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Announcing California Professional Development

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
November 14, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

ANNOUNCING THE CALIFORNIA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

You are cordially invited to participate in the California Professional Development Summit on “Strategies to Address Education, Equity, and Excellence for African-American, Latino and Other Underserved Students.” This year’s summit will also commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the sixty-seventh anniversary of Mendez v. Westminister. It will also include implementation strategies for the Common Core State Standards while addressing the Local Control Funding Formula’s accountability plan.

This summit, to be co-sponsored by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), the California Department of Education (CDE), the Association of California School Administrators, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, the California State Parent Teacher Association, the California Head Start Association, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, the California School Board Association, the California Educational Technology Professionals Association, the Center for Leadership Equity and Research, and the California Teachers Association, will be held at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel on March 12–14, 2014.

This summit is designed for county and local superintendents, school board members, district- and school-site administrators, teachers, higher education representatives, community leaders, policy makers, parents, and others to provide them with a well-articulated framework to improve and accelerate achievement for all children—and specifically underserved children.

The CDE encourages you to share this announcement with all schools in your district.

I am particularly concerned that our African-American and Latino students, as well as our underserved students, continue to fall below national norms of student achievement and performance measures. In addition, low graduation rates coupled with high dropout rates, the disproportionate over-representation of students of color enrolled in special education programs, and the high rate of school suspension and expulsion for our underserved students are critical concerns that must be addressed by California’s education community.

I encourage you to attend this professional development summit, which will offer practical and alternative solutions to help increase excellence in education for African-American, Latino, and underserved students. To support our belief that students are our future leaders, teachers, inventors, soldiers, doctors, and so much more, we need to readily address specific needs and provide appropriate support where needed. If we collectively support the desire for equal opportunities for all of our students, we must commit to increasing all efforts to provide for equity in our systems. Changing California’s future for the better begins with our students and the decisions of the adults who support them.

For more information on this professional development summit, the conference agenda, and online registration information please visit the CAAASA Web site at http://www.caaasa.org/.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Gordon Jackson, Division Director, Coordinated Student Support and Adult Education Division, by phone at 916-319-0911 or by e-mail at gjackson@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:gj
2013-09015

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