ACSA trainings and workshops are one- to three-day events designed to provide specific initial training on a concept or strategy. Trainings are offered on a wide variety of topics in multiple locations throughout the state.

Trainings & One-Day Workshops

A Day in the Life of a Co-Administrator

Co-administrators are deans, vice and assistant principals who become the lifeblood of a school site. The focus of their day: acting and reacting to situations big and small.

This workshop exposes co-administrators to proactive measures for utilization in the world of discipline, records, attendance, safety and more. Providing sample policies, procedures and unique strategies to all participants during this day-long workshop, attendees are armed with tools and techniques allowing them the opportunity to become more effective instructional leader rather than a firefighter.

Dates & Locations

Sanger USD: Jan. 31 Canceled
1905 7th St., Boardroom
Sanger, CA 93657


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee:
ACSA Member: $249
Non Member: $499

Register online

For more information, download the workshop flier, or contact Rhonda Morgan, Program Coordinator, (800) 608-ACSA.


Building a Successful Attendance Plan: A Practitioner's Approach

There is a strong connection between student attendance and achievement—when students are not in school, whether for excused or unexcused absences, they lose out on the opportunity to learn. As such, chronic absenteeism must be addressed through the Local Control and Accountability Plan, and has been identified as an indicator for school success in the new accountability system that replaced the Academic Performance Index. This workshop will provide day-to-day practical strategies and best practices in which school personnel can build a successful attendance improvement plan through a multi-tiered systems of support.

What You Will Learn:

  • The reasons behind the increased focus on attendance at both the federal and state levels
  • How to collect and analyze multiple measures of attendance
  • How chronic absenteeism can be addressed through the LCAP
  • Why it is important to develop and implement a multi-tiered systems of support for attendance (prevention, early identification and intervention)
  • Strategies and best practices related to attendance improvement
  • Elements of a successful attendance improvement plan

Suggested Audience:

District Administrators, Principals, Assistant Principals, Aspiring Administrators, Classified Management (It is highly recommended that schools bring a team to the training that includes an administrator, school counselor and/or social worker, teacher, attendance clerk)

Dates & Locations

Riverside COE: March 22
3958 12th Street, Boardroom
Riverside, CA 92502

**New Date Added**
ACSA Ontario
: March 23
3602 Inland Empire Blvd, Suite A230, Ontario, CA 91764


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee: $99

Register Online

For more information, download the workshop flier or email Rhonda Morgan, Program Coordinator or call (800) 608-ACSA.


Equity Institutes

ACSA recognizes that all of our protected classes (including but not limited to LGBTQ, gender, disabilities, religion, and language) fall under the scope of this work and deserve intentional and strategic efforts to provide relevant support. While the work in this eight-day institute will provide a deeper focus on race/ethnicity through a culturally proficient lens, we believe the foundational skills that will be explored and developed can be applied to effectively serve all marginalized groups.

Institute Experience:

  • Instruction/Collaboration/Reflective Practices
  • School Site Visit/Equity Walks

CPSEL #5 Focus: Ethics and Integrity

  • Reflective Practice
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Ethical Action

Major Themes:

  • Equity, culture, and community responsiveness
  • Cultural Proficiency
  • Disrupting patterns of inequity

Dates & Locations

Santa Cruz COE: Full
Oct. 13; Dec. 8; Feb. 2; Mar. 16 (site visit date TBD)
400 Encinal St, Boardroom, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily

Ventura USD:
Dec. 1-2; Jan. 19-20; Feb. 9-10;
Mar. 9-10
255 W. Stanley Ave, Ste 100, Ed Service Ctr, Christa MCauliffe Rm; Ventura, CA 93001
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily


Having Hard Conversations 1 & 2

Having Hard Conversations Part 1

As administrators, coaches or teacher leaders, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak up and what words shall we use so the conversation can be as humane and growth producing as possible?

Having Hard Conversations Part 1 is an interactive workshop and personal approach to mastering the art of challenging conversations. The strategies in the workshop address a wide range of situations, including communications with supervisees, peers, and supervisors. The workshop helps educators at all levels speak with clarity and courage to directly address difficult situations within their schools.

Schedule a Training

Would you like to host Having Hard Conversations training in your school district or Region? ACSA welcomes the opportunity to schedule this training based upon demand and commitment for an approximate minimum of 25 participants per training. Please contact Mary Gomes to inquire.

Having Hard Conversations Part 2

Continuing the learning in Having Hard Conversations Part 1, Having Hard Conversations Part 2 is an extension and deepening of the work of cultivating conflict competence. The workshop revisits the key elements of Having Hard Conversations Part 1, such as the working with individual case studies, outcome mapping and the use of scripting protocols, and goes deeper into how to keep conflict at a cognitive level, how to analyze possible covert influences in play during a hard conversation, how to respond productively when conflict escalates, plus other strategies and tips for being more confident and empowered when facing challenging situations.

Schedule a Training

Would you like to host Having Hard Conversations training in your school district or Region? ACSA welcomes the opportunity to schedule this training based upon demand and commitment for an approximate minimum of 25 participants per training. Please contact Mary Gomes to inquire.


How to Get Your Next Job in Educational Leadership

Master the Moves of Career Advancement with Courage, Skill and Confidence

Do you want to move ahead in your career but fear the job interview? Are you tired of being complimented for coming in second? Are you prepared to answer the wide range of questions asked in an interview? This engaging and practical workshop will address these questions and more! Dr. Marilou Ryder, former superintendent and author of Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership (Delmar Publishing) will share smart strategies to help you build your job seeking skills and gain confidence as you prepare for upcoming career opportunities. This workshop is designed for aspiring school leaders, assistant principals, principals, district office leaders, classified leaders and assistant superintendents ready to move on to the next level in their careers.

You will learn how to….

  • Strategically plan for your next career move
  • Write letters of application
  • Design resumes that stand out in the crowd
  • Learn the subtle art of self-promotion
  • Develop scrimmage notes in preparation for the wide range of questions asked in an interview
  • Establish smart habits before and after the job interview
  • Prepare for the high-stakes interview by practicing common interview themes
  • Begin to work on your professional brand by building a winning image
  • Develop courage and resiliency throughout the job seeking process
  • Persevere when the going gets tough

Dates & Locations

ACSA Sacramento: Jan 26, 2018
1029 J Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

ACSA Ontario: Feb 3, 2018
3602 Inland Empire Blvd, Ste A230
Ontario, CA 91764


Workshop Times

8:00 to 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee: $199

Register Online

For more information,download the workshop flier, or contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.


The Human Resources Office: The First 90 Days and Beyond

This workshop is designed for administrators with Human Resources responsibilities, Classified Managers and other support staff. Participants new to Human Resources or with experience in Human Resources will benefit from the comprehensive overview of the myriad tasks and responsibilities of the Human Resources office. The presentation will include a detailed calendar of events, procedures related to Human Resources and a Human Resources self assessment instrument.

Outcomes:
  • Identify and understand the complexities of HR administration
  • Describe the functions performed by the HR Office
  • Identify the various public stakeholders with whom the HR Office must interact and what results may be expected from those interactions
  • Become familiar with recent legislative and case law changes
  • Identify and understand HR procedures and the monitoring of critical timelines
  • Become familiar with an HR Office Self-Assessment Instrument.

Dates & Locations

Marin COE: Jan. 31
1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94913

Lemon Grove SD: Feb. 20
8025 Lincoln St., Lemon Grove, CA 91945


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee: $295

Register Online

For more information, download the workshop flier, or contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.


In-Gage Families

Strategies for Creating Shared Leadership with Families for Student Success

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for school leaders to enhance their awareness and understanding of working with, engaging and creating shared leadership with families, and family leaders at the school site, which in turn helps the school administrator develop awareness, cultural capacity and insights to assist all students in successful learning and development.

Outcomes (what you will learn):

  • Understand the positive outcomes of effective family engagement
  • Design strategies of better engagement opportunities and outcomes
  • Understand the challenges of working with families within the school community

Suggested Audience: Principals, site leaders and district personnel

Dates & Locations

ACSA Sacramento: March 14
1029 J Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served

Event Registration

Registration Fees:
$159 ACSA Member
$199 Non-member

Register Online

For more information, download the workshop flyer or contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA


Making Schools Better for LGBT Students

Professional Learning Purpose: Equip School Leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools, to ensure LGBT students are educated in a safe and inclusive environment, free from bias, harassment and discrimination and to better serve at-risk LGBT students.

Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with sexual orientation and gender definitions, terms and transitions.
  • Understand research and data related to LGBT youth and their families
  • Learn about current laws and their application in schools
  • Share best practices for creating safe and welcoming school climates through LGBT policies and procedures
  • Learn tools for protecting LGBTQ students from bullying and violence
  • Support transitioning youth, employees or parents in the school community
  • Lead staff in LGBT youth initiatives and professional develop

Suggested Audience: Superintendents, School Board Members, District and Site Administrators and other educators

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served

Dates & Locations

Anaheim Elementary SD: Feb 8
Key Elementary School
Multipurpose Room
2000 W. Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92804

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee:
ACSA Member: $125
Non-member: $175

Register online

For more information,
download the workshop flier or contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.



Master Schedule Training

The complexities of building today’s master schedule in both middle and high school can be overwhelming, especially if you have little or no master scheduling experience. This one-day seminar will provide the necessary basics including:

  • Identification of essential “non-negotiable” components
  • Realistic and necessary timelines
  • Step-by-step, practical, method for creating a schedule that provides course selection equity.
  • An opportunity to practice building a master-schedule with real numbers

Suggested Audience:

All levels of expertise are welcome, however, this workshop is geared toward first and second year master schedulers

Dates & Locations

Brandman University: Jan. 11
7460 Mission Valley Rd, Rm 103, San Diego, CA 92108

ACSA Burlingame:
Jan. 25
1575 Bayshore Hwy, 2nd Fl, Burlingame, CA 94010


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee:
ACSA Member: $385
Non Member: $770

Register Online

For more information, download the workshop flier or contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.


New Superintendents Seminar Series

ACSA's New Superintendents Seminar Series (NSSS) is a professional learning program that has successfully assisted first and second year superintendents for over fourteen years. The program places participants into a yearlong cohort and tackles the current issues faced by superintendents in five workshop settings.

Each workshop is comprised of session topics based upon the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL), delivered by experienced superintendents.

Practical topics will be included, such as:

  • Negotiations-Setting the Stage and Understanding the Impacts of Your First Interim
  • Digital Literacy, Citizenship & Leadership
  • Personnel Issues
  • What Have You Learned & Setting Goals for Next Year

Dates & Locations

Monterey Conference Center: Jan. 23
1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

ACSA Ontario: March 9-10
3602 Inland Empire Blvd, Ste A230, Ontario, CA 91764

The Westgate Hotel: April 20-21
1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Cohort Registration

Registration Fees:
New Superintendents Workshop / PreConference Only
ACSA Member: $99
Non Member: $199

March & April Sessions
ACSA Member: $760
Non Member: $800

Register Online

For more information, download the series flier, or contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.


Opening Doors for Women in Leadership

As female leaders, do we have the will and the courage to ensure that our actions reflect our stated values and belief systems within the educational system? This workshop will provide a forum to delve into the unintentional practices that marginalize women in leadership, and the female staff/students we are privileged to serve. The presentation will pull together practices related to contextual factors of diversity, equity, access and inclusion that relate specifically to a female leader’s primary role. Learn about the journey of one leader's commitment and ability as the first woman superintendent in a large district to ensure equity, access and inclusion for all members of the school and district communities. The presentation will focus on the unique qualities, challenges and abilities that women leaders possess to create and lead a culture that opens doors for all.

Outcomes:

  • Participants will have a greater understanding of practices that open doors for all students through the lens of female leadership.
  • Participants will build on and expand equity practices for females within our own schools and districts.
  • Participants will clearly understand the relationship of values and action to the tools of a culturally proficient female leader.
  • Participants will engage in dialogue that highlights the unique qualities, challenges and abilities of the female leader.

Suggested Audience: All school leaders

Dates & Locations

Ventura COE: Jan 10 Canceled
5100 Adolfo Road, Salon B
Camarillo, CA 93012

Orinda SD: Jan. 18 Canceled
8 Altarinda Road, Boardroom
Orinda, CA 94563


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee:
ACSA Member: $199
Non Member: $249

Register Online

For more information, contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.


Power Dynamics and School Culture

School culture is at the heart of school success. Power dynamics can either make or break that culture. Recognizing the debilitating role that power struggles can play in a school is essential as is the school leader's ability to increase their team's capacity to avoid power struggles. This full day experience is geared toward helping school leaders identify how power struggles are manifested in a school and lead the learning to eliminate them through effective professional learning for school staff and deliberate growth activities with students. Part one of the day is facilitated by author and speaker, Janice Case. Part two of the day is an experience designed to support participants in leading the learning.

Outcomes (what you will learn):

  • Assessing our current capacity to promote a positive school culture.
  • Identifying and understanding the role of power struggles in schools.
  • Identifying and understanding the key characteristics of effective professional learning.
  • Building our capacity to support staff and students when power struggles occur.

Suggested Audience: Suggested audience includes school leaders at all levels to include aspiring leaders, Assistant Principals, Principals, and district staff.

Dates & Locations

Upcoming dates available soon.


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee:
ACSA Member: $199
Non Member: $249

Register Online

For more information, download the workshop flyer or contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.


The Skillful Classified Evaluator

Meaningful Employee Evaluations to Build Capacity, Due Process Documentation and File Building & Courageous Conversations

Learn to . . .

  • Establish a common philosophy across the District regarding employee evaluation
  • Create common language used to provide meaningful and effective feedback to employees
  • Calibrate the feedback across the District in order to build employee capacity
  • Provide feedback to employees with quantitative and qualitative evidence
  • Generate documents that improve the performance and skillset of a classified employee
  • Generate assistance plans that are robust, multifaceted and improve the performance and skillset of a classified employee
  • Prepare for and conduct effective conversations with the purpose of improving performance
  • Create systems within a District to enhance the capacity of site supervisors to provide meaningful feedback
  • Generate documentation that will support difficult employment decisions
  • Communicate and work effectively with union leadership while honoring an employee’s right to representation
  • Understand the legal requirements and ethical approaches regarding the discipline of employees

Schedule a Training

Would you like to host The Skillful Classified Evaluator in your school district or Region? ACSA welcomes the opportunity to schedule this training based upon demand and commitment for an approximate minimum of 20 participants per training. Please contact Rhonda Morgan to inquire.


The Skillful Certificated Evaluator

Meaningful Employee Evaluations to Build Capacity, Increase Student Achievement, Due Process Documentation and File Building

Learn to…

  • Establish a common philosophy across the District regarding employee evaluation
  • Create common language used to provide meaningful and effective feedback to employees
  • Calibrate the feedback across the District in order to build employee capacity
  • Provide feedback to employees with quantitative and qualitative evidence
  • Generate documents that improve the delivery of instruction
  • Generate assistance plans that are robust, multifaceted and improve the quality of instruction
  • Prepare for and conduct effective conversations with the purpose of improving performance
  • Create systems within a District to enhance the capacity of site supervisors to provide meaningful feedback
  • Generate documentation that will support difficult employment decisions
  • Communicate and work effectively with union leadership while honoring an employee’s right to representation
  • Understand the legal requirements and ethical approaches regarding the discipline of employees

Dates & Locations

San Diego COE: Jan. 24 Canceled
South Countyty Ed Regional Ctr, 800 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950


Workshop Times:

One Day Workshop
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. registration/check in
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. workshop

Event Registration

Registration Fee:
ACSA Member: $295
Non Member: $625

New dates and locations coming soon. For more information or to be added to the interest list, contact Rhonda Morgan, (800) 608-ACSA.