ACSA Region 8 Newsletter - January 2023

Message from our President

Hello Region 8 ACSA Members-

Happy New Year! (I can still say that, right?) It is hard to believe this school year is nearly half over. I know the storms have affected many of us whether we need to manage rainy day schedules at schools, change our commute routes or (and I hope not for many of you) had to deal with flooding/downed trees/evacuations etc. at your homes or schools. We do need the rain but I often wish, as an elementary principal, that it would just rain between 3:00pm and 7:00am! 😉

I hope all of you are able to continue to practice self-care as you lead others. Please see the graphic for Self-Care Resolutions to keep in mind and practice as we begin the calendar year.

Lastly, I want to share information about an exciting Professional Development opportunity- The Bay Area Equity Symposium is a collaboration between Region 8 and our partners in Regions 5 & 6. The event will take place on the evening of Friday, February 17th through Saturday, February 18th. It will take place in Region 8 territory- Mountain View! Registration is $299 per person and the deadline to register is January 30th. We have 67 spots to fill in Region 8. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your colleagues to expand your understanding of equity to bolster your journey in this work!

Please visit this website to register and find information on the Keynote Speakers, Workshop Titles, a detailed schedule and lodging. All meals are included. Please help to spread the word. It promises to be a special event we hope to replicate in the future!

Here are just a few workshop titles to get excited about: Equitable Access to Robust Mathematics,Talking,Telling Stories & Liberatory Leadership. Equitable Communication Strategies, Ethnic Studies through a Critical Consciousness, Human Reality: Realizing a Diverse Workforce

I hope to see you there to share in our learning and leading!

In leadership.

Sheila L. Walters

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Awards Nominations Due Thursday, 1/19!

22-23 Award Nominations are OPEN!

The ACSA Award Nomination due date is Thursday, January 19, 11:59 pm.

  • We have many administrators that are deserving of recognition.

  • Submit applications on the ACSA platform which is found in the links below.

  • Please remember that nominees/potential recipients must be an ACSA member to receive the award.**

Here are several links to help you.

If you have any questions email Joell jhanson@metroed.net or Maurissa at mkoide@musd.org.

We are eager to help everyone!

The Awards Recognition Ceremony is Friday, April 28 from 5-10 pm.

Seeking volunteers to review award nominations!

Please let us know if you would like to serve as a reviewer for our Region 8 award nominations. We will meet at Award's Co-chair Joell's home in South San Jose on either January 28 or 29. Lunch will be provided.

Interested? Any questions? Contact Joell jhanson@metroed.net or Maurissa at mkoide@musd.org.

Lift Every Voice

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

This month we honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The strides he promoted, established and lost his life as a result of, are being eroded by fear and protectionism from those wanting to maintain the status quo. We will not let that happen in Santa Clara county.

The dedication and commitment of ACSA Region 8 members towards helping students, families, and colleagues grow, answers this quote emphatically. This month I have had the pleasure to hear from you regarding the wonderful programs soon to be launched in support of providing equity, self-care, and belonging for the region. We are persistent in our actions of improving the education and lives of our students.

Your region board has approved bylaws, planned social events, and supported its members with presentations from experts in the field. The upcoming Tri-Region Equity Symposium will introduce many strategies that support the work in an action-oriented, equity-evident process. The sense of urgency will be evident through the keynote address and presentations available to our members.

We are proud of your efforts to bring your best to the districts, sites, and the county office in an effort to improve student learning throughout Santa Clara county. Continue to lift your voices and the voices that have been silenced by being active and intentional in the initiatives and activities sponsored by our region. Region 8 will relentlessly strive to ensure Dr. King’s legacy is much more than a single day in January, but a 365 day commitment to lift every voice.

Be efficacious,

Eric Andrew

Region 8 Consultant

Legislative Action Day fast approaching - Heather Wellendorf, VP Legislative Action

ACSA’s annual Legislative Action Day is April 17 and 18. This year it will returning to an in person event! Legislative Action Day is a wonderful opportunity to come together with our region’s and state’s educational leaders to meet our local legislators and advocate for public education. We’re fortunate in Santa Clara County that our legislators want to hear from us and value our stories and perspectives as they create policy.

No experience is necessary! We’ll ease you into the process so that everyone has an opportunity to comfortably participate. Also, it’s important to remember that this activity is considered “advocacy” as opposed to political activity.

Interested? Please complete the form for our regional registration. The official online registration with ACSA will be sent out at a later date.

ACSA Analysis: 2023-24 State Budget Proposal

Check out this helpful summary by the ACSA experts of the Governor's proposed Budget.

The Heart of Daring Leadership - Spring WLN Event

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, County Superintendent of Schools, invites education leaders throughout our county to participate in an in-person networking event sponsored by ACSA Region 8, the County Office of Education Administrators Association Charter, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Join us for the 2023 The Heart of Daring Leadership Spring WLN Event on Friday, May 12, 8:00-10:00 a.m., in the San Jose Room at the Ridder Park campus!

Complimentary boxed breakfast and networking begins at 7:30.

This event will highlight content on “Living our Values” from Brenè Brown’s #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Dare to Lead. Keynote speaker and certified Dare to Lead facilitator, Ei Ei Samai from BRAVE New Us, will join us to share not only the proven research and framework, but also support leaders in applying the knowledge to their work. With so much more to do, this event provides opportunities to network, connect, build relationships and continue to lead forward.

To view event promotional trailer, click here.

Members of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) may attend for free and are encouraged to bring a colleague as our guest. For additional guests and non-ACSA members, a $15 fee is associated with the event. Space is limited so register early. Attendees may be required to show proof of a negative test upon arrival.

To register, go to https://sccoe.to.wln051223. Register by April 26 to receive an event gift.

Profiles in Leadership

Profiles in Leadership - Women's Leadership Network

Each month, the ACSA Region 8 Women’s Leadership Network and the SCCOE celebrate one leader in our crusade to honor women leaders in Santa Clara County. This month we recognize Dr. Yee Wan. Check out her profile and those of past honorees here: Profiles in Leadership.

To nominate a leader, email the leader’s name, contact information, and a brief paragraph about why they are being nominated to Jamie Whitford at JWhitford@sccoe.org.

Milpitas Charter - Damon James, Charter President

The Milpitas Charter had an awesome January Celebration Event to recognize our charter and reconnect. The purpose of the gathering was to promote thoughtful discourse and connect as well as to remind one another about various ways to self-care. In connecting at our gathering, our charter hopes to add new membership from our larger management team and promote the necessary resources to further conversations around taking care of ourselves and establishing relationships.

San Jose Unified Charter - Joe Heffernan, Charter President

The San José Administrators Association (SJAA) is hosting its holiday celebration on January 25, 2023. This is an opportunity for the 133 members of our charter to get together to celebrate the work we do in support of our 41 schools. This annual event also serves as an opportunity for our new members to meet other administrators across the district, and to learn more about what SJAA and ACSA do in support of their work.

Oak Grove Charter - Sheetal Singh, Charter President

The Oak Grove Management Association (OGMA) kicked off the holiday season by enjoying a Holiday Social at BJ’s Brewhouse attended by 40+ management members! It was a great event and a time for all of our members to connect, rejuvenate and enjoy some great food!

On Thursday, December 15, 2022, the Oak Grove School District swore in 3 board members (2 new members and 1 returning member). OGMA is planning a Board Recognition later in January in honor of Board Recognition Month.

About OCHO

OCHO is the quarterly online publication of ACSA region 8 that serves as a tool for sharing information amongst our 850 members. To find all Region 8 news, announcements, calendars of upcoming events, and past editions of OCHO, check out the ACSA Region 8 website.

The next edition of OCHO will be distributed in March. Please reach out to Brian with suggestions on how to better our Region 8 communications. bschmaedick19@gmail.com

A final thought

"We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be."

From the last Sunday sermon of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

March 31, 1968

National Cathedral, Washington DC