Committees & Councils
About ACSA's Committees & Councils
Committee/council work serves two purposes within ACSA: expertise and networking. The two functions involve responding to issues in two ways. Committees/councils respond to and develop activities and resources related to board adopted issues and ACSA’s mission and vision, and they also act on issues specific to and identified by the committee/council itself.
Councils & Committees:
- Council membership is comprised of an elected President and a member from each Region, all of whom hold positions related to a specific job-a-like and are made of members from each region aligned with a job-a-like category. Councils develop Bylaws and operating rules which are approved by the board of directors.
- Committees are comprised of an appointed Chair and members that may or may not represent every region. Formation of a committee is based on a common interest or goal, rather than a job-a-like.
From time to time, the Board of Directors has created special committees. The main distinction between special committees and regular ACSA standing committees is that special committees may serve a limited term and members are not selected on a one per region basis. Appointments to special committees are not made on a one per region basis, but are made by the state president after consultation with appropriate resource persons. The following criteria is considered:
- Expertise in the area specified by the committee's purpose and responsibilities
- Job alike representation and balance
Sub-Committees of the ACSA Board of Directors:
The Audit Committee, Awards Committee, the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee convene as subcommittees of the state Board of Directors. Four current directors will serve on the Audit Committee, chaired by the past president. Four current or past directors will serve on the subcommittee on awards chaired by the past president. Minimum of four directors, with the Vice President acting as chair, will serve on the Finance Committee. The five Board Officers with two members elected from the Board of Directors will serve on the Executive Committee. These subcommittees will meet as needed.
Regular (Standing) Committees
Sub-Committees of the ACSA Board of Directors
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Committees & Councils
ACSA's effectiveness in shaping education policy at both the state and federal level lies in its grassroots strength. To that end, ACSA is structured with issue-focused committees and job-alike councils made up of education leaders. Following are descriptions of each of ACSA's committees and councils, as well as their purpose within the organization and contact information if you would like to learn more.
Purpose: To advance the interests, needs and well-being of California students so that our schools will once again be the best in the nation and the envy of education worldwide. To identify and study issues in the areas of higher education, administrator preparation and licensing, professional development providers, and legislation for the purpose of building collaboration and informing policy. To work collaboratively to identify issues and concerns of higher education and K-12 public education, professional preparation and development, and partnerships among school districts, institutions of higher education, and professional development providers. To influence and contribute to the education research agenda. To identify issues and make recommendations regarding increasing diversity and membership in the ranks of education administrators and professors of educational administration. ACSA members will be practicing administrators, appointed by ACSA’s president. CAPEA members will be professors of education, appointed by CAPEA.
Purpose: To educate and empower co-administrators and aspiring administrators (vice-principals, assistant principals, deans, coordinators, etc.) in their role as instructional leaders within their schools and communities. To promote networking and increase communication among administrators and aspiring administrators. To provide access to professional development and mentoring experiences. To increase awareness of the co-administrator's role and the importance of that role. To be mindful of the social & emotional wellness of students and staff.
Purpose: To build the capacity in equity leadership and cultural proficiency of all educators within the organization and throughout the state of California to effectively eliminate all equity gaps.
In order to accomplish this purpose we will:
- Identify and research issues related to equity and diversity
- Develop strong recruitment and retention policies and practices to grow membership
- Recommend policies, practices, and resources which lead to quality instructional/educational programs and services
- Assist in the development of programs, resources, and materials to help leaders effectively respond to equity issues
- Establish partnerships and communication links
- Assist the board in implementing aspects of the association strategic plan
Leadership Development Committee
Purpose: Working with the board, define association leadership needs, set criteria and requirements, and then build programs, training and orientation strategies, mentoring/coaching opportunities, and other tasks that effectively develop leadership at the region, council/committee and board levels.
Purpose: To identify and study areas of needed legislation affecting ACSA members and public education. To solicit sponsorship requests from ACSA members, and to sponsor bills that improve conditions in California schools. To study proposed legislation and, based upon ACSA’s Legislative Platform and additional input from the Board of Directors, establish ACSA’s position on state and federal legislation. To assist in the establishment of the ACSA Legislative Platform.
Purpose: To recruit, retain and recognize members. To identify trends and issues with membership categories that may require changes or adjustments. To support and help grow ACSA’s Partner4Purpose program in order to further meet the needs of members. To monitor and ensure that region and charter bylaws align with state ACSA bylaws and that region and charters are in compliance with these regulations.
Purpose: To provide leadership, direction, clarification, and understanding of the California State Teachers’ and California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems to all ACSA members. To actively work with other members of the retirement coalition to protect and enhance the benefits of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. To investigate and to promote legislation that positively impacts or affects members of both systems. To encourage the continued participation, involvement and service of retired ACSA members in the cause of protecting and advocating for retired member pensions. To strengthen a network of communication among ACSA retirees.
Staff Liaison: Alice Petrossian, ACSA Member Services
Staff Liaison: Margarita Cuizon, ACSA Member Services
Support Staff: Stephanie Llamas, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Dorothy Johnson, ACSA Governmental Relations
Small School District
Purpose: To advocate small school district issues within ACSA. To provide the Legislative Policy Committee information on legislation that would affect small school districts in conformance with ACSA’s legislative platform positions. To provide training and information to support small school district administrators. To facilitate networking between CSBA’s Small School District Council and the Small School Districts Association Executive Committee. An opportunity for Small School District Superintendents to network and provide collegial support.
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to urban education. To emphasize the need to improve educational opportunity for children in urban school districts. To identify and articulate the unique concerns of administrators in urban school districts. To recommend solutions and/or courses of action to deal with problems and needs of urban schools. To identify and study issues and make recommendations on practices, policies, and positions to ACSA’s leadership and staff and to state agencies/legislators related to Urban Education.
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to adult education. To recommend legislative positions to ACSA and advocate for legislation that advances public adult education statewide. To actively enhance and promote adult education’s role with professional organizations, government officials, state agencies, school districts, business, industry, and the community at large. To plan and coordinate professional growth opportunities for administrators of adult education programs.
Purpose: To recommend associated state budget positions and serve as a quick response team on state budget issues that impact public education. To enhance and promote business services’ role within the education community. To build skills of business officials through workshops and conferences. To enhance communications with other ACSA committees, affiliated organizations, and state agencies in support of ACSA’s overarching priorities.
Career Technical Education
Purpose: The purpose of the ACSA Career Technical Education Council is to support administration and ensure relevant high quality CTE programs that prepare PreK-adult students for successful transition to careers and post-secondary education through: core integrated curriculum, legislation, advocacy, professional development, communication and collaboration.
Staff Liaison: Naj Alikhan, ACSA Communications
Support Staff: Tracy Olmedo, ACSA Communications
Support Staff: Arnaldo Rivera, ACSA Information Technology
Subject Matter Expert: Serette Kaminski, ACSA Governmental Relations
Purpose: To build and maintain a vibrant network of classified educational leaders who share a commitment to excellence in the service and support of all California students and are valued members of their leadership team. To develop and enhance professional growth opportunities for classified educational leaders, promote the benefits of ACSA membership, encourage participation and involvement in all levels of ACSA.
Staff Liaison: Janaye Field, ACSA Educational Services Department
Support Staff: Elaine Cervantez, ACSA Executive Department
Subject Matter Expert: Dorothy Johnson, ACSA Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: Danelle Buckley, ACSA Educational Services Department
Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Leaders
Purpose: To identify and study issues and make recommendations on practices, policies, and positions to ACSA’s leadership and staff and to state agencies relating to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability. To identify and disseminate best practices for administrators who work in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and accountability, to ensure student-centered instruction and services, which prepare all students to compete in an international society. To plan, develop, and coordinate professional learning programs, electronic media, and publications related to council business. To maintain liaison with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), including nominating WASC commissioners. To review all non-ACSA requests to conduct research using ACSA records. To maintain liaison with state agencies and other organizations which impact curriculum, instruction, accountability, interventions, assessment, and evaluation. To assist in ACSA membership recruitment.
Early Childhood Education
Purpose: The Early Education Council is committed to improving the learning outcomes in the lives of young children (birth to 5 years old) to transition to kindergarten with essential skills as they continue their successful educational trajectory. The Councils is committed and takes on the responsibility of serving a diverse cultural and linguistic needs of students and their families. The Council will focus on crucial standards such as developmental milestones; social and emotional learning; cognitive and physical skills; high quality professional development for Early Education administrators; and parental and community engagement.
Purpose: To be the leader at the state level in promoting best practices in teaching and learning while promoting, supporting, and influencing accountability, programming, and credentialing, in addition to financial and legislative issues facing educational options program in the state.
Subject Matter Expert: Megan Baier, ACSA Governmental Relations
Purpose: To identify and study issues related to elementary and pre-school administrators. To recommend best practices and policies and to serve as advocates for high quality programs for all elementary and pre-school children. To serve as a forum in which elementary and pre-school administrators may resolve issues related to their professional efforts. To serve as a representative of elementary and pre-school administrators in meeting the goals and priorities of ACSA. To provide representation and leadership from ACSA to NAESP. To assist in the recruitment of elementary and pre-school administrators as ACSA members. To plan and coordinate professional growth opportunities for elementary and pre-school administrators.
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to professionals responsible for personnel, employer/employee relations and other human resources programs. To provide leadership, direction, clarification, and understanding in such areas as personnel practices, employer-employee relationships, fair and equal employment practices, contract management, negotiations, retirement, legislation, credentials, management team concept, individual rights, and staff-related issues. To plan, provide, and encourage in-service training for administrators in this area, and to maintain liaison between ACSA and the American Association of School Personnel Administrators. To assist in the recruitment of personnel, employer/employee relations and other human resources administrators as ACSA members. To promote the training and recruitment of individuals of diverse backgrounds as human resources administrators. To promote the highest standard of ethical conduct, assist local school administrators, and to assure due process to all members of ACSA.
Middle Grades Education
Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to middle grades administrators and to recommend practices and policies which will lead to high quality programs for young adolescents. To strengthen a network for communication among middle grades administrators. To plan, provide, and encourage professional development programs for middle grades administrators. To assist in the recruitment of middle grades administrators as ACSA members. To encourage interaction and support between ACSA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the California Department of Education, and other organizations and agencies promoting the interests of middle grades education.
Purpose: To identify and study issues and make recommendations to ACSA Board of Directors related to secondary education. To recommend practices and policies which will lead to high quality programs for secondary students. To recruit secondary administrators as members and to maintain a liaison between ACSA, NASSP, C.I.F., and other state agencies relating to secondary education. To plan and coordinate professional development programs and networking opportunities for secondary administrators.
Student Services and Special Education
Purpose: The Council supports administrators in the areas of special education, student services, and coordinated youth services by:
- Advocating best practices, policies, and legislation to ensure high quality positive student programs.
- Improving collaboration and communication between general education, student services, special education, and other support agencies and organizations.
- Facilitating the development and understanding of current trends and financial issues related to their impact on student programs and services.
- Planning and coordinating timely and meaningful professional development offerings for new and experienced school administrators.
- Championing equity and inclusive practices to ensure access for each student.
- Be an advisor to other ACSA Council, Committees, and ACSA Leadership, and assisting in ACSA membership recruitment.
Subject Matter Expert: Tracy Robinson, ACSA Educational Services
Purpose: To identify and study issues related to the role and responsibilities of superintendents and proactively advocate for solutions. To strengthen a network for communication among superintendents. To be proactive in representing the viewpoints and vision of superintendents on critical education issues with a view toward influencing policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. To plan strategies and practices which will influence the quality of education for all California students. To voice the critical need for stable, sound finance for educating California’s children. To represent superintendents in ACSA’s relations with the Governor’s office, Legislature, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction. To plan and coordinate professional development activities for superintendents and activities to enhance professional development of administrators and all school district positions. To encourage the active participation of superintendents and all other management team members in ACSA. To maintain a liaison relationship with AASA and other state organizations and agencies
Forms & Resources
Forms & Resources for Committees & Councils
- Leadership Assembly Information
Information about the upcoming Leadership Assembly.
- Governance Calendar
- Travel Reimbursement Form & Instructions
Download the current form with updated guidelines and instructions.
- Leadership Manual
View and download the complete Leadership Manual; view the Committee & Councils section for all training materials
- For all other training materials, please login to your member profile and click "Member Resources"
Before adapting the template for your group, please be sure to make a copy – each template includes:
- a title slide (to be personalized for your Council or Committee)
- a slide with simple instructions
- slides labeled for officers
- slides labeled for participants
- last slide is the slide template.
- First & Second Year Focus Milestones: 2018-2021
View the ACSA Strategic Plan focus milestones
- Committee & Council Goal Setting
A guide to goal setting incorporating the Strategic Plan (PowerPoint)
- Engaging ACSA's Strategic Plan
A guide to setting goals at the Committee/Council level (PowerPoint)
- Committee & Council Beginning of Year Planning Template
Use this document to plan your strategic focus for the coming year
- Committee & Council End of Year Reporting Template
Use this document to highlight your achievements and successes for the year.
Council Nomination Form:
- Council Member Recommendation Form
Committee Nomination Form:
- Committee Member Recommendation Form (All Committees)