Overview

2021-22 Academy Program

REGISTRATION FOR ACADEMIES IS NOW OPEN!

NEW! Exclusive Blended/Hybrid Personnel Administrators Academy Pilot: One Cohort Only Statewide

The Academy program will continue in an exclusively online format for one more year. ACSA is mindful of supporting school districts and LEAs in taking the time they will need to return to in-person operation, meetings, and events as it becomes increasingly safer and logistically possible to do so. We are honored by the opportunity to provide participants with high quality professional learning and networking, and to be an integral part of their career preparation and advancement.


The Association of California School Administrators provides a full range of academies, in 10 leadership specializations, to meet your needs as a school administrator, confidential employee or classified manager.

Because ACSA represents all members of the district management team, we can help you build the administrative and leadership skills needed in your current job, while preparing you to take advantage of career advancement opportunities.

ACSA's job-specific academies provide a solid foundation of training in the application of leadership and management fundamentals for administrators who are new or aspiring to advanced leadership positions. The academies are seen as the "fast track" to your career as a superintendent, principal, business manager, curriculum and instruction or personnel administrator, special education/pupil services director, confidential employee or classified manager.

In the ACSA academy program, in every leadership specialization, effective professional learning plays a vital role in expanding participants' capacity for equity- minded leadership. We invite you to take advantage of these exceptional high quality professional learning opportunities as ACSA continues to innovate to better meet your needs.


Registration and Cancellation Information:

Enrollment is limited to the first 30 registrants.

To avoid registration cancellation, an appropriate form of payment must be received no later than three weeks before the scheduled Academy start date. Registrants may re-register with appropriate form of payment.

Cancellations must be in writing a minimum of 15 days prior to the program date to be eligible for a refund. A service fee is charged for all cancellations. The following scale will be used for all cancellation requests. NOTE: Each cancellation notice received will be reviewed on an individual basis.
60 days prior - Full refund less $50 service fee
30 days prior - Full refund less $75 service fee
15 days prior - 50% refund
14 days or less - No refund

2021-2022 Academy Catalog

2021-2022 Academies At-A-Glance


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Scholarships

Academy Scholarships

ACSA offers academy scholarship funding for members with financial need to attend job-specific academies. Academy scholarships are awarded exclusively for academy participation.

Who is eligible?

Regular ACSA members who have a commitment to educational quality, student achievement and professional growth, who can demonstrate a financial need, and who have not previously been awarded an Academy scholarship.

What is the scholarship amount?

Eight $500 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship (Superintendents only) will be awarded to recipients selected by the Academy Scholarships Selection Committee.

What is the deadline?

Applications and related materials must be submitted directly to state ACSA, to the attention of Trish Elmore, by Monday, July 19, 2021. Recipients will be notified in writing by July 30, 2021.

Be sure to read additional Academy scholarship details on page 25 of the 2021-22 Academy Catalog.

2021-22 Academy Scholarship Application

Deadline to apply: Monday, July 19, 2021


Region Scholarships

We encourage members to check with your local region for the availability of professional development scholarships.

Access & Equity
for English Learners

Access & Equity for English Learners Academy

Intended Audience
Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents of Instruction; Project Directors, Curriculum Directors, Intervention Specialists; Site Administrators; District and County Office Administrators including those aspiring to central office curriculum and instructional leadership; School Board Members

The Access and Equity for English Learners Academy, is designed to provide administrators with the most up-to-date information in order to be successful instructional and compliance administrators at all levels and areas of responsibility related to programs and services for English Learners. The academy focuses on leadership for accountability, instruction, and advocacy for English Learners by integrating the principles of:

  • organizational and cultural environment,
  • dynamics of strategic issues management,
  • ethical and reflective leadership,
  • analysis and development of public policy, and
  • management of information systems and human and fiscal resources

within the context of local control accountability planning, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used toward completing annual required professional development requirements. Themes are aligned to the California Performance Standards for Educational Leadership (CPSEL).

Specific themes include:

  • Historical and statewide perspective of bilingual education.
  • State and Federal Laws.
  • Assessments, Identification and Reclassification.
  • Climate and Culture, Systemic Reform, Systems Thinking.
  • Equity and Access: examination of bias and beliefs, interrupting patters of inequity.
  • Leading the implementation of the Frameworks.
  • Designated and integrated ELD placement, equity and access.
  • High Quality Instruction, RtI, intervention, prevention and Special Education.
  • Advocacy.
  • Current Issues and Ethical Leadership.
  • Supervision of instruction to focus on what designated and integrated ELD instruction look like in the classroom.

Academy sessions are particularly useful for educators managing changes that lead to successful implementation of standards, assessment and accountability. The extensive course syllabus and materials each participant receives are exceptional resources for ongoing reference. Participant learning will be driven by a self-directed problem of practice with a cumulative artifact to be shared during the leadership practicum.

2021-2022 Meeting format

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekend sessions in a Virtual/Online meeting format. Synchronous online sessions will convene on Saturday mornings. In between weekend meetings, participants will complete a series of online tasks including discussion posts, self-directed activities from a menu of related material, gaming and badging.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

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Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

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Access & Equity for English Learners - Los Angeles
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Angel Barrett and Yvonne Contreras

Dates:
  • September 25, 2021
  • October 16
  • December 4
  • January 22, 2022
  • February 26
  • March 19
  • April 30

Co-Administrators

Co-Administrators Academy

Intended Audience
New and aspiring co-administrators including vice principals, assistant principals, deans and other site-based entry-level administrative positions

The ACSA Co-Administrators Academy, for new or aspiring co-administrators, is designed to build the capacity of the next generation of co-administrators for being effective in their roles and supporting the principal in the school setting. Co-administrators face constantly changing circumstances daily. The academy focuses on foundational skills and knowledge necessary for expanding flexibility and adaptability, embracing lifelong learning, and being responsive to, and building relationships with, students, staff, parents and the school community.

Presentations and interactive sessions are presented by experienced school administrators from a variety of departments involved in school and district operations who will provide a wealth of practical strategies, tools and resources. Participants will learn leadership and management skills essential for co-administrators at the elementary, middle grades and high school levels within the context of local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used toward completing annual required professional development requirements.


Specific themes include:

  • Navigating the Role of the Co-Administrator.
  • Understanding Your School Site.
  • Communication.
  • Equity and Ethics.
  • Human Resources and the Education Code.
  • Instructional Leadership.
  • Student Support, Discipline and Attendance.
  • Social Emotional Learning.
  • Special Education.
  • School Finance and Budgeting.

The course syllabus and materials provided to participants are excellent resources for ongoing reference and career planning.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

REGISTER NOW

Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

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Co-Administrators – Victorville
Virtual/Online format
Directors: JoAnn Baeten & Antoinette Gutierrez

Dates:
  • August 20-21, 2021
  • September 17-18
  • October 15-16
  • November 19-20
  • January 21-22, 2022
  • February 25-26
  • March 18-19

2021-2022 Meeting format

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends in a Virtual/Online format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

Curriculum &
Instructional Leaders

Curriculum & Instructional Leaders Academy

Intended Audience
Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents of Instruction; Project Directors, Curriculum Directors, Intervention Specialists; Site Administrators; District and County Office Administrators including those aspiring to central office curriculum and instructional leadership; School Board Members

The ACSA Curriculum and Instructional Leaders Academy introduces participants
to a variety of strategies for developing effective instructional practices based on
current student learning and assessment theories. Presentations and discussion
sessions are conducted by an experienced faculty of current practitioners. This
academy enables new or aspiring curriculum and instructional leaders to experience and begin to develop fundamental skills needed to address standard-based reforms including assessment, curriculum, and monitoring and evaluation of instructional programs for their schools and districts within the context of local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used toward completing annual required professional development requirements.

Specific themes include:

  • Quality instruction for all.
  • Meeting diverse student needs.
  • Leading system change and transition.
  • State and federal mandates and accountability.
  • Personalizing learning in standards-based systems.
  • Instructional materials selection (traditional, online, electronic, open-source).
  • Meeting "categorical" needs with "flexible" funding (Local Control and Accountability Plan - LCAP).
  • From transition to implementation of the California State Standards for ELA, ELD, Math and Next Generation Science.
  • Student assessments: formative and summative (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium - SBAC)
  • The changing world of teacher and program evaluation.
  • Literacy in all subject areas.
Academy sessions are particularly useful for educators managing changes that lead to the successful implementation of standards, assessment and accountability. The extensive course syllabus and materials each participant receives are exceptional resources for ongoing reference.

2021-2022 Meeting formats

Participants experience 80 hours of professional learning over eight weekends in a Virtual/Online meeting format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

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Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

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C & I Leaders - Costa Mesa
Virtual/Online format
Directors: Darlene Messinger

Dates:
  • September 17-18, 2021
  • October 22-23
  • November 19-20
  • December 3-4
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 18-19
  • March 18-19
  • April 22-23

C & I Leaders - Salinas
Virtual/Online format

Director - Beverly Eidmann

Dates:
  • September 24-25, 2021
  • October 22-23
  • December 3-4
  • January 21-22. 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 11-12
  • April 1-2
  • April 29-30

C & I Leaders - Visalia
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Jennifer Francone & Samantha Tate

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 22-23
  • December 3-4
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 4-5
  • February 25-26
  • March 25-26
  • April 22-23

Equity
Administrators

Equity Administrators Academy

Intended Audience
District and site administrators including Superintendents, Assistant
Superintendents, Equity Administrators; County Office Administrators; those
responsible for LCAP implementation, interested in educational equity, and in
closing achievement gaps in their schools and districts; School Board Members

The ACSA Equity Administrators Academy is designed to build leadership capacity and oversight for the development and advancement of systemic strategies. The Academy focuses on understanding policies and academic strategies that close the achievement gap through efforts to implement promising and proven strategies in the district. Participants learn how to conduct internal review and evaluation of existing resources and programs established to support underserved students. The academy helps participants learn how to build and embed continuous improvement processes in their own local context to support LCAP implementation. The academy is designed for administrators or
individuals responsible for leading and coordinating reform efforts focused on addressing achievement gaps and implementing equitable practices to effectively address diverse student needs. Practical tools and tips are incorporated in every session.


The academy focuses on intentional and strategic efforts to provide relevant support
that can be applied effectively to serve all marginalized groups. The academy is excellent preparation for administrators who are leading equity and for those pursuing equity leadership positions within districts and counties offices of education that have resulted from LCFF/LCAP initiatives. All students and student groups fall under the scope of this work: English Learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged pupils, foster youth, homeless youth, students with disabilities, racial/ethnic groups.

Specific themes include:

  • Building cultural proficiency to advance educational equity.
  • Leading and designing for equity in complex systems for setting goals and planning actions in LCAPs (Local Control and Accountability Plan) and SPSAs (Single Plan for Student Achievement).
  • Using data as an equity engine to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet those goals to improve student outcomes.
  • Creating a strategic plan and vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
  • Developing continuous improvement systems for aligning local, state and federal priorities, and for allocating and leveraging resources.
  • Engaging family and community partners for Equity and Excellence.

2021 - 2022 Meeting format

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends in a Virtual/Online meeting format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

REGISTER NOW

Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

REGISTER NOW


Equity Administrators - Rancho Cucamonga
Virtual/Online format
Director: Mary McNeil

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 22-23
  • November 19-22
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 11-12
  • April 8-9

Equity Administrators - Woodland
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Andrea Lemos and Micah Studer

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 8-9
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 11-12

Personnel
Administrators

Personnel Administrators Academy

NEW! Exclusive Blended/Hybrid Academy Pilot: One Cohort Only Statewide

In anticipation of offering both Virtual/Online and Blended/Hybrid Academy formats in 2022-23, ACSA is excited and appreciative of the opportunity to partner with the Santa Clara County Office of Education in 2021-22 to prototype a Blended/Hybrid Academy format (travel required). The format for this pilot will be:
Fridays – Virtual/Online (late afternoon/evening) and Saturdays – In-Person (all day).

Commitments
In order to register for this Academy pilot, participants must commit to the following:

  • Attend all Academy weekends as scheduled.
  • Participate online (Fridays) and in-person (Saturdays) for the duration of all scheduled Academy sessions.
  • Travel on Saturdays to arrive in time to be settled, to begin promptly, and to participate for the entirety of the scheduled meeting time.
  • Follow all COVID-19 mitigation protocols required at the Santa Clara COE.

With the exception of this unique pilot, all other cohorts of the 2021-22 Academy Program will be available in a Virtual/Online format only (no travel required).

See below for meeting dates and to register for the cohort of your choice.


Intended Audience
Superintendents; Assistant Superintendents and Directors of Human Resources; district and county office personnel administrators and managers; certificated and classified personnel staff; Site Administrators

The ACSA Personnel Administrators Academy offers thorough training for new or
aspiring personnel managers, human resource directors, and personnel staff. The comprehensive curriculum also gives superintendents and other top-level district administrators an excellent legal and operational foundation for managing employees. Presentations and discussion sessions are presented by experienced personnel administrators from throughout California. Participants develop the fundamental skills required for effective school personnel management and discover the resources needed to succeed on the job within the context of local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used toward completing annual required professional development requirements.

Specific themes include:

Personnel Department Organization
  • Role of the personnel manager.
  • Organizing the certificated/classified personnel office.
  • Technology in human resource management.
  • Job description/reclassification/compensation.
Employee Management
  • Evaluating employees.
  • Staffing needs and recruitment.
  • Employee counseling techniques.
  • Employer-employee relations.
  • Budget, salary, benefits.
Legal Aspects
  • Due process.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).
  • State and federal laws and regulations.
  • Layoff and termination.
Staff Development
  • Troubleshooting special personnel problems.
  • Professional advancement opportunities.
  • Induction, orientation.

2021-2022 Meeting formats

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend in a Virtual/Online meeting format except for the San Jose cohort pilot which will meet in a Blended/Hybrid format.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

REGISTER NOW

Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

REGISTER NOW


Personnel Administrators - Azusa
Virtual/Online format
Director - Corey James

Dates:
  • September 24-25, 2021
  • October 15-16
  • November 19-20
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 4-5
  • March 4-5
  • March 25-26

Personnel Administrators - Danville

Virtual/Online format
Director - Sherri Beetz

Dates:
  • September 17-18, 2021
  • October 22-23
  • November 19-20
  • December 17-18
  • January 28-29, 2022
  • February 25-26
  • March 18-19

Personnel Administrators - Irvine
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Susan Kemp & Eamonn O'Donovan

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 8-9
  • October 22-23
  • December 17-18
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 4-5
  • March 18-19

Personnel Administrators - Ontario
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Michael Lin

Dates:
  • October 8-9, 2021
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 18-19
  • March 11-12
  • April 8-9

Personnel Administrators - Roseville
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Colleen Slattery & Jerry Jorgensen

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 8-9
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 11-12


Personnel Administrators - San Diego
Virtual/Online format
Director - Cindy Frazee

Dates:
  • August 27-28, 2021
  • October 8-9
  • November 19-20
  • December 3-4
  • January 28-29, 2022
  • February 25-26
  • March 25-26

Personnel Administrators – San Jose
Blended/Hybrid format
Santa Clara County Office of Education, Educator Resource Center
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
Directors: Mary Ann Dewan & Steve Betando

Dates:
  • October 8-9, 2021
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 18-19
  • March 11-12
  • April 8-9

Personnel Administrators - Stockton
Virtual/Online format

Director - Christina Torres-Peters

Dates:
  • October 8-9, 2021
  • November 19-20
  • December 10-11
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 11-12
  • April 8-9

Principals

Principals Academy

NEW: Exclusive Blended/Hybrid Cohort Pilot in San Jose

In anticipation of offering both Virtual/Online and Blended/Hybrid Academy formats in 2022-23, ACSA is excited and appreciative of the opportunity to partner with the Santa Clara County Office of Education in 2021-22 to prototype a Blended/Hybrid Academy format (travel required). The format for this pilot will be: Fridays – Virtual/Online (late afternoon/evening) and Saturdays – In-Person (all day.

Commitments

In order to register for this Academy pilot, participants must commit to the following:

  • Attend all Academy weekends as scheduled.
  • Participate online (Fridays) and in-person (Saturdays) for the duration of all scheduled Academy sessions.
  • Travel on Saturdays to arrive in time to be settled, to begin promptly, and to participate for the entirety of the scheduled meeting time.
  • Follow all COVID-19 mitigation protocols required at the Santa Clara COE.

With the exception of this unique pilot, all other cohorts of the 2021-22 Academy Program will be available in a Virtual/Online format only (no travel required). See below for meeting dates of all cohorts of this Academy and to register.

Intended Audience
New and aspiring principals; assistant and vice principals; Academic Coaches and new district or county office administrators responsible for supporting principals

The ACSA Principals Academy, for new or aspiring principals, is designed to build the capacity of the next generation of principals to become transformational leaders who can identify critical paradigm shifts, create a guiding and unifying vision through inspiration, and execute essential change with site staff. Presentations and interactive sessions are presented by experienced school administrators from a variety of departments involved in school and district operations, and experienced practicing school principals. The intensive academy focus is on developing and refining applied leadership and management skills required of principals at the elementary, middle grades and high school levels within the context of local control accountability planning and the Local

Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used toward completing annual required professional development requirements.


Specific themes include:

  • Principal leadership.
  • Leading the implementation of the California State Standards.
  • High quality instruction.
  • Learning assessments.
  • Change and growth.
  • Leadership in challenging times.
  • School climate and culture.
  • Social Emotional Learning.
  • Finance.
  • Personnel/school law.
  • Communication.

The extensive course syllabus and materials provided to participants are exceptional resources for ongoing reference and career planning.


2021-2022 Meeting format

Participants experience 80 hours of professional learning over eight weekends in a Virtual/Online meeting format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

REGISTER NOW

Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

REGISTER NOW


Principals - Bakersfield
Virtual/Online format
Directors: Blanca Cavazos & Ramón Hendrix

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 8-9
  • October 22-23
  • December 10-11
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 4-5
  • February 25-26
  • March 18-19

Principals - Rancho Cucamonga
Virtual/Hybrid format
Director - Charles "Derrick" Lawson

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 8-9
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 4-5
  • February 25-26
  • March 11-12

Principals - Sacramento
Virtual/Hybrid format
Directors - Julie Braun Martin & Karen Sakata

Dates:
  • October 22-23, 2021
  • November 19-20
  • December 3-4
  • January 21-22, 2022
  • February 25-26
  • March 18-19
  • April 22-23
  • May 6-7

Pupil
Services

Pupil Services Academy

Intended Audience
Assistant Superintendents of Student Services; (general and Special Education) district administrators including coordinators and directors responsible for child welfare and attendance; district and county office pupil services administrators; Site Administrators, School Counselors, School Psychologists; those aspiring to pupil services leadership; School Board Members

The ACSA Pupil Services Academy addresses what pupil services administrators, at all levels and areas of responsibility, need to understand to be successful. The academy is designed with a consistent focus on leadership, communication, prevention and intervention. The academy integrates the principles of:

  • organization and cultural environment,
  • dynamics of strategic issues management,
  • ethical and reflective leadership,
  • analysis and development of public policy, and
  • management of information systems and human and fiscal resources

within the context of local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used toward completing annual required professional development requirements.

Specific themes include:

  • Standard due process.
  • Standard records.
  • State and federal laws affecting standards.
  • Section 504 issues.
  • Advocacy for standards.
  • Alternative programs.
  • Enrollment processes.
  • Special education issues.
  • Transition from school to career.
  • Human resources/credentialing.
  • Multi-agency coordination/SARB (School Attendance Review Board).
  • Program assessment.
  • Current issues.

2021-2022 Meeting format

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends in a Virtual/Online meeting format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

REGISTER NOW

Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

REGISTER NOW


Pupil Services - Rancho Cucamonga
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Sherman Garnett & Donald English

Dates:
  • September 24-25, 2021
  • October 22-23
  • December 10-11
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 18-19
  • March 18-19
  • April 22-23

Pupil Services - Walnut Creek
Virtual/Online format
Director - Steven France

Dates:
  • September 17-18, 2021
  • October 29-30
  • December 3-4
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 11-12
  • April 15-16

School
Business

School Business Academy

Intended Audience
Superintendents and Cabinet members; newly appointed and aspiring Chief Business Officers; Educational Services and Human Resources administrators, Principals, and other district staff seeking an in-depth introduction to school business operations; School Board Members

The ACSA School Business Academy provides a comprehensive, concentrated curriculum tailored to the unique demands of business management in the education setting. The academy is the only source of specialized training in all facets of school business operations available to new or aspiring school business administrators. Presentations and discussion sessions are led by seasoned professionals who use practical examples of effective business management techniques. The School Business Academy focuses on building the practical skills and understanding of organizational principles required for today’s administrators within the context of local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Administrators seeking Chief Business Official certification are encouraged to complete the Business Executives Leadership Program, in its entirety, with the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO).

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used toward completing annual required professional development requirements.


Specific themes include:

Leadership, organization and personnel relationships in business services
  • Selection, training and supervision of staff.
  • Superintendent, CBO, board relations.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Legislation.
  • Leadership and relationships.
Budget preparation and control
  • Legal provisions and restrictions
  • Estimating attendance, enrollments, income and expenditures.
  • Budget, calendar planning and development.
  • Managing school district budgets including site-based and curriculum-driven budgets with an equity lens.
School finance, accounting and auditing
  • Standard account code structures.
  • History of school finance.
  • Financing alternatives.
  • Understanding base revenue limits and Special Education funding.
  • Purpose of auditing.
  • Attendance accounting.
Business operations
  • Facilities planning, and financing.
  • Purchasing.
  • Pupil transportation.
  • Food services.
  • Technology and information management.
  • Risk management.
  • Maintenance and operations.

2021-2022 Meeting format

Participants experience 100 hours of professional learning over ten weekends in a Virtual/Online meeting format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

REGISTER NOW

Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

REGISTER NOW


School Business - Riverside
Virtual/Online format
Director - Candace Reines

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • September 24-25
  • October 22-23
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 14-15, 2021
  • February 4-5
  • February 18-19
  • March 4-5
  • March 25-26

Special
Education

Special Education Academy

Intended Audience
Assistant Superintendents and Directors of Special Education or Student Services; program coordinators, intervention specialists; district and site administrators responsible for special education at the school, district or SELPA levels; aspiring special education administrators; those seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in service to students

The ACSA Special Education Academy provides current and relevant training for successful special education administrators at all levels and areas of responsibility related to special education programs and services. Participants are provided essential information and resources through a consistent academy focus on leadership, communication, prevention and intervention. The academy integrates:

  • principles of organization and cultural environment,
  • dynamics of strategic issues management,
  • ethical and reflective leadership,
  • analysis of public policy, and
  • management of information systems, and human and fiscal resources

in consideration of the larger implications of funding and accountability relevant to special education, and to local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The academy highlights legal and practical implementation features related to special education topics and themes, and provides a firm foundation for working within the educational services realms of general education and special education at the district level.

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy
hours may be used towards completing annual required professional development requirements.

Specific themes include:

  • Historical and statewide perspective of special education.
  • Section 504 and ADA regulations and requirements.
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports and Universal Design for Learning for all students.
  • Assessment and procedural safeguards for ensuring a quality IEP.
  • Facilitated IEPs and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Positive working relationships with parents and families.
  • Preparation for mediation and due process hearings.
  • Placement/service issues, procedural safeguards related to discipline.
  • Special Education transitions.
  • Curriculum, instruction and California State Standards for special education students.
  • Behavior and discipline issues.
  • State and federal laws affecting special education.
  • Equity issues and special education, disproportionality and English Learners.
  • Advocacy for students with disabilities.
  • Current issues facing special education, including Legal Hot Topics.
  • Funding and budget development related to LCAP and LCFF.
  • Human resources/credentialing issues and staffing/evaluation of special education programs.
  • Educational reform inclusive of special education.
  • State and Federal accountability and evaluation.

2021-2022 Meeting Formats

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends in a Virtual/Online meeting format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

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Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

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Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

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Special Education - El Monte
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Jacqueline Williams & Jennifer Yales

Dates:
  • August 20-21, 2021
  • September 10-11
  • October 15-16
  • November 12-13
  • December 10-11
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 25-26

Special Education – Redwood City
Virtual/Online format
Directors – Anjanette Pelletier & Rose DuMond

Dates:
  • August 20-21, 2021
  • September 17-18
  • October 22-23
  • November 19-20
  • December 10-11
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • January 28-29


Special Education – Riverside
Virtual/Online format
Director – Barbara Sorter

Dates:
  • September 10-11, 2021
  • October 29-30
  • December 3-4
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 25-26
  • March 11-12
  • April 22-23

Special Education – Sacramento
Virtual/Online format
Director – Diane Youtsey

Dates:
  • August 27-28, 2021
  • September 17-18
  • October 15-16
  • December 3-4
  • January 7-8, 2022
  • February 4-5
  • February 25-26

Superintendents

Superintendents Academy

Intended Audience
New Superintendents and Superintendent/Principals; Assistant Superintendents and Cabinet Members; principals responsible for district operations; district and county office administrators including those aspiring to the superintendency

The ACSA Superintendents Academy offers an excellent, intensive forum for new or aspiring superintendents to develop the fundamental skills needed to effectively lead a California school district within the context of local control accountability planning and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Presentations and discussion sessions are conducted by an experienced faculty of superintendents who blend leadership and management theory with practical applications and examples.

For CTC-approved Clear Administrative Services Credential programs, and with prior approval of the credentialing program leadership, academy hours may be used towards completing annual required professional development requirements.

Specific themes include:

The superintendency
  • Leadership role of superintendents.
  • Managing the change process.
  • Ethical and reflective leadership.
  • Challenges facing new superintendents.
  • Keys to personal advancement.
  • Equity-minded leadership.
District management
  • School district organization.
  • Management skills.
  • Developing a positive district climate.
  • Strategic planning.
Human Relations
  • Instructional/management team building.
  • Shared decision making and restructuring.
  • Board/superintendent relations.
  • Negotiations and collective bargaining.
  • Personnel management, evaluation and employee relations.
Instructional Leadership
  • Staff development.
  • Improving and evaluating instructional programs.
  • Textbook selection, censorship and critical curriculum issues.
  • Educational technology uses in management and instruction.
Policies and Procedures
  • Superintendent contracts.
  • California law and the superintendency.
  • School finance and budgeting.
  • Implementing the Ed Code and other state regulations.
The ACSA Superintendents Academy is widely regarded as the “fast track” into the superintendency. The academy helps participants avoid the pitfalls, learn practical tips from seasoned superintendents, and build a resource network of colleagues. The extensive course syllabus and materials provided to each participant are an exceptional resource for ongoing reference.


2021-2022 Meeting format

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends in a Virtual/Online meeting format for 10 hours per Academy weekend.

Learn More

Register with Credit Card or Purchase Order

  1. Payment will be due in full with a credit card or
  2. A valid purchase order must be received to complete registration. Purchase order numbers alone are not sufficient as payment.

REGISTER NOW

Register with 3-Month Installment Plan

  • Under extenuating circumstances of hardship, it is possible to arrange for payment of Academy registration fees with a credit card in three equal installments, billed in three consecutive months.

REGISTER NOW


Superintendents – Cerritos
Virtual/Online format
Director – Mary Sieu

Dates:
  • September 17-18, 2021
  • October 15-16
  • November 12-13
  • January 14-15, 2021
  • February 11-12
  • March 18-19
  • April 15-16

Superintendents – Fresno
Virtual/Online format
Director – Juan Garza

Dates:
  • September 17-18, 2021
  • October – 15-16
  • November 12-13
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 18-19
  • April 15-16

Superintendents – Sacramento
Virtual/Online format
Director – David Garcia

Dates:
  • September 17-18, 2021
  • October 15-16
  • November 12-13
  • January 14-15, 2022
  • February 11-12
  • March 18-19
  • April 15-16

ACSA wishes to acknowledge Lozano Smith for their support of the Superintendents Academies.

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