The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) just closed out its 2012 annual State Conference in Sacramento, CA. The conference theme was Sounding the Alarm: Education is a Civil Right. The event held February 22-24 was well attended by some of the biggest names in Education, and elected Public Office nation-wide. This year’s conference goals were to 1) Become knowledgeable of strategies, programs and services to improve high school graduation rates for African-American students, 2) Provide successful “best practices” and models with proven results in educating African-American males, 3) Provide training and support for parents and families of underachieving African-American students, and 4) Review proposed changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Acts (ESEA) with CA. congressional representatives.
Some of the highlights of the three day event included workshops, individual meetings with lawmakers and/or legislative aides, a Town Hall Meeting with congressional representatives in the Legislative Office Building, plenary sessions, presentations and performances by students, a special breakfast, luncheon and awards gala honoring some special individuals who have had a significant impact on education, a moving performance by student Ras-Nicos Clark, and a special keynote address by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine students who changed American history by integrating Arkansas Central High School in 1957.
This article will not be able to report on every person who participated in the conference; due to space restraints – however recognition should be given to the CAAASA Officers. President, Dr. Pamela Short-Powell, Vice President, Edna E. Davis-Herring, Treasurer, Joseph Jones, Secretary, Dr. Ramona Robinson-Bishop, Consultant, Charlie Mae Knight, Membership Chair, Dr. George J. McKenna III, and Executive Director, Dwight Bonds. Serving as an informative link to the California Department of Education (CDE), CAAASA makes recommendations on topics to include curriculum and instruction, staff development, parent involvement, funding and gender specific issues. CAAASA has also submitted testimony to the speaker of the CA. Assembly, which would improve the status of African-American males relative to their disproportionate representation in the penal system and in the Nation’s colleges and universities.
In addition CAAASA works closely with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) to support increased student achievement, and with Executive Search Firms and others to address the under representation of African-American Superintendents in CA. school districts. Further reporting of conference activities and attendees will follow, including pictures and possibly video. Subscribe above for automatic notification.