Member Newsletter
July 31, 2020
Greetings from CAAASA,

This season of isolation has also afforded us a period of reflection; time to focus and refocus our thoughts and energy on how we can better address the needs of the students for whom we advocate. As members of CAAASA, we know too well the crises in which we find ourselves. Paramount among them are numerous issues of inequity faced by our students. 

For the last two years, CAAASA, EdTrust, Learning Policy Institute and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, has solicited like-minded statewide and national organizations to join us in a project to articulate a national agenda in public education. This coordinated effort, which has gained support from national education and civil rights organizations, has resulted in the formation of the National Coalition for Educational Equity (NCOEE). Through this initiative, chaired by Dr. Michele Bowers, our Board Member and Superintendent of the Lancaster School District, will bring together educators, community stakeholders and business leaders to develop and execute strategies to achieve educational equity for African American and other students of color throughout the country. Our initial report, with important background information and data, is available below. We look forward to working with you on this initiative. We are living in trying times, but we will prevail.

Remember: your vigilance is imperative! 

Sincerely,
Daryl F. Camp, Ed.D. 
President, CAAASA 
Superintendent, San Lorenzo Unified School District   
Teachers, Administrators, Paraprofessionals, and Parents -
the 2020-21 school year is only a few weeks away!  
As the clock counts down, we understand the challenges that you face when it comes to ensuring your students and “classrooms” maintain and continue strides toward equity and excellence. The “ Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis” equity guide examines those challenges and frames SOLUTIONS with particular attention to addressing the digital divide in successful remote learning.   Download the guide and prepare for success!  
Upcoming Events
Yesterday, Black Minds Matter hosted a new course session focused on racial battle fatigue, microaggressions, and educational equity.

Guests included Dr. William Smith, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Dr. Frank Harris III & Michael Brown Sr. (the father of Michael Brown Jr.) Watch this and other recordings here.
ANTI- RACISM
Across Racial Lines: National Dialogue on the History of Anti-Black Racism and Its Impact on US Society
(Live Broadcast Webinar)
August 1, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Please join A2MEND Organization for a moderated nationwide discussion across racial lines to discuss anti-blackness and its various impacts on US society. New York Times- Best Selling Authors and renowned scholars  Dr. Ibram Kendi (How to be an Anti-Racist), Tim Wise (Dear White America) and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (The Classroom and the Cell) will present on challenges and solutions to equip educators with the knowledge to ensure that Black lives more than matter on their respective campuses.
"How to Complete a DACA Renewal"
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has just put out a DACA renewal video that walks applicants through each of the forms required to renew their DACA and accompanying EADs. We have also included links to supplemental tools from our site and partner sites they can use while completing applications in the ILRC page and YouTube descriptions.

Please feel free to share with any who you believe may benefit from this community-facing deep dive video!
Celebrating our Educators
Congratulations!
CAAASA would like to recognize Sonjhia Lowery for the acceptance of the role of Superintendent at Old Adobe Union School District in West Sacramento, California.
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