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Thursday, February 27
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday February 27, 2020 7:00am - 9:00am
Garland Ballroom

7:00am

Registration
Thursday February 27, 2020 7:00am - 4:00pm
Courtyard

9:00am

Welcome & Opening Session: Legacy Leaders Creating Legacy Moments: What’s Your Story?
Mike Dooley, Author, Entrepreneur said “The one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things”. They used their moments to create their own stories. They made their moments count. What’s your story? Are you going to choose your legacy or is your legacy going to be chosen for you? Let’s find out together in this interactive panel/workshop discussion led by our very own Classified Educational Leaders.

Speakers
LR

LaShon Rayford

Executive Assistant-Human Resources, Culver City USD
LG

Laurie Gabriel

Chief Human Resources Officer, Fresno County Office of Education
SJ

Steven Johnson

Regional Facilities Director, Los Angeles Unified School District
VD

Victoria Davidson

Senior Division Secretary, Confidential, Los Angeles County Office of Education
AR

Antonio Romayor, Jr, CCTO

Chief Technology Officer, El Centro ESD
TC

Tracey Case

Administrator, Riverside County Office of Education
KP

Kathleen Purpero

Secretary to the Superintendent, Azusa Unified School District
CV

Claudia Vicino

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Empire Union School District



Thursday February 27, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Garland Ballroom

10:30am

Break
Thursday February 27, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am
Courtyard

10:45am

General Session: Jeremy Bates, The Hope Dealer
Spend an hour with Jeremy Bates, and life becomes different. Something about the way he walks through life and the way he sees the world that is contagious. A self-described addict of potential, disbeliever of convention, and dealer of hope. Jeremy has made a life of redefining possibility for himself, his family, and the hundreds of thousands of people who have experienced his programs.

Speakers

Thursday February 27, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Garland Ballroom

12:00pm

1:15pm

How to Present Like a Rockstar
This hands-on presentation will guide participants into understanding the importance of preparing engaging presentations and engaging Google Slides design. Participants will experience and learn some fun and engaging ways to make their presentations rock. Participants should bring a laptop and be able to access Google Slides so they can “play” with designing amazing slides and experiment using the design features Google Slides has to offer. No matter if you are a novice or an expert with slide design, you will leave this workshop with new ideas and tools for creating and designing engaging presentations so you can come back to work as a rockstar presenter!

bit.ly/acsaclassified

Speakers
JG

Jessica Gomez

Principal, Colton Jt. USD



Thursday February 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
El Camino

1:15pm

Is the “Tail Wagging the Dog?” Be in Control of the Message
Across the state, many districts are managing numerous initiatives in order to create positive, safe learning environments. Even with doing the “right work,” they are still facing negative headlines and protesters at school board meetings. The frustration becomes the focus and the work stops. What if instead the message is in support of the work? This workshop will share how districts in California developed Communication Plans in order to manage the message. By intentionally following a few key ideas they were able to share the positive changes occurring. “The dog was wagging the tail.” Participants will leave with easy to use tools to create communication plans for their initiatives.

Speakers
GA

Gail Angus

Executive Director, Collaborative Learning Solutions



Thursday February 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Cabrillo

1:15pm

Motivating Your Employees
Institute participants will learn a variety of ways in which to motivate their classified staff to meet and exceed professional expectation. This interactive, humor filled presentation will motivate all to go back home and LEAD.

Speakers
SW

Suzanne Webb

Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources, Manhattan Beach USD



Thursday February 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Mission

1:15pm

Productivity SmartLifeHacks for a SuperYou (Session Repeats Friday at 9:30 a.m.)
Let me guess. You should be doing something else rather than reading this blurb of conference session descriptions. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading this blurb about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back. Join us and learn about genius productivity hacks crowdsourced from top educational entrepreneurs. They include handling emails, digital tools and resources for faster production, brain hacks to allow you to learn more and focus, to body hacks for the 6 million dollar you! We will build a better YOU.
Session Repeats Friday at 9:30 a.m. 

bit.ly/hacks2020

Speakers
avatar for Martin Cisneros

Martin Cisneros

Director of Technology, Berryessa USD
Martin Ricardo Cisneros (@TheTechProfe) is a Modern Learning Advisor, speaker, GeekDad, TechJedi, SuperMariachi and a Director of Technology, from Silicon Valley! At his current position, he provides strategic leadership in anticipating and developing appropriate and innovative systems... Read More →


Thursday February 27, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Garland Theatre

2:30pm

Break
Thursday February 27, 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Cabrillo

2:45pm

Emotional Wellness, Balance, and Mindfulness at Work
Participants in this workshop will gain a better understanding of how Emotional Intelligence (EQ) impacts our work and be guided through EQ boosting practices that are relevant to today’s School/District workplace. Employees with high EQ have the capacity to build authentic relationships and live well-balanced lives. If you’re seeking to decrease stress, respond effectively to difficult situations, and reignite your passion and purpose in your career, this workshop will provide you with strategies you can apply immediately and regularly, regardless of how busy your schedule is.

Developing EQ will build your capacity for more effective leadership by:
  1. Understanding how to recognize your own emotions and create awareness and space for your response in any situation
  2. Recognizing the emotions and needs of others
  3. Learning practical, on the job practices to increase mindfulness and awareness

Speakers
JE

Jenay Enna

Principal, Sakamoto Elementary School, Oak Grove SD



Thursday February 27, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cabrillo

2:45pm

Nailed It! - How to Have Difficult Conversations (and all the things that get in the way) (Session Repeats Friday at 8:00 a.m.)
In this session, participants will discuss the ins and outs of having difficult conversations and the importance of doing so in a healthy work environment. Participants will be actively engaged in self-reflection, discussion, and brainstorming with their colleagues in a fun and friendly atmosphere. What fears do you have about difficult conversations? How do you get in your own way? How do the actions and responses of others affect you when you know a difficult conversation is needed, but you just don't want to do it? Participants should be ready and willing to share out, work together, and collaborate to help support each other in moving forward--being ready and able to conquer fierce conversations.

Speakers
JS

Jennifer Slabbinck

Assistant Superintendent – Human Resources, Culver City Unified School District


Thursday February 27, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Garland Theatre

2:45pm

The Power of Improv as a Leadership Tool
It’s going to happen - despite your best plans, you will be derailed by something out of your control. Learn how the rules of improv can help your team cope with the unexpected, and emerge better, stronger, and more prepared for the next experience. This session will demonstrate how to provide foundational tools and skills to get people comfortable with change, as well as a First Aid Kit of strategies and protocols for when things go awry. In a culture of continuous improvement, challenges become opportunities, data becomes a story arc, and vulnerability becomes a secret weapon. Participants will walk away with templates and tools to help launch and sustain initiatives, and examples of culture-building exercises to inspire a community spirit in the hearts and minds of your team.

Speakers
HW

Hillary Wolfe

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, El Monte UHSD



Thursday February 27, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
El Camino

2:45pm

Unpacking Unconscious Bias – The Many Faces of Bias
Welcome to your safe space. Come learn, share and experience how our biases affect our decision-making processes in a number of different ways. This is a place that gives you freedom to:
  • Feel Secure in knowing that you are among trusted colleagues.
  • Agree to be open to new ideas and share them as well.
  • Be Free to be yourself.
  • Engage authentically with the core content.
  • Set aside time for you to be fully present.
  • Prepare yourself to be supportive for all who attend.
  • Accept things you cannot change – work hard for those you can.
  • Safeguard confidentiality.
  • Enjoy our time together.

Speakers
DP

Dr. Patricia Brent-Sanco

Director of Equity, Access and Instructional Services, Lynwood Unified School District



Thursday February 27, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Mission

4:15pm

Urban Walk: The Brady Bunch House (optional)
Explore Studio City up close! Join us for a stroll through the neighborhood and see the Brady Bunch House in all its glory.

Thursday February 27, 2020 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Hotel Lobby

5:00pm

Network Reception
Join the fun and meet new friends! Share ideas and success stories with colleagues across the state. Light appetizers will be served.

Thursday February 27, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Beverly Park
 
Friday, February 28
 

7:00am

8:00am

Better, Happier Together: Creating a Culture of Collective Efficacy
Did you know that when you look at a hill that you have to climb alone, it looks 10-20 percent steeper than if you looked at the same hill with a friend standing 3 feet away? Positive psychologist Shawn Achor’s research reveals that leaders can exponentially empower an organization’s performance outcomes when they raise employees’ collective efficacy and work to become better and happier together. Join Assistant Superintendent Dr. Clara Finneran and Director of Data and Teacher Support, Dr. Jacqueline Duncan as they synthesize leading research from top business and educational leaders into actionable strategies that will help you create a culture of collective efficacy in your organization.

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jacqueline Duncan

Director Data and Teacher Support, Las Virgenes USD
DC

Dr. Clara Finneran

Assistant Superintendent, Las Virgenes USD



Friday February 28, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Garland Theatre

8:00am

Nailed It! - How to Have Difficult Conversations (and all the things that get in the way)
In this session, participants will discuss the ins and outs of having difficult conversations and the importance of doing so in a healthy work environment. Participants will be actively engaged in self-reflection, discussion, and brainstorming with their colleagues in a fun and friendly atmosphere. What fears do you have about difficult conversations? How do you get in your own way? How do the actions and responses of others affect you when you know a difficult conversation is needed, but you just don't want to do it? Participants should be ready and willing to share out, work together, and collaborate to help support each other in moving forward--being ready and able to conquer fierce conversations.

Speakers
JS

Jennifer Slabbinck

Assistant Superintendent – Human Resources, Culver City Unified School District


Friday February 28, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
El Camino

8:00am

Overview of Personal Branding
Building an awesome personal brand requires conscious crafting! Learn how to define and manage your brand as a key strategy to advance your career.

Speakers
TD

Tatia Davenport

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, ACSA


Friday February 28, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Cabrillo

9:15am

Break
Friday February 28, 2020 9:15am - 9:30am
Cabrillo

9:30am

LeaderSHIFT: Leading with Courage, Connection, and Compassion
According to Gallup, only 32% of the workforce is engaged in their work. Disengaged employees have more absences, are less productive, and can negatively impact workplace morale. On the other hand, when employees have a strong sense of belonging and engagement, they perceive more options to solve problems, are more insightful, collaborate better, and have higher overall performance. This is where A Great Leader L.E.A.D.S with Courage, Connection, and Compassion can help. It’s about learning to strengthen our self-awareness, compassion, and resilience while also increasing focus, productivity, and strategic thinking. It’s about the ability to strengthen employee engagement, sense of belonging and connection to the organization, and the capacity to cultivate innovative changemakers.

In this highly active and engaging session, participants will learn research-based practices fundamentals of leading with courage, connection, and compassion and how to use those superpowers to create a culture in which both the individuals and the organization can thrive.

“A Great Leader L.E.A.D.S. with Courage, Connection, and Compassion”
Leans in to build belonging and trust; Engages Employees’ Purpose;  Appreciates and acknowledges all stakeholders; Demonstrates empathy and compassion; and Shows up with intentional presence

Speakers
JH

Joelle Hood

Chief Empowerment Officer, Thriving YOUniversity, LLC


Friday February 28, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am
Garland Theatre

9:30am

Productivity SmartLifeHacks for a SuperYou (Session Repeats Friday at 9:30 a.m.)
Let me guess. You should be doing something else rather than reading this blurb of conference session descriptions. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading this blurb about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back. Join us and learn about genius productivity hacks crowdsourced from top educational entrepreneurs. They include handling emails, digital tools and resources for faster production, brain hacks to allow you to learn more and focus, to body hacks for the 6 million dollar you! We will build a better YOU.
Session Repeats Friday at 9:30 a.m. 

bit.ly/hacks2020

Speakers
avatar for Martin Cisneros

Martin Cisneros

Director of Technology, Berryessa USD
Martin Ricardo Cisneros (@TheTechProfe) is a Modern Learning Advisor, speaker, GeekDad, TechJedi, SuperMariachi and a Director of Technology, from Silicon Valley! At his current position, he provides strategic leadership in anticipating and developing appropriate and innovative systems... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am
El Camino

9:30am

The Human Road Map
We’ve all been there…we need help. Join us for an interactive discussion about the central role and significance of purposeful and intentional relationships. We’ll share real-world leadership stories and experiences that will better prepare you to foster effective teams that create transformational change and practical ways of self-care.

Speakers
AR

Antonio Romayor

Chief Technology Officer, El Centro ESD


Friday February 28, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am
Cabrillo

10:45am

Break - Hotel Checkout
Checkout of hotel

Friday February 28, 2020 10:45am - 11:15am

11:15am

General Session: Kay Frances, The Funny Thing About Stress
We all know that we should manage our stress for peak performance in all areas of our lives, but we don’t necessarily know why or how. It’s Kay Frances to the STRESS-cue! She literally wrote the book on stress! In this motivational and hilarious presentation, Kay offers a healthy dose of laughter that is just what the doctor ordered for your well-being! With this energetic, upbeat presentation, you’ll laugh while you learn without straining your brain.

Stress is not something that we can or should eradicate from our lives. If we care about anything at all, we are going to experience some stress, anxiety, frustration, fear and other so-called negative emotions. The key is to recognize negativity when it arises and make the conscious choice to turn it around.

Speakers
KF

Kay Frances, MBA

Motivational Speaker


Friday February 28, 2020 11:15am - 12:45pm
Garland Ballroom

12:45pm