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Every Student Succeeding

Abigail Rosales has spent most of her ten birthdays at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Due to severe liver failure, Abigail is on the wait list for a full liver transplant. But you would never know about her medical condition given her incredible spirit and positive personality. In fact, she describes her life as "awesome".

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ACSA Storytellers

Every Student Succeeding: My Guardian Angel

Brian Radtke, former principal at Phoenix Secondary in Fresno Unified School District, holds a special bond with Isaac Daugherity. Isaac was homeless and alone at the age of 9. When he arrived at Phoenix Secondary, he had no reason to trust anyone and every reason not to. But in time, Principal Radtke earned Isaac's trust. With Radtke's help, Isaac is set to graduate in December and attend college next fall.

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Every Student Succeeding: Standing Tall

Laila Raymond missed nearly one year of school to bullying. After finally confiding in educators at Fischer Middle School in San Jose, she finally got a break. The school stepped up to end the harassment and Laila has blossomed into an ambitious young woman. With sights set on Stanford and medical school to follow, she hopes one day to take care of children…as a pediatrician. We take you inside the story of a student who succeeded in conquering her bullies and her fears to become her own champion.

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Every Student Succeeding: Help Is on the Way

Kassan Ortiz Farrakhan went from being a troubled student to a model student, working through issues of anger and alienation from a young age. With the help of administrators and counselors, he has learned to understand his own behavior, respect others and make different choices. Now in junior high, he has participated in his school’s anti-bullying task force and other community service activities.

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Every Student Succeeding: My Awesome Life

Abigail Rosales has spent most of her ten birthdays at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Due to severe liver failure, Abigail is on the wait list for a full liver transplant. But you would never know about her medical condition given her incredible spirit and positive personality. In fact, she describes her life as "awesome".

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F1rst Person with Wes Smith

F1rst Person with Wes Smith: Michael Kirst

In this broadcast, ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith talks with Michael Kirst, president of the State Board of Education.

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F1rst Person with Wes Smith: Shawn Ahdout

In this edition of F1rst Person, ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith talks with Shawn Ahdout, president of the California Association of Student Councils.

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News Broadcasts

ACSA News Broadcast, Dec. 7, 2016

ACSA leaders and superintendents from across the state met with California legislators at the State Capitol to discuss LCFF funding and analyze successful methods and challenges in their educational communities.

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ACSA News Broadcast, Nov. 11, 2016

More than 1,000 California educators spent part of the week in San Diego for ACSA's annual Leadership Summit. Naj Alikhan recaps day one of the event including a powerful talk from Ron Clark Academy co-founder Kim Bearden and the Every Student Succeeding Awards luncheon.

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ACSA News Broadcast, Sept. 9, 2016

ACSA News reports from the California State Board of Education on a new accountability system with LCFF evaluation rubrics that include HS grad rate, progress of ELs on English proficiency, college & career, suspension rates. ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith talks about why he feels the new accountability system is "a model for students across America.”

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Video Highlights

Every Student Succeeding: The Series

This 21-part series showcases the incredible stories of students who beat the odds and inspire us with their extraordinary success. Watch the series here or on YouTube beginning June 20 with a new video available every Monday.


Beth Cusimano's Running Family

Beth Cusimano is responsible for creating a running culture at Eisenhower Elementary in Garden Grove, inspired by teacher Jami Marseilles, who lost both legs in a blizzard in 1987.


A Proposal for the Ages

A heartwarming story of two best friends with Down Syndrome at Esperanza High School in Anaheim who captured the hearts of and minds of their classmates, their community and millions around the world.