San Joaquin Section

Welcome to San Joaquin Section

Greetings CASCWA San Joaquin Section Members,

Happy New Year! I can’t believe that it is February already. Things have been increasingly busy here in San Joaquin Section. On December 8th, the section coordinated a winter workshop that was held in Tehachapi. The one day workshop focused on topics relating to legal issues surrounding foster and homeless students, developing practical procedures to supporting foster and homeless youth, and understanding the California Data Dashboard regarding suspensions and chronic absenteeism.

The San Joaquin Section is also proud to host the 82nd Annual CASCWA State Conference at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Fresno. The State Conference is scheduled for May 9-11, 2018 and on behalf of the San Joaquin Section, I’d like to personally invite you to attend.

Over the course of the three day conference, seven (7) individual strands of training will be offered through various breakout sessions, each of them encompassing Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) and equity for all sub groups. The breakout sessions will cover the most effective truancy interventions, chronic absenteeism interventions, proven programs to reduce suspensions and expulsions, trauma informed practices, Tier 1-3 supports, competent cultural practices, and so much more!

During a luncheon on the second day of the conference, the San Joaquin Section will also be recognizing several amazing students with the “Anthony Brucia Success Award.” The recipients of these awards have overcome immense odds and have demonstrated the true meaning of resiliency. These students also validate why we must never give up on our youth and must always push them, support them, and maintain the highest expectations for them. We can all learn a lot from our kids! This is a luncheon that you will not want to miss!

To ensure adequate space for all breakout sessions, we’ve secured several conference rooms next door at the Fresno Convention Center as well. This will be a State Conference that you will not want to miss! If you are planning to attend, it is recommended that you make your hotel reservations ASAP, as the hotel is guaranteed to sell out.

We look forward to seeing you all in Fresno!

Brian C. Chandler
President, San Joaquin Section

2016-17 San Joaquin Section Board Meetings

Date Time Location
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:00 pm Petersen Event Center, Modesto, CA
September 1, 2017 2:00 pm Stanislaus County Office of Education (Fall Conference)
October 13, 2017 8:00 am Fresno County Office of Education (Model SARB Workshop) Click here to Register
October 20, 2017 12:00pm-1:30pm  Central Unified and Online Meeting
November 17, 2017 11:00am-3:00pm Parlier Unified School District and Online Meeting
December 8, 2017 TBA Winter Workshop – Tehachapi, CA
January 19, 2018 11:00am-3:00pm Online Meeting
February 16, 2018 12:00pm-1:30pm Parlier Unified and Online Meeting
March 16, 2018 12:00pm-3:00pm Central Unified and Online Meeting
April 13, 2018 11:00am- 3:00pm Fresno Doubletree and Online Meeting
May 8, 2018 TBA Section and State Executive Board Meeting

Upcoming Workshops / Events

Model SARB Application Workshop – San Joaquin Section 2017

Model SARB Application Workshop – San Joaquin Section 2017
Fresno County Office of Education


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What: San Joaquin Section’s Winter  Workshop

“Supporting Foster and Homeless Students and Alternative to Suspension”
Rose Garden Estate and Winery


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Anthony Brucia Success Awards – Scholarship

 Award Application 2017-18 (Coming February 1, 2018)

Award Application for Student 2018
Cover letter to Counselor 2017-2018 
Cover to Counselor 2017-18
Cover letter to Student 2017-2018
Cover to Student 17-18

In the 1990’s, the San Joaquin Section scholarship program was launched under the leadership of past CASCWA President, Joe Brucia. His 19 year old son, Anthony had just passed away. There were many community donations given toward a fund in his name. Knowing that most donated funds soon run out, Joe and his wife, Shirley, offered to transfer the funds to CASCWA. To accept the donation, CASCWA had to match and perpetuate the fund. CASCWA accepted and soon made the award an annual event that now reaches students attending high schools throughout Central California. As of May 2016, just over $100,000 has been provided to the winners of this award.

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2017-18 CASCWA San Joaquin Section Board Members


Brian Chandler

Ceres Unified School District


Past President

Brian Gonzales

Kings County Office of Education

Vice President and Scholarship Chair

Dr. Kevin Torosian

Central Unified School District


Maisie Young

Central Unified School District


Angelica Rios

Fresno Unified School District


Praxades Torres

Parlier Unified School District

Legislative Representative

Roxanne Baeza

Fresno Unified School District

Membership Chair and Webmaster

Sergio Mendoza

Porterville Unified School District

Northern Area Representative

Sharma Uma

Stanislaus County Office of Education

Northern Area Member at Large

Patricia Clark

Stockton Unified School District

Southern Area Representative

Stephanie Newby

Mojave Unified School District

Southern Area Member at Large

Robin Gainey

Mojave Unified School District

Board Advisor

James Tate

Clovis Unified School District

Board Advisor

Dr. Dennis Wiechmann

Sanger Unified School District

Board Advisor

David Cohen

Clovis Unified School District

Board Advisor

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Aprille Cervantes
Clovis Unified School District

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