Videos

ACSA Storytellers

ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith shares his own powerful story of his journey to finding life/work balance. After years of neglecting self-care in the greater effort to serve CA students, Wes shares the lessons he learned as a heart attack survivor about the power of showing up rested, healthy and ready to work at full capacity.

Educational leaders often work tirelessly, at breakneck speed and at all hours to support and serve adults who have responsibility for the academic, emotional and physical well-being of students—often at the expense of their own physical, mental, and emotional health.

He explores the power of realizing our purpose and defining our values, and how balance and alignment allow for the full engagement necessary to achieve true success. Smith explores what it is to seek to better understand the cycle of stress, renewal and recovery and how thriving amidst chaos requires intentionally strengthening our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves.


ACSA Storytellers

ACSA Storytellers: Wes Smith on Life/Work Balance

ACSA Executive Director Wes Smith shares his own powerful story of his journey to finding life/work balance. After years of neglecting self-care in the greater effort to serve CA students, Wes shares the lessons he learned as a heart attack survivor about the power of showing up rested, healthy and ready to work at full capacity.

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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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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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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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Video Highlights

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.