Professional Development

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ACSA’s professional learning programs and services are designed to promote continued professional growth. These activities enhance and expand knowledge, sharpen leadership skills and provide in-depth knowledge about educational trends and issues. They are designed for new educational leaders and those aspiring to leadership posts, as well as experienced leaders and leadership management teams.

Many learning opportunities take place in or near Region 3. For a complete calendar of events and locations, please visit


ACSA’s Educational Services Department offers a variety of conferences  throughout the year. These job-specific, issue-focused events offer world-class learning, feature nationally-recognized educational experts, and allow attendees the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state.


ACSA’s job-specific academies provide a solid foundation of training in the application of management fundamentals for new or aspiring administrators. These academies are seen as the “fast-track” into a career as a superintendent, principal, business manager, personnel administrators, special education/pupil services director, confidental employee or classified manager.
The academies are designed around the California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders and the standards for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential.


ACSA provides a wide variety of workshops and trainings to help school leaders develop their communication and community-building skills, increase leadership capacity and advance their careers. These workshops and trainings empower ACSA members to reach their professional goals and ensure educational leadership in California is the best it can be.

Online Trainings

ACSA offers a wide variety of professional learning opportunties that are designed to fit into your schedule! Webinars focus on a variety of issues of importance to educational leaders, from legal matters to legislative hot topics. Each training offers a unique, quality learning experience that will keep educational leaders up-to-date on the latest in the field and enhance their knowledge and skills.


In California school and district administrators (with the exception of superintendents) who supervise certificated employees are required to possess the Administrative Services Credential (ASC). The ASC has two levels: the Preliminary Credential and the Clear Credential. The Clear Credential must be obtained within 5 years of an administrator beginning his or her first assignment in a position requiring an administrative credential.

Coaching and Mentoring

ACSA’s coaching and mentoring programs are unique, career-enhancing services designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of practicing educational leaders. Coaching, conducted in partnership with the New Teacher Center, is individualized, goal-oriented, structured and rigorous; while mentoring is a volunteer, collaborative support system between mentors and protégés. Both focus on similar end results: to build leadership capacity and improve student achievement.