Leadership Summit

Event Information

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.

Nov. 8-10, 2018
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Register for the Summit


ACSA/NASS Member Registration: $599
Register by May 31: $479
Register by Sept. 30: $529

Non-Member Registration: $699


Upcoming Leadership Summit Dates/Locations:

2019: Sacramento Convention Center, Nov. 7-9
2020: Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Nov. 5-7
2021: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Nov. 4-6

Hotel & Travel Information

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San Diego, CA

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

ACSA 2018 Leadership Summit rate: $280 plus tax per night

Reserve your room at the conference hotel:

ACSA does not use a travel agency or other booking agency for hotel room blocks. Please reserve your room directly with the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.



Keynote Speakers

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2018 Keynote Speakers

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Travis Allen

Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 10 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 300,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza; and in 2015 he won the GA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.

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Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He is also the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise.

He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Books). Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son(recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among other popular, professional and scholarly journals.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” The film, which he co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

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Shabnam Mogharabi

Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO and Executive Producer at SoulPancake, an award-winning media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson that explores ‘Life’s Big Questions’. SoulPancake spreads joy and celebrates the human experience by producing and curating uplifting, thought-provoking content that is distributed on television, online, at live events, and through branded engagements.

Shabnam joined SoulPancake at its launch in March 2009 as the co-director of content of SoulPancake.com. She is one of the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Today, she is developing the long-term strategic plans for the company’s ever-expanding business in Los Angeles. Under her leadership, the company’s revenue has more than doubled in the past year.

Prior to SoulPancake, Shabnam was an award-winning journalist and magazine editor covering entertainment, finance, real estate, and home design. A California native, Shabnam holds a master’s in publishing from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s from USC, where she double-majored in business administration and journalism, with a minor in comparative religion. Yes, she is an overachiever.

Event Schedule

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Draft Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

1:00 - 5:00pm - Registration
6:30 - 9:00pm - Welcome Reception - U.S.S. Midway (included in registration fee)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

7:00am - 5:00pm - Registration
7:00 - 8:15am - 1st Time Attendees Breakfast (by invite only)
7:00 - 8:15am - Coffee with Exhibitors
7:00am - 4:00pm - Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 - 11:00am - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:00 - 1:30pm - Every Student Succeeding Luncheon (included in registration fee)
1:45 - 4:00pm - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
4:15 - 5:45pm - General Session - Keynote Travis Allen
5:45 - 6:45pm - Sponsor/Region Receptions

Friday, November 9, 2018

7:00am - 5:00pm - Registration
7:00 - 8:15am - Women's Breakfast (additional fee required)
7:00 - 8:15am - Coffee with Exhibitors
7:00am - 4:00pm - Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 - 10:00am - General Session - Keynote Tim Wise
10:15 - 11:15am - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:00 - 1:30pm - Optional Speaker Luncheon (additional fee required)
1:45 - 4:45pm - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
6:30 - 10:30pm - Association Awards Banquet and Presidents' Dinner

Saturday, November 10, 2018

6:30 - 7:30am - Every Student Succeeding Run/Walk
8:30 - 9:45am - General Session - Keynote Shabnam Mogharabi
10:00 - 11:00am - Concurrent breakout sessions

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the 2018 Leadership Summit are now available.
1,000 Attendees with 50 Exhibitors/Sponsors

ENTRY LEVEL:

Exhibitor (33)

  • $4,000
  • 2 complimentary exhibitor passes
  • Logo on Signage Program Recognition
  • Pre/Post Attendee List

PACKAGES:

General Session Sponsor (3)

  • $12,000
  • 6 complimentary registrations
  • Premier Booth in Exhibit Hall
  • 2-3 minute speaking opportunity in front of 1,000 school leaders
  • Program & App Recognition
  • Logo displayed on stage and through out event
  • Pre/Post Attendee List

Register for the 2018 Leadership Summit to learn about additional packages and sponsorship opportunities.