Annual Fall Conference for CAWS Schools


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Invoice #: 00820
CAWS Tax ID: 94-3381716 (CAWS is a non-profit organization)
Dates: Sunday, October 19, 2008 to Monday, October 20, 2008
Location: Horton Grand Hotel, San Diego
Click here for Map and Driving Directions.
Registration: $250 per person includes Sunday night hors d'oeuvres, Monday breakfast, refreshments, and lunch plus conference materials.
No refunds after September 30.
Contact: Pat Prather - Executive Director
6686 Via de La Reina, Bonsall, CA 92003
Phone: 760.758.9829 - Fax: 760.758.0167


Our fall conference on October 20th takes place at the Horton Grand Hotel in the historic Gaslamp district of downtown San Diego. We are very pleased to feature Salomon Zavala, General Counsel, Semillas Sociedad Civil sharing his story of how access to good schools and programs allowed him to succeed despite his circumstances. Following a question and answer period, a panel of practitioners from all three IB Programmes will discuss the issue of access and closing the achievement gap. Breakout sessions for Diploma, MYP, and PYP will allow schools in each programme to share strategies that they find successful. Time is also allotted during the breakouts for discussion of school issues and concerns. We welcome Marjorie McConnell, the Education Programs Consultant from the California Department of Education, who has taken an active part in legislating for state funding for CAWS member schools and will convey the latest information to us. Also joining us will be Pam Bachilla, our Legislative Advocate from School Innovations and Advocacy, who will bring us up to date on legislative initiatives. Our annual business meeting will begin the day on the 20th.

Hotel Reservation Guide

The Horton Grand Hotel
Three Eleven Island Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
Reservations: 619.544.1886, 800.542.1886
Fax: 619.239.3823

Please make hotel reservations directly with the Horton Grand.
Rooms may be reserved for Oct 19th at $149 plus tax. Call by October 1st.

Parking structures close to the hotel are available.
The Horton is approximately 3 miles from the San Diego airport.

Additional Information

Send your payment to Pat Prather at
6686 Via de La Reina, Bonsall, CA.
See Contact Information above for additional details.

Taxi service at $14 provides transportation
to and from the San Diego airport.

The hotel has overnight valet parking for $24
and day only parking for $14.

Daily Schedule

Sunday – 19th
5:30 - 6:30 pm Early Registration
6:30 - 8:00 Meet and Greet - Hors d' Oeuvres
Beverages Available in Hotel Lounge
Monday – 20th
7:00 - 8:15 am Registration and Breakfast
8:15 - 9:45 Plenary Meeting
President's Welcome - Diana Cinatl
CAWS Business Meeting - Board Reports, Ratifications
Legislative Update – Pam Bachilla
California Dep't of Education – Marjorie McConnell
9:45 - 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:30 Keynote "The Importance of Access to Good Schools – My Story"
                 Salomon Zavala, General Counsel, Semillas Sociedad Civil
10:30 - 11:00 Question and Answer Period
11:00 - 11:40 Panel Discussion - Strategies for Providing Access to Students
11:40 - 12:00 pm Question and Answer Period
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Breakout Groups for PYP, MYP, and Diploma led by experienced leaders to explore strategies for improving access to the IB.
2:00 - 3:00 Breakout Groups discuss school Issues and concerns
3:00 Adjourn to explore the Gaslamp District

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