13th Annual Professional Development Summit
May 26-28, 2021

Thanks to all presenters, participants and sponsors for a great conference.


The recorded sessions are now available.

Meet Our 2021 Conference Partners

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost (F3 Law) represents nearly 500 of California’s educational institutions and related agencies. These institutions include school districts, community college districts, SELPAs, county offices of education and public agencies.The firm is guided by a desire to assemble the most knowledgeable and skilled attorneys in the nation to represent our current and future clients.

Learn more at: https://www.f3law.com/


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo is a full-service law firm with over 200 attorneys in nine offices throughout California. We represent both private and public sector clients, with emphasis in the areas of employment, labor, construction, education, real estate, water, general business and business litigation, corporate and taxation. Through decades of dedicated commitment to high quality legal work and providing consistently practical management solutions to our clients, AALRR has earned a reputation as one of California’s leading law firms.

Learn more at: https://www.aalrr.com/


Shmoop is an award-winning online education solutions company focused on middle and high school students. Shmoop provides schools with online courses and content, test readiness programs, and intervention solutions focused on personalized learning and college and career readiness. Additionally, Shmoop offers Heartbeat, a researched-based student engagement technology that adds cognitive power to the classroom and supports SEL and MTSS.

Learn more at: https://www.shmoop.com/schools-districts

Great Minds provides exemplary curricula to schools and districts nationwide, inspiring joy in teaching and learning. Teachers using Eureka Math®, Wit & Wisdom®, and PhD Science® help students build knowledge via a comprehensive, coherent, and cohesive design. Students earn a deeper, more complete understanding of the subject matter than any disparate materials could provide, setting themselves up for success in higher education, careers, and life. Great Minds in Sync™ adapts the curricula for in school, at home, or hybrid learning.

Learn more at: https://gm.greatminds.org/caaasa2021


Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based, teacher-acclaimed products, including i-Ready, Ready, and Ready Classroom Mathematics that provide teachers and administrators with flexible resources that deliver meaningful assessments and data-driven, differentiated instruction for children. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.

Learn more at: https://www.curriculumassociates.com/equity-in-learning


Mission statement: The mission of the California Council on Economic Education is to improve California’s economic future by teaching economics and financial literacy, especially in under-served communities.

Learn more at: https://ccee.org/


As a global leader in assessment, reading, and math solutions for pre-K–12 schools and districts, Renaissance is committed to providing educators with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success. The Renaissance portfolio, used in over one-third of US schools and in more than 100 countries worldwide, includes Star Assessments, for reliable, accurate insights into K–12 student learning; myIGDIs, for accurate assessment of early learning; myON, to increase students’ access to high-quality reading materials; Accelerated Reader, to support independent reading practice; Freckle, for teacher-led differentiated instruction; and Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement.

Learn more at: https://www.renaissance.com/


Learn4Life is a network of non-profit public schools that provides students personalized learning, career training, and life skills. Each school is locally controlled, tuition free, and gives students the flexibility and one-on-one attention they need to succeed.

Learn more at: https://learn4life.org


  • Nadar Ali II
  • External Affairs Administrator
  • nali@llac.org
  • M: 559-498-9896

Newsela is a K-12 instructional content platform that connects educators with high-quality, digital-first instructional materials across subjects offering authentic, relevant instructional content at five reading levels, ranging from current events and popular culture to primary sources, historical fiction, and examples of real world phenomena.

Learn more at:

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  • Laurence Hall
  • District Partnerships
  • M: 323-241-8925

At Amplify, we strive to engage all students deeply with challenging, relevant, and diverse content while also providing teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of every student. Our digitally forward core and supplemental curriculum and our gold-standard assessments support educators in differentiating and supporting every student access grade-level concepts and, ultimately, make forward progress along their own personalized learning journey.

Learn more at: https://amplify.com/


We’re creators of award-winning software & service for the folks who run K-12 education. Our education partners are closing the achievement gap and creating safer school environments in K-12 schools across the country. We’re reaching students who are not showing up in-person or online—equitably.

Learn more at: www.sia-us.com


First 5 California is a state agency dedicated to making sure every child in California gets the best start in life by providing a comprehensive array of resources, information and support to parents and caregivers of young children. First 5 California’s main goal and mission is to inform mothers, fathers, and caregivers on the critical role they play in their children’s lives, particularly during their first months and years. First 5 California focuses on making the most of those early years, with an emphasis on children’s health, well-being, and family engagement.

Learn more at: https://www.first5california.com/en-us/


Our educational products and services have the power to shape hearts, minds, ambitions, and aspirations for generations to come. As the world’s learning company, we have a responsibility to work to change the system by being relentlessly anti-racist in everything we do.

We recognize we need to actively change the system so that education can work the way it was meant to. Our ambition is to build a world where:

  • Everyone has an equal and lifelong opportunity to succeed through learning
  • Our educational products and services represent the rich diversity of learners
  • Our educational content reflects an evolution towards anti-racism and social justice
  • All our employees feel a sense of belonging, both in our company and in their communities
  • As a society, as a company, and as individuals we no longer need to remind anyone that Black lives matter

Over the past few months, a dedicated and diverse group of our employees rolled up their sleeves to develop a bold plan with more than 50 specific action steps to implement our commitments. Now, many of those actions are underway.

Learn more at: www.pearson.com


  • Taisha Steele, Ed.S.
  • Senior Equity Advisor
  • Pearson Global Assessments
  • M: 540-525-3548

Center for Powerful Public Schools is the leading provider of customized services to schools and districts working alongside educators to build their capacity to implement, measure impact of and sustain improvement initiatives through continuous improvement strategies, professional development, coaching and other supports. Our expert teams knows the deep gap between knowing and doing exists no matter what improvement or intervention educators choose-and we are here to help, guide, and support consistency and quality all along the way.

Learn more at: www.powerfuled.org


“Most of you know that math is emotional. STEMulate Learning opens hearts and minds, building trust by infusing social emotional learning practices and culturally relevant pedagogy into our Math Accelerated Student Programs and Instructional Coaching Model for Teachers that excites math and science learning and connects the dots to 21st Century careers for students of color”.

Learn more at: www.STEMulateLearning.net


Ripple Effects has been a leader in equity-based, personalized digital SEL programs for PK-12 students and their educators for over 20 years! Proven results with positive outcomes in improved grades, reduced suspensions and increased engagement.

Learn more at: www.rippleeffects.com


Help Anytime, Anywhere

Reach students at their moment of need. With 24/7 online access, your students never need to feel alone with their schoolwork. On-demand access can get them connected with an expert tutor in just a few minutes.

Learn more at: www.princetonreview.com


  • Eduardo Ceja
  • Area Vice President – Educational Partnerships
  • The Princeton Review / Tutor.com
  • M: 323-697-9771

Gaggle is the pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Our mission is to help ensure the safety and well-being of all students, supporting school districts in proactively identifying those who are struggling. We have helped hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives.

Learn more at: www.gaggle.net


  • Rebecca Swan
  • Events Manager | Gaggle
  • M: 309-661-6853

We believe our public schools are worth fighting for. That belief has driven the California Teachers Association since 1863. Today, we are just as dedicated in the fight for equal access, justice, and resources for all of California’s students, teachers, and classrooms.

The California Teachers Association exists to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education for all students; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.

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Learn more at: www.cta.org


  • Communications Department
  • California Teachers Association | 1705 Murchison Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
  • M: 650-697-1400

Dannis Woliver Kelley (DWK) is a full service education law firm focused on serving and providing legal representation for California public school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and other educational organizations. Established in 1976, DWK is one of the largest women-owned law firms in the country. DWK provides preventive, practical and cost effective legal counsel on key issues surrounding your core mission—the education of students.

Learn more at: www.dwkesq.com


  • Nancy Kumamoto
  • Director of Client Services
  • 268 Bush Street, #3234 | San Francisco, CA 94104
  • nkumamoto@DWKesq.com
  • M: 415-543-4111
  • FAX: 415-543-4384

“Mist & Go” PPE is designed for healthy schools and peace of mind while sharing community spaces. Our patented and EPA approved HOCL eco-friendly solution adds an extra layer of protection that empowers students & staff. HOCL is nature’s sanitizer and until recently was only available for industrial use. HOCL is all natural and non-toxic and 99.99% effective in killing harmful pathogens. Our “Mist & Go” school program includes a NANO device for every student and all staff allowing them to feel safe and free of harsh chemicals. The cool mist sanitizer is effective in sanitizing hands, laptops, phones, desks, chairs, door handles & any other surface that may be exposed to pathogens that causes disease and illness. Come by our exhibitor table to have your mobile phone disinfected & to learn more.

Learn more at: www.princetonreview.com


  • Heidi Baker
  • M: 619.370.1091

How can you change a child’s future?

Waterford.org partners with families, districts, educators, and communities to help every child build the skills they need to  succeed in school and in life.

Learn more at: www.waterford.org



California Department of Education. Association of California School Administrators. California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators. California State Parent Teacher Association. California Head Start Association. California State Superintendents Educational Service Association. California School Boards Association. California IT in Eduction. Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research. California Teachers Association. First 5 California. California Association of School Business Officials. UNITY.