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Wild About ESSA
2018 California Title I Conference

The 2018 California Title I Conference, Wild About ESSA, was held at the Sheraton Gateway hotel in Los Angeles, California, October 9–11, 2018. The event was organized by the Improvement and Accountability Division, Performance, Planning, and Technology Branch, of the California Department of Education (CDE).

Kimberly Born, Administrator, Title I Policy and Program Guidance Office, opened the conference by welcoming over 800 educators from across the state. The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Color Guard from Paramount High School, presented the Colors before our first speaker. Tiffany Winters Kesslar, Esquire, Partner, Brustein and Manasevit, LLC, provided the opening keynote titled “The Future Under the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

Additional keynote speakers at the conference included: Adolph Brown, Jose Hernandez, Sarah McBride, Pedro Noguera, and Clint Smith. The speakers shared powerful keynote presentations that were compelling and inspiring. Participants also had the option of attending over 50 concurrent workshops during the three-day event. Individual workshops were offered by a variety of educators from across the state including numerous CDE staff who presented technical assistance sessions.

The 2018 World WGI Percussion Champions from Chino Hills High School gave an energizing performance during the final general session of the conference. Former NASA Astronaut, Jose Hernandez, provided the closing keynote presentation of the conference. In his talk titled “Every Achievement Begins with a Dream,” Dr. Hernandez shared his inspirational story of perseverance and success.

Thank you to each and every person who attended, presented, and/or provided on-site support at the conference. Each of you contributed to the success of the 2018 California Title I Conference. We look forward to next time!

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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