Ed100 Online Summer Academy for California Student Leaders

by Jeff Camp | July 18, 2020 | 7 Comments
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A Conference for Student Leaders

California's student leaders are essential — this year more than ever. So, it's time for something new: an online conference that prepares California high school student leaders with the knowledge and connections they need to make a difference.

Free to apply. Free to attend.

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We invite California's high school student leaders to join together at the Ed100 Online Academy for Student Leaders, a new virtual conference for students who in the coming school year will be serving:

  • on a school site council or ELAC
  • on their school board,
  • on a PTA board or nonprofit school organization
  • in other student led or student-focused organizations

Like Ed100.org, this conference is free. There is no cost to apply and there will be no cost to participate.

Students who aren't yet in these roles but aspire to them may also apply.

Student Leaders Ask: Why Should I Apply?

You don't want to miss this conference. It will put you "in the same room" with California experts and leaders who have deep experience and context. (We're announcing speakers on Instagram. You can also check our Facebook page for the event or the event Program Guide.) You will learn from them directly, with the opportunity to ask your own questions. California's education system is complex: they will help you untangle it so that you can begin this crucial school year well-informed and ready to make a difference.


10am - noon

2pm - 4pm

July 20 Monday

① California's system

② Equity in Education

July 21 Tuesday

③ Student Leadership

④ Tools for Informed Leaders

July 22 Wednesday

⑤ Thinking Bigger

⑥ Learning from History

July 23 Thursday

⑦ Working Together


To help you translate what you learn into action, a key goal of this conference is to connect you with amazing, inspiring organizations that need and want your help.

This conference will also help you connect with other student leaders and rising leaders. The conference host will be Brenna Pangelinan, the student member of the California State Board of Education. On July 23, you will be invited to choose among breakout sessions to talk about next steps. This will help you connect with other students who share your priorities so you can do more together and make a difference.

Friends of the Ed100 Student Academy

Speakers and Sessions

We’ve been working with students and organizations around the state to develop a great program, involving many of the organizations above. . Learn more about the speakers and sessions.

We Need Your Help

Getting the word out to every high school is hard.

  • Please share this post with high school student leaders in your school community — especially rising juniors and sophomores. Over a thousand students have already applied from hundreds of schools... will your school be represented? We want to make sure that there is at least one applicant from every single high school!
  • Please share this post beyond your own school community. The price to attend is zero, but we worry that some schools will be left out just because they don't hear about it. That's an equity issue.
  • We are not charging students to participate in this event. We are actively seeking donations and sponsors.

If this project speaks to you and you want to support it, please email us: student-academy@ed100.org.

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Jeff Camp June 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Very excited that this conference will include Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP), ACLU of Southern California, and the California Student Board Members Association (CSBMA). We will announce more soon about how student leaders attending this Academy will have the opportunity to connect with organizations in ways that extend beyond the conference.
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Jeff Camp June 9, 2020 at 12:17 am
Welcoming two more organizations to the team supporting the Ed100 Summer Academy for California Student Leaders! The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) is America's largest umbrella organization for school leaders. Californians for Justice is a statewide youth-powered organization fighting for racial justice.
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Anna Meza June 8, 2020 at 12:54 pm
The Summer Academy sounds like a great opportunity for students to learn and connect with each other over issues that are important to them. Thank you, Ed100, for making this opportunity accessible to all students.
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Jeff Camp May 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Proud to welcome another great partner organization: Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDE Foundation) works as a trusted partner with state education leaders and entities to create, resource, and implement solutions that result in a strong and valued public education system that serves every student in California.
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Jeff Camp May 21, 2020 at 10:35 pm
Another partner added: Children Now, leader of the Children's Movement of California.
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Jeff Camp May 14, 2020 at 2:10 pm
New partner added: Inside California Education, the premier public education TV series, produced by PBS-KVIE and broadcast on all public stations throughout the state. All shows from the first several seasons are also available online at www.insidecaled.org
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