Please welcome José González, CALSA's Next Executive Director

CALSA’s Board of Directors is privileged and honored to announce Jose Gonzalez, Superintendent, Planada School District as its next Executive Director. Mr. Gonzalez is no stranger to CALSA. He is a member for almost 20 years, a CALSA protégé and mentor. Mr. Gonzalez has also served as a member of the CALSA board for over 9 years, having been appointed by Dr. Fernando Elizondo as a Regional Representative to the Board. He holds the distinction of being the first ever elected President of the CALSA Board.

In seeking the role of Executive Director, Mr. Gonzalez, articulated for the Board a leadership plan aligned with CALSA’s strategic goals. This level of preparation comes as no surprise from this highly recognized statewide Educational Leader. His plan is to elevate CALSA’s prominence as the advocate for the continued development and placement of Latino educational leaders who are committed to quality public education.

“I am passionate about providing the best education possible for students. As Executive Director, I look forward to working with the Board, a group of educational leaders who are creative thinkers, collaborative problem solvers, and responsible for shaping our children’s future,” said Gonzalez following his announcement at the 2019 CALSA Summer Institute.

We look forward to having Jose at head of the organization as our Executive Director. He is conscientious of the needs of our diverse community of educational leaders. He recognizes our past, is focused on addressing our immediate needs and will be trusted to drive our vision of excellence for the future.

The CALSA Familia welcomes Jose. We thank his wife, Maria and daughters and his District familia for supporting him on this journey with us.

Swing into action with CALSA, July 7th! Do it for the kids!

CALSA is pleased to host and celebrate its annual “Summer Student Scholarship” Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 7th at the Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego, Ca. 

We welcome your support! Your proceeds and participation will be providing funding for underrepresented high school seniors. Every player/administrator has the chance to WIN a student scholarship for their district!


Tee Box: $250

Hole Sponsor: $100

Foursome: $1,000

Partner Single: $250

Lunch Sponsor: $500

Birdie Sponsor: $1,250

Administrator Single: FREE

Limited teams and sponsorships available: Register here and secure your sponsorship today! Registration to this event will include lunch, scramble format, and refreshments.

How can we make an impact & grow together? Let’s invite more like-minded leaders!

Please, feel free to send our flyer as well as the RSVP link to your colleagues who may be interested in attending— registration is required and open to anyone with an interest in collaborating and making a difference in education! 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you July 7th!

A message from CALSA President Dr. Jacqueline Perez

CALSA’s Board and I would like to express gratitude to Dr. David J. Verdugo for his dedicated service to CALSA and our members.  Under his direction, CALSA has grown, attained so many accomplishments, built strategic relationships, and is positioned for continued success.  We appreciate his resolute leadership and distinguished professional service. Personally, I have grown as a leader and have been guided by his seemingly endless words of wisdom and inspiration.  “We need to go slow to go fast,” he would often remind our Board. His advice rings true again as we are faced with his transition.

Finding our next Executive Director may be a challenge, but as Dr. Verdugo would put it, it is CALSA’s next “opportunity for success!”  Dr. Verdugo’s recent announcement has led the Board to discuss the creation of a selection process and to determine criteria for our next Executive Director.  Dr. Verdugo leaves big shoes to fill, but not without having established systems and strategic partnerships and secured resources for our next Executive Director to grow and redefine our present part-time Executive Director position.

The Board is targeting the Summer Institute or soon thereafter to complete a re-examination of the goals and expectations for the future of our Executive Director position.  By then we hope to also define the search and hiring process that will be followed. The Board will be interested in candidates familiar with and dedicated to advancing CALSA’s goals, mission and values.  The Board is open to candidates with other interests or employment, who possess organizational and leadership skills that would allow them to serve in a part-time Executive Director position. We anticipate desiring candidates with the vision and determination to grow the organization to eventually sustain a full-time Executive Director position.  More details about the process and timelines will be forthcoming. In the meantime, we ask our members and strategic partners to identify and encourage leaders you know to consider and apply to become CALSA’s next Executive Director.

The Board and I are optimistic that we will identify and select an Executive Director to guide us through our next phase of growth.  Dr. Verdugo’s inspiration and legacy will continue to guide us in this effort. We have been blessed and privileged to have gained so much from him.

Please join the Board and me in extending mil gracias to Dr. Verdugo.  Take time between now and at our Summer Institute to extend your hugs, well-wishes and appreciation to Dr. Verdugo. Make sure you are with the CALSA familia at the Summer Institute in beautiful San Diego to honor Dr. Verdugo with a proper and well-deserved farewell.


Dr. Jacqueline Perez
CALSA 2018-19 President

Inland Empire Biliteracy & English Learner Leadership Series

Inland Empire Biliteracy & English Learner Leadership Series

Join us for an evening with with County Office of Education Superintendents Dr. Judy White (Riverside) & Ted Alejandre (San Bernardino)

Their Leadership Journeys in Support of English Learner and Multilingual Students

Thursday, January 17, 2019

5 – 5:45 pm • Reception
5:45 – 7 pm • Program

Culver Center For the Arts
Downtown Riverside
3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

Register here