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.

Keynote Speakers

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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.

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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.

Hotel & Travel Information

San Jose Marriott (SOLD OUT)

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).



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 (SOLD OUT)

300 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA


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 Level Sponsorship Benefits: ($1,800)

  • Standard Booth in Exhibit Hall
  • 2 Exhibit Hall Passes
  • Listing as exhibitor on Summit App
  • Listing onsite as exhibitor signs at registration and in Exhibit Hall
  • Company description in Final Program
  • Standard Booth Sign
  • Standard Pipe and Draping
  • 24 hour general guard service

Bronze-Level Sponsorship Benefits: ($2,500)

  • Standard Booth in Exhibit Hall
  • 1 Full Conference Registration
  • 2 Exhibit Hall Passes
  • Pre- and Post-Attendee Lists
  • Listing as conference sponsor on Summit App
  • Listing onsite on tiered conference sponsor signs at registration and in Exhibit Hall
  • Company description in Final Program
  • Standard Booth Sign
  • Standard Pipe and Draping
  • 24 hour general guard service

Silver-Level Sponsorship Benefits: ($5,000)

  • Standard Booth in Exhibit Hall
  • 2 Full Conference Registration
  • 4 Exhibit Hall Passes
  • Pre- and Post-Attendee Lists
  • Listing as conference sponsor on Summit App
  • Listing onsite on tiered conference sponsor signs at registration and in Exhibit Hall
  • Company description in Final Program
  • Included in Exhibit Hall Attendee Game on Summit App
  • Logo on screen during Every Student Succeeding Luncheon and General Sessions
  • Standard Booth Sign
  • Standard Pipe and Draping
  • 24 hour general guard service
Gold Sponsorship Benefits: ($8,000)

  • Standard Booth in Exhibit Hall
  • 2 Full Conference Registration
  • 6 Exhibit Hall Passes
  • Pre- and Post-Attendee Lists
  • Listing as conference sponsor on Summit App
  • Listing onsite on tiered conference sponsor signs at registration and in Exhibit Hall
  • Company description in Final Program
  • Included in Exhibit Hall Attendee Game on Summit App
  • Logo on screen during Every Student Succeeding Luncheon and General Sessions
  • Listed as sponsor of Exhibit Hall Coffee Breaks and snacks
  • Included as sponsor of Wednesday night off-site reception
  • Standard Booth Sign
  • Standard Pipe and Draping
  • 24 hour general guard service

Platinum Sponsorship Benefits: ($10,000)

  • One standard booth in exhibit hall
  • 3 Full Conference Registration
  • 8 Exhibit Hall Passes
  • Pre- and Post-Attendee Lists
  • Listing as conference sponsor on Summit App
  • Listing onsite on tiered conference sponsor signs at registration and in Exhibit Hall
  • Company description in Final Program
  • Included in Exhibit Hall Attendee Game on Summit App
  • Logo on screen during Every Student Succeeding Luncheon and General Sessions
  • Listed as sponsor of Exhibit Hall Coffee Breaks and snacks
  • Included as sponsor of Wednesday night off-site reception
  • Recognition onstage as sponsor of General Session or Every Student Succeeding Luncheon
  • Speaking opportunity onstage during General Session or Every Student Succeeding Luncheon (welcoming remarks no more than 2 minutes)
  • Standard Booth Sign
  • Standard Pipe and Draping
  • 24 hour general guard service

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

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

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