June 2018 Newsletter
Greetings from the President
Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

As Educators, the June pages of our calendars are always full. It’s like the “storm before the calm” (as opposed to the calm before the storm). This year we have the unfortunate call to even more action as we address the ills that impact our black and brown students. 
As a CA Educator, you probably received the formal public call to action from our friend and colleague, Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment.As Executive Director of that esteemed organization, Dr. Ross spoke candidly about the need to stand up and be counted as advocates for all students, especially those in crisis and urgent need as threats and aggressive measures have increased under this nation's current administration.

I want you to know that CAAASA supported Dr. Bob Ross and the stance of the California Endowment. We will not stand by and watch families maliciously and unnecessarily separated on the journey to a better life. Furthermore, we will continue to stand up and speak out; despite tactics that may aim to distract our focus on educational, judicial and social equity. 

Though it seems that every day (if not every hour) we have a new battle to confront for our students and families, I’m glad we have each other and that the students have us. As I watch the national news in this moment, I must warn; this may be a long summer and I know we’ll make it through…together.

Below are some ways you can stay engaged with CAAASA and our partners during the summer months. While we are continuing to follow-up on our established priorities for CA Educators and policies impacting education in this State and our Nation; now more than ever, for this generation's students, we need your service. 

Please take advantage of the professional and community development opportunities CAAASA is offering. We are aiming to fine tune these - just for you. If what you see, is what you want, join us. If not, still join us and let us know what we're missing!

Have a safe summer. We'll be in touch. Call us if you need us.

In Solidarity,  
Michael C. Watkins,
The Education Trust-West
  • The 2nd annual Forum will give school and district leadership teams as well as higher education administrators and practitioners an opportunity to converse, connect, and collaborate. Attendees will learn about new and best practices for supporting students, strengthening our schools and colleges, and closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

  • This year’s Forum will include interactive breakout sessions, engaging plenaries, and increased networking opportunities. For a full list of confirmed speakers, and to complete your registration, visit www.edequityforum.org.

Location :
Sheraton Grand Hotel Sacramento
Date :
Evening Reception : Wednesday, September 12th
Forum : Thursday, September 13th
Cost :
Early Bird Rate until June 30th : $195
Full Price Rate after June 30th : $275
To Register: Click here
Advocates for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all California students, particularly those of color and living in poverty.

Equity-Driven • Data-Centered • Student-Focused
The Education Trust—West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In collaboration with Tyrone Howard from UCLA, Frank Harris III and I are proud to announce the release of our newest report titled,
• Sacramento City Unified is the most egregious suspension district for Black males in the State of California.

• Black males in early childhood education (kindergarten through third grade) are 9.9 times more likely to be suspended than their peers (statewide).

• One third of all Black male foster youth are suspended in Sacramento County.

• Black males are 5.4 times more likely to be suspended in Sacramento County than the statewide average.

• Nearly 18 Black males were suspended, per day, in the county.

• Sacramento County has four school districts in the top 20 suspension districts for Black males in the State of California.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the report. SEE BELOW

Thank you,
J. Luke Wood, PhD
Dean's Distinguished Professor of Education, College of Education 
San Diego State University
Levi Beckwith’s first two suspensions happened when he was in preschool. According to a new research brief, his story isn’t unique.
Recommended Reading
On the Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Changing Children's Lives

How can states convert their visions of good early childhood education into on-the-ground reality? A new book by LPI researchers tackles this question in great detail and analyzes how four states―Michigan, North Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia―have built early education systems that produce positive student outcomes.
The book provides a comprehensive examination of how states can build high-quality early education systems: It discusses design and implementation, surfaces the themes that can guide program development and expansion, addresses effective management and collaboration with the broad array of state agencies supporting children and families, and emphasizes the central role that teachers play in improving children’s lives. This book shows that there is no single roadmap to excellence. However, the varied experiences of these states provide important insights about the policies and practices that can lead to quality early learning opportunities.
Among audiences this book is written for: Governors and legislators, state early education administrators, county administrators and school district superintendents, principals and early education program directors, teachers, parents, researchers, and professors.
The book's authors are Marjorie E. Wechsler and David L. Kirp, with contributions by Titilayo Tinubu Ali, Madelyn Gardner, Anna Maier, Hanna Melnick, and Patrick M. Shields.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities
Black Educators Rock Conference
"Fortifying the Foundation to Empower the Faces of Education"
in Jacksonville, FL July 12-15, 2018

For more information, please visit:
Registration is now open!

Career Opportunities
Submit a letter of application, with a current résumé or summary of experience to the
Personnel Office or if you are emailing your information, please email to
personnel@selmausd.org , prior to the deadline.

Submit a district application at www.EdJoin.org, attach a résumé or summary of experience,
three (3) letters of recommendation and copies of credential(s) to the Personnel Office or if you
are emailing your information, please email to personnel@selmausd.org prior to the
2019 Statewide Professional Development Summit Updates
Conference Dates and Location:
  • March 27th - 29th
  • HYATT REGENCY ORANGE COUNTY (Garden Grove, CA - next to Disneyland) 
  • Reserve your hotel rooms now (they go fast!)

Conference Theme:
  • Creating an Equitable Education for African American and other Students of Color “Strategies, Solutions, Resources”: A Professional Development Summit Addressing the Needs of African American and Other Underserved Students 

Call for Proposals:
  • Will open early July 2018 with online submission at CAAASA.org
  • Proposals should highlight evidence-based policies and practices (with at least two years of data) that Accelerate Educational Growth for African American and Other Students of Color 
  • Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Presenters must choose one of the areas of engagement developed with consideration of California Department of Education’s (CDE) Blueprint for Great Schools 2.0* 

Call for Sponsors:
  • Will open next month with online submission at CAAASA.org
  • More information will be available soon.

CA Department of Education (CDE), Association of CA School Admin. (ACSA), 
CA Assn. of Latino Supt. & Admin. (CALSA), CA Co. Superintendent’s Educational Service Assn. (CCSESA), CA School Boards Assn (CSBA), CA Educational Technology Professional Assn (CETPA), Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR), CA Teachers Assn (CTA), CA State Parent Teacher Association (CAPTA), CA Head Start Association (CHSA), First 5 California
Member News
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  • Early Childhood Education
  • CAAASA’s African American Leadership Academy
  • Member Affairs
  • Parent Engagement
  • Standard English Learners, and
  • STEAM education
  • PLUS... here is where members get early access to special training and career opportunities!

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