Every Child Counts will be more than just another Zoom
December 7, 2020
ACSA’s biggest conference of the year — Every Child Counts Symposium — is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to deepen our knowledge in service of California’s students.
Guided by the theme “Navigating the New Normal,” this conference will deliver vital information on student services and special education that you can use right now to support your students through this challenging time. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 Every Child Counts Symposium will be an online virtual conference, giving attendees the same valuable information at a lower registration cost and without the need to travel.
Here are just a few things we are looking forward to at this year’s conference.
Ideas to implement — right now
ACSA’s Student Services and Special Education Council presents this world-class professional development event with sessions selected based on the current needs of educators. Our students have been through a lot in the last year, and this conference will provide the latest best practices and strategies being used to help students succeed during distance learning and in-person instruction. Just some of the live and on-demand sessions at Every Child Counts:
  • “Teens and Screens: Social Media and Cyber Safety”
  • “The Paperwork Pandemic: How to Navigate the Procedural Burdens of COVID-19”
  • “White Supremacy Culture in Schools”
  • “Equity in School Discipline and SEL in Schools: Don’t Suspend Me!”
  • “Vision for 2021: A Conversation with California State Director of Special Education Heather Calomese”
No one understands what educators are experiencing right now quite like the educators themselves. This conference is perfect for meeting like-minded professionals doing the same work as you — Student Services, Child Welfare, Foster Youth, Attendance, SELPAs, and Special Education. Job titles that usually attend this conference include:
  • Teachers
  • Teacher leaders
  • Co-administrators
  • Counselors
  • School psychologists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Principals
  • Special Education administrators
  • Student Services administrators
  • Superintendents
A dose of inspiration With all the challenges facing educators right now, a little bit of inspiration can keep us going. You’ll find it from these three keynote presenters:
Tovi Scruggs-Hussein is on a mission to heal our schools and systems. A visionary educator, author, and award-winning urban high school principal with over 25 years of emotional intelligence training, Scruggs-Hussein cultivates courageous, connected, and conscious leaders who recognize their calling to be more. Scruggs-Hussein is a Dare to Lead certified instructor and teaches workshops to leaders and educators on how to successfully transform schools by first transforming ourselves.
Coach Rob Mendez inspires everyone to overcome their challenges. Born without arms or legs, Mendez was unable to play football. But by playing Madden video games, he developed a deep knowledge of the game. He spent 12 years as an assistant coach before getting his first head coach job at Prospect High School in Saratoga, Calif. Mendez continues to coach football and empower others, using his hashtag #WhoSaysICant.
Sal Khan believes anyone can master a subject through personalized learning. While tutoring his cousin in math over the internet, Khan discovered that the tutorials he was uploading to YouTube had developed a following. He quit his job as a hedge fund manager to develop Khan Academy, a free online education platform and not-for profit organization that today has more than 6 million YouTube subscribers.
More than a webinar While there are undeniable benefits to an in-person event, don’t think for a second that this will be just another Zoom meeting. ACSA’s online conference platform has interactive features that will allow you to connect with presenters, ask questions of keynotes, and participate in breakout discussions. Message colleagues, visit virtual exhibitor booths and obtain handouts all in one easy-to-navigate interface. This professionally produced event will feature live content hosted by experienced broadcasters from ACSA. With games and networking events organized by ACSA — and other surprises — you can expect to actually have fun at this online conference.
2021 Every Child Counts Symposium What: Virtual online conference for student services and special education When: Live Feb. 3-4, 2021, on-demand all week Register: bit.ly/everychildcounts2021 The first 1,000 registered attendees will receive a free Conference Wellness Kit. Register before Dec. 18 and save $50 on registration fees.
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