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Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

October 19, 2017  |   Comments Off on Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

The 2018 gubernatorial election provides an opportunity to elect a governor who prioritizes young children and families through public policies and public investments.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation and its Center for Early Learning are hosting moderated discussions with major candidates for governor. This series will help local philanthropists, educators, government officials and child advocates learn about each candidate’s stances and policies on young children and families, as well as other pressing issues in Silicon Valley.

This series is part of Choose Children 2018, a two-year, nonpartisan campaign that seeks to ensure the next governor of California is a champion for children.

For more information and to register for a forum, see the Silicon Valley Community Foundation website.

Combating Hate, Racism and Ignorance Through Cultural Responsiveness

October 16, 2017  |   Comments Off on Combating Hate, Racism and Ignorance Through Cultural Responsiveness

The presentation at last month’s Leadership Forum provided the audience with tools to break the silence and start a movement to inclusiveness in our schools.  Here is a link to the presentation.

ACSA Seeks Assistance from Region 8 to Begin New Strategic Plan

October 2, 2017  |   Comments Off on ACSA Seeks Assistance from Region 8 to Begin New Strategic Plan

ACSA is beginning a new Strategic Planning process that will build on the association’s success over the past five years and assure it remains vital and relevant for its members for many years to come. Your input and involvement are essential to crafting a successful plan. To that end,  ACSA is beginning to research trends that might impact our profession, public agencies, and society over the next decade. Please read these three questions and give us your thoughts ACSA Strategic Plan input.

Region 8 Membership Event – Escape Room 10/23/17

September 28, 2017  |   Comments Off on Region 8 Membership Event – Escape Room 10/23/17

On behalf of Region 8, I am happy to invite all of you to our first Membership Event of the 2017-2018 school year.  Please join us as we take a break from our busy schedules to engage in collegiality and community as we engage in a  challenging and unique experience called Escape the Room.

The Event will take place on October 23, 2017,  and will begin promptly at 4:30 pm.  Light snacks and beverages will be available after you Escape.  It is located on North 1st Street in San Jose.  There are only a limited number of slots available, and we will also have a waiting list.  

Please represent your charter and sign-up, sign-ups are due by Friday, October 13. If you register, then cannot attend, please let me know as soon as possible.

Escape the Room
701 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112

For more information, contact me:
Jeff Bowman
Chief Information Officer
Cupertino Union School District
bowman_jeff@cusdk8.org
Tel:(408) 252-3000  Ext.61323
Fax: (408) 343-2802

October is Grassroots Advocacy Month

September 12, 2017  |   Comments Off on October is Grassroots Advocacy Month

Region 8 join hands to Educate & Advocate as per our Plan.

See additional resources below!

Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit[1][1] Grassroots Advocacy Welcome Call Leg Districts by Region VPLA 2017-18 Roster[1] Staff Assignments

ACSA Statement and Resources on DACA

September 6, 2017  |   Comments Off on ACSA Statement and Resources on DACA
ACSA is an organization focused on student advocacy. We are deeply concerned about the potential impact of the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on California public school students.DACA allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to legally remain in the country to go to school and find employment.

The decision to end DACA is a direct attack on California families and their children. More than 200,000 California students are impacted by the rollback. The end of DACA paves the way for fear among immigrants who send their children to our schools and expect security and a first-class education.

It is our duty as educational leaders to deliver a healthy and safe environment on our school campuses, while also providing students with the resources they need to grow into the next generation of American leaders.

Some DACA-protected immigrants may only have six months left in the United States.

We want to challenge you to contact your Congressional representative to implement a legislative solution that supports children who may be impacted.  To find out who your representatives are, go to https://www.acsa.org/Advocacy/advocacy-in-action.

Additionally, ACSA’s national affiliate, the National Association of School Superintendents, is convening school leaders in Washington D.C. to advocate for students on Capitol Hill. The event, October 2-3, will include face-to-face meetings with federal lawmakers. Get more information at NASS.us.

ACSA has dozens of Immigration-related resources available for our education leaders. These resources include legal fact sheets and videos in English and Spanish, infographics, family preparedness plans, as well as a full toolkit for supporting undocumented students and families. They are available at https://www.acsa.org/Advocacy/education-is-a-right.

ACSA will continue to stand by our focus of student advocacy and dedicate our efforts to secure a constitutionally guaranteed education to all California students. We need your voice.

2017 – 2018 Region 8 Leadership Directory

August 18, 2017  |   Comments Off on 2017 – 2018 Region 8 Leadership Directory

Here is the updated directory for Region 8 leadership  2017-18 ACSA DIRECTORY PDF

Region 8 Leadership Retreat Agenda

July 23, 2017  |   Comments Off on Region 8 Leadership Retreat Agenda

ACSA Region 8 Leadership Retreat Agenda

Equity – Take a Bold Action!

Friday, July 28, 2017

7:15 – Breakfast

8:00 – Welcome & Introductions

8:30 – Equality or Equity- Which one will we feed?  – Dr. Jeff Andrade

BREAK

11:00 – Team Building- Connecting & Learning

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 – Equity- Action Planning

2:00 – Advocate & Partner

BREAK

3:00- Region 8 Purpose and Goal Setting

4:30 – Closure: Evaluations & Raffle

Saturday, July 29, 2017

7:30 – Breakfast & Raffle

8:00 – Welcome & Agenda Review

8:15 – Why ACSA? Why Now? Why Bold Action? – Dr. Lisa Gonzales, State ACSA President   

8:45 – ACSA Organization: State Board, Delegates, Regions, Charters, Committees/ Councils       

9:15 – Small Group Sessions

     Charter Presidents  (Pat & Jeff)

     Council/Committee Reps  (Joann & Norma)   

     Program Committee (Sheila & Dawnel)

10:00 BREAK

10:15 – Executive Board Meeting                        

11:30 – Closure: Evaluations & Raffle

Leadership Forum

September 11, 2016  |   Comments Off on Leadership Forum
Time: 
Leadership Forum 5:30p-7:00p
Note: Dinner will be served at 5:30p, hosted by Region 8 (no host bar)
 
Agenda
Equity, A Call to Action
Please Register with this link:  http://goo.gl/1bmjUZ
Dinner-5:30p-6:00p
Leadership Forum-6:00p-6:55p
 Equity, A Call to Action, Facilitator: Enid Lee, International Equity Consultant
 
Closure 6:55p-7:00p
2016-2017 Goals for Region 8
1. Increase and build the diverse leadership and membership capacity of Region 8.
2. Align all Charter by-laws with State ACSA by laws.
3. Continue building on Region 8 “Equity Conversation” with an “Equity, Call to Action”, through Leadership Forum, region plans and Charter activities.

Executive Board Meeting

September 11, 2016  |   Comments Off on Executive Board Meeting
Exec. Board Meeting 4:00p-5:30p
Leadership Forum 5:30p-7:00p
Note: Dinner will be served at 5:30p, hosted by Region 8 (no host bar)

Agenda

Equity, A Call to Action
Please Register with this link:  http://goo.gl/1bmjUZ
Welcome- 4:00p-4:05p
Group Warm- Up 4:05p-4:15p
Region 8 Business- 4:15p-4:45p
  • Presidents Report-Adora Fisher
  • State Rep. Report-Eric Andrew
  • Executive Director Report-Pat Einfalt
  • Legislative Action Report-Anisha Munshi
  • Membership Social Report-Jeff Bowman
  • Program Committee Report Sheila Walters
  • Charter Presidents Reports
  • Awards Information-Joann Vaars
  • Book Club Information-George Manthey
Recognition of Virginia Fahimi and her contributions to Region 8 4:45p-5:00p
Working Sessions-5:00p-5:30p (Charter Presidents work on by-laws with Pat, Council Reps. meet and discuss council roles and responsibilities, Program Committee meets, remainder works on development of process to meet this years goals.)
Dinner-5:30p-6:00p
Leadership Forum-6:00p-6:55p Equity, A Call to Action, Facilitator: Enid Lee, International Equity Consultant
 
Closure 6:55p-7:00p
2016-2017 Goals for Region 8
1. Increase and build the diverse leadership and membership capacity of Region 8.
2. Align all Charter by-laws with State ACSA by laws.
3. Continue building on Region 8 “Equity Conversation” with an “Equity, Call to Action”, through Leadership Forum, region plans and Charter activities.
Please Note: 
Executive Board Members and Members At Large: We need your attendance at each meeting. If your name appears on the agenda, please be prepared to report out on any activities and contribute to all discussions.
Charter Presidents: Charter Presidents are expected to attend and report out on activities at Board meetings. In addition, Charters will work with Pat Einfalt to rewrite their by-laws. Each Charter will receive half of their funding upon their completion and submission of their Activity Plan and the remainder of their funding upon completion of the rewrite of their Charter by-laws. Charter Presidents will also be required to submit an article on Charter Activities and events to the Region 8 OCHO.
Council Reps.: Council Reps. are expected to attend Board meetings throughout the year to report out on activities that are taking place at State ACSA in regards to the Councils they represent. Council Reps. will also be required to submit an article on State Council activity to the Region 8 OCHO.
Program Committee Members: Program Committee members are expected to participate in program committee working sessions, planning activities and reporting out during Board meetings on the coordination and results of planned activities. The program committee will be required to submit an article reporting on recent and upcoming Region 8 activities and events.
Face Book: Please remember that our Region VIII FB page is up and live and ready for you to post. You may post Charter events, Council information, book club information and general information as it pertains to Region 8 Administrators, including articles, web sites, books, and events.