Leadership Summit

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.

Event Registration & Information

Nov. 2-4, 2017
San Jose Convention Center

Keynote Speakers


Michael Bonner

Mr. Bonner is a 2nd grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School in Greenville, NC, working hard every day to make a profound impact on his students with his vision to teach them to become productive global citizens. He has been teaching for 4 years and is currently working on his graduate degree in school administration at Liberty University. Michael was honored in early 2017 by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative approaches to education for children struggling with the challenges of poverty.

Margaret Wheatley

Margaret Wheatley is president of The Berkana Institute, and an internationally acclaimed speaker and writer. She has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973 and a dedicated global citizen since her youth. Her first work was as a public school teacher and urban education administrator in New York, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea. She also has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts.


Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America; and the founder of #EmergingUS, a media start-up that lives at the intersection of race, immigration, and identity in a multicultural America. #EmergingUS is the first-ever media property owned by an undocumented immigrant.

Summit Schedule of Events

Equity Workshop Pre-Conference

Equity Workshop Speaker: Jeff Duncan Andrade

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to these duties, he continues as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 18 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. He currently teaches English at Mandela High School in East Oakland. Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Duncan-Andrade taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for 10 years, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, and school district officials nationally, and as far abroad as Brazil and New Zealand, to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings (see http://cci.sfsu.edu/taxonomy/term/68) that have been published in leading journals such as Harvard Educational Review and Qualitative Studies in Education. He recently completed two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher, with Peter Lang Publishing. These books focus on effective pedagogical strategies for urban schools. He is currently completing his third book on the core competencies of highly effective urban educators with Routledge Press.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30pm

$99 with Summit Registration - register here

$149 member/$199 non-member registration fees for Workshop only - register here

Co-Administrators Post-Conference

Saturday, November 4 | 8:30am – 2:00pm

$59 with Summit Registration | Register online
$129 member/$179 non-member rate for post-conference only | Register online

Session 1 - 8:30am – 9:30am
TOPIC: Escorting Students Through Open Doors
DESCRIPTION: Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga has served as a committed educator to cultural proficiency for all students and their families for over 40 years. She started her career in the Ventura Unified School District in Ventura, California as a bilingual paraeducator and ended her career in the same district as the superintendent. She recently co-authored her first book, Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Culturally Proficiency with her esteemed colleague and mentor, Dr. Randy Lindsey. Trudy will share the journey of how one district transformed from unintentionally participating in practices that marginalized students and their communities to being committed and successful in making the education of all students a common priority. Trudy will demonstrate how to bring the tools of cultural proficiency to action and application in schools and districts as we challenge ourselves to ensure that our actions reflect our values. Join this inspirational session as we engage in a common vision to escort students and their communities through open doors.
PRESENTER: Trudy Arriaga

Session 2 - 9:45am – 10:45am
TOPIC: Intentional and Targeted Teaching
DESCRIPTION: The Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®—or FIT Teaching®—is a research-based, field-tested, and experience-honed process that captures the essentials of the best educational environments. In contrast to restrictive pedagogical prescriptions or formulas, FIT Teaching empowers teachers to adapt the most effective planning, instructional, and assessment practices to their particular context in order to move their students’ learning from where it is now to where it should be. In this session, we focus on the role of school leaders in encouraging teachers to consider the components of FIT Teaching, coaching teachers using the self-assessment tools, and leading teachers to increase their impact on students’ learning.

Session 3 - 11:00am – 12:00pm - Leadership Summit - Keynote / General Session

Session 4 - 12:15pm – 2:00pm
Panel Discussion
PRESENTERS/DESCRIPTION: Trudy Arriaga will be joined by a panel of superintendents and principals to facilitate conversations for career advancement, leadership development, making wise decisions, and other important topics to help you excel in your position.

  • Debbie Blow: Superintendent Orcutt School District
  • David Gomez: Retired Superintendent: ACSA President 2012-13
  • Cesar Morales: Superintendent Oxnard Elementary School District, CALSA President 2016-17
  • Trudy Arriaga: Retired Superintendent: ACSA Marcus Foster Award 2013, ACSA Professor of the Year, 2017


Marriott San Jose

301 S. Market St., San Jose, CA

New sophisticated spaces, modern amenities and a central location make the San Jose Marriott the place to stay for the 2017 Leadership Summit. This pet-friendly hotel offers pillow-top mattresses, Netflix and Hulu access, luxury bathrooms and ergonomic workspaces. Take advantage of premier dining at Chef Michael Mina's Arcadia Restaurant, serving classic American dishes with a twist. Meet up with friends & colleagues for happy hour at Tanq Bar & Lounge, or grab a quick bite from Corner Market Kitchen. This hotel is adjacent to McEnery Convention Center and near downtown, SAP Center & Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC).

The ACSA Leadership Summit rate of $269 is available until October 5 or the block sells out. Reserve your room online now or call 1-877-901-6632 and ask for the ACSA Leadership Summit Rate.

Fairmont San Jose

170 S. Market St., San Jose, CA

The Fairmont San Jose is a luxury Hotel that combines Technological Innovation with Timeless Elegance and is located in the Capital of the high-tech Mecca of the Silicon Valley. This 20 story hotel is located one block from the San Jose Convention Center.

The ACSA Leadership Summit rate of $269 is available until October 5 or the block sells out. Reserve your room online now!

Hilton San Jose

300 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA

The ACSA Leadership Summit rate of $247 is available until October 5 or the block sells out. Call 408-947-4450 and mention Group Code ACL. Or reserve your room online now!


Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

More than any other conference opportunity, the ACSA Leadership Summit puts you in touch with the people who drive purchasing at every level of the education market.
  • Principals and other school-based leaders who determine spending on technology, facilities, transportation, and staff development
  • Senior district administrators, who sign-off on millions of dollars in purchasing of instructional, curriculum, and staff development products and services.

This mix of principals and central office administrators is particularly strategic for sponsors because today’s decentralized school market demands that organizations market to all levels of the school community.

For complete information on exhibiting and sponsoring the 2017 Leadership Summit please go to: https://acsasummit.expo-genie.com.

Sponsorship Levels:
Exhibitor Only: $1,800
Bronze: $2,500
Silver: $5,000
Gold: $8,000
Platinum: $10,000

Additional ways to increase your exposure at the Summit:
$10,000 – Awards Banquet Sponsor
$8,000 – Internet Buy-Out
$7,500 – Women’s Leadership Breakfast Sponsor
$5,000 – 1st Time Attendees Breakfast Sponsor
$5,000 – Summit App Banner Ad
$5,000 – Conference Tote Bag
$5,000 – Full Sized Ad in Conference Brochure
$5,000 – Opening Night Reception Sponsor (included in Gold and Platinum Sponsorship Levels)
$3,500 – Charging Station
$2,500 – Chair Drop
$2,500 – Spot in Demonstration Playground
$2,500 – Presentation Opportunity in Exhibit Hall Theatre
$2,500 – Half Page Ad in Conference Program
$1,500 – Quarter Page Ad in Conference Program
$1,500 – Upgrade to Premium Corner Booth
$500 – Fun Run Sponsor

Future Leadership Summit Dates/Locations

2018: Hilton Bayfront San Diego - November 8-10

2019: Sacramento Convention Center - November 7-9

2020: Hilton Bayfront San Diego - November 5-7

2021: Hilton San Francisco Union Square - November 4-6