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Every Student Succeeding: Jacqueline defied the doctors’ expectations. Undeterred by her physical limitations, Jacqueline set her sights on athletics and thanks to the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative and #BAWSIRollers, an adaptive sports program that helps young girls with disabilities play sports, she followed her dream.



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Bully prevention a year-round effort

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time for many school districts to focus even more attention on what has become a year-round effort in California.


Every Student Succeeding: Rodrigo Portillo

Rodrigo Portillo has had more responsibilities than many teenagers. His parents were born in Mexico, but immigrated to the United States in hopes of providing a better life for their children. Rodrigo flooded his schedule at Ukiah High School in Ukiah Unified School District in return, aware that…


Every Student Succeeding: Jatia Raymond

When Jatia was just 6 years old, her father died of a brain tumor. She moved in with her aunt to what she thought was a safer environment but she became a victim of human trafficking. After years of abuse, Jatia struggled to trust men. But that all changed when she met Covina Valley USD Fairvalley…


CAASPP gains slow; gaps not closing

The public results of 2017 scores for California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests in English language arts and mathematics revealed little academic growth and persistent achievement gaps.


From the President: Supporting women leaders

ACSA President Lisa Gonzales discusses the recent Women in School Leadership Forum and the Women's Leadership Network, helping women acquire both the skill sets and political savvy to take gender out of the equation, and to simply be recognized for their skills and talents.


Awards Spotlight: Continuation/Educational Options Administrator and Superintendent/Principal of the Year

ACSA is honoring this year’s Administrator of the Year Award recipients, and each is being profiled in EdCal leading up to the formal awards gala at the 2017 Leadership Summit in San Jose. Featured this week are Elsie Briseno Simonovski, principal, Richland Continuation High, and Jeremy Powell,…


Every Student Succeeding: Christian Lopez

Christian Lopez grew up in Cuscatancingo, El Salvador, home to the infamous 18th Street Gang. El Salvador has a murder rate that is 22 times that of the United States. In 2014, Christian’s mom arranged for her son to move to California to live with his dad. He enrolled in LA Unified School District…


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On August 11, the CDE released a document in tracked changes format that shows the revisions made to the May 2017 draft of the ESSA State Plan that…
The Governor recently signed ACSA supported AB 170 (O’Donnell) to allow universities to design education majors for prospective teachers. AB 170 will…

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