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Friday, January 27
 

8:00am PST

9:00am PST

Seminar: CALSA Academy of Leadership & Innovation
Limited Capacity filling up

We are thrilled that you wish to attend this 3 hour seminar designed just for YOU! Our goal is to develop equity-focused leaders through stellar professional development, exemplary school site visits and district support that builds the capacity of individuals and organizations to be culturally responsive with an intentional focus on giving every student access to innovative and engaging learning experiences. We believe that EVERY child is incredibly powerful, beyond measure! The CALSA Academy of Leadership and Innovation will engage a leaders who will build collective capacity to unleash the powers of young people in their journey toward greatness.

During this Session, Participants will
  • Visit the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and observe exemplary and innovative classroom experiences during the CALSA conference experience!
  • Learn all about the NEW CALSA Academy of Leadership & INNOVATION and how your school district can participate!
  • Engage in LEADERSHIP skill development that will allow you to GROW as thinkers, designers, and implementers of innovative practices!
  • Discover the SCOPE and SEQUENCE and design-implementation deliverables of our phenomenal CALSA Academy
  • Walk away EMPOWERED to participate in this creative, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, mobilizing-body of knowledge that will lead to huge IMPACT on the lives of our LATINX scholars nationally

Our Academy Objectives:
Throughout the school year, California Superintendents and Leadership Teams will participate in an executive level learning experience that:

  • Unwraps the research of the Anchors of Innovation Science and Disruptive Excellence Framework 

  • Engages in school site visits and observations of innovative practices in emergent designs of innovation through a Community of Practice model 

  • Learns how to apply innovation and excellence in our own school districts

  • Reflects and refines our leadership signature of advanced thinking to mobilize our own knowledge and skills for impact of LatinX students


Your Proud Facilitators:
Dr. Michael Conner
Zandra Jo Galván 

Speakers
avatar for Zandra Jo Galvan

Zandra Jo Galvan

Superintendent of GUSD, Greenfield Union School District
Zandra Jo Galvan serves as Superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District since August 2017 and has worked in public education since 1993. She is passionate about serving communities and breaking students free from the cycle of poverty. She is a design-thinker and successfully... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Michael T. Conner

Dr. Michael T. Conner

Founder of the Agile Evolutionary Group, Former Superintendent and Creator / Architect of the Disruptive Excellence Framework
Michael T. Conner, Ed.D., is the CEO/Founder of the Agile Evolutionary Group. Dr. Conner also served as Superintendent of Schools (Middletown, CT), Chief Academic Officer (Norwalk, CT), Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning (Willimantic, CT) and Principal of Augusta Lewis... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PST
Cottonwood 1

9:00am PST

Seminar: Leading Equitable Implementation of English Learner Programs and Services: Using the California English Learner Roadmap as a Guide.
Limited Capacity filling up

Everyone in our educational system has a role to play to ensure equity of access
and achievement for our English learners (PK-12). California’s English Learner
Roadmap (CA EL Roadmap) provides a clear path to make this happen. In this
three-hour seminar we will acquaint participants with tools and resources to
support district and school leaders to build the system conditions for
strengthening English learner programs and services. Findings from the brief; In
Search of Equity for English Learners: A Review of the 2021-2024 Local Control and
Accountability Plans (LCAPs) as well as tools and resources from the CA EL
Roadmap Implementation Guides and Toolkits for Administrators will be
presented to spotlight the best strategies for building and capitalizing on district
strategic planning including an overview of state budget opportunities to support
responsive and effective English learner programs and services. Educational
leaders of one school district will share how they have put the English Learner
Roadmap principles into action for continuous improvement and equitable
practices in serving the needs of English learners.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Hernández

Martha Hernández

Martha Hernández is the Executive Director for Californians Together, a coalition ofeducation, civil rights, parent/caregiver, community, and advocacy organizations, thatchampions the educational success of California’s more than 1.1million Englishlearners. Her 42 years of public... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador

Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador

Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador is the Administrator of the English Learner RoadmapImplementation for Systemic Excellence EL RISE!, an Educator Workforce InvestmentGrant at Californians Together. She has dedicated her professional career to working inurban communities, particularly... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 9:00am - 12:00pm PST
Redwood 1

10:00am PST

Building and Bridging Pathways in Middle Schools
Limited Capacity full

Learn about the intentional design of PAUSD’s middle school structures and schedules, with emphasis on intervention, enrichment, and social-emotional support. This presentation will include an overview of systems in Palo Alto public middle schools (Grades 6-8), and provide details around how systems of support and programs of enrichment create pathways for student success. All three middle schools will be represented by the site’s principal.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Greirson

Chris Greirson

Principal, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School / Palo Alto Unified School District
Chris Grierson, M.Ed., M.P.A. - Principal at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto, CA
avatar for Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell

Principal, Ellen Fletcher Middle School (PAUSD)
Melissa Howell, M.Ed. - Principal at Ellen Fletcher Middle School (PAUSD), Palo Alto, CA
avatar for Sebastian A. Benavidez III

Sebastian A. Benavidez III

Principal, Frank S. Greene Jr. Middle School (PAUSD)
Sebastian A. Benavidez III, M.Ed. - Principal at Frank S. Greene Jr. Middle School (PAUSD), Palo Alto, CA


Friday January 27, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Ironwood 1

10:00am PST

Co-Designing a Social Justice, EDI Plan with Continuous Improvement for Antiracism
Limited Capacity full

Scale up your district's justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts with a co-designed action plan with continuous improvement for antiracism. In this session, a district’s journey will be shared, along with resources, tools and examples to support educators building capacity for change agency with youth and educational partners. Methods include school culture and climate data analysis with the local control and accountability (LCAP) process, YPAR, and continuous improvement protocols. Explore the interruption of white dominant culture with anti-racist leadership for liberation, justice, and joy. Engage in professional sharing in reference to a district’s case study implementing a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion plan aligned to the LCAP and reflecting the local community and youth organizing. Take-away tools and resources will be provided (grant opportunities, surveys, empathy interviews, root cause analysis, liberatory design, restorative practices, ethnic studies, civic engagement, and educational partner networks) for teachers and administrators to apply. They will examine efforts to achieve equity and targeted universalism in schools, scale the dismantling of systemic oppression with antiracism, and build collective capacity with youth civic engagement and community organizing for social justice with schools as hubs of the community. Educators will increase their competencies to teach and lead as change agents centering BIPOC youth, and benefitting all members of a school community.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Elemen

Dr. Jennifer Elemen

Public Education Coordinator, 21CSLA State Center, UC Berkeley
Dr. Jennifer Elemen (she/her/ella) serves as public education coordinator, digitally mediated learning for the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy (21CSLA) State Center at the UC Berkeley School of Education. She is also first vice president of the California Council... Read More →
avatar for Tamisha Allen Smith

Tamisha Allen Smith

JEDI Coordinator, Salinas Union High School District
Tamisha Allen Smith is a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the Salinas Union High School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a minor in Psychology, Masters in Early Childhood Education, and a Mild to Moderate Special Education... Read More →
avatar for Leticia Diaz-Garcia

Leticia Diaz-Garcia

JEDI Coordinator, Salinas Union High School District
Leticia Diaz-Garcia is a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the Salinas Union High School District. She holds a A.B. in Sociology with certificates in Spanish and Latino Studies, a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration, and is working toward her... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Redwood 2

10:00am PST

Equitable Hiring Practices: From Promise to Practice Part II - the Focus on Practices
Limited Capacity filling up

"Equitable Hiring Practices: From Promise to Practice" centers on the participants learning, experiencing, and gaining valuable insight on how to expand their hiring practices and equity work from the most important position of the District/Organization: Human Resources/Personnel Department. The practices connect three distinct focal points; equity, policies, and mentoring into one collaboratively administered through-line of Human Resources/Personnel Department. These practices are the steps of creating a cultural phenomenon and moving from the initiative of "hiring with equity in mind" to "equitable hiring."

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Juan Santos

Dr. Juan Santos

Chief H.R. Officer, Ventura County Office of Education
Dr. Juan Manuel Santos has served diverse students in both suburban and inner city communities.  He has experience in different capacities across elementary, middle school, high school, and university settings. Dr. Santos emphasizes the need to extend our capacity to learn... Read More →
avatar for Sal Holguin

Sal Holguin

Partner, AALRR


Friday January 27, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Cottonwood 2

11:00am PST

Accelerate Literacy Growth With The Science Of Reading With Lexia
Limited Capacity full

Empowering teachers to understand and apply principles of the science of reading, transform literacy instruction and increase student achievement. Accelerate literacy growth with professional learning and instruction built on the science of reading from Lexia.  

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Bonsai

11:00am PST

Create More Equitable, High Growth and High Performance School Systems
Limited Capacity full

NWEA partners with thousands of school districts to create more equitable, high growth , high performance school systems through intentional,  research based solutions and evidence-based approaches.
 
  • 10x more likely to show substantial gains in student learning
  • Up to 43% Accelerated Growth in Math across all student groups
  • Reduce Early Literacy Screening time and reduced substitute costs
  • Valid and Reliable data for native Spanish Speakers and English Learners
  • 94% Success Rating in Professional Learning Applicability from Educators
 

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Bonsai

11:00am PST

Discuss Best Practices For Family Engagement
Limited Capacity full

What’s Working with Family Engagement? We’ll discuss best practices for family engagement, and how a unified communication platform can improve connections with families. Join us to learn more about ParentSquare’s newest offerings and hear why ParentSquare has everything you need to communicate, involve and collaborate with families for student success.
 

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Bonsai

11:00am PST

Literacy And The Implications For Your Student Outcomes
Limited Capacity full

Literacy and the implications for your student outcomes. During our RMM we will ask the following questions:
  1. What is most important to you right now in the aspects of literacy?
  2. What challenges are you facing that is keeping your district from achieving its literacy goals?
  3. What are the implications to student outcomes if your initiatives are not carried through with fidelity?



Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Bonsai

11:00am PST

Make Evidence-Based Decisions for Better Student Outcomes
Limited Capacity full

LearnPlatform empowers districts to make evidence-based decisions for better student outcomes by providing flexible, customizable tools to monitor and catalog products in use, automate product evaluation workflows, and evaluate ROI in context. 

Partners
avatar for Learn Platform

Learn Platform

LearnPlatform empowers districts to make evidence-based decisions for better student outcomes by providing flexible, customizable tools to monitor and catalog products in use, automate product evaluation workflows, and evaluate ROI in context.


Friday January 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Bonsai

11:00am PST

Opportunities to Learn, Move, and Thrive Together Beyond Classroom Walls
Limited Capacity full

Elevo’s mission is to transform the well-being of students so they look forward to coming to school. We work hand-in-hand with schools to nurture our next generation with a full range of SEL-infused programs. Our WASC accredited curriculum is designed to promote social-emotional learning through physical well-being and a range of enrichment activities. Our programs provide opportunities to learn, move, and thrive together beyond classroom walls. Through the support and training of our staff, our coaches confidently lead children in fun and engaging activities that are designed to create opportunities for learning while developing essential life skills.
 

Partners
avatar for Elevo

Elevo

Elevo’s mission is to transform the well-being of students so they look forward to coming to school. We work hand-in-hand with schools to nurture our next generation with a full range of SEL-infused programs. Our WASC accredited curriculum is designed to promote social-emotional... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Bonsai

11:00am PST

Supporting and Scaling Cradle-to-Career for All Students
Limited Capacity full

SchooLinks is the most modern, robust college and career readiness solutions to manage Cradle-to-Career initiatives. Used by students at districts across the country including Dallas ISD, Chicago Public Schools, Greenville County Schools, and Columbus City School District to ensure that every student has a plan for post-graduation that is based on their desires and experiences.

SchooLinks supports district-wide college application management, career exploration and work-based learning management, as well as social emotional learning.

SchooLinks K-12 platform ensures that counselors can easily keep track of where every student is in their college and career planning and social emotional learning journey while also unifying communication for students, staff, and parents. SchooLinks simplifies the reporting requirements for districts and turns lagging indicators into leading predictors.
 
 

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Bonsai

12:00pm PST

Join us for a lunch and learn session at Schooners overlooking magnificent Monterey Bay!
Limited Capacity full

Are we giving every student an equitable advantage and opportunity to learn? Join us for a lunch and learn session at Schooners overlooking magnificent Monterey Bay. We'll talk about the opportunities that cultural relevancy in literacy learning presents to students and its impact on student outcomes and achievement. 

Lunch & Learn - Literacy and Learning: Creating equitable opportunities so every student can thrive

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST
Schooners Monterey 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

12:00pm PST

Join your colleagues for a lunch at Domenico’s on the Wharf!
Limited Capacity full

Join your colleages and friends from SchoolFirst Credit Union for a lunch and learn.  
Financial Education for the Wellbeing of Your Staff, Students and Parents

Friday January 27, 2023 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST

12:00pm PST

Join your colleagues for lunch at Fin & Field Restaurant and Bar!
Limited Capacity filling up

Join your colleagues and SCHOOLINKS for lunch overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay at Fin & Field Restaurant to learn about practical and scalable framework for managing CRADLE-TO-CAREER initiatives.

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST
Fin & Field Restaurant and Bar 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940

12:00pm PST

Join your colleagues for lunch at Sapporo Sushi & Steakhouse!
Limited Capacity full

What would you like to learn from your attendees? 









ELO-P is a historical initiative to close the opportunity gap in the out-of-school time, adding 850 hours per student per year. This is literally building a school outside the school. How does your district organize ELO-P and maximize its impact?

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST

12:00pm PST

Join your colleagues for lunch at Turn 12 Bar and Grill!
Limited Capacity full

Join your colleagues and PARENT SQUARE for California comfort cuisine overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay at Turn 12 Bar & Grill to collaborate on what’s working with family engagement? We’ll discuss best practices for family engagement, and how a unified communication platform can improve connections with families. Join us to learn more about ParentSquare’s newest offerings and hear why ParentSquare has everything you need to communicate, involve and collaborate with families for student success.


Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST
Turn 12 Bar & Grill 400 TYLER ST, MONTEREY, CA, 93940

12:00pm PST

Join your colleagues for lunch at Turn 12 Bar and Grill!
Limited Capacity full

Join your colleagues and LEXIA for California comfort cuisine overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay at Turn 12 Bar & Grill, to collaborate on Transform literacy instruction and increase achievement by empowering teachers to apply principles of the science of reading with professional learning and instructional solutions from Lexia.

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST
Turn 12 Bar & Grill 400 TYLER ST, MONTEREY, CA, 93940

12:00pm PST

Join your colleagues for lunch overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay at Paluca Tratorria!
Limited Capacity full

Join your colleagues and NWEA for lunch overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay at Paluca Tratorria to collaborate on creating equitable systems and practices that foster effective teaching and learning environments for emergent multilingual learners.

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 12:00pm - 1:15pm PST
Paluca Tratorria (walking distance) 6 Fishermans Whrf, Monterey, CA 93940

12:00pm PST

1:30pm PST

Accelerate Literacy Growth With The Science Of Reading With Lexia
Limited Capacity full

Empowering teachers to understand and apply principles of the science of reading, transform literacy instruction and increase student achievement. Accelerate literacy growth with professional learning and instruction built on the science of reading from Lexia.  

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Bonsai

1:30pm PST

Create More Equitable, High Growth and High Performance School Systems
Limited Capacity full

NWEA partners with thousands of school districts to create more equitable, high growth , high performance school systems through intentional,  research based solutions and evidence-based approaches.
 
  • 10x more likely to show substantial gains in student learning
  • Up to 43% Accelerated Growth in Math across all student groups
  • Reduce Early Literacy Screening time and reduced substitute costs
  • Valid and Reliable data for native Spanish Speakers and English Learners
  • 94% Success Rating in Professional Learning Applicability from Educators
 

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Bonsai

1:30pm PST

Discuss Best Practices For Family Engagement
Limited Capacity full

What’s Working with Family Engagement? We’ll discuss best practices for family engagement, and how a unified communication platform can improve connections with families. Join us to learn more about ParentSquare’s newest offerings and hear why ParentSquare has everything you need to communicate, involve and collaborate with families for student success.
 

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Bonsai

1:30pm PST

Literacy And The Implications For Your Student Outcomes.
Limited Capacity full

Literacy and the implications for your student outcomes. During our RMM we will ask the following questions:
  1. What is most important to you right now in the aspects of literacy?
  2. What challenges are you facing that is keeping your district from achieving its literacy goals?
  3. What are the implications to student outcomes if your initiatives are not carried through with fidelity?



Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Bonsai

1:30pm PST

Make Evidence-Based Decisions for Better Student Outcomes
Limited Capacity full

LearnPlatform empowers districts to make evidence-based decisions for better student outcomes by providing flexible, customizable tools to monitor and catalog products in use, automate product evaluation workflows, and evaluate ROI in context. 

Partners
avatar for Learn Platform

Learn Platform

LearnPlatform empowers districts to make evidence-based decisions for better student outcomes by providing flexible, customizable tools to monitor and catalog products in use, automate product evaluation workflows, and evaluate ROI in context.


Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Bonsai

1:30pm PST

Opportunities to Learn, Move, and Thrive Together Beyond Classroom Walls
Limited Capacity full

Elevo’s mission is to transform the well-being of students so they look forward to coming to school. We work hand-in-hand with schools to nurture our next generation with a full range of SEL-infused programs. Our WASC accredited curriculum is designed to promote social-emotional learning through physical well-being and a range of enrichment activities. Our programs provide opportunities to learn, move, and thrive together beyond classroom walls. Through the support and training of our staff, our coaches confidently lead children in fun and engaging activities that are designed to create opportunities for learning while developing essential life skills.
 

Partners
avatar for Elevo

Elevo

Elevo’s mission is to transform the well-being of students so they look forward to coming to school. We work hand-in-hand with schools to nurture our next generation with a full range of SEL-infused programs. Our WASC accredited curriculum is designed to promote social-emotional... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Bonsai

1:30pm PST

Supporting and Scaling Cradle-to-Career for All Students
Limited Capacity full

SchooLinks is the most modern, robust college and career readiness solutions to manage Cradle-to-Career initiatives. Used by students at districts across the country including Dallas ISD, Chicago Public Schools, Greenville County Schools, and Columbus City School District to ensure that every student has a plan for post-graduation that is based on their desires and experiences. 

SchooLinks supports district-wide college application management, career exploration and work-based learning management, as well as social emotional learning.

SchooLinks K-12 platform ensures that counselors can easily keep track of where every student is in their college and career planning and social emotional learning journey while also unifying communication for students, staff, and parents. SchooLinks simplifies the reporting requirements for districts and turns lagging indicators into leading predictors.

Partners

Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
Bonsai

1:30pm PST

Seminar: Supporting Multilingualism in Early Education Programs—PreK/TK-3rd Grade
Limited Capacity full

In this half day seminar we will focus on the implementation of multi-literacy programs in Early Education (PreK/TK-3rd grade). Whether developing new programs starting with PreK and TK or building on existing work, this session will support leaders in aligning their early education (bi)literacy programs to state policy and research-based practice. Several key districts, superintendents and district leadership will provide insights and examples of implementation models and processes and key resources and tools to implement effective early education programs for multilingual learners. Participants will have a chance to collaborate on how to plan to implement, align, and/or expand programs in their own setting. This seminar will be facilitated by CABE and Early Edge in collaboration with CALSA.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Karling Aguilera-Fort

Dr. Karling Aguilera-Fort

Superintendent, Oxnard SD
avatar for Dr. Christopher Downing

Dr. Christopher Downing

Superintendent, Anaheim ESD
Chris Downing is the proud superintendent of the Anaheim Elementary School District (AESD) where he leads 24 elementary schools in the largest Elementary District in the state of California.Prior to joining AESD, Dr. Downing worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 29... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Barbara Flores

Dr. Barbara Flores

Board President, California Association for Bilingual Education
Dr. Bárbara Flores is a pioneer Latina scholar activist, teacher educator, children’s literature writer, and international expert in the areas of biliteracy development, teaching/learning based on Vygotsky’s sociocultural theoretical framework, professional staff development... Read More →
avatar for María Villa

María Villa

Deputy Director, California Association for Bilingual Education
Maria Villa-Marquez is the Deputy Director for the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), an educational non-profit organization incorporated in 1975 to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California. She has served as... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Alma Castro

Dr. Alma Castro

Director, Multilingual California Project, California Association for Bilingual Education
Dr. Alma Castro is the Director of CABE’s  MCAP Project and a School Board Member. She has served as a K-12 educator in multiple capacities. She has served in public education as an English Language DevelopmentTeacher, English Learner Coordinator, Title III Instructional Coach... Read More →
avatar for Izela Jacobo

Izela Jacobo

Senior Director, Multilingual Education and Global Achievement (MEGA) Department, San Diego County Office of Education
Izela Jacobo draws from her life story in the work she does for language learners. This is her 26thst year as an actively involved educator. Izela is a former Principal and English Learner/Bilingual Program Administrator.  As a founder of an extremely successful trilingual school... Read More →
avatar for Sara Kennedy

Sara Kennedy

Professional Learning Specialist, Multilingual California Project, California Association for Bilingual Education
Sara Kennedy's professional experience includes teaching K-8 Spanish in Detroit and San Diego, supporting students and families as EL Coordinator in a PBL setting, and a year in Spain through a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She has supported and advocated for students... Read More →
avatar for Jan Gustafson-Corea

Jan Gustafson-Corea

CEO, California Association for Bilingual Education
Jan Gustafson-Corea is the CEO of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), an educational non-profit organization incorporated in 1975 to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California. CABE promotes a bold vision of... Read More →
avatar for Luis João Molina

Luis João Molina

Policy Analyst, Dual Language Learners, Early Edge California
Luis João Molina is the Policy Analyst of Dual Language Learners at Early Edge California. He supports the organization by executing its legislative and advocacy agenda to advance educational equity in California. Luis believes education and applied knowledge are the bridge to opportunity... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Cottonwood 1

1:30pm PST

Seminar: The Student Acceleration Formula
Limited Capacity seats available

In this 3-hour interactive session, Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle will share the model and methodology for maximizing student achievement growth. The “Acceleration Formula” integrates technical specifications taken from research on high-dosage tutoring with practical, on-the-ground considerations. The design sets a clear bar for schools and districts committed to shattering systemic inequities and dramatically improving achievement for historically struggling students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle

Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle

President and Founder, Orenda Education
Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle is President and Founder of Orenda Education, a professional education andtechnical assistance organization. For more than 25 years, Dr. Avelar La Salle and the Orenda team havebeen thought partners for districts and schools aspiring to transform their systems... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 1:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Cottonwood 2

2:45pm PST

Bassett High School-A Community School In Action
Limited Capacity seats available

A Community School is a dynamic, vibrant place. It’s a strategy for organizing a school and it’s community resources for student success. Together with community partnerships, the whole child approach promotes opportunitutes for student learning and growth. This workshop will give you a glimpse of how Bassett High School is a Community School.

Speakers
avatar for Hector Vasquez

Hector Vasquez

principal, Bassett Unified
Experienced, highly dedicated, bilingual (English-Spanish) administrator with a proven track record in effectively leading organizations through continuous improvement, professional training and development programs, and an unwavering focus on the achievement of excellence. Demonstrated... Read More →
avatar for Estela Peregrina-Schubert

Estela Peregrina-Schubert

Community Schools Specialist, Los Angeles County Office of Education/Bassett High School
Peregrina-Schubert's background in education is very diverse. She specializes in alternative education and coordinating resources to support students and their families, while servicing our most at-promise youth as a counselor and administrator. In this capacity, she supported and... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 2:45pm - 3:45pm PST
Ironwood 2

2:45pm PST

How the 2023 Math Framework Can Support Outcomes for English Learners
Limited Capacity full

The revisions to the draft 2023 Math Framework create an opportunity for school district and county office of education leaders to ensure that its implementation centers the needs of English learners (ELs). The workshop will provide an overview of the EL-focused language within the Framework and recommended actions to support equitable implementation. There will be a focus on the need for quality instructional materials for ELs, including research on current access, and examples of how districts can establish a robust adoption process. Education leaders will leave the session with a better understanding of the Framework, recommended actions, and tools to support equitable implementation, including on establishing a materials adoption process that centers the needs of ELs and multilingual students.

Speakers
avatar for Manuel Buenrostro

Manuel Buenrostro

Associate Director of Policy, Californians Together
Manuel Buenrostro comes to this work as a native Californian, son of Mexican immigrants, former English learner, and first generation college graduate. He stands on the shoulders of his family and wonderful mentors and teachers, who worked hard to ensure he had access to opportunities... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 2:45pm - 3:45pm PST
Ironwood 1

2:45pm PST

Realizing Transformative Community Schools: Inspire, Innovate, Lead
Limited Capacity full

In the wake of COVID-19, educators are reeling. Not only from the stark and disproportionate realities of the pandemic for students and their families, but from the unrelenting volatility that educational systems – schools, districts, counties – continue to weather with staffing shortages, leadership turnover, and declining enrollment. While in theory, the massive influx of state and federal “recovery” funding efforts are well-intentioned to support a comprehensive and holistic approach to support student outcomes, in reality, these investments often compound the chaos and noise that impedes transformative rebuilding. An effective community school strategy must prioritize and actualize alignment – not random acts of program. In this session, we will frame community schools as a strategy to provide coherence to whole child, whole school teaching and learning investments, particularly the innovative possibilities that are part of the ELO-P and beyond the bells.

Speakers
avatar for Socorro Shiels

Socorro Shiels

Assistant Superintendent of Achievement, Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Socorro Shiels is the Assistant Superintendent, Achievement, Innovation, and Continuous Improvement at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. She is responsible for implementing and managing an improvement model aligned to the district's priorities. Previously, Shiels was the superintendent... Read More →
avatar for Hayin Kimner

Hayin Kimner

Founder & Managing Director, CA Community Schools Learning Exchange
Hayin Kimner is the Founder and Managing Director for the CA Community Schools Learning Exchange, and a Senior Policy and Research Fellow for Policy Analysis for California Education. Hayin is also a nonresident scholar in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 2:45pm - 3:45pm PST
Redwood 1

2:45pm PST

The Art of Mentorship
Limited Capacity filling up

The Art of Mentorship" centers on providing an understanding of mentoring. The session will provide participants an experience that will engage their values, challenge their realities, reframe their minds, provoke their inner-self, while inspiring their leadership.  The Art of Mentorship is a sampling of the experiences, learnings, and insights on how to be a mentor and how to be mentored as shared, studied, researched and observed through works of the participants in the CALSA Mentoring Program, outside consultants, researchers and scholars. Audience participation is expected.

Speakers
avatar for Sal Holguin

Sal Holguin

Partner, AALRR
avatar for Dr. Juan Santos

Dr. Juan Santos

Chief H.R. Officer, Ventura County Office of Education
Dr. Juan Manuel Santos has served diverse students in both suburban and inner city communities.  He has experience in different capacities across elementary, middle school, high school, and university settings. Dr. Santos emphasizes the need to extend our capacity to learn... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 2:45pm - 3:45pm PST
Redwood 2

4:00pm PST

Building a Culture of Belonging & Connection - CALSA WLN
Limited Capacity filling up

Building a culture that embraces connection and fosters a sense of belonging is essential for effective teams to thrive. Join members of the WLN as we facilitate conversations and reflections around what we need as leaders and how to support our hermanas in the leadership journey. Participants will gain insight into how they can lead authentically and how they can mentor and sponsor others in their organization to do the same.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Corridan

Amanda Corridan

Chief Academic Officer, Riverside County Office of Education
avatar for Dr. Kimberly MacKinney

Dr. Kimberly MacKinney

Leadership Coach, ELLA Solutions for Education
avatar for Dr. Terry Walker

Dr. Terry Walker

Director, Women's Leadership Network


Friday January 27, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Ironwood 2

4:00pm PST

PAN: A Value Added Benefit of CALSA Membership
Limited Capacity seats available

PAN is CALSA’s Professional Advisory Network. CALSA members receive professional advice from an experienced, trusted and discreet network of respected advisors that acts as a “sounding board” and offers practical and responsible suggestions surrounding the following topics:


District Relationships
Employment Issues
Employee Rights
Employment Contracts
Civi/Community Issues
Retirement
CTC & Credential Issues
Miscellaneous



Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Verdugo

Dr. David Verdugo

Former CALSA Executive Director and Leadership Coach & Executive Recruiter, Leadership and Associates
Dr. David Verdugo served as superintendent of schools for the Paramount Unified School District (17,000 ADA) in Los Angeles County for 9 years. Dr. Verdugo also served as the assistant superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Unified School District (25,000 ADA). He has held positions... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Rich Malfatti

Dr. Rich Malfatti

Senior PAN Advisor, CALSA
Dr. Rich Malfatti has virtually held every administrative position from assistant principal to superintendent in his 49-year career.  Most recently he was Interim Superintendent at Coast USD in Cambria. He has worked in medium sized school districts and in small rural school districts... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Redwood 1

4:00pm PST

Realizing a Community Schools Vision: Transformative Coherence
Limited Capacity filling up

In the wake of COVID-19, educators are reeling. Not only from the stark and disproportionate realities of the pandemic for students and their families, but from the unrelenting volatility that educational systems – schools, districts, counties – continue to weather with staffing shortages, leadership turnover, and declining enrollment. While in theory, the massive influx of state and federal “recovery” funding efforts are well-intentioned to support a comprehensive and holistic approach to support student outcomes, in reality, these investments often compound the chaos and noise that impedes transformative rebuilding. An effective community school strategy must prioritize and actualize alignment – not random acts of program. In this session, we will frame community schools as a strategy to provide coherence to whole child, whole school teaching and learning investments, with an emphasis on leadership support and systems.

Speakers
avatar for Hayin Kimner

Hayin Kimner

Founder & Managing Director, CA Community Schools Learning Exchange
Hayin Kimner is the Founder and Managing Director for the CA Community Schools Learning Exchange, and a Senior Policy and Research Fellow for Policy Analysis for California Education. Hayin is also a nonresident scholar in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Gloria Ciriza

Dr. Gloria Ciriza

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, San Diego County Office of Education
Gloria Ciriza is the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Programs at the San Diego County Office of Education. Dr. Ciriza brings over 27 years of public-school experience in California, specializing in mentoring and coaching educational leaders in transformative district... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Ironwood 1

4:00pm PST

Student Empathy Interviews: What are They and How Do They Impact My Practice?
Limited Capacity filling up

Have you ever wondered why a student’s behavior suddenly changed? Perhaps there’s been constant repetition of challenging/disruptive behavior in the classroom that has been impeding the learning of the entire class? As educators, we can sometimes forget the key of behavior is communication, and the key to learning is student engagement. In the Old Adobe Union School District, we have learned a lot about our students using improvement science, student empathy interviews, and a new data tool. Join this session to learn the what, why and how to replicate this in your district.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Lynch

Gina Lynch

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Old Adobe Union School District
Gina Lynch is an innovative administrator with 17 years of classroom experience in K-12 and adult education and 10 years in administration. She is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Old Adobe Union School District in Sonoma County. Additionally, Gina serves... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Redwood 2

5:00pm PST

Opening General Session - Building Bridges During Our Leadership Journey
Our opening general session will host a conversation with females leaders as they explore their professional journey and leadership trejectory to help other female and male leaders maxmize their potential.  

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michele Bowers

Dr. Michele Bowers

Superintendent Emeritus and President, CAAASA
Dr. Michele Bowers served as Superintendent of Lancaster SD for ten years and was recipient ofthe Los Angeles County Superintendent of the Year and the ACSA Diversity Award. Currently Dr. Bowersserves as the President of the California Association of African American Superintendents... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Esquival

Elizabeth Esquival

Assistant Executive Director of Governmental Relations, CASBO
avatar for Dr. Roxane Fuentes

Dr. Roxane Fuentes

Superintendent, Berryessa Union Elementary
As a public-school educator for nearly 25 years, Dr. Roxane Fuentes has served as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, principal, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and Interim Superintendent, before becoming the first Latina Superintendent of the Berryessa Union... Read More →
avatar for Zandra Jo Galvan

Zandra Jo Galvan

Superintendent of GUSD, Greenfield Union School District
Zandra Jo Galvan serves as Superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District since August 2017 and has worked in public education since 1993. She is passionate about serving communities and breaking students free from the cycle of poverty. She is a design-thinker and successfully... Read More →
avatar for Anne Vasquez

Anne Vasquez

CEO, EdSource
Anne Vasquez is the CEO of the nonprofit newsroom EdSource, an influential and growing organization recognized as one of the most authoritative sources of education reporting in a state with the nation’s largest systems of public education. Prior to joining EdSource, Vasquez was... Read More →


Friday January 27, 2023 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST
De Anza Ballroom

6:15pm PST

Welcome Reception
Friday January 27, 2023 6:15pm - 7:00pm PST
Foyer

7:00pm PST

Dinner on your own
Friday January 27, 2023 7:00pm - 9:00pm PST
TBD
 
Saturday, January 28
 

7:45am PST

Power Breakfast (Team Time and Networking)
Saturday January 28, 2023 7:45am - 8:15am PST
TBD

8:00am PST

Welcome Entertainment
Saturday January 28, 2023 8:00am - 8:15am PST
Portola Hotel and Spa Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

8:15am PST

General Session - Bridges to Transformative Change: Leading the Moral Imperative to Redesign the System to Diversify the Educator Workforce
Communities across California are demanding systemic change. While our state student population is becoming increasingly more diverse each year, diversity in the teacher and educational leader rank and file continue to stagger behind. Many districts across the state have already begun the intentional work of redesigning the system for the purpose of diversifying their teacher and administrator workforce. This panel will explore two important recommendations of the CDE Educator Diversity Advisory Group that call for the transformative change needed to better support educators and teachers of color across our state. Topics to lead the panel discussion will include: 
  • Outlining the CDE Educator Diversity Advisory Group Recommendations
  • Explaining the work of the Los Angeles Male Teacher of Color Network (LAMTCN) in LAUSD and the Monterey COE with 21CSLA
  • Unapologetically focusing attention on the need to diversify the educator workforce and keep effective educators of color in our schools
  • Key research behind what leads to effective and sustainable transformative change to redesign the system to better support educators and students of color. (challenges the status quo)
Panelists
  • Dr. Marco Nava, Administrator, Induction & Credentialing Programs, Human Resources Division, LAUSD
  • Mark Duncan, Administrative Coordinator, Induction, Credentialing, and Contracts, Human Resources Division, LAUSD
  • Dr. Roberto Núñez, Director of Leadership and School Systems, Monterey COE
Moderator
  • Blain Watson, Sr. Director, Partnership for LA Schools and CALSA Regional Director/Board Member.


Speakers
avatar for Blain Watson

Blain Watson

Director, Partnership LA


Saturday January 28, 2023 8:15am - 9:30am PST
Portola Hotel and Spa Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

10:00am PST

Computational Thinkers as a Key Component of a District’s Portrait of a Graduate
Limited Capacity seats available

Many K-12 school districts have implemented a Portrait of a Graduate to define the mindsets and
skillsets that will enable their students to succeed in their lives and careers. Fewer districts however have
implemented defined comprehensive pathways to ensure all students have consistent and cumulative
learning experiences that enable this outcome throughout their PK-12 learning trajectory. Digital
Promise (DP) has worked extensively with districts to design pathways in PK-12 Computational Thinking
as being a key component of what a successful graduate “looks” like.
In this session, DP will initially present how they have worked with a range of school districts to design
Computational Thinking Pathways (“CT Pathways”) that speak directly to these districts’ Portrait of a
Graduate profiles. CALSA attendees will then consider both what their own district profiles are and
how these nascent portraits may be connected to CT and STEM learning pathways in their districts more
broadly. Over the second half of the session, we will have CALSA attendees break out into smaller group
to begin to review Digital Promise’s CT Pathways Toolkit process. In particular, small groups will
brainstorm about what (i) computing initiatives they already have in place, (ii) who are their key district
champions among teachers and administration, and (iii) where are tenable next steps in translating
pathways into graduate profiles.

Speakers
avatar for Quinn Burke

Quinn Burke

Director of Computational Thinking & Learning Pathways, Digital Promise
Quinn Burke is Director of Computational Thinking & Learning Pathways at Digital Promise. Quinn’s research examines the effectiveness of different coding activities by which to introduce computer science and computational thinking (CT) to students. Quinn’s research has been supported... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Redwood 2

10:00am PST

From Principal, Director to Lead Negotiator: Understanding Administrators’ Role on District Bargaining Teams
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Juan Santos

Dr. Juan Santos

Chief H.R. Officer, Ventura County Office of Education
Dr. Juan Manuel Santos has served diverse students in both suburban and inner city communities.  He has experience in different capacities across elementary, middle school, high school, and university settings. Dr. Santos emphasizes the need to extend our capacity to learn... Read More →
avatar for Sal Holguin

Sal Holguin

Partner, AALRR


Saturday January 28, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Cottonwood 2

10:00am PST

Invisible Inequities: Dismantling Barriers Beyond Achievement
Limited Capacity filling up

An engaging session dedicated to identifying hidden inequities using the Disruptive Excellence Framework to transform your assessment programs in order to meet all students' needs.

Key Takeaways:
Identify the hidden inequities within district assessment programs that unintentionally leave students behind
Assess your current systems-level practices in education and assessment
Define innovation, excellence, and equity through your assessment model using the Excellence Loop
Define and Differentiate ability and achievement – independent and interdependent within your assessment model and classroom instruction

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michael T. Conner

Dr. Michael T. Conner

Founder of the Agile Evolutionary Group, Former Superintendent and Creator / Architect of the Disruptive Excellence Framework
Michael T. Conner, Ed.D., is the CEO/Founder of the Agile Evolutionary Group. Dr. Conner also served as Superintendent of Schools (Middletown, CT), Chief Academic Officer (Norwalk, CT), Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning (Willimantic, CT) and Principal of Augusta Lewis... Read More →
avatar for Laura Gabrielson, MBA.

Laura Gabrielson, MBA.

National Assessments Strategist, Riverside Insights
Laura has over 15 years of experience working in education and assessment.  She began in the Clinical Assessment business at Pearson where she was an Assessment Consultant for 10 years. In that time, Laura worked with many of the largest institutions across the US, helping guide... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Ironwood 1

10:00am PST

Leveling the Playing Field: Using Attendance and Engagement as an Equity Levers
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools just wound down the first half of what, by many accounts, was the first truly back-
to-normal school year since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In spite of that, student
attendance and engagement for black and brown students is still down. Many parents have been
disillusioned by the public education system based upon their own experiences and now that they have
students in the same system there is much work to do by districts to reconnect these stakeholders. This
session will provide direct on-the-ground examples of how a focus on attendance and the importance to
academic outcomes with a systematic long-term focus can increase graduation rates and students
meeting early literacy goals while reducing drop-outs and building trust with the community.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tony Wold

Dr. Tony Wold

CBO in Residence, School Innovations and Achievement
Dr. Tony Wold has served multiple school districts in leadership roles in Business, Labor Negotiations,Student Services, and Student Assessment. His ability to align resources to support improved studentachievement has improved student outcomes in diverse districts such as Rowland... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Michele Bowers

Dr. Michele Bowers

Superintendent Emeritus and President, CAAASA
Dr. Michele Bowers served as Superintendent of Lancaster SD for ten years and was recipient ofthe Los Angeles County Superintendent of the Year and the ACSA Diversity Award. Currently Dr. Bowersserves as the President of the California Association of African American Superintendents... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Cottonwood 1

10:00am PST

Reimagine Your EL Program: Identify Student Needs then Implement Targeted ELD
Limited Capacity full

For Alisal Union School District, providing more equity to English Learners meant building a program that is empowered to use data and effectively target ELD. In this session, you’ll learn how Alisal implemented new systems to better understand student needs with user-friendly data. With this actionable reporting, the district then implemented research-backed activities to support students from initial identification through reclassification. You’ll walk away with a valuable case study to help you truly reimagine what’s possible for your EL program.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Esteban Hernández

Dr. Esteban Hernández

Director of Assessment and Accountability, Alisal Union School District
Dr. Esteban Hernández, Director of Assessment and Accountability, leads the English Learner Collaborative at Alisal Union School District. The District’s Educational Services Division team includes educators who have a vast amount of experience in their service to students. The... Read More →

Partners
avatar for Ellevation

Ellevation

Ellevation is the nation’s leading EL/Multilingual program management tool - dedicated to streamlining Title III compliance and enhancing ELD through areas such as integrated, designated, staff professional development, and Math academic language resources for students. The organization... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Redwood 1

10:00am PST

Using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to Provide Alternative Pathways to Graduation
Limited Capacity seats available

For some students, the traditional pathway to graduation isn't always ideal or accessible — Today's students need options to help pave the way to graduation! Hear how Palm Springs Unified School District supports students who need an alternative pathway to graduation by using a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to meet the unique needs of students and their families. Learn how PSUSD's alternative education offerings for Tier 2 and 3 students provide accessibility, equitability, and flexibility to students and their families, making graduation not only possible but personalized for each student.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Meusel

Laura Meusel

Executive Director of Student Services, Palm Springs Unified School District
Laura Meusel has 20 years of educational practice and leadership and is the founder of AdVENTURE, a STEM program. In 2015, AdVENTURE won the Glenn Hoffman Award for Curriculum Development and Technology Integration and the Kristi Porter Outstanding Program Award from the Santa Clara... Read More →
avatar for Beth Baenen

Beth Baenen

Vice President of Program Development, Graduation Alliance
Beth Baenen is the Vice President of Program Development for Graduation Alliance. Since 2019, she has worked with public and private school districts to develop and implement dropout recovery and prevention, SEL, and credit recovery programs to provide supportive and equitable opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Governski

Jennifer Governski

Senior Director of Program Development, Graduation Alliance
Jennifer Governski is the Senior Director of Program Development for Graduation Alliance. With more than 15 years of education experience, both in teaching and the higher education publishing space, Jen is passionate about promoting education to enrich lives and make a difference... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Ironwood 2

11:00am PST

Being Intentional - Imbedding the needs of Multilingual Learners in Cycles of Inquiry
Limited Capacity filling up

Leading districtwide cycles of inquiry requires a systematic approach. Data analysis, measurable goals, and fidelity to the plan are all integral components. This session will highlight the importance of intentionally keeping the needs of Multilingual Learners at the forefront of Cycles of Inquiry. At La Habra City School District, utilizing Learning Walks and focused designated ELD tied to the Cycles of Inquiry ensure that Multilingual Learner success is built into our system.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marcie Poole

Dr. Marcie Poole

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, La Habra City School District
Dr. Marcie Poole has over 20 years of experience in education, serving various demographics, as a Teacher, Literacy Coach, Assistant Principal, Principal, Consultant and District Administrator. Marcie has a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a M.A. in Education, and an Ed.D. in Organizational... Read More →
avatar for Anna Navarro

Anna Navarro

Program Specialist of Multilingual Services, La Habra City School District
Anna Navarro is the Multilingual Program Specialist for the La Habra City School District. She has served the students in the district for the past 26 years as a teacher and Multi-Tiered System of Support Teacher on Special Assignment. Mrs. Navarro has served in several leadership... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Redwood 2

11:00am PST

Building a Powerful Network: Transforming Education with a Sister Support Model
Limited Capacity seats available

SUMMARY:

This workshop is designed for our CALSA Hermanas to feel a sense of connectedness with your female colleagues so that you feel empowered to reflect on where you are in life and how to power through and overcome any internal and external barriers to your success! When you are surrounded by champion leaders who believe in you, absolutely anything is possible! This is the session you didn’t realize you needed until you arrive. !Abrazos hermanas!
 
OUTCOMES:

Participants will:
  • feel empowered and able to identify the impact of a positive hermana support model of women in leadership
  • gain an understanding of the impact and implications of women in leadership as a result of historical and systematic marginalization in the workplace
  • have the opportunity to share experiences and practices that have advanced your leadership success and the impact this has on workplace culture
  • take the first steps to initiate your own #SisterCircle or #CirculodeHermanas


Speakers
avatar for Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez

Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez

Distinguished Educator Fellow UMassGlobal
Pam has served in the field of education as a teacher, administrator, and non-profit CEO. She is the founder of HeartForward Leadership, an organization focused on bringing out the best in education professionals. Pam is passionate about supporting educators and organizations in mindfully... Read More →
avatar for Rosa Isiah, Ed. D

Rosa Isiah, Ed. D

Dr. Rosa Isiah has served students in her community for 28 years. Currently, she serves as Director of Elementary, Equity, and Access in NLMUSD. Dr. Isiah is passionate about equity and social justice, multilingual Ed, leadership, and closing opportunity gaps for historically underserved... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Godinez

Veronica Godinez

Principal, Lincoln Elementary School, Pomona Unified School District
Godinez has had 16 years of teaching and administrative experience. She has served as an elementary, middle school, and high school teacher in Southern California and/or Southeast Idaho. And an elementary and middle school principal experience as well in both states.. She also has... Read More →
avatar for Lynmara Colón

Lynmara Colón

Director of English Learner Programs and Services, PWCS, Manassas VA
Lynmara Colón brings the perspective of a teacher, assistant principal, and principal—positions she has held since joining education in 2003. As principal of an Elementary School in 2014, she served over 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and was able to... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Gomez

Jessica Gomez

Principal, Colton Joint Unified School District
Jessica Gomez is currently the Proud Principal and Chief Storyteller of Alice Birney Elementary School in theColton Joint Unified School District. She has 20 years of experience serving Title I communities, 11 of those asan elementary school principal. She is a wife and mother of... Read More →
avatar for Zandra Jo Galvan

Zandra Jo Galvan

Superintendent of GUSD, Greenfield Union School District
Zandra Jo Galvan serves as Superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District since August 2017 and has worked in public education since 1993. She is passionate about serving communities and breaking students free from the cycle of poverty. She is a design-thinker and successfully... Read More →



Saturday January 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Ironwood 2

11:00am PST

Dual Enrollment: Cultivating Equitable Access to Higher Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Students who participate in high-quality dual enrollment are more likely to graduate, enter and persist in college to completion. Dual enrollment is particularly effective for first-generation, male, and low-income students and students of color. Wheelhouse Center found high school-based, structured dual enrollment in California had smaller racial/ethnic access gaps compared with other types, However, access varies widely by high school (A Foot in the Door, 2021). This session will provide an overview of the various types of dual enrollment, provide research and legislative updates to increase and success in dual enrollment, as well as share some promising practices from partnerships throughout California. Participants in this session will leave with a better understanding of how dual enrollment can be an equity strategy when thoughtfully and intentionally designed.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Naomi Castro

Dr. Naomi Castro

Senior Director, Career Ladders Project
Dr. Naomi Castro leads CLP’s work on dual enrollment statewide. Her approach is informed by experience in both teaching and administration at community colleges, middle, and high schools. Naomi has led CLP projects funded by the California Career Pathways Trust and the Strong Workforce... Read More →
avatar for Laurencia Walker

Laurencia Walker

Director, Career Ladders Project
As a CLP director, Laurencia Walker provides leadership and support for colleges and high schools working to improve student success and completion by expanding equitable dual enrollment opportunities. Laurencia has worked in all segments of public education in California—K-12... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Ironwood 1

11:00am PST

Pathways to Authentic Leadership - CALSA WLN
Limited Capacity seats available

Title: Pathways to Authentic Leadership
Strand: Building Bridges for Leadership Development

Description: Women Leadership Network is proud to present a collaborative approach to teach, learn, and develop the Latina leader of today. We will host a collective effort of proactive and intentional mentorship opportunities while honoring the feminine approaches to leadership. Our workshop will give voice to the Latina leaders diverse pathways to leadership within their organization while still maintaining a strong sense of self.

Dr. Diana Ochoa, Coordinator State and Federal Programs, Riverside Unified School District
Mrs. Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez, Superintendent, Fallbrook Union High School District
Dr. Cynthia Sanchez, Director of Educational Technology, Pomona Unified School District







Speakers
avatar for Velma Veith

Velma Veith

Director Emergent Bilingual, SCESD
DD

Dr. Diana Ochoa

Coordinator State and Federal Programs, Riverside Unified
MI

Mrs. Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez

Superintendent, Fallbrook Union Highschool District
DC

Dr. Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Educational Technology, Pomona Unified School District


Saturday January 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Cottonwood 1

11:00am PST

Preparing For Your Next Move
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive discussion or presentation has focuses on preparing for your next job. Learning 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 be selected by the Board as their next Superintendent.

The session relates to ways on how to enhance your capacity to achieve the right position and realize your career goals. Some of the key topics that we have covered 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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Verdugo

Dr. David Verdugo

Former CALSA Executive Director and Leadership Coach & Executive Recruiter, Leadership and Associates
Dr. David Verdugo served as superintendent of schools for the Paramount Unified School District (17,000 ADA) in Los Angeles County for 9 years. Dr. Verdugo also served as the assistant superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Unified School District (25,000 ADA). He has held positions... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Cottonwood 2

11:00am PST

The Whole Enchilada
Limited Capacity seats available

In the Alisal Union School District (AUSD), we each have a communal part in putting together the finest ingredients towards our ultimate goal, which is to build a “Whole System” of support for our students. In as much as we savor good eating, from the best ingredients, we must blend … pedagogy along with the CA EL Roadmap in order to produce the best support outcome. Like a good recipe, we will share our district framework, LCAP goals, and key applications from the English Learner Master Plan. We’re calling on you to build that coveted recipe that builds bridges toward Equity for all learners within your district. In essence, we want our students to get “The Whole Enchilada.”

Speakers
avatar for Maria Alvarez

Maria Alvarez

Director of Educational Equity, Alisal Union School District
María Álvarez, Director of Equity, leads the English Learner Collaborative at Alisal Union School District. The District’s Educational Services Division team includes educators who have a vast amount of experience in their service to students. The goal of our Educational Services... Read More →
avatar for Monica Anzo

Monica Anzo

Associate Educational Superintendent, Alisal Union School District
Monica Anzo, Associate Superintendent, leads the English Learner Collaborative at Alisal Union School District. The District’s Educational Services Division team includes educators who have a vast amount of experience in their service to students. The goal of our Educational Services... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Esteban Hernández

Dr. Esteban Hernández

Director of Assessment and Accountability, Alisal Union School District
Dr. Esteban Hernández, Director of Assessment and Accountability, leads the English Learner Collaborative at Alisal Union School District. The District’s Educational Services Division team includes educators who have a vast amount of experience in their service to students. The... Read More →
avatar for Edi Porter

Edi Porter

Program Manager, Curriculum and Instruction, Alisal Union School District
Edi Porter, Program Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, leads the English Learner Collaborative at Alisal Union School District. The District’s Educational Services Division team includes educators who have a vast amount of experience in their service to students. The goal of... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Redwood 1

12:00pm PST

Lunch
Saturday January 28, 2023 12:00pm - 12:30pm PST
TBD

12:30pm PST

Bridges to the Future: The State of Educational Finance and Politics
Here from educational finance and poltiics experts as they share insightful and updated information.  

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Gordon

Kevin Gordon

President and Partner, Capital Advisors
Widely viewed among the top education advocates in California, Kevin is the President and a founding Partner of Capitol Advisors Group. Kevin was the longtime Executive Director of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), and previously served as the Chief... Read More →
avatar for Patti F. Herrera

Patti F. Herrera

Vice President, School Services of California
Patti F. Herrera, EdD, Vice President, brings over two decades of experience in public education policy and finance.  Dr. Herrera’s background includes leading the Governmental Relations Division as the Chief Governmental Relations Officer for the Riverside County Superintendent... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 12:30pm - 2:00pm PST
TBD

2:00pm PST

Cultivating Leadership Capacity Across the System - A Journey Towards Equity Focused Leadership for English Learners
Limited Capacity full

Who are the leaders in your school/district? What informs your leadership focus? How do you identify leverage points to accelerate your vision for improvement in your system?
Join us to contemplate these questions as you hear the story of a district leader whose vision for equity set the course for a 3-year journey to support leadership development at all levels across her district. Using the EL Roadmap, AUSD LCAP and Master Plan for English Learners as a guide, leaders across the district can now articulate their instructional vision and equity ideal for English Learners.  This partnership journey continues as we work to implement high impact strategies and routines that improve outcomes for students, families and staff in East Salinas. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Teresa Alonzo

Dr. Teresa Alonzo

Associate Director, School Networks, West Ed
Teresa Alonzo serves as the Associate Director of School Networks for WestEd’s Educational Leadership and System Design. She partners with school and district leadership teams with a focus on using continuous improvement to build capacity and scale implementation of effective teaching... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Ironwood 2

2:00pm PST

How can we capture timely data to better support English Language Learners?
Student ELPAC scores is a measure that is reported annually on the Dashboard. Proficiency in the English language is essential for California’s students to do well in school and beyond. While individual teachers can print off practice versions of the ELPAC, districts lack sophisticated assessments and tools that allow for analysis of student performance on English Language Development (ELD) standards classroom to classroom and school to school. Formative and interim assessments that are aligned to the ELPAC and include ELD standards could be used to provide students with more targeted support throughout the year and accelerate their English language proficiency.




Instructure, the makers of Canvas, are a platform and a people. We work with partners and local districts to build tools, content, and assessments. Our California K12 community has brought this problem to our attention. During this session we will explore projects that Instructure has collaborated with local districts on and solicit interest and feedback from participants on better serving students with English language development needs.




Saturday January 28, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Redwood 2

2:00pm PST

How to Increase Enrollment in California Districts
Limited Capacity seats available

California districts continue to struggle with enrollment. Declining birth rates, migration, and increased competition are all having a significant impact on enrollment trends. This session will shed light on the current trends in the California market and provide practical suggestion on how districts can increase enrollment.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Coats

Matt Coats

Chief Evangelist, SchoolMint
Matt Coats is the Chief Evangelist at SchoolMint where he focuses on educating public districts on strategies and tactics to increase enrollment. Matt has worked in education for two decades – most recently at Apple where he led the team that introduced the MacBook, iPod touch... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Ironwood 1

2:00pm PST

LEGO as a Lever to Experiential Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to PLAY???? Join us for an interactive session that shines a spotlight on how Alisal Union School District is partnering with LEGO Education to integrate experiential learning to maximize growth for English Learners.  As you build LEGO with us….and have fun….., you will see how teachers are incorporating discourse, vocabulary development, social skills and experimentation into hands on, purposeful play. 

Speakers
avatar for Denise Phillips

Denise Phillips

Solutions Architect, LEGO Education
An educator with 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher and Professional Development leader, Denise is passionate about sharing ideas and practices that will positively impact ALL students.  As a Solution Architect with LEGO Education, she partners with districts to design... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Cottonwood 1

2:00pm PST

Macro and Micro Moves: Supporting Student Achievement in OUESD
Limited Capacity seats available

Newsela takes authentic, real world content from trusted sources and makes it instruction ready for 3-12 classrooms. Texts are published at five reading levels, so content is accessible to every learner. Today, more than 3.3 million teachers and 40 million students have registered with Newsela for content that’s accessible to everyone, aligned to standards, and attached to activities and reporting that provide visibility into what students are learning and how teachers are leveraging the content in instruction. With more than 15,000 texts and multiple new texts published daily across 20+ genres, Newsela enables educators to go deep on any topic they choose.

As district staff and classroom teachers in Oakley Union Elementary School District make leadership and instructional choices big and small, they work toward one goal above all: increasing opportunities and improving outcomes for all students. In this session, Joe Alvarez, district Director of Educational Services, and Dr. Katherine Johnson, 8th grade teacher, will share problems of practice and innovative solutions that reach from county consortium to classroom instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Alvarez

Joe Alvarez

Director of Educational Services, Oakley Union School District


Saturday January 28, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Cottonwood 2

2:00pm PST

Together We Can: Developing Culturally Relevant Parent Engagement Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

How can educators create programming that exposes and challenges students and parents to strive for higher academic achievements and professional endeavors? Participants will learn practical strategies on how to create such programming. We will discuss resources for reaching, teaching and supporting families and students during an era of the uncertainty and unknown. The presenter brings over a decade of experience developing culturally competent programming for students and their parents. Participants will learn strategies to create a better collaboration effort between K-12 staff and parents and develop skills to instill motivation in parents and their children.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Carias, USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking

Jamie Carias, USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking

Fellow for Civic Engagement, USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking
Jaime is a leading urban educator, author and national keynote speaker who is well known for his ability to inspire and educate students of all ages from middle school to college, coach educators and engage parents. Jaime is the former civic engagement coordinator at the University... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Redwood 1

3:00pm PST

Focus Group: A Core Curriculum Solution And Its Impact On EL Students
Limited Capacity full

Target Audience: K-8, K-6 District Leadership focused on elementary ed/instruction & curriculum
Presenter: David Cisneros, National Director, Spanish Content and Implementation

The Problem: The latest state and federal data shows that 2 out of 3 California students did not meet
state math standards. In math, 60% tested below grade level. Here is the problem we are looking to
solve: How to improve students’ math performance and get more kids at grade level through
acceleration rather than remediation.

Session Description
In this session participants will discuss utilizing an approach to teaching ALL students math content that
is making a difference in student achievement despite the continued impact from the pandemic. With
an innovative ‘Try-Discuss-Connect’ framework, and linguistically responsive resources math class
becomes the perfect place for multilingual learners to develop academic language while building
content knowledge and accessing grade-level material.

Questions for Feedback
 What instructional resources are making the largest impact for EL students?
 How to scale effective differentiated instruction for acceleration vs remediation?
 What data resources are the most comprehensible to drive instruction?


Saturday January 28, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Redwood 1

3:00pm PST

Focus Group: addresses insufficient oral language development
Limited Capacity full

Johnnie Max addresses insufficient oral language development prevalent among 50% of disadvantaged preschoolers. We’d like feedback on reaching superintendents and district curriculum heads for PreK and TK who are looking for a solution to close the literacy gap for young children. 
 
Incentive: Amazon Gift cards, $25.00 each

Partners

Saturday January 28, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Ironwood 2

3:00pm PST

Focus Group: Comprehensive MTSS System
Limited Capacity full

Efforts to implement a comprehensive MTSS system are limited by the difficulty in data gathering and data analysis. Counselors spend countless hours pulling data and gathering lists and documenting efforts, leaving little time to meet with students. Come learn how the Axiom Dashboard does the heavy lifting for you by integrating data seamlessly from your SIS and other data sources and allows your counselors, teachers and administrators to spend valuable time supporting students and partnering with parents. All students are supported in a timely manner, improving student outcomes.

Partners

Saturday January 28, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Ironwood 1

3:00pm PST

Focus Group: Managing workflow and data!
Limited Capacity filling up

Your feedback on how we save time together is valuable! Let’s help school districts manage workflow and data. From back filing services, on site fleet management, to copier support, the Solutions are endless. 



Partners

Saturday January 28, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Redwood 2

4:00pm PST

General Session - Julissa Arce keynote
Julissa Arce is a best-selling author of My (Underground) American Dream (Entre Las Sombras del Sueño Americanoand Someone Like Me (Alguien Como Yo).  She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017 and 2019 Woman of the Year by the City of Los Angeles. She is a leading voice in the fights for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality. 
Julissa is a contributor for TIME, Buzzfeed News, Crooked Media, CNBC, and one of the hosts of Crooked Conversations. Her book, "My Underground American Dream" is currently being developed as a television series with producer and actor America Ferrera.
Her commitment to education for all young people led her to co-create the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF) where she serves as chairwoman of the board. AEF is a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City, regardless of their ethnicity, national original or immigration status. Since its founding in 2012, AEF has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships.  
Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street working for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and had seemingly achieved the American Dream—yet she was not part of what defined American.
Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street. She made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status at Goldman Sachs while undocumented. 
Julissa now uses her inspirational story to change the conversation around immigration. A sought after speaker and political commentator, she gives talks at college campuses across the nation and events such as Tedx, the White House Latino Policy Summit, the Democratic National Convention, Politicon, and the Forbes Reinventing America Summit (alongside Nancy Pelosi, Jessica Alba, and Gayle King).
She has appeared on Oprah’s Book Club, CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, NPR, Fox Business News, Telemundo, Bloomberg TV and Univision among other networks.  Her writing has been published on TIME, The New York Times, Vogue, BuzzfeedCrooked, Media, Huffington Post, Fusion, CNN, CNN en Español, The Hill, and Univision.  She serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center.
She has received the Los Angeles Times Latinos de Hoy Emerging Leader Award, the NAHREP's Vanguard Award, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Inspira Award, among other recognitions. 
In August of 2014, Julissa was officially sworn in as an American citizen. Her story has a joyful ending and she fights so more people can say the same. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats, Nikko and Pancho.

Speakers
avatar for Julissa Arce

Julissa Arce

Author, Speaker, and Social Justice Advocate
Julissa Arce is a best-selling author of My (Underground) American Dream (Entre Las Sombras del Sueño Americano) and Someone Like Me (Alguien Como Yo).  She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017 and 2019 Woman of the Year by the City of Los Angeles. She is a leading voice in the fights for social justice, immigrant rights and education equality.Julissa is a contributor for TIME, Buzzfeed News... Read More →


Saturday January 28, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
De Anza Ballroom

5:00pm PST

Julissa Arce Meet and Greet Book Signing
Saturday January 28, 2023 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Foyer

6:30pm PST

Dinner on your own
Saturday January 28, 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm PST
TBD

8:15pm PST

CALSA After Dinner Comedy Experience Open To ALL FOR23 Registered Attendees!
Please join us after Dinner. Arrive after 8:15pm. Join us for a a live Comedy Central Comedy Show and DJ Gill!

Comedian will start about 8:45pm and DJ will start about 9:30pm.

Speakers
avatar for Ellis Rodriguez

Ellis Rodriguez

Comedian, Comedy Central


Saturday January 28, 2023 8:15pm - 11:00pm PST
Cibo 301 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
 
Sunday, January 29
 

8:00am PST

Breakfast
Sunday January 29, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am PST
TBD

8:15am PST

JOIN OUR TEAM, make an impact and grow with us! CALSA Regional and Chapter Meetings: planning strong leadership engagement for 2023 and beyond
CALSA is growing!  We have chapters developing and engaging activities througnout the year.  Our Regional Directors wil be meeting with you to work through a "needs assessment" and growth exercise.  Please bring your ideas on what we need at the local level to continue growing and we can't wait to roll up our sleeves with you!  

Sunday January 29, 2023 8:15am - 9:00am PST
De Anza Ballroom

9:00am PST

The Power of Purposeful Play and STEAM
Unleash the Power of Purposeful Play
The need for lifelong learning, growth mindset and crucial 21st century skills has been evident for years. What we are seeing coming out of the pandemic are common themes around equitable access to Social Emotional and Academic engagement in building resiliency for students to navigate the changing nature of work and how this work drives teacher retention and recruitment. During this interactive, playful learning session, we will address the following questions:

How can intentional play across grade levels connect to supporting their Social, Emotional …. and ACADEMIC needs to prepare them for the future?
How can the development of this impact job satisfaction, retention, and recruitment of teachers?

Presenter: Denise Phillips
An educator with 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher and Professional Development leader, Denise is passionate about sharing ideas and practices that will positively impact ALL students. As a Solution Architect, she partners with districts to design strategic implementations of intentional play that help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their futures. When she is not working with amazing educational leaders across the country, you can find her on her mountain bike, on some skis or hiking some amazing trails.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Phillips

Denise Phillips

Solutions Architect, LEGO Education
An educator with 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher and Professional Development leader, Denise is passionate about sharing ideas and practices that will positively impact ALL students.  As a Solution Architect with LEGO Education, she partners with districts to design... Read More →


Sunday January 29, 2023 9:00am - 9:30am PST
De Anza Ballroom

9:30am PST

Building Bridges to the Future for Students Through the Arts
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michelle Rodriguez

Dr. Michelle Rodriguez

Superintendent, Pajaro Valley USD


Sunday January 29, 2023 9:30am - 10:30am PST
De Anza Ballroom

11:00am PST

Adjourn
Sunday January 29, 2023 11:00am - 11:30am PST
TBD
 
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