Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit is ACSA’s premier professional development event. This annual gathering of educators at all levels of administration is a celebration of the profession. For 2.5 days, this event provides opportunities for invaluable networking and offers professional development on current critical leadership and educational issues.


Event Registration & Information

Nov. 10-12, 2016
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA

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Keynote Speakers


Mike Abrashoff

Former Commander of USS Benfold

Kim Bearden

Co-founder, Executive Director, Language Arts Teacher, Ron Clark Academy

Doug Fisher

Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University

Schedule of Events


Arrive early and celebrate with us at a reception on the U.S.S. Midway. Meet friends and make new ones as well!

9:30am - 3:30pm Committee/Council Meetings
6:30pm - 8:30pm Kick Off Reception - U.S.S. Midway


This day features over 45 breakout sessions, one inspirational keynote speaker and a very special luncheon honoring ACSA's Every Student Succeeding Winners!

7:00am - 5:00pm Registration
7:00am - 8:00am Coffee Hour
Exhibit Hall
7:00am - 8:00am Launch Breakfast for First Time Attendees
8:00am - 11:15am Concurrent Sessions
11:15am - 12:00pm Sponsor Time and Prize Drawings
Exhibit Hall
12:00pm - 1:30pm Every Student Succeeding Luncheon
1:40pm - 3:50pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00pm - 5:30pm General Session/Keynote Speaker
5:30pm - Evening Activities


It's Veteran's Day! We kick off our day with a keynote speaker guaranteed to ignite your leadership flame and we honor our own with our President's Award Celebration Dinner, in addition to over 45 concurrent sessions throughout the day.

7:00am - 2:00pm Registration
7:15am - 8:15am Coffee Hour
Exhibit Hall
7:15am - 8:15am Women's Leadership Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00am General Session/Keynote Speaker: Mike Abrashoff
10:15am - 11:15am Concurrent Sessions
11:15am - 1:15pm Lunch Break/Sponsor Time and Drawings
1:30pm - 4:45pm Concurrent Sessions
5:30pm - 6:30pm Awards Dinner Reception
6:30pm - 10:00pm Awards Celebration and President's Dinner and Dance


Don't leave early and miss out! Our final keynote brings the Summit to a close with all you need to know to be an effective leader. His presentation will leave you with tools and knowledge to take back to your school or district and implement immediately!

6:30am - 7:30am Run/Walk
8:30am - 10:00am General Session/Keynote Speaker: Doug Fisher
10:30am - 3:30pm Co-administrators Post-conference Institute (see below)

Co-administrators Institute | Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:30am - 3:30pm

The Co-administrators Institute is designed to build leadership capacity within our school systems. Co-administrators, vice principals, assistant principals and teacher leaders support effective learning environments for students throughout California. They are a critical component of effective teaching and learning, this event addresses their unique needs and brings attention to their crucial role in public education.

The institute not only provides rich content learning focused on the hot topics facing co-administrators today, it also provides a venue for valuable networking and collaboration. In addition, it provides valuable information for co-administrators as they prepare for their journey up the career ladder. This day is the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding year!

Learn more about the Institute | Register online

Interactive Online Schedule of Events


View the interactive online schedule for a complete listing of session descriptions, presenter info and more. Create an attendee profile to plan you own personal Summit. Connect with other attendees and presenters before you arrive in San Diego!


Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

1 Park Blvd. | San Diego, CA 92101

Reserve your room online.

Group Code: ACSA

ACSA's hotel block at the HIlton has sold out. Additional rooms have been secured at the nearby Omni hotel.


Exhibitor Information

Interested in exhibiting at the 2016 Leadership Summit? Download the exhibitor guide and find out more information about how you can join us in San Diego.