Online Conference

The CAAASA Professional Development Conference on Equity and Social Justice

October - December 2018

October 23 2018

Just Announced:

Your chance to join school leaders and educators from across California in CAAASA’s first ever live, online professional learning conference.

The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) is a group of educational leaders committed to identifying and addressing the critical issues that impact the status and performance of African- American students in California. For over a decade, we’ve worked with school leaders and administrators to improve conditions of equity, social justice, and school climate across the state. Thanks to the support of the California Endowment, we’re now we’re hosting our first online professional learning conference.

Now through December 6th, we’re inviting school leaders and educators across the state to take part in CAAASA’s ongoing conversation devoted to promoting equity and social justice in our schools and in ways that support all our California’s students.

You’re invited to register now to secure your spot for any of the eight free, live professional learning online workshops that take beginning Tuesday October 23rd. Each session makes it possible for you to learn directly from superintendents and policy leaders about ways you can provide professional support to your own district teachers to insure better student equity and social justice.

Once you’re registered, you can attend any live session you want. You can also view video archives of every live session any time, and share every recorded session with colleagues and staff.


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Session One: Recognizing the Impact of Trauma and Poverty

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Dr. Flojaune G. Cofer, Director of Policy and Research, Public Health Advocates and Michael Watkins, Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, share the impact that trauma and poverty have on student learning and achievement, and outline the essential role that teachers can play in supporting students who face these too common challenges.

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Session Two: Nurturing Black Girls in the Classroom

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Dr. Daryl Camp, Superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District, and Dr. Tanya Fisher, Superintendent Selma Unified School District, share the ways in which black girls are often treated more like adults in the classroom, and present the dramatic ways in which girls’ learning and self-esteem improve when their teachers confront this bias.

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Session Three: Ensuring Safe Schools

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Dr. Winfred Roberson, Superintendent, Glendale Unified School District and Dr. Darin E. Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified School District, share the essential need to establish our schools as as “safe spaces” for every student; strategies for engaging students, parents, and the community in doing so; and the important roles that schools play in support of California’s undocumented and DACA students.

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Session Four: Introducing the California School Dashboard

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L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent, shares the specific goals and the focus of the recently developed California School Dashboard, and addresses ways that school and district leaders can make use of this new framework to positively impact student learning and academic achievement.

November 27, 7:00 pm PST

Session Five: Improving Equity in Special Education

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Arun Ramanathan, CEO, Pivot Learning and Dr. Adam Clark, Superintendent, Vallejo City Unified School District, share the ways in which African American and Latino males are too often placed in special education programs rather than engaged and supported in their learning, and offer strategies for classroom teachers that remedy this outcome for individual students.

November 28, 7:00 pm PST

Session Six: Making the Most of the California Dashboard

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Eric Heins, President of the California Teachers Association, shares the motivations that have shaped the design and development the new California School Dashboard, and–now that the Dashboard is in place–some strategies that invite teachers and schools to come together around the school and student outcomes now being measured by this new tool.

December 5, 7:00 pm PST

Session Seven: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

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Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works and Dr. Michele Bowers, Superintendent Lancaster School District, share the results of the first collection of chronic-absenteeism data collected on California students, and introduce strategies that school leaders and teachers can employ to ensure students receive the support they need to attend school every day.

December 6, 7:00 pm PST

Session Eight: Supporting Black Male Educators

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Vincent Cobb II, CEO and Co-Founder, and Sterling Grimes, Executive Director of Programs of the Fellowship of Black Male Educators, share the personal and professional challenges facing black male educators in schools across the country and introduces proven supports that he and members of The Fellowship have found most effective in finding and retaining these essential classroom leaders.

December 13, 7:00 pm PST

Session Nine: Accelerating Academic Achievement

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Dr. Judy D. White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools share ways that increased expectations and specific equity-focused strategies help their district teachers to accelerate learning and to better meet the needs of their students.