2018 Conference Announcement

November 28 – 30, 2018
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, Sacramento, CA

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Keynote Presenter - Thursday, November 29

"Shifting the Education Paradigm of inequities to Equity Action"

WIlliam Blackford IV-The Leader in Me - Franklin Covey - International Consultant 

William has been partnering and consulting with school systems for the past 20 years to inspire and motivate students to achieve.  His passion has afforded him the opportunity to train and develop individuals in London, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Canada and the United States.  Educators and Students describe him as powerful, energetic, sincere and soul stirring. William is able to create a climate of transformational development.

William Blackford IV - Senior Consultant , Franklin Covey International and Educational Division

William's Bio 


Seeking  two (2) Keynote speakers for the annual equity and access conference with skilled leader facilitation, who can inspire conversations about positioning underrepresented students to equitable outcomes in education and the workforce as well as insight into the latest research and policy considerations — in achieving equitable education and accessible high-wage careers - Equity Action.  Please  submit Proposals for  Keynotes  by no later than October 5, 2018. 

Presenters share your expertise, passion, and commitment to promoting diversity, equity, access and affirmative action to an audience of educators from K-Adult Education and Community College. Our theme for the conference is “Go from Equity Awareness to Equity Action.”  Please submit your proposal no later than October 5, 2018.

Key Dates:

Call for Conference Proposals Open: Now

Deadline to Submit Proposals: October 5, 2018

Acceptance Notifications: October 19, 2018

*Proposal Details

We are seeking presentations that promote and implement equity action strategies in secondary and post-secondary, government public and private sector.  Multiple proposals from one presenter(s) are welcome. Proposals will be selected based upon relevancy to the conference theme and practice of equity, access, and diversity; timeliness of the topic; creativity of approach; and demonstration of expertise. You will be notified if the proposal is accepted or declined.  If selected, the information and materials you provide may be used for marketing and conference publicity.

All proposals must include a minimum of two (2) learning objectives and fit at least one of the equitable strand categories specific to special population students. These should be clear, concrete, and have direct applicability to the field.

Equitable Strand Categories

Increasing Equity and Access in CTE and STEM

Building an Equitable Workforce

Implementing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (ex. Guided Pathways, Career Pathways)

Strategies for Equitable Learning Environments

Using Data to Expand Equitable Opportunities for Students

Equitable Leadership Practices

*Proposals that include supporting evidence may be given a higher ranking in the selection process. If you have URL that contains your supporting evidence, please e-mail  jspac.caperkins@gmail.com.


Please consider offering your time as a volunteer. The registration form includes a choice to volunteer. A conference like JSPAC requires your help as a volunteer to ensure success. A confirmation email will be sent 10 days before the conference confirming you as a volunteer with information on the role and schedule.


The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn, Capitol Plaza, Sacramento, CA,  Room Block Code (AP8) $95.00 until November 2, 2018.  

Travel Scholarships

The purpose of the travel scholarship is to offset the cost of travel and (1 night) lodging. The awarded funds do not cover registration cost or meals.

The travel award is up to a maximum of $250 per individual. Since funds for the travel scholarships are limited, please check with your Perkins, Title V, CTEIG, CCPT, CEPIP, SSSP and Equity, Basic Skills, Strong Workforce, WIOA, AEBG before submitting an application. (if applicable).

We encourage those who are applying for the travel scholarship to consider submitting a proposal for a breakout. Presenting a breakout session on an equity action presentation related to students of special populations can be a valuable experience that enriches educators and the presenter.  

NOTE: There is a limit of four travel awards for the 2018 annual conference. The award is not guaranteed, and requests are considered on a first-come, first served basis.

Please submit your travel scholarship application. Deadline for applications will be October 5, 2018.

Awardees will be announced October 12, 2018.

Conference Fees (No group discounts)

$325 per person excluding pre-conference fee $125

Pre-conference Workshops - November 28, 2018 

Conference Sessions - November 29 & 30, 2018 

Registration will open August 2, 2018 and will close on November 2, 2018.  

Preconference  workshops (1pm - 4pm)

November 29 (10am - 5:15pm). General Session will begin 11:00am with lunch following 12noon.

November 30 (8am - 1pm)  General Session begins 8am.