ACSA Region 8 consists of Santa Clara County, at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area.

It is made up of nearly 400 schools and more than 30 school districts, the largest of which is San Jose Unified. In all, it serves about 262,000 students.


Information for our Members  |  Upcoming Events:

Region 8 Recognition and Awards Celebration!

Congratulations to all of 2020 and 2021 Award Winners!  Watch the Awards Ceremony here!

Women’s Leadership Network Event

May 27, 2021 at 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast) and join in as Dr. Mary Ann Dewan and noted speakers discuss how we as educational leaders can Make It Happen in 2021.

For more information and to register, go to

Region 8 Recognition and Awards Celebration!

Click here to access this exciting virtual event.  Use passcode 101663

2021 Award Winners and Honorees

Spring Membership Event Announced!

We are excited to announce our Spring Membership event! ACSA: Region 8 will be hosting a Virtual Game Night on Friday, March 26 @ 5:30PM. Please take a look at the attached flier for details. This event does REQUIRE a RSVP to assist in planning. Please make sure to reserve your spot for Virtual Game Night here.

Here’s what to look forward to… Gather your charter colleagues together as we are calling the best and the brightest (in virtual games) to compete for an amazing grand prize! This virtual game night will test our wits and brains. Let’s see which charter will get to claim to be the “GOAT” in virtual games in Region 8! This event is for ACSA members ONLY. Teams will be created by charter the night of the event. If you have a smaller number of your charter members in attendance, your charter will be grouped with another.

Questions? Contact Yvonne Sugimura at

Legislative Action Day – Virtual!

ACSA’s annual Legislative Action Day is April 12 and 13. This year it will be a virtual event, creating an opportunity for participation from the comfort of your office, home, or backyard! Legislative Action Day is a wonderful opportunity to come together with our region’s and state’s educational leaders to meet our local legislators and advocate for public education.  We’re fortunate in Santa Clara County that our legislators want to hear from us and value our stories and perspectives as they create policy.

No experience is necessary!  We’ll ease you into the process so that everyone has an opportunity to comfortably participate.  Also, it’s important to remember that this activity is considered “advocacy” as opposed to political activity.

Interested? Please complete the form for our regional registration. The official online registration with ACSA will be sent out at a later date. 

San Jose Mercury News Celebrates Member Jonathon Brunson (1/29/21)

Leadership Forum with Ronin Habib

If you were unable to attend or would like to see Ronin’s presentation again – April 30, 2020, Leadership Forum with Roni Habib

Roni’s contact info:
To chat with Roni about how he can support your school/district virtually, visit this page. He’d love to talk to you!
For more videos, check out his Youtube Channel.
For more resources, check out


Special Education and Distance Learning Poll

ACSA Member Services has partnered up with the Special Ed and Student Services Council on a project addressing support to special ed students while distance learning.  Step 1 is to gather data. Step 2 will be to develop a virtual Q&A around the data.

Your input is important in order to collect this data.  Please participate in this quick poll:

The poll is open to all members and requires ONE comment.  That’s it!  Feel free to add your own comment if you want and rate other’s comments too.

Please note this approaching deadline – noon on Thursday, April 23.

March 19 Region 8 Executive Board Meeting – Canceled

Region 8 Membership Social – Canceled

The Region 8 Membership Social to take place on Friday, March 27 at Meso Modern Mediterranean from 5-8PM. Members can RSVP HERE. See the flyer here: ">Social @ MESO

Congratulations to Region 8 Administrators of the Year!

We look forward to celebrating with you on May 8, 2020.

Region 8 Women’s Leadership Network Event – May 12, 2020

Join Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, County Superintendent of Schools, and renowned author and educator Kelly McGonigal for a morning of networking and discussion on how to unlock greater leadership potential in ourselves and others.

May 12, 2020, 7:30 am – 9:30 am; Breakfast will be served

Santa Clara County Office of Education San Jose Room

Complimentary for ACSA members and one guest. Additional guests and non-members $10

Register at

Questions? Contact Karen Larson,

Every Student Counts Symposium – February 5 – 6

The ACSA Student Services and Special Education Council is sponsoring the ACSA Every Child Counts (ECC) Symposium.  The Symposium will be held on February 5th – 7th at the J.W. Marriott Resort in Palm Desert.

The theme for 2020 Every Child Counts Symposium is, “Transforming Schools into an Oasis of Hope”, focusing on Social Emotional Learning and Equity.

This Symposium has been developed with Educational Leaders in mind.  The Keynote Speakers include Dr. Pedro Noguera, researcher and author; Dr. Derek Greenfield, inclusive practices expert; and Sylvia Francis Mendez, the child at the center of the landmark 1947 case, Mendez v. Westminster.

The Program is incredible and the resort is certainly an oasis!  When you attend in February you will learn about best practices that support the students and staff that we serve. In addition, you will have the opportunity to focus on self-care.

Review the Every Child Counts Program in the link below and sign up today!

Legislative Action Day is April 19 – 20
ACSA’s Legislative Action Day is April 19 and 20 in the State Capitol. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with state legislators and to share with them your experiences about how policy affects the work you do every day on behalf of our region’s students, families, and staff.

We need your voices!

ACSA provides meals and shared hotel accommodations for April 19. We’ll reimburse half of your hotel room cost for single occupancy.  After you have registered, I’ll send you a link to make a hotel reservation.

To sign up for Legislative Action Day, complete this FORM.

Here are the details:
Sunday, April 19:

  • Plan to arrive in Sacramento at about 1:00 (a final schedule will be sent later) on April 19 for planning.
  • Dinner will be provided by ACSA Region 8

Monday, April 20

  • Breakfast and lunch provided by ACSA
  • Meet with local state legislators throughout the day.
  • Head home mid-afternoon
Please let me know if you have any questions about Legislative Action Day and about sharing your school’s and district’s stories with our local lawmakers.

To sign up for Legislative Action Day, complete this FORM.

Questions, contact ">Michael Gallagher

The Human Resources Office: The First 90 Days and Beyond

Presenter: Jennifer Looney
October 29, 2019
Santa Clara COE
1290 Ridder Park Drive, Milpitas Room
San Jose, CA 95131

Event Registration
$295 Member Rate
$345 Non-member Rate

For more information, download the workshop flier, or contact Jeannette Carpenter.

This one-day workshop is designed for administrators with Human Resources responsibilities, classified managers and other support staff. Participants new to Human Resources and those with years of HR experience will benefit from the comprehensive overview of the myriad tasks and responsibilities of the Human Resources office, as well as practical skills and best practices. The presentation will include a detailed calendar of events, procedures related to HR and a Human Resources self-assessment tool.

AWARDS Nominations are Open!

New and Exciting! The 2020 ACSA Awards Dinner will be held at Villa Ragusa in downtown Campbell on May 8, 2020.

On Friday, November 6th, Sheila McGann-Tiedt will be recognized as the State Robert E. Kelly awardee and Leo Chavez will be recognized as our Region 8 Every Student Succeeding student from Oak Grove School district. Congratulations and thank you for the nominations!

It is never too early to complete an online nomination application. There are 26 categories for you to nominate a colleague. All nominations are due by Thursday, January 16th. If you have questions contact or

Register for Leaders Learning Together

Please join us for an evening of networking and professional development as we share ideas and learn from our colleagues.  Hearty appetizers and beverages provided.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Silicon Valley Capital Club
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Please RSVP here by October 8

Free for ACSA members and one guest.

Save the Date – Women’s Leadership Network’s Fall Networking Event

September 24, 2019 5pm – 9pm
Silicon Valley Capital Club

Join Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools and a panel of women leaders representing education, government, and industry, sharing their inspirations, hopes, and challenges in light of the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 2020 census.ACSA members and one guest complimentary
Non-members $10
Free Parking
Bring several business cards to participate in network activity.Sponsored by Santa Clara County Office of Education, ACSA Region 8 Women’s Leadership Network and the COEAA Charter.Register at: Questions, contact Region 8 Leaders Learning TogetherPlease join us for an evening of networking and professional development as we share ideas and learn from our colleagues.Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando
San Jose, Ca
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Please RSVP here by April 16
FREE for ACSA members and one guest.Region 8 Executive Board Meeting & Dinner/Leadership ForumWhen:    Thursday, April 18, 2019
Times:    4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (Board Meeting)
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (Dinner and Forum)
Where:  Fiorillo’s Restaurant (638 El Camino Real, Santa Clara)All R8 members are welcome to attend the meeting – otherwise, please arrive at 5:30! This is a FREE event for ACSA members.  Non-members should bring $30.00 (payable by check to ACSA Region 8).Please RSVP for the April 18 Leadership Forum by Wednesday, April 10.Featured Presenter:This year, in an effort to dive deeper into our equity work and break the cycle of racism and inequity, we are lucky to have Milton Reynolds as the speaker for our entire Leadership Forum series.Milton Reynolds is a San Francisco Bay Area educator, activist, and author.  His activism has been devoted to juvenile justice reform, law enforcement accountability, environmental justice, and youth development.  He served as a commissioner on the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission and is a founding member of the Racial Justice Coalition, an organization created to mobilize the community to end the practice of racial profiling in California.Milton has served on the board of Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), a Bayview/Hunters Point-based non-profit focused on youth leadership development, community engagement, and land stewardship through addressing the legacies of environmental racism in the Southeast of San Francisco. LEJ is currently leading one of the largest wetlands restoration projects in the history of San Francisco.Milton also sits on the advisory board of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at SFSU and has recently joined the California Council for Social Studies board.  He has served as a middle school instructor for the past 24 years.  He was a researcher in the Stanford Integrated Schools Project, a Stanford University-based research investigation designed to determine whether there were classroom practices educators could implement that would reduce or eliminate Stereotype Threat. He was also a partner and the Curriculum Design Specialist for CoAction, an Equity and Communications consulting firm.Register for the ACSA 2019 Region 8 Leadership Awards Ceremony & DinnerSee the 2019 ACSA Leadership Awards Flyer for more information.  Register here.February’s Profiles in Leadership – Honoring Empowering WomenThe ACSA Region 8 Women’s Leadership Network is pleased to honor Dr. Deborah Flores, Superintendent of the Gilroy Unified School District, as February’s Profile of Leadership honoree. To read about Dr. Flores, go to the Women’s Leadership Network page.  To nominate a leader, please send her name, contact information, and a brief paragraph about why the leader is being nominated to Jamie Whitford at .Looking for the 2019 First Year Superstar Administrators!The Region 8 ACSA Awards Committee would like to begin recognizing ACSA Superstar Administrators from each school district from the 2018-2019 school year. Each Superstar will be recognized at the Region 8 ACSA Awards dinner, Friday, May 10, 2019.See the ACSA First year administrator Nominations flyer for more information. Submit your designee by Friday, March 1.ASCA Region 8 2019 Award Recipients

The Region 8 Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Award Recipients.

All award winners will be recognized on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 5-10 pm at the Corinthian Event Center in downtown San Jose. Congratulations to all recipients, hard work always pays off! We look forward to celebrating your success!

  • Superintendent: Mariann Engle
  • Secondary Principal: Sonia Flores
  • Middle Grades Principal: Tracy Leathers
  • Elementary Principal: Magdalena Moore
  • Central Office Administrator: Rhonda Beasley
  • Secondary Co-Administrator: Anna Nguyen
  • Elementary Co-Administrator: Jennifer Jasper
  • Classified Leader: Denise Mendez
  • Confidential Leader: Priscila Caballero
  • Personnel/HR Administrator: Paula Boling
  • Special Education Administrator: Heath Rocha
  • Business Services Administrator: Alvaro Meza
  • Student Services Administrator: Joseph McCreary
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Sandra Yellenberg
  • Retired Administrator: Ann Jones
  • Every Student Succeeding: Leo Chavez
  • Partners in Educational Excellence: MAPin (Alexandra Duran)
  • Robert E. Kelly: Sheila McGann-Tiedt


Profiles in Leadership – Honoring Empowering Women

The ACSA Region 8 Women’s Leadership Network is pleased to honor Polly Bove, Superintendent of the Fremont Union High School District, as its first Profile of Leadership honoree.  To read about Ms. Bove, go to the Women’s Leadership Network page.  To nominate a leader, please send her name, contact information, and a brief paragraph about why the leader is being nominated to Jamie Whitford at .

Women’s Leadership Network Event – May 7, 2019

Join Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, and Rosie Rios, the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, to network with one another and discuss how to unlock greater leadership potential in ourselves and others.

Free for ASCA members plus one guest is complimentary. Non-members $10.  Includes breakfast, networking, and engaging presentations.

For more information, see our flyer: Women’s Leadership Network Presents

Register at:

Escape the Room 2 – October 24th

On October 24, we will take our chances as a region at Escape the Room.  This year, we will be partaking at a new site that offers new challenges and more opportunity to have fun with colleagues from around our superb Region 8.  Our goal is to get at least one representative from each of our charters. Presidents, please feel free to share with your Charter colleagues on your executive team.  If you wish to participate, please complete the short survey, and I will send more information.  Space is limited, so please sign up by October 12th, a small waiting list will also be able to attend.  Light food and drinks will be provided. Please click below to join:

Sign up for Escape the Room Year 2!

New Calendar Feature on Region 8 Website!

You may have noticed the addition of a Google Calendar on the right sidebar of this page. Thanks to our colleagues at state ACSA, we have a more accessible approach to seeing upcoming events.  If you would like to add the ACSA Region 8 calendar to your own Google Calendar, right-click and copy this link address, then go to your calendar settings and add.

CEL-ebration! Honoring Classified Educational Leaders

Join Region 8 in celebrating classified leadership on November 1, 2018, from 5 – 7:30 pm at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Dinner and speakers are complimentary for all ACSA Region 8 members. Non-member classified leaders are welcome!  Register at  For more information, see the flyer here: CEL Nov 1 copy

Women’s Leadership Network – Empowering Self, Empowering Others

Join Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools and author Anese Cavanaugh, to network with one another and discuss how greater leadership potential can be unlocked through attention to intention, energy, and presence.  ACSA members are encouraged to bring a colleague.  This empowering evening will be September 13, 2018, at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose.

For more information see the flyer Empowering SelfEmpowering Others (3) and register at

Women’s Leadership Network – Empowering Our Future

Join Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, and Emma Mayerson from Alliance for Girls, on Wednesday, May 30, for networking and learn how to develop persistence and courage and empower girls and women in their leadership journey. ACSA members are encouraged to bring a colleague.  For more information see the flyer at WLN Breakfast 2018 (11) and register at

Celebrating 2018 Region 8 Administrators of the Year!

2018 1st Year Administrator Superstars!

For a complete list of awardees, see ACSA Region 8 Award Winners.

2018 Legislative Action Day – see the pictures here!

2018 Legislative Action Day

Region 8 Presentation at May Leadership Assembly

Exciting News! Region 8 has been invited to present on the topic of Diversity at the upcoming Leadership Assembly in May. This is a great opportunity for us to highlight the tremendous work going on in our districts. We would love to highlight our districts and your work in these areas. Could you please send your pictures and best practices directly to Norma Rodriguez ().

1st Year Administrator Recognition Information – Due April 13

Have a first-year administrator that deserves recognition for accomplishes made at his or her site?  See the ACSA 1st Year Recognition Award to apply for recognition.

ACSA Region 8 Mini-Conference – March 1

We are excited to invite you and encourage you to spread the word to those in your organizations and professional circles to attend the ACSA Region 8 Mini-Conference!  This is a FREE Premier Professional Learning event.  The conference will take place on Thursday, March 1st at Monroe Middle School in the Campbell Union School District from 4:30-7: 00 pm.  Inspiring speakers, engaging topics, networking, food and raffle prizes await you!!   Please register here by Monday, February 26.

Please share this email with others and note that non-ACSA members can also attendBe one of the lucky ones and register soon! 

For more information, see the flyer, and for questions, please contact Sheila Walters at or Dawnel Sonntag at .

We look forward to seeing you on March 1st!

Check out our Region 8 Facebook page!

ACSA Classified Educational Leaders InstituteEarly-bird registration ends tomorrow, Jan. 30 for the ACSA Classified Educational Leaders Institute March 1 & 2 in Redondo Beach.

The conference is designed for educational leaders in business/ fiscal services, human resources/ personnel, maintenance/operations, custodial, technology, facilities, student services/instructional, including confidential and administrative assistants. 

See registration flyer for full details:

  • Early bird $265, $295 after Jan. 30 – for ACSA members, non-management, non-credential, not enrolled in a credential program
  • $265 for teams of three or more (from the same district with at least one ACSA member)

ACSA endorses Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
See news release here:

Women’s Leadership Network Event: Fulfilling Your Leadership Potential
February 26, 2018, 6pm – 9pm, Silicon Valley Capital Club

Join Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, and Allison Kluger, Communications Expert and Stanford Instructor, to learn how to capitalize on your executive presence and branding to empower you to fulfill your leadership potential. For more information and to RSVP, see the flyer here: ACSA Region 8 (4)

See more Photos from the 2017 Leadership Summit Reception!

California Gubernatorial Candidate Forums
See more information in News and Resources.

Friendly Reminder October is a Grassroots Advocacy Month
We want to encourage members of our Region to connect with local legislators and invite them to school and district events.

Region 8 President, Norma Rodriguez with Milpitas School Board of Education Member, Robert Jung and Assembly Member, Ash Kalra celebrating Mid-autumn Festival at Randall Elementary School.

Let’s reach out to our legislators!

ACSA Seeks Assistance from Region 8 to Begin New Strategic Plan
Click here for more details

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

Order your Leadership Summit Voucher by September 25!
Summit 17 Voucher Order Form

October is Grassroots Advocacy Month

Region 8 join hands to Educate & Advocate as per our Plan.  For more information and resources, go to News and Resources.

See ACSA Statement and Resources on DACA

Region 8 Executive Board Meeting and Leadership Forum
Leadership Forum. Sept.21 2017

State ACSA Board Officer Nominations Due Sept 8! See here for more details:

Presentation from the Region 8 Leadership Retreat:






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... READ MORE