November 3-5, 2021

CLSBA Unity Summit

California Latino School Boards Association Presents

Accelerating Latino/a/x Student Success

A Virtual Event

CLSBA’s 2021 Unity Summit brought together school board leaders from across the state for a candid discussion about what education leaders and elected officials can do to accelerate the learning of Latina/o/x students as the pandemic rages on. This year’s theme, Accelerating Latino/a/x Student Success recognizes that this crisis created conditions for Latina/o/x students who were disproportionately impacted after over a year of virtual learning. The pandemic exacerbated and widened existing inequities faced by Latino/a/x families who are unable to access broadband or other resources needed to meet their children’s educational, social, emotional, and nutritional needs.

DAY 1 - Wednesday


Transforming Education Through Community Schools

  • Max Espinoza,  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Keynote: Maria Echaveste, President/CEO, Opportunity Institute



Morning Panel Discussion: Community Schools Panel



Breakout Sessions

Mastering the Brown Act & Board Governance



Free to Serve: How Community Eligibility Provision and School Meals for All Combined Will Impact My District



SEL and the Pandemic; Bridging Inequities One SEL Step at a Time



Designing and Providing the Digital Divide WiFi Solution



Afternoon Panel Discussion

Nurturing the Board Superintendent Relationship

DAY 2 - Thursday

Opening Keynote

Districts That Succeed: Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement

  • Keynote: Karin Chenoweth ,Writer -in -Residence,The Education Trust & Author, Districts That Succeed: Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement



Morning Panel Discussion 

Implementation Towards AB 101 High School Ethnic Studies Requirement



Breakout Sessions

Accelerating Education for English Learners by Validating Assets


How Can Educators Connect and Engage Students and Parents During Distance Learning and Transitioning Back Into the Classroom?


Advancing Dual Enrollment Equity: Insights from Latinx Students and their Families


Making Computer Science Equitable for Latino/a/x Students



Professional Development 

¡Somos Líderes!: Telling Our Story for Career Advancement



Afternoon Panel Discussion

Language-Rich and Joyful Learning: Supporting Pandemic Recovery for ELs and DLLs.

DAY 3 - Friday

Opening Keynote

Championing Whole Student Health at School

  • Keynote: Mayra E. Alvarez, President,The Children’s Partnership



Panel Discussion 

Reimagine & Rebuild: Centering Latinx students in Pandemic Recovery




Lozano Smith IBEW & NECA logo



The 2021 CLSBA Unity Summit is made possible by a grant from: