Member Newsletter
August 26, 2020
Greetings CAAASA Members,

Over the past few months, I've been honored to greet you on behalf of CAAASA, with words of encouragement and reminders that CAAASA stands by our members and partners through all times. Our mission is long-standing. The imperative focus on education equity has been our drum beat for generations, as has been our intentionality to elevate the work and support the success of African American superintendents and administrators in California and across this country.

I'm proud to share that students, teachers, classrooms, and communities in California will start the 2020-21 school year with the benefit of 5 new Black superintendents. They are: Sonjhia Lowery, Superintendent, Old Adobe Union School District; Dr. Kennon Mitchell, Superintendent, Adelante Elementary School District; Katie Russell, Superintendent, Panama Buena Vista USD; Dr. Natasha Baker, Banning School District; and Dr. Adaina Brown, Superintendent, Local District West, LAUSD. Please read their bios here. The presence of these leaders in our state makes a significant impact on our trajectory. On behalf of CAAASA, I extend our congratulations and look forward to working with them. 

Similarly, superintendents and administrators of color are returning to their posts, leading the way in school districts throughout the US and beyond. To that extent, I want to strongly encourage all of our members to take advantage of culturally relevant professional development and peer networking opportunities, to continue to support and expand our leadership impact. One of the ways in which CAAASA offers this very unique opportunity is with our annual Round-Up of Educational Leaders. This year's event will be virtual, with a national focus, featuring well-known speakers and exciting workgroups. It will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please register to join us, here.

Thank you for the mantle of education excellence you continue to carry. I hope to see you at the Round-Up.

Sincerely,
Daryl F. Camp, Ed.D. 
President, CAAASA 
Superintendent, San Lorenzo Unified School District  
Dr. Adaina Brown, Superintendent,
Local District West, Los Angeles Unified School District (Read Bio)
Katie Russell, Superintendent,
Panama Buena Vista USD (Read Bio)
Dr. Natasha Baker, Superintendent,
Banning School District (Read Bio)
Sonjhia Lowery, Superintendent,
Old Adobe Union School District (Read Bio)
Dr. Kennon Mitchell, Superintendent, Adelante Elementary School District (Read Bio)
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