As the role of the County Offices of Education continues to evolve, this conference is dedicated to providing COE board members with the tools and information to empower them to be effective elected education leaders. This year’s sessions will address governance during challenging times, focusing on the unique responsibilities that differentiate county school board members from district board members. Be inspired as you leave with new ideas for serving students.

Please thank our AC sponsors: Capitol Advisors, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Seneca Family of Agencies, Voler Strategic Advisors, California State Lottery, Lozano Smith, Footsteps2Brilliance, and Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP.
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Saturday, September 10 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Supporting Equity in California's Small LEAs

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Efforts to improve equity in California’s small and rural districts face unique challenges and barriers. This session will provide an overview of the California Department of Education’s process for monitoring and supporting racial and ethnic equity specific to small and rural districts. Participants will be introduced to a method for programmatic improvement that applies a cultural equity lens to improve outcomes for under-served students. Resources and tools include a template for reviewing and revising policies, practices, and procedures contributing to disproportionate effects. Expert Technical Assistance Facilitators will share opportunities and strategies successfully implemented in small, rural districts.


Suwinder Cooper

Board Member , Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR)
Board Member for the Center for Leadership in Equity, Leadership, and Research (CLEAR) and a Fix School Discipline Coalition member. Suwinder is a certified True Colors Trainer and a Certified Anti-Bias Trainer with the Anti-Defamation League and has instructed classes in education... Read More →
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Mildred Browne

Education Consultant, Ascendency Solutions
Has spent 30 years as an educator and advocate for students and families whose needs fall outside traditional school system offerings. Holding increasingly responsible positions as director, administrative director, and assistant superintendent at school districts in California and... Read More →
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Connie Silva

State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project Director, Napa COE
Vast experience and concentrated expertise in the field of human services. As the Director of SPP-TAP at Napa COE, Ms. Silva provides project leadership and oversight of a statewide technical assistance (TA) system to decrease ethnic and racial disproportionality in special educa... Read More →
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Carmen Barnhart

Small School District Monitoring & Technical Assistance, California Department of Education
Lead administrator of the California Department of Education’s Focused Monitoring and Technical (FMTA) Unit, providing monitoring oversight and support to CA Small districts.

Saturday September 10, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am PDT
Regency 1-2