Pre-Conference Sessions

CADA members have the opportunity to attend pre-conference sessions. These special in-depth sessions take place before the conference on Wednesday from 9:00 AM - Noon. It will give you the opportunity to enhance your leadership skills while gaining professional development.

Creating a Culture That Cares

Presenter: John Norlin & Houston Kraft
Session Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Fee: $50

CharacterStrong: How We Spark Award-Winning Culture
In 2017, Enterprise Middle School went all in on CharacterStrong. In 2018, they won the Washington State ASCD Whole Child Award. They saw huge culture shift and positive increases in their ABC data. How do we replicate their success? From their experience in over 800 schools, John Norlin and Houston Kraft will share the high-leverage tools, strategies, and activities that have helped build more empathy, engagement, and compassion in schools globally. In this resource-PACKED session, learn how you can get students AND staff to focus on relationships, systematically build character and SEL skills, and develop your own award-winning culture. The session will include:
      • In-depth training on a servant-leadership model used successfully in schools and Fortune 500 companies globally.
      • Instructional techniques on how to build a sustaining character-based program that gives heart to what you’re already doing and an intentional approach to change the climate of your school and students' lives from the inside out.
      • Numerous resources, classroom management tools, and experiential learning activities that intentionally connect the servant-leadership model and key leadership principles taught in the Character Strong curriculums

Helping Over-Stressed Students Thrive

Presenter: Pat Quinn
Session Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $50

The pressure to achieve creates overwhelming stress for many students. Add in safety issues, past trauma and social media and you see why many students suffer from anxiety every day. Come away from this session with specific activities and actions you can implement at your school to help create a culture with less stress, and activities you can do to help equip students to handle stressful situations. The session will cover:
     • The seven top causes of student anxiety and actions you can take to help.
     • Activities that help put high achievement in proper perspective.
     • Strategies to help parents become “stress-relievers” rather than “stress-causers.”
     • How to create a healthy culture, free from stress and anxiety at your school.

Pat Quinn, last year’s highly rated CADA Convention speaker, is one of the nation’s leading experts on creating school environments that promote learning and the author of three bestselling books on school improvement.

FCMAT - ASB Finance

Presenter: Michael Ammermon
Session Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Fee: $50

Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) is the organization designated by the state of California that oversees ASB ?nances related to AB1200. This workshop focuses on information necessary for today’s school leaders in maintaining fiscal accountability, legal compliance, and accuracy within student body accounts. It focuses on the great range of decision-making authority of student councils, suggests useful tools and procedures, provides practical advice and discusses effective procedures for safeguarding assets. Communicated in an easy to understand manner, it will focus on “how to get things done” within the parameters of the law. Bring your own technology (free Wi-Fi provided) and download the newest FCMAT Accounting Manual onto your device. ( Presented by the authors of the manual, this workshop will answer questions that pertain to speci?c levels and types of events concerning ASB ?nances, including: accounting, purchasing, student stores, vending machines, food sales, club events, and overall roles and responsibilities. Attendees will be guided systematically through the major steps to initiate and maintain effective student body program financial systems.

4 Seasons of School Culture

Presenter: Stephen Amundson
Session Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Fee: $50

Stephen Amundson, the Tulare County Teacher of the Year, and creator of Four Seasons of School Culture is changing campuses across the country. Over the past two years his program has been implemented in over 250 schools nationwide. The Four Seasons of School Culture focuses on developing leaders, living with purpose, pursuing your passion, and connecting with people. The Program features:
     • Organizing your school year into four different seasons (START, SPIRIT, SERVE, SHINE) each designed with its own set of unique leadership lessons and over 100 different activities.
     • Strategically positioning your student leaders into PASSION Teams to maximize their effectiveness and energy throughout the entire school year.
     • Developing student leaders through various assessment instruments and leadership lessons.
     • Evaluating student leader’s growth and development.

Four Seasons of School Culture teaches that leadership STARTS with you, but it’s not about you. It is your responsibility to create school SPIRIT. You get to SERVE your campus and community, and you look for ways to SHINE the spotlight on others. For more information, please visit: or via social media:
Instagram: @fourseasonsofschoolculture
YouTube: @fourseasonsofschoolculture

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