the perspective of ACSA, the Superintendent, and WASC.  Topics included are the Governor’s Budget; Proposed Legislative Policy; and the new streamlined in-person, hybrid and vitual WASC accreditation options.

Speakers
avatar for Edgar Zazueta

Edgar Zazueta

Sr. Director, Governmental Relations, ACSA
avatar for Dr. Barry Groves

Dr. Barry Groves

President, Western Association of Schools and Colleges
I am in my fourth year in my current role. I have also worked at ACSA and for 23 years as Superintendent in Santa Clara County.
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Dr. Greg Franklin

Superintendent, Tustin Unified School District


Wednesday January 26, 2022 3:30pm - 4:45pm PST
Desert Vista B (Conference Center)

5:00pm PST

Dinner in the Desert
Wednesday January 26, 2022 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
Front Drive
 
Thursday, January 27
 

7:00am PST

7:00am PST

8:30am PST

9:15am PST

Fireside Chat with LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Speakers
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Naj Alikhan

Communications Senior Director, ACSA
Director of Communications, ACSA
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Alberto Carvalho

Superintendent, LAUSD


Thursday January 27, 2022 9:15am - 9:45am PST
Indian Wells IJKL (Conference Center)

9:45am PST

Coffee Break
Thursday January 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:00am PST
Indian Wells MNOP (Conference Center)

10:00am PST

10:00am PST

Learn How to Set Up a Consulting Practice & Don't Wait Till You Retire
As Superintendents approach retirement, many reflect on how to continue to add value in the world of education.  You still wish to stay connected and want to discover your niche as a consultant yet COVID has changed how we interact with districts.  Dr. Gabe Soumakian, Retired Superintendent will share his research and experience for the multiple options you may wish to consider.  Learn how to set up your own Fictitious Business Name, Small Business license, and take advantage of all the hidden tax laws while networking in the education space.  Better understanding your STRS options before you retire and maximizing any Social Security benefits you may be entitled to. The CA Independent Contractors AB5 law and the ABC test will guide you as to the benefits of NOT being classified as an employee. More importantly, don't wait till you retire to set up your consulting business practice.

Speakers
avatar for Gabe Soumakian

Gabe Soumakian

Retired Superintendent, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group
As a retired school superintendent, I have been fortunate to set up a consulting business practice and learned how to take advantage of the benefits to reduce tax liability and shelter funds for an additional retirement income stream. See you on Thursday at 10 am. Bring a friend with... Read More →


Thursday January 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Desert Vista A (Conference Center)

10:00am PST

Navigating Natural Disasters
This session is designed to give Superintendents the tools and strategies needed to successfully overcome and navigate a Fire, Debris Flow and the COVID-19 Pandemic. This session promises to decode the secrets to building a successful team committed to ensuring the success of every student despite the obstacle.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Alzina

Amy Alzina

Superintendent, Cold Spring ESD
Dr. Alzina started her career at the Santa Barbara Community Academy within the Santa Barbara School District in 1999 teaching physical education, kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade before becoming their principal. Dr. Alzina served as the school's principal for three years... Read More →
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Rich Malfatti

Retired Superintendent and ACSA Small School District Committee Executive, ACSA
As a retired superintendent in Region 13's tri-counties, I have worked with over 45 school districts and thousands of ACSA members. I have could, promoted and supported these ACSA members since 2004. Putting the right people on the bus in the right seats on the bus to ensure all students... Read More →



Thursday January 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Gardenia A

10:00am PST

Preparing for Your Next Move
This interactive discussion will focus on preparing you for your next job.  Learn those strategies that will allow you to successfully navigate your way through the entire application, interview and selection process.  While most superintendent candidates possess the required educational background and experiences for the position, there is much you can do to separate yourself from the competition by understanding those strategies that will give you a real edge, and ultimately being selected by the Board as their next superintendent.
This session will be a unique opportunity to learn from experienced search Leadership Associates partners David Verdugo and Sandy Sanchez Thorstenson on ways to enhance your capacity to achieve the right position and realize your career goals.  Dennis Smith, Managing Search Partner, will be the moderator of the session.  Some of the key topics that will be discussed are:
•       Preparing yourself for your next professional opportunity
•       What Boards are looking for and how to stand out
•       Communicating with your Board
•       Working with the search consultant
•       Background checks and what to expect
•       Practical interview tips - avoiding pitfalls
•       Negotiating your contract
•       Exit strategies

Moderators
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Dennis Smith

Retired Superintendent

Speakers
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Sandy Sanchez Thorstenson

Retired Superintendent
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David Verdugo

Retired Superintendent


Thursday January 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Grand Salon DE (Hotel)

10:00am PST

Reputation Management - How to Maintain, Protect, Boost, or Repair Your Online Presence
Let’s face it, Superintendents take “hits” on social media. This workshop will provide proven strategies to curate and protect your professional reputation from the nameless, faceless online trolls and their potentially harmful effects on your career and your wellbeing.

1. Curate your online professional brand as a Superintendent

2. Create a simple digital footprint on the best social media platforms

3. Craft content to pop to "page one" of any search about your name


Learning these reputation marketing techniques will place the power over your image back where it belongs – in your hands.



Co-Presenters: Dr. Kelly Bowers, Superintendent, Livermore Valley Jt. USD

Deborah Frye, Founder of ReputationSimple®

Speakers
avatar for Greg Rolen

Greg Rolen

Partner, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
Mr. Rolen is a member of the Public Entity, Employment & Labor, Transportation Law and Appellate Practice Groups. His vast knowledge of public entity litigation in particular has provided him with not only the legal, but also the governance, political and public relations experience... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Frye

Deborah Frye

Queen of Awesome, ReputationSimple
ReputationSimple® was founded in 2011 by Deborah Frye, Founder and Queen of Awesome; a technology, marketing, revenue enhancement and public relations expert. The business was inspired by Deborah’s experience marketing her own previous businesses. Reputation Simple was among the first to understand the current and stark reality tha... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Bowers

Kelly Bowers

Superintendent, Livermore Valley Jt. USD


Thursday January 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Grand Salon ABC (Hotel)

10:00am PST

Virtual Academies
The health and safety challenges of the last two years are an opportunity to expand instructional options for families and students by offering online and virtual learning. This session is focused on the lessons, challenges, and insights from an elementary school district that opened a Virtual Academy this school year. The session will cover aspects of the planning involved, as well as the instructional design and best practices utilized.

Speakers
avatar for Rebeca Andrade, EdD

Rebeca Andrade, EdD

Superintendent, Salinas City Elementary School District
Dr. Rebeca Andrade has 23 years of public school experience, ranging from classroom teaching to central office administration. Her service also includes early education and expanded learning, two systems that provide a human developmental and social emotional focus in grades PreK-8... Read More →


Thursday January 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Desert Vista B (Conference Center)

10:00am PST

Working with Families for Student Success
Speakers
avatar for Lea Darrah

Lea Darrah

Director of Legislation and Board Member, California State PTA
I am the Director of Legislation and the former VP for Education for the Ca State PTA   I have served in various PTA leadership roles for 20+ years. Last term, I experienced the Pandemic with you as a parent of a high school student, a school board trustee and as a PTA board officer. I... Read More →
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Carol Green

President, California State PTA


Thursday January 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Gardenia B

11:00am PST

Retiree Reception
Thursday January 27, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Verde Vista Terrace (Conference Center)

11:15am PST

Partner AALRR - AB 438: Understanding the Sweeping Changes to the Classified Layoff Process
On October 7, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 438 into law. Effective January 1, 2022, AB 438 will dramatically change how both school districts and community college districts will conduct classified layoffs and extend greater protections to classified employees. This session will provide an overview of AB 438 and its implications for school districts.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Diedrich

Bill Diedrich

Partner, AALRR
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo Bill Diedrich, a partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo’s Riverside and San Diego offices, focuses his practice on representing school districts, community college districts, and other public agencies in all aspects of labor and employment... Read More →


Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Exhibit Hall Theatre

11:15am PST

Partner Engage2Learn - Cultivating Culture in the Context of COVID: 3 Tactics to Save your Teachers...and Yourself
We are facing unprecedented times in public education. In addition to navigating the current pandemic landscape, leaders are being tasked to create and deliver solutions that will both reduce teacher stress and accelerate learning for all students. How can this be done effectively and - maybe more importantly - sustainably? Research shows that teachers have 2 to 3 times the effect on student achievement than any other school factor. With a mass exodus of teachers occurring through early retirement and resignations, increasing teacher support and capacity must be elevated to priority status This session will demonstrate how to provide intentionally designed support and increase teacher capacity and effectiveness, no matter the level of experience, through specific, scalable strategies that will lead to improved outcomes for students and reduce strain on both teachers and leaders by shifting the overall culture.

Speakers
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Dawson Orr, Ph.D.

Retired Superintendent (Highland Park ISD), Professor of Ed Policy & Leadership/Southern Methodist Univ, Engage2Learn
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Kenzie Bond Ed.D.

K12 Education Strategist, Engage2Learn



Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Gardenia A

11:15am PST

Partner Equitable Advisors - Are you on track for Retirement?
Are you on track to retire? At Equitable Advisors, our team can help you answer that question and assist you in taking steps now to make sure you're ready to lead the retirement life you want! Whether you're a brand new educator or more experienced, we're here to help!

Speakers
avatar for Equitable Advisors

Equitable Advisors

Managing Partner, Pacific Coast Wealth
A financial consultant since 2003 Evan works with individuals, public schools, non-profits, and businesses in areas of wealth management, retirement planning and riskmanagement. His work extends to the area of pension maximization and retirement income distribution.Dedicated to helping... Read More →


Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Gardenia B

11:15am PST

Partner Fagen Friedman and Fulfrost - Are Board Members in Your Lane?
Board members are expected to have their ears to the community, so they can be the voice of the public when setting direction, goals and policy. Superintendents, what strategies have you put in place so the Board can do this important work? In this brief session, a seasoned superintendent and a former board president offer some practical steps to build a process and plan to help your Board execute a thoughtful, productive and meaningful community engagement plan that supports the superintendent and staff's important work and builds community understanding and confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Lyon

Sandy Lyon

Next Level Client Services Consultant, Fagen Friedman Fulfrost LLP



Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Grand Salon ABC (Hotel)

11:15am PST

Partner FranklinCovey Education: Leader in Me - Social-Emotional Leadership
A reflective session designed to assist superintendents with developing social-emotional leadership within their district and site leadership teams.  Participants will leave this empowering session with a clear vision of their best next steps to model and create a social-emotional leadership culture that attracts and retains the highest talent in classified, confidential, certificated, and administrative/management positions.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Lackey

Lori Lackey

Superintendent, Valley Life Charter
Founding Superintendent Valley Life Charter School. Focus on Leadership and Visual and Performing Arts since 2011.Leader in Me Lighthouse SchoolWASC accredited Doctoral student at Grand Canyon University Organizational Leadership K12 Dissertation Topic: The impact of social emotional... Read More →
avatar for Franklin Covey

Franklin Covey

FranklinCovey Education


Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Grand Salon DE (Hotel)

11:15am PST

Partner Horace Mann - Big change=Big Opportunity: How to act now to take advantage of the recent changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness
During this session, you'll learn how we can help you and your staff take advantage of recently announced limited‐time changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Now through Oct. 31, 2022 any prior student loan payments made while working full time for a qualifying employer will count as a qualifying PSLF payment, regardless of loan type, repayment plan, or whether the payment was made in full or on time. Find out how you and your staff can qualify, plus how to implement a program to improve recruitment and retention.

Speakers
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Tim Mazza

Agency Consultant, Horace Mann



Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Desert Vista A (Conference Center)

11:15am PST

Partner Newsela - Curriculum and Instruction that Cultivate Belonging
As school districts across California seek to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the classrooms, curricular and pedagogical choices offer opportunities to take this work a step further with an eye toward cultivating belonging. Join Newsela along with a partner district to explore how district-promoted instructional materials and practices can help teachers foster classroom communities that encourage belonging and support collaborative learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tres Tyvand

Tres Tyvand

Enterprise Account Executive - California, Newsela
Cooking! Tell me something you love to cook or any fun kitchen experiments you've tried lately!
avatar for Brian Veprek

Brian Veprek

Strategic Solutions Architect, Newsela
Brian Veprek is a Curricular Solutions Architect at Newsela, where he collaborates with school districts across the country to surface and address the unique needs of their students and teachers. He is a former professional learning consultant and coach as well as a former teacher... Read More →



Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Desert Vista B (Conference Center)

11:15am PST

Partner NWEA - Knocking down the Fence - Data Systems, Practices and Strategies to Close Equity Gaps
School superintendents are a vital part of a district's community. You are in charge of overseeing student growth and achievement along with the day to day operations and long term planning of the school district and associated organizations. The impact collaborative data analysis has on student achievement and teacher practice reveal how integrating formative and summative assessments, collecting and analyzing data, and collaborating as teams, expands teacher understanding of data-driven decision making and leads to improved teaching practices. Administrative support for data-driven instruction is crucial. In your role as a superintendent and leader, you are tasked with building capacity in transforming the conversation around data that hone in on specific gaps in student learning.  This  presentation and discussion will emphasize the use of data to ensure that we identify and close the equity gap with a focus on the skills most affected by gaps in equity, as well as reporting tools that can help you discover skill gaps, disseminate student data, and provide student support in all schools and programs.


Speakers
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Kathleen Daugherty

Retired Superintendent, Newcastle ESD


Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Desert Vista D (Conference Center)

11:15am PST

Partner SitelogIQ - Creating Equitable Learning Environments
This session highlights transformational leadership at the highest levels discussing, how highly effective districts create the right conditions for prioritizing and delivering equitable learning environments. Interactive, inspiring and informative, you don’t want to miss this one. Featuring two of the U.S.’s most respected education thought leaders and practitioners, this session will capture and inspire participants from start to finish. Key highlight: Equity is not enough, we need to produce equitable outcomes. Join us on this journey to find out how this work is being done in the midst of what some consider the most challenging time in Education’s history.

Speakers
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Yolanda Valdez

Superintendent, Cutler-Orosi JUSD
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Dr, Stephen Peters

President, The Peters Group
Dr. Stephen Peters has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education, and superintendent during his 37+ year career. Most of his experiences have been in schools that made significant growth in short periods of time, resulting in both National... Read More →



Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Desert Vista E (Conference Center)

11:15am PST

Partner STEAM on Demand - LACOE Innovative Practices in Mental Health Services
Innovative ways LACOE has used funds to support staff and student mental health services. Federal and State funds in COE have been provided and require new innovative practices in Mental Health Services.

Speakers
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Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.

Superintendent, LA County Office of Education
Debra Duardo was appointed Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors effective May 15, 2016, designating her as the top education leader of the nation’s most populous and diverse county.Previously executive director of Student Health... Read More →


Thursday January 27, 2022 11:15am - 12:00pm PST
Grand Salon FGH (Hotel)

12:00pm PST

Retirement Luncheon
Thursday January 27, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Grove

1:30pm PST

Coffee Break
Thursday January 27, 2022 1:30pm - 2:00pm PST
Indian Wells MNOP (Conference Center)

2:00pm PST

CANCELLED: Communications Conundrum: Managing Misinformation and Social Media Madness
The growing trend to use social media to spread misinformation intended to blur the lines between facts and opinions, and compromise confidence in leadership can been seen across all areas of government, including our school districts.  This workshop will share strategies and practical tips for managing the increasingly complicated world of communication with a goal of building trust in the district’s voice and information.  Parvin Ahmadi, Superintendent Castro Valley USD and Terilyn Finders, Director of Communications, F3 Law.

Speakers
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Terilyn Finders

Former Board President, Las Virgenes USD; Director of Communications, F3 Law, F3 Law
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Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent, Castro Valley USD
I am a life-long learner and always eager to explore ideas and learn from others. I am a fierce advocate for equity and firmly believe that it through our collective effort to tackle systemic racism to ensure each and every student has access to the highest quality education.


Thursday January 27, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Grand Salon DE (Hotel)

2:00pm PST

Creating Safe Space for LGBTQ+ Students & Staff
In 2012, the FAIR Education Act amended the Education Code by mandating that
California schools include the contributions of the LGBT community in the curriculum.
Superintendents will share how they have successfully made progress towards ensuring
the FAIR Education Act is making its way from policy to practice. They will also provide
information and strategies on how to develop a culture in your district that is supportive
of LGBT students, staff, and families. Presenters Julie A. Vitale, Lark Doolan, Jason Peplinkski, Luis Ibarra and moderator Howard
Fulfrost

Moderators
Speakers
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Julie Vitale

Superintendent, Oceanside USD
Julie A. Vitale, Ph.D. serves as the Superintendent of the Oceanside Unified School District.  Dr. Vitale has held the positions of assistant superintendent, director, high school principal, coordinator, assistant principal, and teacher.  Dr. Vitale earned her Ph.D. in Urban Educational... Read More →
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Dr. Jason Peplinski

Superintendent, Simi Valley Unified School District
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Dr. Kelli Hays

Superintendent, Moorpark USD


Thursday January 27, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Grand Salon ABC (Hotel)

2:00pm PST

Focus Groups - New ACSA Executive Director
Speakers
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Jim Negri

Associate, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
HYA Associates Jim Negri and Carmella Franco are conducting the search for the new ACSA Executive Director and will be holding focus groups during the Superintendents' Symposium.  If you wish more information, please contact Jim at 650.996.9173 or jimnegri@hyasearch.com.
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Carmella Franco

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates


Thursday January 27, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Desert Vista D (Conference Center)

2:00pm PST

Hot Topics for Small School Districts
Speakers
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Amy Alzina

Superintendent, Cold Spring ESD
Dr. Alzina started her career at the Santa Barbara Community Academy within the Santa Barbara School District in 1999 teaching physical education, kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade before becoming their principal. Dr. Alzina served as the school's principal for three years... Read More →


Thursday January 27, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Gardenia AB

2:00pm PST

Implementing Ethnic Studies Through a Critical Consciousness (will repeat at 3:15)
With the passage of Assembly Bill 101 and an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement now a reality, it is incumbent on anti-racist administrators to understand the origins, need, and fight for Ethnic Studies. This discussion will challenge attendees in activating a critical consciousness when implementing Ethnic Studies in their schools and districts. We will discuss strategies for implementation that keeps the guiding principles of Ethnic Studies at the center.

Speakers
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Tracie Noriega

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, San Lorenzo USD


Thursday January 27, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Grand Salon FGH (Hotel)

2:00pm PST

New State Programs in the Midst of a Staffing Shortage: What You Need to Know
This session will explore the implementation of Universal Transitional Kindergarten and the Extended Learning Opportunities Program. The panelists will discuss the requirements and options for school districts as implementation ramps up. The speakers will also provide a political analysis and outlook for the potential of providing broader flexibility or delayed implementation of the two programs.

Speakers
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Diana Vu

Association of California School Administrators
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Patti Herrera

School Services of California
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Leilani Aguinaldo

School Services of California


Thursday January 27, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Grand Salon DE (Hotel)

2:00pm PST

3:15pm PST

Focus Groups - New ACSA Executive Director
Speakers
avatar for Jim Negri

Jim Negri

Associate, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates
HYA Associates Jim Negri and Carmella Franco are conducting the search for the new ACSA Executive Director and will be holding focus groups during the Superintendents' Symposium.  If you wish more information, please contact Jim at 650.996.9173 or jimnegri@hyasearch.com.
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Carmella Franco

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates


Thursday January 27, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Desert Vista D (Conference Center)

3:15pm PST

GR Update for Small School Districts
The Government Relations Team from Capitol Advisors, ACSA’s Legislative advocate, and the Small School Districts’ Association will be providing a legislative and budget update focused on small school districts and LEA’s.   With looming deadlines for legislative bills, May Revise Requests and concerns for small districts/LEA’s in the Governor’s proposed budget we need your input on what we should focus on.  In addition to being provided with the latest GR information update, this will be an interactive session to get your input on the big priorities.

Speakers
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Kevin Gordon

Capitol Advisors' Group
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Edgar Zazueta

Sr. Director, Governmental Relations, ACSA


Thursday January 27, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Gardenia AB

3:15pm PST

Implementing Ethnic Studies Through a Critical Consciousness
With the passage of Assembly Bill 101 and an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement now a reality, it is incumbent on anti-racist administrators to understand the origins, need, and fight for Ethnic Studies. This discussion will challenge attendees in activating a critical consciousness when implementing Ethnic Studies in their schools and districts. We will discuss strategies for implementation that keeps the guiding principles of Ethnic Studies at the center.

Speakers
avatar for Tracie Noriega

Tracie Noriega

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, San Lorenzo USD


Thursday January 27, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Grand Salon FGH (Hotel)

3:15pm PST

Thriving Through Unprecedented Community Conflicts
This panel discussion will provide leadership strategies and resources for navigating through unprecedented and emotionally charged dis-information, threats of violence, vaccine and masking mandates, and racial and political tensions. In partnership with CAPEA, a panel composed of Superintendents and CAPEA Members will share their experiences and resources for potential solutions

Names of Panel Presenters:

William Loose, Ed.D. (Panel Moderator) Lecturer National University, Former Superintendent; Oceanview School District, CAPEA Member

Charles Weis, Ph.D. Associate Professor CSU Channel Islands; former Superintendent Fillmore USD, Ventura County, Santa Clara County Office of Education, CSBA Masters in Governance Facilitator, Hueneme Elementary School District Board Member; CAPEA Member

Dr. Kelli Hayes, Superintendent, Moorpark Unified School District

Dr. Thomas McCoy, Superintendent, Oxnard Union High School District

Dr. Tiffany Morse, Superintendent, Ojai Unified School District

Dr. Jason Peplinski, Superintendent, Simi Valley Unified School District

Moderators
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William Loose, Ed.D

Retired Superintendent

Speakers
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Dr. Jason Peplinski

Superintendent, Simi Valley Unified School District
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Dr. Tiffany Morse

Superintendent, Ojai Unified School District
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Dr. Thomas McCoy

Superintendent, Oxnard Union High School District
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Dr. Kelli Hayes

Superintendent, Moorpark Unified School District
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Charles Weis, Ph.D.

Retired Superintendent, CSBA Masters in Governance Facilitator, Board Member; CAPEA Member


Thursday January 27, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Grand Salon DE (Hotel)

4:15pm PST

Closing Reception
Thursday January 27, 2022 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Indian Wells MNOP (Conference Center)
 
Friday, January 28
 

7:30am PST

Breakfast
Friday January 28, 2022 7:30am - 9:00am PST
East Foyer (Conference Center)

9:00am PST

10:15am PST

Closing Session: Politics, Policy, and the Pandemic: Analysis of Issues Confronting School during Challenging Times
This session will provide an overview of the latest developments from Sacramento in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on California schools. The discussion will include an overview of recent actions by Governor Gavin Newsom as well a political forecast of potential hot topics for 2022.

Speakers
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Edgar Zazueta

Sr. Director, Governmental Relations, ACSA
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John Gray

School Services of California
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Kevin Gordon

Capitol Advisors' Group


Friday January 28, 2022 10:15am - 11:00am PST
Indian Wells IJKL (Conference Center)