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Dr. Wesley Smith
Executive Director, ACSA

Dr. Wesley Smith is executive director of the Association of California School Administrators, the largest school leadership group in the nation. ACSA is foremost a champion for the state’s more than 6 million students. Having served in a variety of school leadership roles, including elementary and middle grades principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent, Dr. Smith understands the intricacies and influences in public education. He believes in a bold new future for ACSA and ensuring it is the most influential voice in public education for years to come.

Changes in the standards taught and tested in California, a new school funding formula and the redesign of education accountability systems will require ACSA leadership. Dr. Smith is uniquely poised to lead that charge to protect the present and the future of all students. Read full bio.

First Person with Wes Smith

Wes and Ryan Smith, Executive Directors of powerhouse educational organizations Education Trust-West and the Association of California School Administrators, sit down to talk about equity, CELA, accountability and where we can go from here.


Life/Work Balance Presentation
ACSA Leadership Assembly, February 2017

News & Updates

From the Executive Director: July 3, 2017

ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith discusses the deadline to adopt a state ESSA plan and the SBE's development of a single accountability system embracing California’s direction of using multiple measures.

Special to the Bee, by ACSA Executive Director Wesley Smith and Education Trust-West Director Ryan Smith

State Update for May 2017

In this update: Undocumented Immigrants; 2017-18 State Budget Overview; AB 1220 (Weber); AB 52 (Cooper); Charter School Task Force; Other Legislation; U.S. Department of Education Budget; Professional Development; Advocacy in Action; ESSA State Plan Webinar; Seeking your Comments