CCBE Annual Conference Program

California County Boards of Education (CCBE) is California's key organization for county board members. The Annual Conference offers a wide range of opportunities for professional development specifically designed for county board members. CCBE invites you to submit a proposal for the 2020 Annual Fall Conference, which will be held on September 11-13, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA. As the role of County Offices of Education continues to evolve, CCBE’s Annual Conference strives to provide innovative and timely resources for board members and superintendents. We invite you to share your expertise and inspire your colleagues throughout the state by presenting an informative and interactive workshop tailored to the needs of County Boards of Education.

Application Process

The deadline to submit your electronic proposal to CCBE at, has been extended to be due on or before Tuesday, May 5. You will be notified by June whether or not your proposal has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 CCBE Annual Fall Conference. If your proposal does not meet the needs of this year’s program, the committee hopes you will resubmit your proposal for a subsequent conference.

Key Focus Areas for the 2020 conference

Our theme for this year’s conference is Educational Changes on the Horizon: What and how to prepare for them. We seek presentations that provide tools, instruction, and prepare attendees on educational changes on the horizon in one or more of the five key focus areas. While not limited to the questions here, by way of example, below are possible specific presentation topics of in the 5 areas.

  • Funding, Budget & Finance: county boards of education role in approving the county office of education budget, ensuring the budget is aligned to the Local Control Funding Formula, review interim financial reports, fixing the salary of the county superintendent, best practices for communicating the budget to the community, local, state and federal county office of education budget issues, unique funding issues for rural county offices of education, and updates on schools and community first initiative. 
  • Advocacy, Government and Community Relationships: county boards of education role in advocating for public education and remaining competitive in a new era of choice, lobbying the legislature on a local and federal level, partnerships between county boards of education and districts, California School Dashboard, Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for county office, marketing and media community engagement to better inform the public of the roles and responsibilities of the county board members versus the county superintendent.
  • Equity, Access and Accountability: county boards of education role in ensuring equitable access for all students in county schools and programs, how to hold county office of education programs accountable, charter school authorization and oversight, successful programs that close the opportunity gap for foster youth, LGBTQ students, low-income students, students of color, homeless students, and immigrant children, court schools, CTE, Adult Education, Community Schools, special education, and the effects of the California Dashboard on the California education system. 
  • Governance and Leadership: county boards of education role in developing positive county office of education culture, county board – superintendent relations, county office – district relations, developing governance calendar, county policy and protocols to support good governance, the Brown Act, orienting new county board trustees, and how to successfully run a county board of education meeting.
  • Safety, Security and Wellness: county boards of education role in promoting healthy climate, addressing the needs of at-risk youth, how to best ease student, family, and staff stress and anxiety (e.g. in areas of bullying, assault, active shooter on campus, suicide), mental health services and community partnerships, cyber security – protecting against the threat of a cyber-attack, and preparing in cases of natural disasters (e.g. fire, earthquakes, flooding.)