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Equity Symposium 2018

The Equity Symposium will be Sept. 27 and 28 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. 

The Equity Symposium is an annual, two-day professional learning event for school and district leaders, teachers, and counselors to be inspired and equipped with tools to strengthen and support their district and school practices.  

Participants will deepen their understanding and ability to lead universal design for learning, engage in difficult equity conversations, and apply practices around school culture and morale when working in challenging situations and with diverse stakeholders.

This year, author Zaretta Hammond will kickoff the event with a keynote speech on the tenets of her book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.

Hammond and several other featured speakers will then lead 90-minute expert learning sessions. Some of the speakers include Horacio Sanchez on school climate, Dr. Loui Lord Nelson on universal design for learning, and Dr. Nancy Dome on culturally competent learning environments. 

Inspirational speaker Michael Hingson, a 9/11 survivor, will chronicle his experience fleeing down 78 flights of stairs with his seeing eye dog.

Register now for the Equity Symposium and connect with others passionate about programs, environments, and practices that promote student success.

New School Counselor Leadership Institute

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Join a cohort of credentialed school counselors who are getting familiar with their new roles.

Counselors working in K-12 schools for three years or less can grow and learn through the year with peer networking, coaching, and direct training that aligns with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behavior Standards in the areas of academic, career, and social and emotional development.

Topics across the six sessions align with Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) state priorities. 

Registration opening soon! 

In the New School Counselor Leadership Institute, you will:

  • Be supported by two SDCOE divisions: Learning and Leadership Services and Student Services and Programs
  • Received six full days of professional learning provided by experts in the field and certified trainers
  • Gain valuable knowledge in topics that directly affect your daily work with students
  • Be equipped to promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students
  • Attend the School Counselor Leadership Conference in February
  • Grow with two-hours of individual coaching at your school site

Institute Dates:

  • October 5, 2018
  • November 8, 2018
  • December 7, 2018
  • February 14, 2019
  • March 8, 2019
  • April 5, 2019

Conferences Highlights Day

Get updates directly from SDSU and UCSD admissions staff and learn more about the California Promise Program and free tuition to local community colleges for California students.  This is your opportunity to get all your CSU and UC questions answered in person.

The highlights day is a local event that fits your needs:

Designed for high school counselors and administrators and community and college access partners

Gain valuable insights into admissions, financial aid, and more

Get the latest on college readiness, access, and education policies

Date: October 12, 2018

Cost: $25, includes light breakfast and lunch

Click here to register.  Space is limited. 

Middle School - College and Career Readiness: Passion, Purpose, Potential and Pathways

How do we ensure that each and every student is prepared for success after middle school? What does it mean for students to be prepared for career and college, and what is our role as middle school teachers, counselors, administrators and staff in this process?

The Middle School Career and College Preparation series is a three-day professional learning opportunity for middle school and district staff to engage in critical discourse about these questions. You will deepen your knowledge of research-based best practice, and explore how to use these to ensure individual and organizational practices result in each student being prepared for success in high school, college and career.


  • Aug. 8
  • Sept. 5
  • Oct. 26

      North County Regional Education Center
      255 Pico Avenue
      San Marco, CA 92069


  • Three-day individual registraton: $200
  • Three-day group of three registration: $500 ($125 for each additonal person beyond three attendees)

Registration is now open. Space is limited.

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