This year’s theme, “Resistance and Resilience: La Lucha Sigue,” seeks to recognize California’s BIPOC school board leaders that have found the best ways of overcoming adversity and pivoting quickly and resiliently in the face of unprecedented challenges.
Join us for three half days of insights and networking with California’s top champions of equity ethnicity studies, and PK-12 education.
At CLSBA’s Annual Unity Conference, we’ll bring together school board members from across the state for a candid discussion about what education leaders and elected officials are doing to remain resilient and thrive in this challenging environment.
DAY 1 - Thursday
Edward James Olmos
Actor, Producer, Director & Founder of the Youth Cinema Project
Brawley Elementary School District
Veteran and newly appointed school board members will share strategies and approaches to help any school leader empower their districts, families and governance teams to advance educational equity for BIPOC and Latinx students.
Jorge Pacheco Jr
Vice President Oak Grove School District
Appointed Trustee California State Board of Education
Assistant Principal Anaheim Union High School District
President San Bernardino City Unified School District
Co-Executive Director, CALSA Retired Superintendent, Salinas City Elementary School District
DAY 2 - Friday
How can policy makers, administrators, and educators implement policies and practices for students related to Justice, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion? Dr. Rios provides policy makers, administrators, and educators practical strategies for being reflexive about anti-racism and for having courageous conversations with colleagues and constituents. Research on students who overcome adversity to successfully navigate the higher education pipeline has demonstrated that resilience and prosperity are often actuated by an emotionally-relevant, anti-racist educator. Dr. Rios will discuss how educators can play a powerful role in guiding students that have been left behind. He will provide examples of practical strategies that work in helping these at-promise students succeed in education. Dr. Rios presents insights from his research on cultural responsiveness, emotional support, anti-racism and resilience. This talk provides the audience with an overall picture of the importance of emotional support in the lives of marginalized students and demonstrates practical strategies for implementing this support in everyday school practices.
Dr. Victor Rios
Award-Winning College Professor, Author, and Speaker
Are you interested in a deeper understanding of issues affecting BIPOC and Latinx students? If you answered yes, then we hope you'll join us for an in-depth conversation for school board leaders that will help you strengthen your capacity and abilities to ensure all feel respected, engaged, and welcomed in your district.
Mary T. Hernández
Equity Partner and Founder Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP
Miguel Zavala, Ph.d
Associate Professor and Director Urban Learning Program Cal State LA
President California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA)
Public Education Teacher
Trustee Candidate for El Centro Elementary School District
Irene Sanchez, Ph.d
Award Winning Educator, Poet, Writer, & Public Scholar
DAY 3 - Saturday
La Lucha Sigue
Dr. Shirley Weber
Assembly Member, CA District 79
How can we create equity driven solutions with cross-governmental collaboration? Join us for a dialogue as we tackle questions on how school board leaders can collaborate with city, county, and state officials to create new realities for all of our constituents.
Xilonin Cruz Gonzalez
California School Boards Association (CSBA)
Supervisor, District 1
Dr. Mary Ann Dewan
Superintendent of Schools
Santa Clara County Office of Education
CA District 18
CA District 27