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.

Interested in presenting at the 2017 Leadership Summit?

We are looking for ACSA members to present their best practices in school leadership during our concurrent sessions. Please submit your proposal by April 24, 2017 to be considered.

Event Registration & Information

Nov. 2-4, 2017
San Jose Convention Center

Keynote Speakers


Michael Bonner

Mr. Bonner is a 2nd grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School in Greenville, NC, working hard every day to make a profound impact on his students with his vision to teach them to become productive global citizens. He has been teaching for 4 years and is currently working on his graduate degree in school administration at Liberty University. Michael was honored in early 2017 by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative approaches to education for children struggling with the challenges of poverty.

Margaret Wheatley

Margaret Wheatley is president of The Berkana Institute, and an internationally acclaimed speaker and writer. She has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973 and a dedicated global citizen since her youth. Her first work was as a public school teacher and urban education administrator in New York, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea. She also has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts.


Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America; and the founder of #EmergingUS, a media start-up that lives at the intersection of race, immigration, and identity in a multicultural America. #EmergingUS is the first-ever media property owned by an undocumented immigrant.

Schedule of Events


Arrive early and celebrate with us at a reception in San Jose. Meet friends and make new ones as well!

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


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 - 8:15am Coffee Hour
Exhibit Hall
7:00am - 8:15am Launch Breakfast for First Time Attendees
8:30am - 10:00am General Session/Keynote Speaker
10:15 - 11:15am Concurrent Sessions
11:15am - 12:00pm Sponsor Time and Prize Drawings
Exhibit Hall
12:00pm - 1:30pm Every Student Succeeding Luncheon
1:45pm - 2:45pm Concurrent Sessions
3:00pm - 4:00pm Concurrent Sessions
4:15pm - 5:15pm Concurrent Sessions
5:30 - Evening Activities


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
10:15am - 11:15am Concurrent Sessions
11:15am - 1:00pm Lunch Break/Sponsor Time and Drawings
1:15pm - 2:15pm Concurrent Sessions
2:30pm - 3:30pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00pm - 5:00pm APPY Hour
6:00pm - 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.

6:30am - 7:30am Run/Walk
8:30am - 9:30am Concurrent Sessions
9:45am - 10:45am Concurrent Sessions
11:00am - 12:00pm Closing General Session

Co-Administrators Post-Conference

Saturday, November 4, 2017. 12:30 – 6:00pm
$59 with Summit Registration - register here
$129 one-day rate - register here

Session 1 - 12:45 – 2:00pm
TOPIC: Panel Discussion
PRESENTERS/DESCRIPTION: Lou Obermeyer will be joined by a panel of superintendents and principals to facilitate conversations for career advancement, leadership development, making wise decisions, and other important topics to help you excel in your position.

  • Marc Ecker, Retired Superintendent, ACSA Past President
  • Nadine Bennett, Superintendent, Jamul-Dulzura Union SD
  • Jay Marquand, Director, Sweetwater Union High School District and ACSA Principal of the Year 2015
  • Lou Obermeyer, Retired Superintendent, ACSA Superintendent of the Year 2011

Session 2 - 2:15 – 3:15pm TBD

Session 3 - 3:30 – 4:29pm
TOPIC: Proactive Evaluations – Planning for Success
DESCRIPTION: Too often heavy workloads and human nature combine to push evaluations to the bottom of administrators’ priority lists. The price can be steep, however, when performance doesn’t measure up, costing precious time and sometimes money to address. This experienced legal team will explain how to develop plans and skills for effective evaluations, including creating timelines, setting attainable goals, and providing constructive, thoughtful feedback. They will discuss best practices and legally compliant procedures for supervising and evaluating employees.
PRESENTERS: Brian Bock, partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost; Marina Ramirez, associate, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

Session 4 - 4:45 – 5:45pm
TOPIC: Intentional and Targeted Teaching
DESCRIPTION: The Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®—or FIT Teaching®—is a research-based, field-tested, and experience-honed process that captures the essentials of the best educational environments. In contrast to restrictive pedagogical prescriptions or formulas, FIT Teaching empowers teachers to adapt the most effective planning, instructional, and assessment practices to their particular context in order to move their students’ learning from where it is now to where it should be. In this session, we focus on the role of school leaders in encouraging teachers to consider the components of FIT Teaching, coaching teachers using the self-assessment tools, and leading teachers to increase their impact on students’ learning.


Marriott San Jose

301 S. Market St., San Jose, CA

New sophisticated spaces, modern amenities and a central location make San Jose Marriott the place to stay for the 2017 Leadership Summit. This pet-friendly hotel offers pillow-top mattresses, Netflix and Hulu access, luxury bathrooms and ergonomic workspaces. Take advantage of premier dining at Chef Michael Mina's Arcadia Restaurant, serving classic American dishes with a twist. Meet up with friends & colleagues for happy hour at Tanq Bar & Lounge, or grab a quick bite from Corner Market Kitchen. This hotel is adjacent to McEnery Convention Center and near downtown, SAP Center & Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC).

The ACSA Leadership Summit rate of $269 is available until October 5 or the block sells out. Reserve your room online now or call 1-877-901-6632 and ask for the ACSA Leadership Summit Rate.

Fairmont San Jose

170 S. Market St., San Jose, CA

The Fairmont San Jose is a luxury Hotel that combines Technological Innovation with Timeless Elegance and is located in the Capital of the high-tech Mecca of the Silicon Valley. This 20 story hotel is located one block from the San Jose Convention Center.

The ACSA Leadership Summit rate of $269 is available until October 5 or the block sells out. Reserve your room online now!

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Exhibitor Information

Information on Exhibiting will be available soon!

Future Leadership Summit Dates/Locations

2018: Hilton Bayfront San Diego - November 8-10

2019: Sacramento Convention Center - November 7-9

2020: Hilton Bayfront San Diego - November 5-7

2021: Hilton San Francisco Union Square - November 4-6