Extra Extra:  Personalized Learning Opportunity is Here for ACSA Members
August, 2016
President's Message

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!  I am delighted to be your Region 6 President. This year there will be three focus areas based upon the ACSA Strategic Plan – Advocacy, Communication and Professional Learning.

I will be working with the Region VI Executive Board and the Charter Presidents to develop goals and action steps in each of these areas.

I look forward to meeting as many members as possible within the next year and hope you have a successful beginning for the new school year.

Steve Collins
10 New Superintendents in Region 6

Region 6 is excited to welcome the following new superintendents:

  • Stephanie Anello, Antioch Unified School District
  • Leslie Boozer, Dublin Unified School District
  • CJ Cammack, Martinez Unified School District
  • Patrick Sanchez, Newark Unified School District
  • Greg Hetrick, Oakley Union school District
  • Carolyn Seaton, Orinda Union School District
  • Rick Rubino, Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Rick Schmitt, San Ramon Unified School District
  • Marie Morgan, Walnut Creek School District
  • Matthew Duffy, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Region 6 Leadership
ACSA Region 6 represents 19 charters in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  These 19 charters represent 36 school districts, 2 county offices, and Cal State East Bay administrative credential students.  The largest charter has  over 200 retirees who are still very dedicated to our profession and ACSA. Region 6 is the second largest region of the 19 regions in the state with over 1500 members.

Another Successful Leadership Summit - June 2016
Region 6's Leadership Summit has become a premier professional learning gathering over the last several years. We have featured many world-renowned speakers like Michael Fullan, Peter Senge, and Anthony Muhammad. The serene setting cannot be better for this end-of-school event.

Nearly 400 participants attended part or all of the Summit on June 25-26. The two-day conference culminated in the annual Region 6 Administrators of the Year Awards dinner where over 70 outstanding region leaders were recognized.

Region 6 Vice President of Staff Development, Pam Comfort, is already busy lining up another slate of distinguished presenters for our 2017 Leadership Summit. It will again be held at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery. Save the date:  June 14-15, 2017.
Dr. Susan Burleson received the Nels Nelson Award from Dr. Nelson, long time ACSA member and retired Region 6 Executive
Dr. Pam Comfort Received the President's Award from outgoing Region 6 President Janet Haun
Personalized Learning is Here for ACSA Leaders

ACSA Region 6 is bringing Corwin's Monday Afternoon Webinar Series yo you. They will go live in just a few weeks. We urge you to book your space now; seats are already filling fast.

These webinars will be offered just about every week almost always on a Monday afternoon from 3:30-4:30 P.M.  They best part is they are FREE! Hope you can join us and don't hesitate to invite your colleagues! 

This season you can look forward to live webinars with Doug Fisher and Nancy FreyMichael FullanCharlotte Danielson, and a panel discussion among Ivannia Soto, Jeff Zwiers, David and Yvonne Freeman, and Margarita Calderon—to name just few. It doesn't get much better!

Don't wait and Register now >>

Download the print schedule here. Be sure to check out Corwin's archives. Lots of great presentations to view on your own or share with your colleagues: Jim Knight on Better Conversations, Kristin Anderson on Visible Learning, and so many more.

Region 6 Leaders Planning for the Year

Region 6 leaders gathered on Saturday, August 13, for the annual region planning conference.  Charter presidents, state council and committee representatives, and region officers received information on local and state programs and activities.  

ACSA State President, Dr. Ralph Porras, was our special guest.  He shared his vision and goals for his presidency, status report on ACSA's Strategic Plan, as well as updates of current federal and state legislative activities.  Click here for his presentation.

“A Priceless Opportunity That Is Incredibly Beneficial”

How often in your day can you meet with a thinking partner, expand your contact network and be inspired?

The ACSA Region 6 Mentor Program provides services to any administrator that already has a professional clear administrative credential.  It is easy to enroll, just contact Julie Braun Martin or go to the ACSA Region 6 website.  A simple application process provides information that assists in matching mentors with protégés. Whether you are new to administration or an experienced administrator, take advantage of the Region 6 Mentor program.  Free help is a quick email away.

2017 Administrators of the Year

One of ACSA's priorities is to ensure that school leaders are recognized for their excellence. It's time again for members in our region to consider nominating colleagues who are deserving of the recognition for their achievement and dedication to public education. Administrators of the Year are selected in many job categories as well as special categories.

Nomination forms will be available on September 1. Click here for more information. You can contact Cindy Matteoni, Vice President of Programs, if you have any questions.

Every Student Succeed
Every one of us know or know about students who have overcome incredible challenges in their lives and achieved amazing success.  Let's honor them and share their story by nominating them for the ACSA Every Student Succeed Award 2017.  These students deserve the recognition as exemplary models for other students and us. There are so many inspirational stories.

ACSA has begun a new feature video in a 21-part series every Monday. See the full stories and watch the videos of  this year's extraordinary students  on the ACSA  Videos  page, on  Facebook  and on  Youtube .

Click here for additional information and nomination form.

What's Happening in Our Charters?

San Lorenzo Management Team Pitched in to Prepare a New Site for Students

San Lorenzo Unified School District Leadership Team spent a morning hard at work at one of the district’s schools. The idea came last spring as a planning team thought about ways to represent their commitment to leading the district by serving schools. With the hashtag #wearesanlorenzo, 75 members of the management team in San Lorenzo showed up bright and early with gardening gloves and classroom decorating skills to help the teachers of the District Individualized Contracted Education (DICE) program move into their new facility. The school had previously been leased to a private school and when the lease ended it was designated to serve as a home for the more than 150 students who attend this program.  Click here for the full story and photo. 

Newark Collaborates with Teachers Union on a New Evaluation Process

Like many districts, Newark’s busy administrators might not have given teacher evaluations the close attention they needed to be useful. Teachers had come to see the evaluation process as a waste of their time and not as a valid representation of their skills, abilities, and expertise. At times, some teachers resented evaluations by an administrator who did not have expertise in their content area or grade level. So, when the CDE offered an opportunity to participate with a cohort of districts to design and implement research-based evaluations responsive to the needs of districts, sites, and teachers as professionals, it took little time to respond with a resounding, “Count us in!” The process focuses on increasing student learning, closing outcome gaps between student groups, and improving educator practice.

That was in 2013. Now, three years later, Newark Unified is in its second year of implementation after an initial pilot with 80 teachers. Click here for the full story.   

West Contra Costa USD RASA Charter Co-Sponsors "Meet and Greet" for Superintendent Matthew Duffy

On Friday, August 12, the RASA Charter co-sponsored a "Meet and Greet" for new Superintendent Matthew Duffy. This event was co-sponsored with the Administrator's Union, WCCAA (West Contra Costa Administrator's Association) at the Richmond Country Club. Members had an opportunity to enjoy an up close and personal interaction with Superintendent Duffy. Over 75 management members attended. It was also an opportunity to share the benefits of RASA and ACSA membership. 5 additional ACSA members were recruited. Superintendent Duffy received warm welcomes from RASA Charter President, Sonja Neely-Johnson and WCCAA Union President, Katie VonHusen. It was a great start to an exciting school year for West Contra Costa Unified!  Click here for photos of event.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Region 6 Staff
Bob Giannini, Executive
Rose Lock, Consultant
Region 6 Leadership
President:  Steve Collins
President-Elect:  Essence Phillips
Past President: Janet Haun
Vice President, Staff Development: Pam Comfort
Vice President, Programs: Cindy Matteoni
Vice President, Legislation: Karen Sakata
Vice President, Membership: Kevin Grier
Secretary: Pam Hughes
Treasurer: Pam VandeKamp
Comptroller:  Soleste Hilberg
ACSA Board Director: Rob Stockberger
Representatives: Fred Brill, Kris Martin-Meyer, Krista Taylor, Tovi Scruggs
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."  - Nelson Mandela