Dear Members and Friends of CASCWA,

As we come into the school year, there is a feeling of urgency.  Urgency around equity, urgency around curriculum and learning, urgency about meeting the basic needs of students. family and staff. 

I write today's message with a heavy and concerned heart: hoping you all are well physically and emotionally.  I urge you to treat yourselves with kindness and use self-care strategies as a part of your daily routine. 

We are all under a new kind of stress in a new kind of environment.  We are all functioning as new teachers and administrators in a new way of “doing school”.  Remember you are not alone.  Lean on each other.  Learn from each other  Find thought partners and know that Bay Area CASCWA is here with you as well.

I am currently in a new role in a new district and navigating:  how to support teachers and families with technology and new platforms of learning, how to account for attendance when some do not have all the technology they need to attend zoom classes, and how to keep family and students engaged in their schooling.  

As we grapple with these issues and so many more, it is important to keep our eyes on the prize. While the individual needs of each district, each department and each school vary, our goal remains the same.  We must meet the needs of our students and families. 

Let’s continue to work together on solutions to the many challenges that education in a pandemic have brought to the forefront.   Let’s continue to be advocates for more equitable outcomes for our students in most need.  Let’s be innovators in this new frontier.  

Be well, be safe, and be brave.


Dr. DiShawn Givens

CASCWA Bay Section President

Hayward Unified School District


Dr. DiShawn Givens spent more that two decades as an educator in urban schools. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in ethnic studies from The University of La Verne.  She obtained her administrative credential, teaching credential, and her Master’s degree from Cal State East Bay. Her thesis focused on the student teacher connection to ensure meaningful student engagement.  She recently earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership for Equity and Social Justice from Cal State East Bay (2016).  DiShawn has worked in a variety of settings: a group home, a homeless shelter, migrant education, gifted and talented education, two schools in Oakland Unified and one in Hayward Unified. She is committed to working in areas and settings where there is a critical need for student and community advocacy.  Because of all of these experiences she was able to work in Fremont Unified School District as Educational Equity Coordinator advocating for the diverse populations of the Fremont community.  She has returned to Hayward Unified School District this year.

2020-2021 Bay Section Executive Board Meetings:

ALL meetings on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30

2020-21 Meetings: Meeting dates and times are being determined

Information on our future CASCWA workshops,  upcoming events and the 2021 CASCWA State Conference will be posted soon!



The Faces Behind CASCWA's Bay Area Executive Board

Dr. DiShawn Givens

Bay Section President

Hayward USD

Andrew Kevy

Past President

Director of CWA Hayward USD

Celeste Pracale

Bay Section Vice President

Hayward USD

Andrew Kevy


Director of CWA Hayward USD

Ligia Briseno


Hayward USD

Upcoming events

Bay Section Spring Workshop - Attendance Certification/Student Scholarships Friday, May 17th - Alameda COE

Past events

Monday, April 20, 2020 84th Annual CASCWA State Conference
Monday, April 20, 2020 Vendor/Sponsor Registration: 84th Annual CASCWA State Conference
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Attendance Certification Training - Sutter County
Monday, February 24, 2020 Attendance Certification Training - Shasta County
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Attendance Certification Training: Sponsored by CASCWA, Parlier Unified & Fresno County Superintendent of Schools: Featuring Sherman Garnett
Thursday, October 10, 2019 CASCWA Southern Section - Fall Workshop Knott's Berry Farm
Thursday, August 29, 2019 10th Annual SCOE SARB Workshop "Improving Student Attendance & Reducing Chronic Absenteeism From Day 1: Prevention to Intervention"
Friday, May 31, 2019 Delta Sierra- 2nd Annual Richard C. Davis Scholarship Reception
Friday, May 17, 2019 2019 Anthony Brucia Success Award Luncheon
Friday, April 19, 2019 2019 Model SARB Recognition Breakfast
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 83rd Annual CASCWA State Conference
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 CASCWA 2019 State Conference Vendor Registration
Monday, February 25, 2019 Delta Sierra - Attendance Certification Training (Sh)
Friday, February 01, 2019 U and I in sUIcide - Addressing the Crisis
Friday, December 07, 2018 San Joaquin Section's 2018 Fall Workshop
Thursday, October 11, 2018 CASCWA Southern Section - The Administrator as Lifeguard
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 CDE Webinar "Data-Driven, 3-tiered Approach to Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy: The CDE Webinar titled “Data-Driven, 3-tiered Approach to Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy” will be on September 25, 2018.
Thursday, August 30, 2018 9th Annual SCOE SARB Workshop "Improving Student Attendance & Reducing Chronic Absenteeism From Day 1: Prevention to Intervention"
Friday, June 01, 2018 Delta Sierra - 1 st Annual Richard C. Davis Scholarship Reception
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 2018 Model SARB Recognition Luncheon
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 CASCWA 2018 State Conference Vendor Registration
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 "Student Success by Design" 82nd Annual CASCWA State Conference
Friday, December 08, 2017 San Joaquin Sections 2017 Winter Workshop
Friday, October 13, 2017 Model SARB Application Workshop - San Joaquin Section 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Model SARB Application Workshop - Delta Sierra Section 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017 8th Annual SCOE SARB Workshop "Improving Student Attendance & Reducing Chronic Absenteeism From Day 1: Prevention to Intervention"
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2017 CASCWA State Conference, Tahoe City Ca

Strategic Partners

CASCWA Partner publications

"Red Book"

Student Records


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