Excellence through Equity Conference

Event Information

ACSA's Leading for Excellence through Equity Conference will take place September 19 to 20 in Napa, California.

ACSA and SCOE are excited to offer an incredible education community event in Napa, CA. Join teachers, parents, counselors, and school site administrators and their teams for two days of workshops, discussions and learning moments designed specifically to foster relationships and build a strong network of support for those doing equity work in Solano County.

Participants will hear from experts in the field that will challenge and inspire while providing the tools needed to create innovative, inclusive, and equitable pathways to learning in our schools and districts. Networking opportunities and a reception will offer an opportunity to build your equity community and support system.

Hear from keynote Pedro Noguera, a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA. Noguera is a sociologist, whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

Panelists include representatives from Ed-Trust West and CALSA, a county superintendent and teacher leaders, as well as site and district office administrators. Participants will walk away with best practices around equitable leadership practices, creating equitable learning environments and opportunities for improving access to college and career for students.

Join us as we explore pathways to equity and delve into new tools for building an equity-driven school culture.

Partners: Solano County Office of Education

Sept. 19-20, 2019
Embassy Suites, Napa, CA


Registration Fees:

Conference Registration: $399
Discounted Price if Registered by June 15: $325.00


Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Luncheon Sponsor $3,500
  • Reception Sponsor $5,000
  • Breakfast Sponsor $2,500
  • Welcome Gift Sponsor $1,500
  • Exhibit Table Sponsor $500

More Sponsorship Information and Sponsor Registration


Interested in Presenting at the Pathways to Equity Summit? Submit your proposal by June 15, 2019.

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Hotel & Travel Information

Napa, CA

Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley

Enjoy the resort-like setting of Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley. This is a Mediterranean style property built around an interior courtyard and millpond. A three story building, this charming property offers 205 spacious suites, two swimming pools, sauna, whirlpool, gift shop, restaurant, and lounge. Experience our stylish lobby, restaurant, meeting/event space, and atrium while exploring our seven acres of landscaped grounds. The idyllic surroundings of our Napa Valley hotel include palm trees, rose garden, Chef’s garden and a mill pond with resident swans and year-round pool. Located in the heart of Napa Valley one mile from historic downtown Napa, CIA at Copia, and Oxbow Public Market, the hotel is the perfect location to host our Excellence through Equity Conference.

Reserve the discounted room rate: $269

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Pedro A. Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA. He is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. Dr. Noguera serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (2003 – 2015), the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000 – 2003), and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change (1990 – 2000). From 2009 – 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, the National Association of Secondary Principals, and the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.

Dr. Noguera received his bachelors’ degree in Sociology and History and a teaching credential from Brown University in 1981 and earned his masters’ degree in Sociology from Brown in 1982. He earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Noguera was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, RI and Oakland, CA and continues to work with schools nationally and internationally as a researcher and advisor.

Dr. Noguera has published over 200 research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society. His work has appeared in multiple major research journals. Dr. Noguera is the author of several books including: City Schools and the American Dream (Teachers College Press, 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006), The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008), and Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap with A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011). His most recent books are Excellence Through Equity (Corwin, 2015) with Alan Blankstein and Race, Equity and Education: The Pursuit of Equality in Education 60 Years After Brown (ASCD, 2015) with Jill Pierce and Roey Ahram.

Dr. Lisa Williams

Dr. Lisa Williams is Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams has held the position of teacher, mentor, university professor, and Title I director over her career in education. She has bachelors’ degrees in biology and psychology, a master’s in psychology, and a doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership with an emphasis in social policy. She has presented at the local, state, and national level on topic related to improving outcomes for marginalized student populations. Her career in public education spans nearly 20 years. Her dissertation study examined Response to Intervention (RtI) and the performance of students attending Title I schools.

Dr. Williams is a consultant with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as well as her independent company, EMCS. In her consulting work, she has provided guidance for schools and school systems in the areas of racial equity, gender equity in STEM, leading for equity, school transformation, and culturally responsive practices. Dr. Williams serves as a Subject Matter Expert with the United States Department of Education Department of Career, Technical, and Adult Education division related to equitable access in STEM/CTE.

In her current role, she is responsible for all educational equity and access initiatives implemented in the Baltimore County School System. Under her direction and leadership the Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency as expanded to a team of 7 and is provide systemic support to the organization. In addition to providing training and support, she has created two certificate programs in educational equity and cultural proficiency with McDaniel College and Notre Dame University.

Her first book, When Treating all the Kids the Same is the Real Problem: Educational Leadership and the 21st Century Dilemma of Difference (co-authored with Dr. Kendra Johnson, Esq.) was published with Corwin Press in October 2014. She is presently codifying evaluation findings related to her work in the implementation of systemic equity training across the Baltimore County Public School System. Dr. Williams is the proud mom of a son, Andrew, who is the daily inspiration for her work for all children.

Excellence through Equity Conference