ACSA Region 8 Newsletter - March 2022

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Membership Spring Social

Our membership Spring Social is confirmed, and note, NEW DATE! Please join us to connect, network, and get to know your colleagues across Santa Clara County. The event will be held at Pacific Catch @ Santa Clara Square Marketplace on (new date) Thursday, March 24 from 4-6PM. Hosted food and drinks. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Payment for non-members can be made at the door. RSVP by 3/18.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Region 8 Administrator of the Year Celebration

ACSA is the largest Association for California School Administrators. One of Region 8’s, as well as ACSA’s priorities, is to recognize our leaders for their excellence at our annual awards program. This is where we honor them for their achievements and their dedication to public education at both the regional and state levels.

Early in the fall, we put out a call for nominations to recognize as many of our local ACSA Administrators as possible. There are over 21 categories for school administrators and additional categories for retirees, business partners and a student that has overcome obstacles showing courage and resilience. Recipients must be active ACSA members who show strong support for the school management team; exceptional leadership in managing school programs; commitment to educational quality and student achievement; commitment to professional growth; and creativity and innovation in dealing with issues and problems facing public education.

We are thrilled to announce the eighteen Region 8 award recipients:

Click here for the text version of the award winners including their District!

Region 8 will celebrate our 2022 Administrators of the year at Villa Ragusa in downtown Campbell. We hope you will register and cheer on our winners! Please save the date for Friday, April 29, 2022 from 5:30- 10:00 p.m. If you prefer to register now, here is the link: Registration

Alyssa Lynch


Metropolitan Eduction District

ACSA Region 8 Award Co-Chair

Lena Bundtzen

Assistant Superintendent

Campbell Union School District

ACSA Region 8 Award Co-Chair

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Legislative Action Day Coming Soon

ACSA’s annual Legislative Action Day is April 4 and 5. This year it will once again be a virtual event, creating an opportunity for participate from the comfort of your office, home, or backyard! 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. Also, please complete the official online registration with ACSA: Online Registration

Thank you,

Heather Wellendorf

Women Making It Happen: Leading Forward Spring Breakfast

Friday, May 20, 2022 8:00-10:00 AM San Jose Room | SCCOE Ridder Park

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 (SCCOE).

Join us for the 2022 Women Making it Happen: Leading Forward spring breakfast on Friday, May 20, 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the San Jose Room at the Ridder Park campus! Attendees are encouraged to arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. to grab a complimentary boxed breakfast and to mingle prior to the event start.

This event will highlight the championing of women’s successes and inspire attendees to continue to lead forward. We will hear from Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, on the power of community schools and take dedicated time to explore The Human Library, a nonprofit learning platform designed to combat prejudice and challenge stigma and stereotypes by encouraging listening and understanding of people’s journeys. Attendees will also learn more about the SCCOE’s school-based behavioral health initiative and the importance of social emotional learning and mental health and wellness. With so much more to do, this event provides opportunities to network, connect, and build relationships. To view our 2022 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. All registrants will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival. To register, visit: https://na.eventscloud.com/wln52022. Questions regarding registration may be directed to Karen Larson at klarson@sccoe.org.

Profiles in Leadership

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. These Profiles in Leadership serve to inspire and empower. 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.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Council Meeting - March 2-3, 2022

Conversation on Student Data: What data are we using? What surprises us about our data?

-- ACSA CIA Council JamBoard

Assessment Programs

Practices & Strategies

Data Information Systems/Tools

Here’s a glimpse into the thinking of the CDE UPK Credential Working Group: Three possibilities for qualifications to teach TK:

  • ​​At least 24 units in ECE, or childhood development, or both.

  • As determined by the LEA employing the teacher, professional experience in a classroom setting with preschool-age children(3-5 year olds) that is comparable to the 24 units of education described above.

  • A Child Development Teacher Permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Word from the CDE…

Enrollment based funding may not be what we thought it would be -- funding would decrease for many districts because the bucket of money is the same for ADA or for Enrollment based. Enrollment based counts more students, so the dollars in the bucket have to stretch further. See ACSA test case spreadsheet for your district.

Submitted by Cheryl Jordan

A Word from our President Elect - Sheila Walters

Looking forward to next year!

Hello! I am excited to serve as ACSA Region 8 President for the 2022-23 school year. I will begin my term in July. I have been working to fill the open positions on our Executive Board in preparation for my term. Many of our wonderful leaders are continuing in their positions and there are opportunities for new folks to join our team. If you are interested in being more involved in ACSA at the regional level, please reach out to me at sheila.walters3@gmail.com. Around May I will reach out to the Charters to obtain the names of your Charter Presidents. All Board members and Charter Presidents will be invited to our retreat in late July. More to follow!

February 18, Region 8 Board Meeting Summary

Discussion Items: The ACSA Board of Directors received an update on the ACSA Strategic Plan. The Leadership Development Committee will come back together in March and focus on non-strategic plan work. In May, the LDC will collect feedback from regions and begin working on input for milestones. The Board will receive an update on the strategic plan in July, which will alighn with the new executive director hire. An updated strategic plan will come back to the ACSA Board of Directors in February 2023 for approval.

Action Items:

  • The recommendation from the ACSA Legislative Policy Committee and Governmental Relations Department was approved by the board to award Senator John Laird with the ACSA Friend of Public Education award.

  • The Board approved the ACSA Executive Director search timeline. The timeline is as follows:

    • March 1‐21: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates will conduct a paper screening of candidates

    • March 21: HYA will meet with the interview committee to recommend candidates and the committee will select candidates for the first round of interviews. In collaboration with HYA, the interview committee will also finalize questions for the in‐person candidate interviews.

    • April 4‐5: The first round of interviews will take place in‐person in Sacramento.

    • April 6: The second round of interviews and selection of the next ACSA Executive


    • The Board ratified the following four additional members for the ACSA Executive

      Director interview committee: Julie Vitale (ACSA Region 18/at‐large board member), Juan Cruz (ACSA Region 8), Jim Cloney (ACSA Region 1), Derrick Chau (ACSA Region 16).

  • The ACSA Board of Directors approved the proposed revisions to ACSA’s policy and procedures manual specifying that ACSA employees are not eligible to receive the Honorary Life Membership. As an alternative, the board approved the recommendation adding language to the ACSA Employee Handbook stating that eligible employees (serving 20+ years with ACSA) will receive the ACSA Employee Lifetime Service Recognition and its associated benefits.