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By Ed Sibby

Over 250 educators from districts in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties attended the 2022 CTA San Gorgonio Fall Leadership Conference to hone their skills and focus on building strong local connections for what will be an important school board election year for many in this southland SSC.

Strong locals are built block by block and site by site. The three-day “Back to the Basics” conference focused on developing skills to build and strengthen schools and worksites to ensure greater educator and student success. Course offerings targeted local advocacy and building effect leadership structures.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Cherina Betters shared a vision for educating students with trauma by advocating for the discarding of deficit-based measures in favor of creating positive, equitable, and inclusive learning environments for vulnerable students.

For San Gorgonio Service Center Council Vice Chair Craig Hardesty, welcoming new leaders from the San Bernardino Mountains of the north to Temecula’s wine country in south has been part of the pleasure of the robustly-attended Palm Springs Conference.

“While we have seen a change of leadership accelerated by stress-related conditions of the past years, we are pleased to greet so many strong new leaders ready to fight for our members to help build the public schools all students and educators deserve.”

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