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Welcome to the archive of CAAASA’s 2018 Online Professional Development Conference– ten personal, engaging presentations by 18 superintendents and education leaders who share CAAASA’s commitment to Equity and Social Justice.
CAAASA, the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, is a group of educational leaders 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 invited superintendents and policy leaders to take part in this ongoing conversation, asking them to share the strategies that they found most successfully promote equity and social justice in our schools.
In each free, hour-long workshops, held on successive weeks during the fall of 2018, online attendees had the chance to learn directly from these educators and to discover the proven school strategies they employ to improve outcomes for California students.
Each session was an extension of 2018 professional development conference, held in Sacramento, California. This free video collective archive now continues CAAASA’s commitment to identifying and addressing the critical issues that impact the status and performance of African- American students.
Please feel free to view any of the professional learning sessions collected here, and to share this archive with your colleagues or staff.
Session One: Recognizing the Impact of Trauma and Poverty
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.
Session Two: Nurturing Black Girls in the Classroom
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.
Session Three: Ensuring Safe Schools
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.
Session Four: Introducing the California School Dashboard
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.
Session Five: Improving Equity in Special Education
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.
Session Six: Making the Most of the California Dashboard
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.
Session Seven: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
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.
Session Eight: Supporting Black Male Educators
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.
Session Nine: Creating a Positive School Climate in Identity-Safe Schools
Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute and the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University, and Channa M. Cook-Harvey, the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD), share the research and practice foundations for building a positive school climate in which every student belongs, is physically and psychologically safe and well-supported, and can achieve their maximum potential.
Session Ten: Accelerating Academic Achievement
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.