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ACSA Region 6 Leadership Summit ------June 20-21, 2018

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Early Bird: Two-day Summit and Awards Dinner   more info $220.00 $0.00
Two-day Summit and Awards Dinner $260.00 $0.00
Wednesday Summit (a la carte) $100.00 $0.00
Thursday Summit (a la carte) $100.00 $0.00
Awards Dinner (a la carte) $60.00 $0.00

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CSA Region 6 Leadership Summit 2018
Thriving on the Vine:

Changing the World through Local Leadership

June 20-21, 2018 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, Pleasanton CA


Dr. Jessica Hannigan – Equity in School Discipline: Don’t Suspend Me!

Dr. Hannigan is an educational consultant working with several school districts and county offices in California on designing and implementing effective behavior systems in schools and districts that work. She designed the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Champion Model System, based on her doctoral research and experiences in working with a variety of schools and districts. She received the inaugural ACSA Exemplary Woman in Education Award in 2017. She is co-author of Don’t Suspend Me! : An Alternative Discipline Toolkit. 


Weston Kieschnick – Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies = Blended Leadership

Weston Kieschnick is a lifelong educator with more than fourteen years of experience designing, developing, and delivering leadership training and professional development to teachers and school leaders around the globe. He is the author of the best-selling book, Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Innovation = Blended Learning that Works, co-author of The Learning Transformation: A Guide to Blended Learning for Administrators and the creator and host of the podcast Teaching Keating. For the last 14 years Weston has worked in collaboration with innovative tech and publishing companies to redefine teaching and learning in the digital age.


 Dr. Wesley Smith - Collaboration to Improve CA School Funding

Wes Smith is executive director of the Association of California School Administrators, the largest school leadership group in the nation. ACSA is foremost a champion for the state’s more than 6 million students. Having served in a variety of school leadership roles, including elementary and middle grades principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent, Dr. Smith understands the intricacies and influences in public education. He believes in a bold new future for ACSA and ensuring it is the most influential voice in public education for years to come. 


Nicholas Zefeldt – Harnessing Student Voice for Tomorrow’s Leaders

Nicholas Zefeldt is an instructional technology coordinator at the Contra Costa County Office of Education. In this role, he works with educators, schools, and school districts to figure out how to use technology in ways that are meaningful to the learning process, but also manageable for those doing the teaching. Nick is passionate about using the Internet to give students access to authentic audiences and allow them to develop a broad world view. In 2013, Nick was named Educator of the Year in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Since then, he has trained thousands of educators and school administrators on how to make instruction relevant in the 21st century. 


 Dr. Tracy Catalde – Inoculating Student Mental Health

Originally trained as a clinical and school psychologist and, later as an administrator, Tracy currently serves as the district coordinator of mental health, social-emotional learning, and positive behavior intervention and support, in the Pittsburg Unified School District. He has proudly served PUSD since 2002. Previously, he served as a director of human resources, coordinator of special education, behavior specialist, and as a psychologist. He also taught previously at San Diego State University, Chapman University, and University of the Pacific.


Carlos DaSilva – Compassionate Dialogue

 As a native of São Paulo, Brazil; Carlos Da Silva was raised to appreciate the importance of race, culture, and diversity from all walks of life. He has worked and been an advocate for youth in the mental health industry for over 10 years. Carlos works as a part of the Epoch Education equity team to bring about a new way of thinking that embraces all, and welcomes the unique attributes that create cultures, and join hands with those looking to create a world void of racism, bigotry, and misunderstanding of what it means to be different.


Mark Barden & Paula Fynboh – Sandy Hook Promise

Paula is the National Field Director for Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization working to protect children from gun violence.  She leads the organization's national field program, including strategy development, program development and implementation, community engagement and partnership building.  Sandy Hook Promise is founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge.  They offer multiple research-based programs regarding the warning signs of potential threatening behaviors for students and adults.

Mark Barden is the Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and lost his son Daniel in the Sandy Hook School shooting. Sandy Hook Promise is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a talented staff of seasoned professionals who aim to build a national movement of parents, schools and community organizations engaged and empowered to deliver gun violence prevention programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy. Mark has worked tirelessly to build public support for common sense solutions in the areas of mental health, school safety, and gun safety.

Parvin Ahmadi – Vision for an Inclusive Community: Building a Community Alliance and Nurturing Student Leadership

Parvin Ahmadi is the Superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District. in July of 2010.  Prior to that, she served as Superintendent of the Pleasanton Unified School District, and the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Fremont Unified School District. Superintendent Ahmadi began her career in education as a teacher over 30 years ago. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Innovation TriValley Leadership Group and the ACSA Superintendency Council, and is a member of the Northern California Superintendents Organization. She is responsible for the founding of the Castro Valley Community Alliance whose mission, a collaborative group of Castro Valley community and educational leaders, students, and families advocating for compassion, understanding and acceptance.


Anese Cavanaugh – Courageous Leadership

Anese Cavanaugh is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She is an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of Contagious Culture: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives (McGraw Hill, 11/15). Top innovators and executives in companies like IDEO, Zingerman’s, Cooper, Joie de Vivre, Fitbit, Nike, and others have engaged with Anese to strengthen team health, maximize leadership impact, and optimize company culture, and she has written for Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post,, and the NY Times.


Dr. Melissa Chabran – Putting Your Dashboard and Other Data to Work Using Networked Improvement Science

Melissa is an associate for network initiation and development at the Carnegie Foundation. Before joining Carnegie, Melissa worked as a senior consultant at Education First, supporting states, districts, foundations, and advocacy organizations to improve teacher and student support models, college readiness efforts, and to make grantmaking more effective. Melissa has also served as a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spent time working in youth development across Northern California, served as a legislative analyst, and a researcher for Harvard University and served several years at the U.S. Department of Education.


Zahra Billoo - Women’s Leadership and Intersectionality

Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the oldest CAIR chapter in the country, serving the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims. Zahra is frequently facilitating trainings as a part of CAIR’s grassroots efforts to empower the American Muslim community and build bridges with allies on civil rights issues. Zahra also provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia. Her work has been highlighted in the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News. Zahra is a 2014 recipient of the National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter's Unsung Hero Award and a 2013 recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California's Trailblazer Award.

Travis Allen - Lifelong Learning & Escape the Bus!

Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 10 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 300,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Forbes. In 2015 he won the GA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.

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Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery
410 Vineyard Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566

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