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Kings Charter’s fall conference a big hit

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Bakersfield Principals Academy draws great interest

November 7, 2016  |   Comments Off on Bakersfield Principals Academy draws great interest

On September 16, 36 principals and aspiring principals began the first session of a 70-hour, seven-weekend Principals Academy in Bakersfield. The widely popular academy, which has not been previously offered in Bakersfield, filled so quickly it required a waiting list. The enthusiasm for the academy encouraged co-directors Dr. Kevin Silberberg and Dr. Blanca Cavazos to increase the class size to accommodate demand.

The Principals Academy focuses on the leadership and management skills needed by administrators in order to be successful  principals. The list of academy presenters reads like a “Who’s Who” of notable educators and practitioners from Region 11 and ACSA.

Region 11 President David Bowling and West Kern Charter President Richard Morosa attended the first session to congratulation participants on their decision to continue honing their administrative skills and encourage their membership and active participation in ACSA.

Co-directors Silberberg and Cavazos emphasized that each of the presenters had “walked the walk” and could share from first-hand experience how he or she had successfully put their skills into practice. “That was easy to create a list of presenters who were highly regarded in the profession because of their proven success with all children” said Cavazos. “On the flip side, the depth and quality of experience we have in our Region made it a difficult task to narrow the list of presenters.”

Terri Rufert running unopposed for State VP of Legislative Action

November 7, 2016  |   Comments Off on Terri Rufert running unopposed for State VP of Legislative Action

terri-rufert-for-postcard-2The Region 11 contingent to the State Leadership Conference, recently held in Los Angeles, returned with great news. Terri Rufert’s nomination for State Board was accepted and she will be running for Vice President of Legislative Action unopposed. After the election in May, Rufert will be the first Region 11 representative to sit on the State ACSA Board.

Following is her position paper:

“The work required of the Vice President of Legislative Action is an area that I am passionate about. Whether it is state and federal legislators, Superintendent Torlakson, the State Board of Education or the Governor, I have helped lead our regional and state work to gain support of our positions for 16 years.

I bring the skills and experience of being Vice President of Legislative Action for my region for four years, as well as one year on the Legislative Policy Committee, and two years on the ACSA State Board. Currently, I am the Region XI representative on the ACSA Small Schools Committee, in my second year on ACSA’s State Board Advisory Group, and a member ACSA’s Women’s Network Group. I am extremely committed to promoting ACSA as the leading advocate for our state’s 6.2 million students. On many occasions I have been asked to speak on behalf of ACSA, students, and administrators at state hearings because I’m a trusted leader who understands the nuances of issues, from budget to curriculum and student services to principals.

As State Vice President of Legislative Action, I believe it is important to support and encourage each region’s Vice President of Legislative Action in the work they to do back home. We all need to empower other administrators to be part of the "One Voice for Students." It is absolutely crucial for us to make sure our voices are heard and our communities represented. Together let’s continue to make a difference. I would appreciate your vote.”

John Snavely presented with Itzenhauser/Schlagel Award

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Tulare County Office Of Education / ACSA Summer Institute

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Keynote Speaker Joel Zeff and Bob Mayo, Principal, Exeter Unified High School, during an improve exercise at the 2016 Tulare County Summer Institute.

Keynote Speaker Joel Zeff and Bob Mayo, Principal, Exeter Unified High School, during an improve exercise at the 2016 Tulare County Summer Institute.

The force was with the Association of California School Administrations (ACSA) and the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) as they presented the very successful 2016 Tulare County Summer Institute, Wednesday, June 15 at the SCE Energy Education Center in Tulare. With an all-time high of nearly 300 Tulare County school administrators in attendance, the group enjoyed an inspirational day which included Keynote Speaker Joel Zeff, informational breakout sessions, entertainment by the TCOE Theatre Company, and award presentations.

Zeff, workplace expert and author of “Make the Right Choice,” energized the group with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. With the help of audience “volunteers,” he delivered a combination of inspiration, essential knowledge and significant ideas to help the leaders reconnect with their own passion and success.

They do a great job in bringing everybody together and every
year they do a great job of bringing in a great speaker to entertain us.
– George Eddy, Director of CTE, Exeter Unified

Dick Schlagel, retiring after 29 years serving as ACSA Newsletter Editor, was recognized and honored. He and David Itzenhauser, long-time fellow educator and charter member of ACSA, presented the Itzenhauser/Schlagel Award to John Snavely, retiring Porterville Unified School District Superintendent, for lifetime achievement.

Gabriela Santillan, 2016 graduate of Mt. Whitney High School, was presented with the Every Student Succeeding Award. She will also be honored at the 2016 ACSA Leadership Summit in San Diego in November.

ACSA Tulare Charter Student Scholarship Awards were presented to:

  • Kelcey Carrasco, Tulare Western High School, Tulare
  • Sydney Garcia, Harmony Magnet Academy, Strathmore
  • Noah Kroutil, Porterville High School, Porterville
  • Breanne Perez, Redwood High School, Visalia
  • Haley Spencer, Tulare Union High School, Tulare
  • Bradley Taylor, Central Valley Christian High School, Visalia
  • Kameron Trevino, Redwood High School, Visalia

Carrasco, Garcia, Kroutil, Perez and Trevino also received a scholarship from ACSA Region XI.

ACSA Tulare Charter Administrator of the Year Awards were presented to:

  • Professor of Education: Miguel Guerrero, Ed. D., Professor of Education, Brandman University
  • Continuation/Ed. Options Admin.: Victoria Porter, Principal, VTEC High School, Visalia Unified School District
  • Curriculum & Instruction Admin.: Tanya Goosev, Asst. Superintendent Curriculum & Program Improvement, Cutler-Orosi Jt. Unified School District
  • Business Services Administrator: Nathan Hernandez, Chief Financial Officer, Business Services, Visalia Unified School District
  • Superintendent/Principal: Jeremy Powell, Ed. D., Superintendent/Principal, Sequoia Union School District
  • Special Ed. Administrator: Joyce Nunes, Asst. Superintendent Business/Psychological Services, Tulare City School District
  • Career Technical Ad. Administrator: Bill Edminster, Director, Tulare Adult School, Tulare Jt. Union High School District
  • Confidential Employee: Alice Galvan, Administrative Secretary, Administrative Services, Cutler-Orosi Jr. Unified School District
  • Secondary Co-Administrator: Joy Naylor, Assistant Principal, El Diamante High School, Visalia Unified School District
  • Central Office Administrator: Lisa Castillo, Director College and Career Readiness, Cutler-Orosi Jt. Unified School District
  • Elementary School Principal: Whitney Avila, Principal, Frank Kohn Elementary School, Tulare City School District
  • Middle School Principal: Angel Valdez, Principal, Pioneer Middle School, Porterville Unified School District
  • Secondary Principal: Rick Hamilton, Principal, Mt. Whitney High School, Visalia Unified School District
  • Superintendent: Tim Hire, Superintendent, Exeter Unified School District
  • Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence: Frank Chavez, Retired Superintendent/Principal Richgrove School District

Guerrero, Hernandez, Edminster, Naylor, Castillo, Valdez, Hire and Chavez were also honored on the region level; Edminster achieved state recognition, as well.

Region 11 President David Bowling leads Planning Retreat

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State President Ralph Porras speaks at Region 11 Board Meeting

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Mt. Whitney High School grad Gabriela “Gaby” Santillan is presented with the Every Student Succeeding Award by David Tonini (left) and Ralph Porras.

Mt. Whitney High School grad Gabriela “Gaby” Santillan is presented with the Every Student Succeeding Award by David Tonini (left) and Ralph Porras.

The Every Student Succeeding award was given to Gabriela Santillan, 2016 graduate of Mt. Whitney High School. She will also be recognized at the 2016 ACSA Leadership Summit in November.