Conference will focus on ‘Championing Possibilities’ for each and every student
December 5, 2022
There’s still time to be part of ACSA’s biggest conference of the year.
The Every Child Counts Symposium will be Jan. 11-13, 2023 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. Educators in all levels of special education and student services are encouraged to attend this conference planned by ACSA’s Student Services & Special Education Council.
This year, sessions will center on the theme of “Championing Possibilities,” said Ginese Quann, executive director, Charter SELPA, for El Dorado County Office of Education and the planning committee chair for this year’s event.
“It’s about championing students’ potential and their strengths,” she said. “As educators, we have the ability and opportunity to show students that they are important and powerful and that anything they set their mind to they can achieve.”
Attendees will be able to explore more than 75 sessions with important and timely topics such as inclusion, equity, social-emotional learning, legal updates, staffing shortages and self-care.
“There is something for everyone, whether you’re new to the profession or have been an educator for decades,” Quann said.
Check out sessions such as:
  • “Community Schools: Prioritizing Inclusion and Belonging.”
  • “Special Education Teacher Shortage Got You Down? Tips And Strategies On How To Attract and Keep Special Education Teachers.”
  • “Engaging All Students: Lessons Learned from Incarcerated Youth.”
  • “‘Juuuust Right!’—What Goldilocks Can Teach Us to Better Champion Possibilities for Students.”
  • “Immersive Inclusion Escape Room.”
  • “Parents These Days: Consent, Participation & Cooperation” (see complete session information online).
Attendees will hear from three inspiring keynote presenters:
Houston Kraft — An author, kindness advocate and co-founder of the CharacterStrong curriculums and trainings that have helped more than 6,500 schools across the globe teach students about empathy, compassion and purpose.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade — An author and CSU professor of ethnic studies who co-founded the Roses in Concrete Community School, where even the youngest students learn about social justice and civic responsibility.
Nika Maples — An author and former teacher of the year in Texas who recounted her compelling story of surviving a stroke at age 20 in her book “Twelve Clean Pages.” There will also be lots of fun, including networking receptions, an ice cream social, and even karaoke.
Quann said ECC is the perfect time to connect with peers from throughout the state, as well as members of your own team, and learn and grow together.
“It’s the ‘go-to’ conference for student services personnel,” she said. “Not only do you get great content from experts and colleagues, but you also get to connect with your peers and spend three sun-filled days in the desert surrounded by beauty and hopefully get re-energized in mind and spirit.”
Every Child Counts Symposium
What: World-class learning event featuring workshops, keynotes and networking for all levels of student services and special education educators. When: Jan. 11-13, 2023 Where: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert Cost: $550 ACSA members and non-members not eligible for membership; $775 non-members eligible for membership Register/info:
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