Superintendents' Symposium

Event Information

ACSA 2020 Superintendents Symposium, January 23 to 31 in Indian Wells, California.

This annual event brings school leaders from around the state together for an invaluable two and a half days of professional learning, networking and advocacy. This is the best time to look at the governor’s budget and for superintendents to get together to review the state-of-the-state and the state-of-the-district.

More than ever before, it is time for superintendents to lead a movement to restore California schools to their once-held rank of the best in the nation. A focus will be on integrating technology into curriculum and professional development in a digital world.

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Jan. 29 - 31, 2020
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, CA

Registration Fees:

ACSA Member: $650 | Non-Member: $999
NASS Member: $650.00
Retired Superintendent:
ACSA Member: $325 | Non-Member: $525
Retired NASS Member: $325.00

Registration Fees Include:

Attendance to all educational activities, Wednesday through Friday

  • Lunch and Reception on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Breakfast on Friday

Upcoming Dates & Locations

2020: Jan. 29-31 | Hyatt Regency, Indian Wells, CA

2021: Jan. 27-29 | Monterey Conference Center, CA

Hotel & Travel

Jan. 29-31 | Register for the Symposium

Indian Wells, CA

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Indian Wells, California.

44600 Indian Wells Ln.
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Nestled on 45 acres of lush landscape with golf and mountain views, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is the perfect Palm Springs area escape. Only 20 minutes from Palm Springs Airport, the resort is mid-valley for convenient access to shopping and outdoor adventures, with on-site dining and recreation including tennis and golf. After a great day of sessions, relax in one of seven swimming and wading pools or workout while taking in views of the sparkling lagoon and villas at their 24-hour StayFit gym. Enjoy vibrant culinary experiences at their resort eateries. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa has 88,000 square feet of inspiring indoor and outdoor event space that would make this property the ideal location for our 2020 Superintendents' Symposium.

Reserve your room at the discounted group rate of $239.00. You can also reserve a room by calling Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Reservations at (877) 803-7534.

Additional rooms are also available at The Renaissance (Marriott) Indian Wells Resort & Spa which is just a short walking distance away

Renaissance Indian Wells

44400 Indian Wells Lane,
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Experience a relaxing getaway at Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells. Set within the beautiful Coachella Valley, their resort is a true desert oasis in California. Settle into our stylish oversized guestrooms, boasting private balconies with scenic resort views. A perfect stay for the Superintendents' Symposium.

Reserve your room at the discounted group rate of $229.00. You can also reserve a room by calling The Renaissance Reservations at (760) 773-4444.

Keynote Speakers

Jan. 29-31 | Register for the Symposium

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Luvelle Brown

Luvelle Brown is an experienced educator who as held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and Superintendent of Schools. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as the as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. During his tenure in Ithaca, the Ithaca City School District has experienced unprecedented levels of success.

Dr. Brown has facilitated conversations in multiple communities that have resulted in transformation shifts in culture and achievement. Using systems thinking in schools, Dr. Brown’s leadership has led to innovative programs, redesigned learning spaces, numerous technology initiatives.

Dr. Brown has received various awards and recognitions. TrustED lists the 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year as one of the nation's top educators and thought leaders. Dr. Brown has been recognized by the National School Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch" and "Difference Maker", received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award, and received the 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award. He was selected by the US Department of Education as one of the nation's top 100 innovative Superintendents. Along with that distinction, Dr. Brown was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s 1st National Superintendent Summit at the White House. Additionally, Dr. Brown has served on the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Executive Committee, The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Digital Consortium, The Center for Digital Education Advisory Council, and CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Advisory Panel.

After attending Fluvanna County High School in Central Virginia, Dr. Brown went on to be one of the most decorated students in the history of the University of Virginia . Dr. Brown earned a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Teaching, Education Specialist, and Education Doctorate from one of the nation’s top Universities. Currently, Dr. Brown serves as an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Cortland and St. John Fisher College in New York.

Dr. Brown actively serves his community. In spring 2019, he was recognized as the Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen. Dr. Brown's community service includes his work as a term trustee at Ithaca College, Tompkins County Area Development Board member, and proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He was also the co-founder for the nationally recognized 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.

Dr. Brown is a highly regarded speaker and workshop facilitator addressing a range of topics for local, regional, and national audiences. He has published numerous articles, the author of Culture of Love: Cultivating a Transformative and Positive Organizational Culture and the co-author of ThinkTweets: 100 Transformative Tweets for Educators.

Kimberly Bryant

As a young girl from humble beginnings, Kimberly developed an uncommon passion for math and science which eventually lead her to the Vanderbilt University where she majored in electrical engineering and minored in math. Often the only minority in her classes, she entered the workforce in the same predicament. So, in 2011, Kimberly created Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the face of technology by introducing girls of color to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.

Since founding Black Girls Code, Kimberly has received several honors and awards, including an invitation to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, a two-year program that identifies innovative leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to improve public schools for low-income children and communities.

With firsthand insights into the challenges women of color in the STEM field face, Kimberly’s mission is to provide young girls from underrepresented communities opportunities to learn in-demand skills while providing guidance and encouragement. She inspires others to become change agents by pushing through traditional boundaries and perceived limitations to help drive change in our world.

Dr. Chris Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of the Science Education program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.

He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University and served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools.

He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too.

Dr. Lisa Williams

Dr. Lisa Williams is Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams has held the position of teacher, mentor, university professor, and Title I director over her career in education. She has bachelors’ degrees in biology and psychology, a master’s in psychology, and a doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership with an emphasis in social policy. She has presented at the local, state, and national level on topic related to improving outcomes for marginalized student populations. Her career in public education spans nearly 20 years. Her dissertation study examined Response to Intervention (RtI) and the performance of students attending Title I schools.

Dr. Williams is a consultant with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as well as her independent company, EMCS. In her consulting work, she has provided guidance for schools and school systems in the areas of racial equity, gender equity in STEM, leading for equity, school transformation, and culturally responsive practices. Dr. Williams serves as a Subject Matter Expert with the United States Department of Education Department of Career, Technical, and Adult Education division related to equitable access in STEM/CTE.

In her current role, she is responsible for all educational equity and access initiatives implemented in the Baltimore County School System. Under her direction and leadership the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency as expanded to a team of 7 and is provide systemic support to the organization. In addition to providing training and support, she has created two certificate programs in educational equity and cultural proficiency with McDaniel College and Notre Dame University.

Her first book, When Treating all the Kids the Same is the Real Problem: Educational Leadership and the 21st Century Dilemma of Difference (co-authored with Dr. Kendra Johnson, Esq.) was published with Corwin Press in October 2014. She is presently codifying evaluation findings related to her work in the implementation of systemic equity training across the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams is the proud mom of a son, Andrew, who is the daily inspiration for her work for all children.

New Superintendents'

Jan. 29-31 | Register for the Symposium

New Superintendents' Workshop

The New Superintendents' Workshop is offered for California’s newest district superintendents each year. Formal training is presented by both experienced superintendents, and by recently hired superintendents who have successfully transitioned through their first year and can relate to the challenges and issues confronted by new superintendents.

The New Superintendents' Workshop attendees will join the participants of the New Superintendents' Seminar Series, which will provide a tremendous opportunity for networking, sharing challenges and successes, and building lasting supportive professional relationships.


7:30 – 5:00 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Registration
8:10 – 10:00 am . . . . . . . . . .Breakfast, Welcome and Orientation
10:00 - 11:45 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First Session
12:00 – 1:30 pm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keynote Luncheon
1:30 – 3:00 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Second Session
3:15 – 4:45 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Third Session
4:45 – 8:30 pm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Welcome Reception

7:15 – 8:00 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .First Session
9:15 –9:25 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Break
10:25 –11:25 am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Second Session

ACSA Member: $99
Non-ACSA Member: $199

Sponsors &

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Sponsors & Exhibitors


2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

General Session Sponsor: $12,000

Six Registrations
Premier Booth in Exhibit Hall
2-3 minute speaking opportunity in front of 1000 school leaders
Program Recognition
Logo displayed on stage and through out event
Pre/Post Attendee List

Internet Sponsor: $9,000

Four Registrations
Premier Booth in Exhibit Hall
Logo displayed WIFI landing page
Program Recognition
Logo displayed on stage and through out event
Pre/Post Attendee List

Women’s Breakfast Sponsor: $8,000

Four Registrations
Premier Booth in Exhibit Hall
Program Recognition
Logo displayed on stage and through out event
Pre/Post Attendee List

Entry Level Exhibitor Sponsor: $6,000

Two Registrations
Entry Level Booth in Exhibit Hall
Logo on Signage
Program Recognition
Pre/Post Attendee List

Additional ways to increase your exposure at the Symposium (Add ons can be selected in conjunction with your sponsorship package):

$5,000 – Conference Tote Bag

$3,000 – Full Sized Ad in Conference Brochure

$3,000 – New Superintendents’ Reception Sponsor (2-3 minutes for welcome remarks)

$3,000 – Selfie Station

$3,000 – Full page Ad in Conference Program

$2,500 – Charging Station

$2,500 – Chair Drop

$1,500– Half Page Ad in Conference Program

$1,500 – Premier Booth Upgrade

$1,000 – Quarter Page Ad in Conference Program

Superintendents' Symposium