November 3-5, 2021

CLSBA Unity Summit

California Latino School Boards Association Presents

Accelerating Latino/a/x Student Success

A Virtual Event

Call for Proposals

CLSBA’s Annual Unity Summit will bring 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 has created conditions Latina/o/x students experienced disproportionate impacts 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.

Please submit all proposals via the submission form link below.
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The Vision

Be the premiere professional development opportunity for school board members who commit to advancing effective and equitable policies that strengthen the academic opportunities for of Latino/a/x students, families, and faculty, and the quality of the elementary and secondary schools within their communities.

The 2021 Theme

Accelerating Latino/a/x Student Success.

Available Tracks

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Ethnic Studies 
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy
  • Equity Issues and Practice 


Who should submit a proposal

We are calling for all school board trustees, education equity professionals, state and local government representatives, education partner organizations, and all education industry leaders to submit proposals sharing thought-provoking presentations, interactive demonstrations, and engaging conversations.

Length of Presentations

Breakout sessions represent the core of the conference offerings and feature a successful policy, practice, program, or key issue. Breakout sessions are 60 minutes in length, may include multiple presenters and are intended for 50-75 participants.

Proposal Criteria

Proposals should supplement and enhance the conference theme, Accelerating Latino/a/x Student Success, and fit into one of four tracks: Strategic Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Ethnic Studies, Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy, Equity Issues and Practice. The Selection Committee welcomes proposals related to any dimension of the Latino/a/x experience, including but not limited to:

Family/student/family engagement

Using Data to promote equity

English Language Learners

Restorative justice

Building a teacher/leadership pipeline

Critical race theory

School finance and budget

COVID recovery: Equity at the center

Ethnic studies curriculum explained

Equitable access to high quality Curriculum

Proposals may be presentations, workshops,  or other creative modes of promoting Latino/a/x student success and engagement. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or organizations.

Presentation Policy

Presenters are expected to engage participants in interactive learning activities, provide electronic handouts (optional), and be prepared to respond to post-conference requests for more information. Breakout sessions will be hosted on the online event platform Hopin. 

Conference proceedings will be made available to all participants after the conference. Presenters must agree to share a narrative summary of their presentations or a copy of their PowerPoint slides.

Presentations should be interactive, engaging and relevant to the learning outcomes of this conference. If the presentation focus is more appropriate for a corporate agency, it will not be considered unless a clear connection to the collegiate experience is understood by the Selection Committee.

Proposal Submission and Notification

Submissions are due by 5 pm on Monday, October 11, 2021

Presenters will be notified about their proposal status via email by October 13, 2021

If your workshop is selected CLSBA will provide one complimentary registration

The Unity Summit takes place Wednesday, November 3 through Friday November 5 Workshop sessions will take place between 1pm - 3pm (PST) on Wednesday and Thursday only




Lozano Smith