Member Newsletter
September 30, 2020
Greetings CAAASA Members,

CAAASA’s recent virtual Round-Up, held on September 12, was a tremendous success. I want to thank to our presenters, participants and sponsors for their efforts and contributions. I also want to thank Executive Director, Dwight Bonds and his assistants for their monumental efforts in coordinating a national meeting of this magnitude.

The current pandemic has forced us to re-think the ways in which we hold meetings, interact with one another and continue the work so vitally needed to help our students. Our recent Round-Up and our previous webinar series has demonstrated the seriousness with which CAAASA’s is pursuing its goal of continuing our work broadening our network and engaging those who are already among us, despite various levels and types of limitations caused by the pandemic. Your involvement is also a reflection of your commitment to our mission.

I want to give a special “thank you” to our partners, the Los Angeles County Alliance of Black School Educators (LACABSE) and the National Coalition on Education Equity (NCOEE), who were instrumental in helping us to bring a national perspective to the theme, “Strengthening Equity Education Coalitions for African Americans.”

For those who were not able to attend, you can still view the presentations. Our Opening Session  and Closing Session featured Keynote Speakers: Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA 37th District) Chair, Congressional Black Caucus; Congressman Bobby Scott, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor; Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, President, California Legislative Black Caucus, CA State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, 30th Senate District, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute & President, California State Board of Education and Dr. Daniel Lee, Deputy Superintendent of Equity, California Department of Education.

Additionally, educational stakeholders from throughout the country joined our five equity conversations:

  1. Strategies to Create a Black Male Teacher Pipeline
  2. Inequality in America – Equity Education and Legal Rights of Students 
  3. Addressing Preschool Practices That Harm African American Children
  4. Public Health Disparities including the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide
  5. Empowering Black Girls: Addressing Policies & Practices

We know that you will feel the urge to further engage in equity conversations and action after viewing or re-viewing the sessions. You can also see past CAAASA presentations by going to CAAASA’s YouTube Channel.

The seriousness of our mission requires an “all hands on deck” attitude. We appreciate your participation and action and look forward to continuing the work we will do together to improve the educational success of African American and other students of color.

Daryl F. Camp, Ed.D. 
President, CAAASA 
Superintendent, San Lorenzo Unified School District  
Upcoming Events

This new webinar series will give practical advice & effective strategies for education leaders to implement environmental literacy initiatives in their counties, districts, or schools.

Students throughout California are concerned about the future. They want to learn about the climate crisis, and be part of the solution. Education leaders must answer this call with environmental literacy—an approach to engage students in understanding and protecting the natural world around them.

That’s why we and our friends at the California Environmental Literacy Initiative are launching a NEW webinar series, “A Call to Action for Educational Leaders.” This five-part series was designed by and for California education leaders, to help you learn strategies for integrating environmental literacy across school systems.

Tune into these sessions for tools, resources, facilitated discussions, networking, and more, on a variety of topics. Reserve your spot today for the following sessions:

  • Introduction to the Call to Action for Environmental Literacy (September 16, 2020) — Register here!
  • Social-Emotional Learning in Environmental Literacy (September 30, 2020) — Register here!
  • Environmental Literacy for MTSS, LCAPs and Continuous Improvement (October 21, 2020) — Register here!
  • Community-Based and Business Partnerships to Support Environmental Literacy (November 18, 2020) — Register here!
  • Environmental Literacy for All Through Curriculum and Instruction (December 9, 2020) — Register here!
Career Opportunities
Partner Updates
“A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction” is an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students in grades 6-8, addresses barriers to math equity, and aligns instruction to grade-level priority standards. The Pathway offers guidance and resources for educators to use now as they plan their curriculum, while also offering opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice. The toolkit “strides” serve as multiple on-ramps for educators as they navigate the individual and collective journey from equity to anti-racism. Download “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction” by visiting
CALL FOR PAPERS for the next edition of Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research (JLER)
The Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR), along with its online peer-reviewed scholarly journal, the Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research (JLER), is seeking submissions of manuscripts of use and interest to education leaders in California and beyond. We seek empirical studies, concept papers, policy briefs, professional experience reflective essays, and other genres. We are strongly interested in empirical studies and concept papers in the area of equity, advocacy and mentoring.
Author Guidelines
Authors are invited to submit an original manuscript of 15-20 pages in accordance to the following guidelines: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically in MS Word, not PDF, RTF or WordPerfect and must adhere to the specifications described in the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (currently the 6th edition, 2011). All parts of the manuscript must be typewritten in 12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides. Manuscripts should be consecutively numbered throughout the paper in the upper right hand corner with a running header on the upper left hand corner. Manuscripts should include a cover page with title, authors, and their affiliations submitted separately from the body of the paper. Author(s) name should not appear in the body of the paper. The first page of the paper should include the paper title, followed by an abstract of not more than 150 words, and then followed by the introductory header of the paper. References should be included at the end of the paper on a separate page and conform to the current APA guidelines for citations.
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