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Region 7 Board Representative Report - ACSA One Voice for Students

posted Jul 8, 2014, 7:48 AM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 9:49 PM ]

by Heidi Lawler

ACSA’s One Voice for Students Initiative strives to ensure that school leaders speak together with a common voice on educational policy in the areas of student outcomes, human resources and school funding in order to achieve the following goals:
  • Improve Student Outcomes ACSA is addressing this area through advocacy for additional funds for the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Furthermore, ACSA is addressing technology needs in the areas of technology tools and bandwidth requirements for the new assessments with a focus on equity for all of California’s students. ACSA is supporting AB 2319 (Bonilla) and is advocating for $1.5 to $2 billion for 2014-2015.
Human Resources ACSA’s goal is to create human resources processes that support meeting the needs of students. Teacher dismissal and the teacher evaluation process are at the forefront in this area. ACSA believes that the current teacher dismissal process is inefficient, burdensome, and too costly for school districts. Governmental Relations staff is addressing this issue through ongoing discussions on various bills, including SB 843 (Correa), SB 1164 (Liu), and AB 215 (Buchanan) in order to move toward a bifurcated system which addresses egregious conduct as well as unsatisfactory performance.

In addition, ACSA is supportive of a strengthened teacher evaluation process which includes student academic achievement growth as a component.

School Funding ACSA believes that a stable and sufficient funding system that enables all of our students to meet California’s high standards is a critical goal, as well. While the Local Control Funding Formula provides schools and districts the opportunity to utilize funds to address student needs, it is critical to create and maintain a stable and sufficient funding system which provides equity and supports student achievement of our academic standards.

Board Report for the Week of July 29, 2013

posted Aug 3, 2013, 4:31 PM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 9:52 PM ]

From Wes Smith, Executive Director

ACSA News Clips
We're excited to launch a new tracking and showcasing system for ACSA news clips next month. You'll soon start to receive a daily email from ACSA Communications with a compilation of news articles highlighting ACSA and major education issues. As you review ACSA's daily clips, you'll notice that ACSA and its members are being recognized regularly in the media for excellent leadership. One of the benefits of this new media tracking system is that we're using it to reach out to members and potential members who are mentioned in the clips. It's great to connect with our members and potential members with an encouraging note from ACSA. We're also tracking ACSA's overall media coverage, responding to the latest news with our ACSA spin, and using Twitter, Facebook and email to share media highlights that help publicize our work. We think you'll enjoy this news service, and we're happy to have your feedback. Please email your questions or recommendations to Cary Rodda at or Emily Senecal at

Strategic Plan Update
After more than a year of planning and member input, ACSA is energized to implement the 5-year Strategic Plan adopted by the Board earlier this week. We got the word out to our members on the Board’s action in an email blast Thursday and on the front page of the August 5 edition of EdCal. Our Phase I implementation plan (years 1 and 2) focuses on all nine strategic areas and the following 18 action plans to achieve ACSA's mission and objectives:

Strategy I: We will be the authoritative advocates for all matters pertaining to education and its leaders.

  1. State and Federal leaders will turn to ACSA for opinions and advice on educational matters.
  2. The organization actively seeks common ground among its members and partners.
  3. ACSA members and our education partners will capitalize and communicate their common voice in advocating for all students.
  4. The members of our organization are informed, trained and mobilized in advocacy efforts to improve public education.
Strategy II: We will be the premier provider of an array of compelling learning experiences dedicated to developing the capacity of all education leaders.


Provide certificated and classified educational leaders with a wide variety of high quality learning experiences that: are specifically aligned and coordinated throughout the ACSA professional development systems that build on each other and are connected by similar strands; build capacity in both individuals and teams; are relevant to 21st century learning experiences and applicable to the needs of all educational leaders; and focus on educational equity.

Strategy III: We will initiate and build dynamic alliances with others of common purpose.

  1. Develop what ACSA can bring to the table rather than “how can ACSA benefit” (it has to be reciprocal).
  2. Create a comprehensive marketing campaign that is organizationally friendly and appealing to other groups to make it a win/win situation.
Strategy IV: We will build and sustain vibrant, purposeful networks of educational communities.

  1. All new educational leaders and aspiring educational leaders are aware of the services of ACSA and the benefits of membership.
  2. Members virtually connect with other members as well as a larger community of educational leaders on any topic at anytime.
Strategy V: We will be the originator and source for inspiring and creating new concepts of learning and teaching.


ACSA members will become the leaders who advocate and educate others to rethink traditional learning approaches such as the impact of brain-based research, the impact of diversified teaching, Common Core Standards, 21st Century learning and open learning systems 24/7.

Strategy VI: We will boldly brand and aggressively market our identity.

  1. The general public develops a greater awareness of and appreciation for the role school leaders play in a successful education system; ACSA issues and members are highlighted in a positive way by the state’s news media.
  2. Policymakers understand the challenges facing school leaders and are willing to consider legislation that benefits students, educators and their communities. ACSA’s role in the legislative process and its policy perspectives are clearly communicated and widely shared. ACSA lobbies effectively for its desired policy outcomes.
  3. School leaders throughout the state receive timely information about ACSA services through a variety of formats.
  4. ACSA has a prominent voice in local communities, the public forum and the education community.
Strategy VII: We will cultivate transformational technologies in all aspects of our work.

  1. Incorporate more technology in ACSA Academies, workshops and conferences.
  2. Develop a Comprehensive Membership Database System.
  3. Develop a social media job alike web presence.
  4. Promote ACSA Online Professional Learning Community.
Strategy VIII: We will change our organization from its present structure to constantly evolving formations.

A governance task force will determine an organizational structure that can operationalize the strategic plan.

Strategy IX: We will dedicate our budget, resources and assets to accomplishment of our mission and objectives.

Through implementation, ACSA’s budget, resources and assets will be aligned to achieve the mission and objectives.

Local Control Funding Formula Regional Input Sessions
ACSA Governmental Relations is sending out weekly reminders to our members regarding the importance of participating in the upcoming LCFF Regional Input Sessions.Please find attached information about the upcoming Local Control Funding Formula Regional Input Sessions with new information about an option for online viewing of the August 12th session.

Also, please note that a new email address ( has been created where all LCFF related comments to the State Board of Education and questions regarding LCFF outreach activities can be sent.

What has ACSA Done for me Lately

posted Jul 25, 2013, 5:11 PM by ACSA Region 7   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 9:55 PM ]

Board Report for the Week of June 17, 2013

From Bob Noyes, Interim Executive Director

Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 (Leno)
SCA 3 (Leno) moved forward this week. The bill would allow school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education to levy a parcel tax on real property if it is approved by 55 percent of voters in the district or county, rather than the currently required two-thirds vote. The bill passed out of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee and now moves to the Senate Rules Committee, where it will sit until January, in all likelihood.  That is because, while it is clear that the Senate intends to move this (and various other) Constitutional Amendments relating to lowering voter thresholds through the legislative process, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said the Senate will not move them to the Assembly until next year. We expect Democrats to use their two-thirds control of both houses to make this a priority in 2014. Recent polling has shown voter support for the change. 

If approved by the Legislature, the proposed Constitutional change would go before voters in 2014. If approved, LEAs can expect to use the lower approval threshold at the next regularly scheduled election, which for most districts will be in 2016. We also know the Assembly is looking to expand the concept by giving LEAs the authority to not only pass parcel taxes at the 55 percent rate, but potentially other local taxes at the same reduced rate.

On Sunday, July 22, ACSA invades UCLA for the 23rd consecutive summer. On Monday, approximately 50 principals will arrive for the Principals’ Institute, and on Wednesday, the first ever Urban Institute will begin with its theme of “One to World,” an exploration of the integration of technology and the Common Core Standards.

Participants in the Principals’ Institute will be guided by featured presenters Paula Rutherford, Ed Porter, Eric Sheninger, Kim Marshall, Eugene Garcia, George Manthey, Mike Schmoker and Harry Weinberg as they explore the role of the principal in creating strong communities of learning.  An integral part of both Institutes will be the opportunity to explore the ideas presented in depth with a small team of colleagues guided by an expert facilitator.  This year the Principals’ Institute welcomes two new team leaders, Francisco Meza from South Whittier School District and Minerva Gandara from Placentia-Yorba Linda USD, who will join veteran leaders Jeff Crane, Jeanne Yamamoto, Las Saunders, May Arakaki and Ena Harris.  And, of course, it is ACSA’s Program Coordinator Danelle Bowron who holds everything together.

The Urban Institute was created by ACSA’s Urban Education Committee. Pearson is a sponsor of the event and has worked with the committee to bring a great group of presenters, including Cathie Dillender, Scott Drossos, David Haglund, Judi Paredes, Jay McPhail, Tom Greaves, Chuck Obeso-Bradley, Jacob Bruno and Charles Tippie.

Two EL Bills Still Moving Through the Legislative Process

Many legislators are feeling extremely satisfied that they were able to focus resources to the poorest of our students, especially English Language Learners. The Legislature still has time to do more, and that appears to be taking place through a few bills specifically directed at these populations. Those include:

Assembly Bill 899 (Weber) would require the superintendent of public instruction, on or before Jan. 1, 2015, to recommend modifications to the English Language Development Standards to align with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards. Assembly Bill 124 (Fuentes) created a process to align ELD with standards for English Learners. AB 899 would replicate the alignment process of Assembly Bill 124 but for math and science. The bill calls for the SPI to convene a group of experts, including teachers and administrators, for the purpose of implementing the measure. The funds to cover the cost for the SPI panel have yet to be identified. ACSA is supporting the bill as it prepares for its hearing in the Senate Education Committee on July 3.

Senate Bill 344 (Padilla) calls for, commencing in the 2014-15 fiscal year as a condition of receiving supplemental funds for English Learners under the Limited English Proficient Student Program, that a school district applying to the CDE for these funds must adopt a master plan for how the supplemental funds will be spent.  The plan must include all expenditures of these funds by the school district and at each affected school within the district. The bill specifies the information to be included in the master plan and requires that the plan include input from teachers, principals, administrators, EL advisory committees, school site councils and parents, both district-wide and from each school. ACSA, CSBA and the Central Valley Education Coalition have together taken an oppose position on the bill (Click here to review letter). SB 344 was mentioned in the budget trailer bills dealing with accountability for the Local Control Funding Formula.  No connection between the final budget deal and the language in SB 344 was found, and therefore the measure is still alive in the process. The bill has now been set for hearing in August after the summer break, providing more time for the author to try and work with the opposition.

Member Services Successfully Completes Another Year-End Process

The Member Services Department has just successfully completed its annual year-end process.  This process involves extensive work in preparation for the upcoming fiscal year and begins in February with the collection of member data such as annual salaries, pay plans and member category changes. During the process, membership dues rates are also updated for the following fiscal year. All member data collected between the months of February to May are kept in a holding file until mid-June, when staff works meticulously to enter data for more than 14,500 members.  One staffer described the process as "an endless tsunami of member information updates."  Because the work can be both daunting and tedious, numerous checks and balances are put into place to ensure that data collected has been entered into the system accurately.  When the process is completed, old data is then purged from the system and archived, and the membership database is once again ready for a new year.  A very big thanks to the staff in the Burlingame processing unit for their hard work!

Talking Points for Upcoming Region and Charter meetings

With hundreds of ACSA members attending Region and Charter meetings in July, we want everyone to have talking points to answer the question: “What has ACSA done for me lately?” The truth is, we’ve done a lot! ACSA continues to work hard for members, and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in recent state budget negotiations and with the Local Control Funding Formula. We also want our members to know the latest information about our Strategic Planning work and about our new One Voice Initiative. To help our leaders share our latest news, we’ve produced and posted talking points at If you need more information, please contact Julie White at

ACSA Finances Update

A few things have been happening in the last month or so related to ACSA’s Finances as follows:

  • Bank of America recently extended our $750,000 revolving line of credit to December 31, 2013.
  •  In a continuation of our efforts toward greater transparency, we expanded the posting of financial data such as budgets, trends, audit reports, region reports and rebate history on our website under “ACSA Finances” with a cover email from the CFO to Region Leaders.
  •  We closed our books for May, 2013 with net revenues for ACSA/FEA/SASS of about $351,000 for the first 11 months of this fiscal year, which is about $25,000 higher than last fiscal year.
  • Financial statements through May will be part of the packet for the board meeting in late July. A region summary report will be sent after the board meeting.
  • The market value of SASS’s investments has increased about $167,000 this fiscal year or about 14 percent as of the end of May to about $1.35 million.
  • The downtown Sacramento commercial property values should increase now that the Sacramento Kings are staying and a new arena will be built about five blocks from our building.

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