Overview

2020-21 Academies

Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021. Thank you for the grace of your understanding that under the complex circumstances we all continue to face, ACSA is working hard to provide you with excellent service!


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.

Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021. 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. Registration fees do not include meals.

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

2020-2021 Academy Catalog

2020-2021 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, Aug. 17, 2020. Recipients will be notified in writing by August 26, 2020.

Be sure to read additional Academy scholarship details on page 25 of the 2020-21 Academy Catalog.

2020-21 Academy Scholarship Application

Deadline to apply: Monday, Aug. 17, 2020


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 English Language Learner Academy, ACSA's newest 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 Language Learners. The academy focuses on leadership for accountability, instruction, and advocacy for English Language 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.

2020-2021 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.

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

Dates:
  • September 26, 2020
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • January 23, 2021
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17

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:

  • 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.

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

Co-Administrators – Victorville
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Directors: JoAnn Baeten & Antoinette Gutierrez

Victor Valley Union HSD, District Office
16350 Mojave Drive
Victorville, CA 92395

Dates:
  • August 28-29, 2020
  • September 18-19
  • October 16-17
  • November 13-14
  • January 22-23, 2021
  • February 26-27
  • March 12-13

2020-2021 Meeting Format

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

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, 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 need
  • 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.

2020-2021 Meeting Formats

Participants experience 80 hours of professional learning over eight weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

C & I Leaders - Costa Mesa
Blended/Hybrid format


Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director - Darlene Messinger

Orange County Department of Education
200 Klamus Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Dates:

  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 19-20
  • March 19-20
  • April 23-24

C & I Leaders - San Jose
Blended/Hybrid format

Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director - Mary Kay Going

Santa Clara County Office of Education, Educator Resource Center
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131

Dates:
  • August 28-29, 2020
  • October 9-10
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • March 12-13
  • May 14-15

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

Dates:
  • September 4-5 (New Start Date)
  • October 9-10
  • November 13-14
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • March 5-6
  • April 16-17
  • May 7-8

Equity
Administrators

Equity Administrators Academy

Intended Audience
District and site teams including Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Site Administrators, Equity Administrators; County Office Administrators and teams; 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 will focus on policies and academic strategies that close the achievement gap in efforts to implement promising and proven strategies in the district. Participants will learn how to conduct internal review and evaluation of existing resources and programs established to support underserved students. The academy will help participants learn how 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:

  • Developing cultural coherence amidst cultural diversity.
  • 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.

2020-2021 Meeting Formats

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

Equity Administrators - Rancho Cucamonga
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Directors - Mary McNeil & Robin Mclver-Brown

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools,
West End Educational Service Center
8265 Aspen Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Dates:

  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 23-24
  • November 13-14
  • January 22-23, 2021
  • February 26-27
  • March 19-20
  • April 23-24

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

Dates:
  • October 9-10, 2020
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 15-16, 2021
  • February 12-13
  • March 12-13
  • April 16-17

Personnel
Administrators

Personnel Administrators Academy

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 resources 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

2020-2021 Meeting Formats

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

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

Dates:
  • September 25-26, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • November 20-21
  • December 11-12
  • January 29-30, 2021
  • February 19-20
  • March 19-20

Personnel Administrators - Danville
Blended/Hybrid format

Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Directors - Sherri Beetz & Keith Rogenski

San Ramon Valley USD
699 Old Orchard Drive
Danville, CA 94526

Dates:
  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • November 20-21
  • December 11-12
  • January 29-30, 2021
  • February 19-20
  • March 19-20

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

Dates:
  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 9-10
  • October 23-24
  • December 18-19
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • March 19-20

Personnel Administrators - Ontario
Virtual/Online format
Directors - Ray McMullen & Richard Tauer

Dates:
  • October 9-10, 2020
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • March 12-13
  • April 9-10

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

Dates:
  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 9-10
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • March 12-13


Personnel Administrators - Salinas
Virtual/Online format
Director - Leigh Butler

Dates:
  • August 21-22, 2020
  • September 11-12
  • October 16-17
  • November 20-21
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 12-13
  • March 5-6

Personnel Administrators - San Diego
Blended/Hybrid format

Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director - Cindy Frazee

San Diego County Office of Education, Annex B
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111

Dates:
  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • December 4-5
  • January 22-23, 2021
  • February 26-27
  • March 19-20
  • April 23-24

Personnel Administrators - San Jose
Blended/Hybrid format


Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Directors - Steve Betando & Mary Ann Dewan

Santa Clara County Office of Education, Educator Resource Center
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131

Dates:
  • October 9-10, 2020
  • November 13-14
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • March 12-13
  • April 9-10
  • May 14-15

Principals

Principals Academy

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 Common Core State Standards
  • High Quality Instruction
  • Learning Assessments
  • Change and Growth
  • Leadership
  • School Climate and Culture
  • Communication
  • Finance
  • Personnel/School Law

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


2020-2021 Meeting Format

Participants experience 80 hours of professional learning over eight weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

Principals - Rancho Cucamonga
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director - Charles "Derrick" Lawson

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools,
West End Education Service Center
8265 Aspen Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Dates:
  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 9-10
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • March 5-6
  • March 19-20

Principals - Sacramento
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Directors - Julie Braun Martin & Karen Sakata

ACSA Office Suite 320 (3rd Floor)
1029 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dates:


  • October 23-24, 2020
  • November 20-21
  • December 4-5
  • January 22-23, 2021
  • February 23-27
  • March 19-20
  • April 23-24
  • May 7-8

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
  • Multi-agency coordination/SARB
  • Program assessment
  • Current issues

2020-2021 Meeting Format

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

Pupil Services - Rancho Cucamonga
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director - Sherman Garnett

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, West End SELPA
8265 Aspen Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Dates:
  • September 11-12, 2020
  • October 23-24
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 19-20
  • March 12-13
  • April 16-17

Pupil Services - Walnut Creek
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director - Steven France

Del Valle Education Center
Rooms 101 & 102
1963 Tice Valley Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Dates:
  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 19-20
  • March 19-20
  • April 16-17

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 not seeking Chief Business Official certification. 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 accountabilty 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 towards 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 characteristics of CBO
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 curriculum and curriculum-driven budgets
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, construction and financing
  • Purchasing and warehousing
  • Pupil transportation
  • Food services
  • Technology and information management
  • Risk management
  • Maintenance and operations
  • Entrepreneurship

2020-2021 Meeting Format

Participants experience 100 hours of professional learning over ten weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

School Business - Rancho Cucamonga
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director - Mays Kakish

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools,
West End Educational Service Center
8265 Aspen Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Dates:
  • September 11-12, 2020
  • September 25-26
  • October 23-24
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 5-6
  • February 19-20
  • March 5-6
  • March 19-20

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 responsibilty 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,
  • 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

2020-2021 Meeting Formats

Participants experience 70 hours of professional learning over seven weekends for 10 hours per Academy weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, and with the utmost concern for the safety of our members, all Academies will begin in a virtual/online format and continue as such during the Fall and Winter. Locations originally scheduled in a blended/hybrid format will not meet in-person until such time as local prevailing COVID-19 mitigation measures may permit meeting safely in-person in Spring 2021.

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

Dates:
  • August 21-22, 2020
  • September 11-12
  • October 16-17
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021
  • February 26-27

Special Education – Fresno USD
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director – Julianna Gaines

*NOTE: This Academy is available exclusively to Fresno USD staff.

Fresno USD, Center for Professional Development
1833 E Street
Fresno, CA 93706

Dates:
  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • November 13-14
  • January 22-23, 2021
  • February 19-20
  • March 19-20
  • April 16-17

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

Dates:
  • August 14-15, 2020
  • August 28-29
  • September 18-19
  • October 23-24
  • November 13-14
  • December 11-12
  • January 8-9, 2021


Special Education – Sacramento
Blended/Hybrid format
Update: Virtual/Online format until possibly Spring 2021
Director – Diane Youtsey

ACSA Office, Suite 320 (3rd Floor)
1029 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dates:


  • August 28-29
  • September 25-26
  • October 23-24
  • December 4-5
  • January 29-30, 2021
  • February 26-27
  • March 19-20

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.


2020-2021 Meeting Format

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

Superintendents – Cerritos
Virtual/Online format
Director – Mary Sieu

Dates:
  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • November 13-14
  • January 15-16, 2021
  • February 12-13
  • March 19-20
  • April 23-24

Superintendents – Del Mar
Virtual/Online format
Director – Steve Kennedy

Dates:
  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October – 16-17
  • November 13-14
  • January 15-16, 2021
  • February 12-13
  • March 19-20
  • April 23-24

Superintendents – San Lorenzo
Virtual/Online format
Director – Daryl Camp

Dates:
  • September 18-19, 2020
  • October 16-17
  • November 13-14
  • January 15-16, 2021
  • February 12-13
  • March 19-20
  • April 23-24

ACSA wishes to acknowledge Lozano Smith and WLC Architects, Inc. for their support of the Superintendents Academies.

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